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Blood is life

Blood is life

Blood is life From the day that human life is conceived, blood fulfils a life giving and nurturing role. Blood is life. It is the fluid of growth, transporting nourishment from digestion and hormones from glands throughout the body. Indeed, blood is the fluid of health, transporting disease fighting substances to the tissue and body waste to the kidneys. Because it contains living cells, blood is alive. Unlike medications that are manufactured, blood cannot be manufactured. Healthy donors are the only source of blood for those who need it. Truthfully, if it was not for blood donors, life-saving medical treatment…
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Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome About one in five adults is living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).  Also referred to as spastic colon, IBS usually affects people between the ages of 25 and 45. Twice as many women suffer from the condition as men. The symptoms vary in severity and duration from person to person. Signs and symptoms include cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea or constipation, or both. The precise cause of IBS isn’t known. Factors that appear to play a role include: Slowed or spastic movements of the colon. Abnormalities in the nerves in your digestive system. Severe infection….
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Your health and the environment

Your health and the environment

Your health and the environment You don’t always see it, but your health and the environment you live in are connected every day. Since the earliest times, humans have needed to be sensitive to their surroundings to survive. The air we breathe. The water we drink. The food we eat. The ground below us. The communities in which we live. The chemicals we encounter. This is all are part of our environment. And all can affect our health. The eight key environmental factors that affect health, are: Your health and the environment: Key Factors Air quality and your health Air…
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Seeking a Reliable Immunisation Clinic? Visit The Local Choice Today

The Local Choice Clinics, Doctors & Pharmacies

Even within our advanced modern world, there are still several vaccine-preventable diseases that have yet to be eradicated. These include illnesses such as measles, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, tetanus, and many more. While many children and adults are able to fight off these infections naturally with their immune systems alone, these diseases can and do sometimes lead to serious, life-threatening complications. Fortunately, global vaccination programmes have helped to keep such infections under control by encouraging herd immunity. In South Africa, babies and children are vaccinated on a schedule, and proof of immunisation is required at many schools before enrolling. If…
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Choose The Local Choice for World-Class Baby Clinic Services

The Local Choice Clinics

Informed families are more likely to raise healthy children and take the necessary steps of intervention if any issue with a child’s wellbeing arises. It is therefore imperative that families within all South African communities are empowered with accurate information and support while raising their little ones. When visiting a baby clinic under The Local Choice name, you can expect exceptional medical care, advice, and practical tips on caring for your child. We also have links to a network of healthcare professionals that will provide you with any help you require. Our range of services are geared towards holistic care…
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The dangers of smoking

Smoking harms

The dangers of smoking Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases and affecting the health of smokers in general. On average, people who smoke die about 10 years earlier than people who have never smoked. For every person who dies because of smoking, at least 30 people live with a serious smoking-related illness. No matter how you smoke it, smoking harms and is dangerous to your health. There are no safe substances in any tobacco products. Cigarettes contain about 600 ingredients. When these ingredients burn, they generate more than 7 000 chemicals, according to the American…
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Understanding the journey of menopause

Everything to know about menopause

Understanding the journey of menopause Women are born with all of their eggs, which are stored in their ovaries. Their ovaries also make the hormones estrogen and progesterone, which control their period (menstruation) and the release of eggs (ovulation). Menopause happens when the ovaries no longer release an egg every month and menstruation stops. Most women first notice the frequency of their period becoming less consistent, as the flow becomes heavier and longer. This usually occurs at some point in the mid-to-late 40s. By the age of 52, most women have undergone menopause. Some women can go through the process early. This can be the result of surgery, like…
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Children and concentration

Steps to take to improve children's concentration

Children and concentration The main reason children face concentration issues is because they are wired differently to adults. Children are naturally curious, with unmatchable energy. When the task they’re given isn’t fun, they get bored and quickly shift their attention to something more interesting — unlike us adults who tend to complete tasks whether we like it or not! Child development experts say that, on average, a 4- or 5-year-old child should be able to focus on a task for two to five minutes times the year of their age. But this rule of thumb, just like any guideline for raising…
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Fungal infections: Symptoms, types and treatment options

Fungal infections: Symptoms, types and treatment options Fungi cause fungal infections and are everywhere. Sometimes, they are too small to see with the naked eye. Fungi can live outdoors in soil and on plants; indoors on surfaces and in the air; and on people’s skin and inside the body. In fact, there are millions of fungal species, but only a few hundred of them can make people sick. Symptoms of a fungal infection The symptoms of a fungal infection will depend on the type, but common symptoms include: skin changes, including red and possibly cracking or peeling skin itching Types…
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Dehydration symptoms, causes and treatment options

Dehydration symptoms, causes and treatment options Every day, an average adult loses more than 10 cups of water simply by sweating, breathing and eliminating waste. During the hot summer months, this amount can easily increase. If a person does not compensate by replenishing their water supply, a potentially life-threatening condition can occur – dehydration. What is dehydration? Dehydration occurs when you use or lose more fluid than you take in, and your body doesn’t have enough water and other fluids to carry out its normal functions. When too much water is lost from the body, its organs, cells, and tissues…
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Recipe: Healthy chewy no-bake mini doughnuts

