CARE for your heart and GET your pulse going
TIPS FROM THE HEART AND STROKE FOUNDATION SA:
A healthy diet consists of a balanced variety of fruits and vegetables, lowfat dairy, high fibre whole grain starchy foods, healthy oils and lean protein. Enjoy food but eat less, and make sure your portion sizes are smaller. This is how to know you’ve got the correct portion distribution on your plate: Make sure of your plate consists of non-starchy vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and carrots. Then of your plate must have highfibre starches like brown rice, whole wheat pasta, sweet potato and the last of your plate should include lean protein. Reduce starch, fatty foods and sugars, especially if you are overweight.
DON’T LET SINUSITIS SPOIL YOUR SPRING
So, what causes sinusitis? According to the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy Limited (ASCIA), they occur due to untreated allergies, colds or polyps (growths on the sinus linings), and often cause pain in the face. “Blocked sinuses also create an environment that favours the overgrowth of bacteria,” adds the organisation. Because spring means more pollen in the air, many people become susceptible to allergies that can irritate sinuses. Around half of all sinus infections can be treated with antibiotics. If you have frequent infections, then try treating the underlying problem.
TREATMENT OPTIONS RECOMMENDED BY ASCIA: Steam inhalations:
Use a bowl of hot water with a towel over your head to help thin the mucus. Saltwater irrigation of
the nose: Use a spray, douche, syringe or an empty nasal spray container filled with saline (bought or 1l of hot water, 2 tsps of salt and 1 tsp of baking soda – allow to cool before using). Tilt your head to the right for 10 seconds and then to the left for another 10 seconds, then pinch the nose and lean forward for 10 seconds to assist with nasal drainage.
Antibiotics: If symptoms persist, appropriate antibiotics should be prescribed or allergy medication for an adequate duration.
“I’m going to programme a day of full body training, a day of circuit training, and then also a day for cardio and pop fitness in between the two. This is three days of training, but all of the days can be utilised more than one day per week to step it up a notch!” -American Actress TESSA THOMPSON on her exercise routine