Recipe: Healthy chewy no-bake mini doughnuts The urge to binge on food at the first hint of chilly weather may be deeply ingrained in our biological makeup. It’s a survival impulse from an earlier time, when our bodies would have tried to store up all the calories they could to help us survive in times of scarcity. But why are we more likely to crave chocolate cake, croissants, and cheese in the winter months? According to author Laura Cipullo those cravings are “hedonic hunger”. If you respond to it by indulging in high-sugar, high-fat foods, you’re going to cause a spike in…
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Hand hygiene and how it can protect you and those around you

Hand hygiene and how it can protect you and those around you   World Hand Hygiene Day is celebrated annually on 5 May.  Personal hygiene, especially hand hygiene, is a great way to help stop the spread of germs which can be harmful to you and those who come into contact with you. Handwashing is one of the best ways to protect yourself and your family from getting sick. Your hands carry germs easily  Whether it’s touching things that have bacteria on or covering your mouth with your hand when your sneeze or cough, there are bound to be germs…
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The importance of the relationship you have with your local pharmacy

The importance of the relationship you have with your local pharmacy   When considering your local pharmacy, you probably think about the people who interpret a doctor’s indecipherable handwriting or the professionals that know just what over-the-counter medications help best for a cold. Pharmacies have a more important function than this within communities, however. They play a key role in improving the health and wellness of South Africans – especially those without easy access to private doctors’ consultations. Local pharmacies are often the first and only place some people go to for healthcare advice and help. This invaluable resource is easily accessible…
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Important facts about malaria

Important facts about malaria   Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite. The disease is both preventable and curable, but without quick medical attention and treatment it can be fatal. People who have little or no immunity to malaria, such as young children and pregnant women or travellers coming from areas with no malaria, are more likely to become very sick and die. Poor people living in rural areas who lack access to health care are at greater risk for this disease. Although a large proportion of cases happen in sub-Saharan Africa, the disease is found in many countries…
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Supplement focus: Zinc

Supplement focus: Zinc   Keeping your immune system healthy year-round is key to preventing infection and disease. Making healthy lifestyle choices by consuming nutritious foods and getting enough sleep and exercise are the most important ways to bolster your immune system. In addition, research has shown that supplementing with certain vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other substances can improve immune response and potentially protect against illness. Zinc – the immune booster Zinc is a mineral that’s commonly added to supplements and other healthcare products that are meant to boost your immune system. This is because zinc is essential for immune system…
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Keeping track of your movement with technology

Keeping track of your movement with technology   Recently, sales of exercise gear and technology-based fitness tools have risen sharply as people try to maintain their workout regimens without going to crowded gyms. If you’re looking for ways to replace a pre-COVID-19 exercise routine, one of these tech-enabled items, like a fitness tracker, may work for you.   What’s all the fuss about? A fitness tracker is a hi-tech device that measures your movements and motions with the help of integrated sensors. It sits quietly on your wrist: counting up your steps, tracking your sleep, monitoring your heart rate and calculating the difference between a…
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Skipped your meds? Don’t just double up!

Skipped your meds? Don’t just double up! Adherence is the fancy word for “following doctors’ orders.” What it really means, for most people, is remembering to take your medication. It may sound simple, but as many as 50% of people do not take their medicine correctly. They forget dosages, take medications at the wrong time, ignore instructions, and even deliberately change dosages, taking more or less than they should. Even if you’re the most organized person, you’ve probably missed a medication dosage at least once. Sometimes the skipped doses cause no obvious problems. But many medications won’t work right if you…
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Debunking 7 Common Myths and Misconceptions About Flu Shots

We are once again on the cusp of winter, and while it may be fun to curl up on the couch with a good book and hot chocolate, winter is also accompanied by seasonal viruses that make their rounds each year. There is also the misconception that people get viral infections when they are cold, but the only reason influenza is more common in winter is because it thrives indoors longer in air that is less humid. People also stay indoors and closer to each other during colder months, which contributes to quick spreading. Fortunately, people can get annual flu…
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Glucose Testing: What it’s For and Why it’s So Important

You might have heard the terms such as glucose testing, blood sugar levels, and diabetes before. Many people, unfortunately, do not really understand what these phrases mean until they have been diagnosed with diabetes. Regular blood sugar testing is not just for adults at risk of diabetes, either. Everyone, including children, can benefit from having their blood sugar levels checked when needed. If you would like to find out more about glucose testing, why it is necessary, and where to get your blood sugar checked, keep reading below. Why We Need Blood Sugar Most people understand that we get energy…
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How The Local Choice Pharmacies Combat the Spread of Common Childhood Illnesses

Every few seasons, there are a couple of childhood diseases that make their rounds within communities. Pharmacies play a vital role in helping to curb the spread of such outbreaks because many of these illnesses are vaccine-preventable, and most reputable pharmacies do offer these immunisations. The other reason why pharmacies are important when it comes to preventing community outbreaks is that they are the first point of contact for many patients seeking medical advice and assistance. They are thus able to better educate the public and provide useful information on how to care for one’s immune system, prevent the spread…
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How We Make a Difference to South Africa Through HIV Testing and Counselling

The Local Choice Clinics, Doctors & Pharmacies

Quality pharmacists form an integral part of the collaborative network of healthcare professionals in South Africa. Many citizens do not have access to medical care, healthcare advice, and/or guidance on how to assess their wellbeing. For such families and individuals, a nearby pharmacy may be their closest and first point of contact when medical assistance is required. We, at The Local Choice, understand the responsibility of our role as a network of high-quality healthcare providers. Therefore, we make our extensive range of services accessible and affordable for all members of the public. As most healthcare experts in the country, we…
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