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20 Sep

Raise your hand if you’re a grown adult still dealing with full-blown breakouts on the reg. Yeah, we know the struggle.

Acne can be an entire force of nature on its own sometimes, and literally anything from hormonal fluctuations, genetics, stress, makeup, pollution, sun exposure and even your food choices can be to blame. It all just makes us feel like staying home, in a box, eating kale forever, right?! What a buzz-kill! That’s why we’ve partnered with Eau Thermale Avène (just Avène for short) — the experts in caring for sensitive skins — to bring you the best tips to keep nasty breakouts at bay.

1/ Consult an expert

If the blemishes are severe, it is important to get to the root of the problem. Seek the advice of a dermatologist or medical professional to assess the nature and degree of your spots — this is the first step in finding a solution that will work for you.

2/ Manage your stress

Trying to balance a hectic schedule at work and a super busy social life can be stressful. Well, try not to panic, say the experts. We know its easier said than done, but finding ways to unwind is not only beneficial to your overall health, it’s also good for the skin.

3/ Watch what you eat

If you are prone to blemishes, try to avoid high-glycaemic foods such as sweets, chocolate, refined grains and cereals, and fried or junk food.

4/ Cleanse and soothe

Blemishes thrive in a dirty environment. Cleansing your face in the morning and evening with a cleanser suited to your skin type, is important when fighting blemishes. Acne-prone skin can be constantly irritated, so soothe your skin and help restore its natural balance with a product like Avène Thermal Spring Water Spray.

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5/ Use specialised skin care products

There are so many products on the market, so finding the right one can be frustrating. The easiest way to approach it is to make sure you use a credible product that addresses your skin needs.

Eau Thermale Avène’s TriAcnéal Expert offers a specialised solution for women who experience stubborn blemishes and residual marks. Its key active ingredients include the following:

  • Diolényl, which helps limit bacterial growth, soothes redness and reduces blemishes
  • X-Pressin gently exfoliates and smoothes the skin’s texture
  • Retinaldehyde rejuvenates the skin and reduces the appearance of residual marks (it also has added anti-ageing benefits as a bonus)
  • It is also rich in the naturally soothing Avène Thermal Spring Water

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6/ Protect your skin from the sun

UV rays can make blemishes worse and cause major irritation… it can also leave you with dark spots. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily to protect your skin. But before you slap on the SPF, make sure the sunscreen is perfect for your skin type. If you have dry skin, opt for richer “cream” textures and if you struggle with combination or oily skin, go for mattifying “fluid” options.

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20 Sep

A wise person once said: “When the going gets tough, take a couple of naps” and another one said: “Always take naps when you can. It is cheap medicine.”

While hilarious, witty and fun, these statements have never been truer than they are today. According to a recent study conducted by researchers from the University Hospital of Lausanne in Switzerland, taking one to two afternoon naps a week could reduce your risk for heart attack, heart failure and stroke by a whopping 48% (so naps aren’t just a lazy indulgence after all!). 

As with most things in life, you can have too much though… Taking more than two afternoon naps in a week did not provide the same benefit. Ugh.

“We found that frequent nappers had initially a higher risk for incident cardiovascular disease,” Nadine Hausler, lead author of the study and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, said in a statement. 

“However, when we took sociodemographic, lifestyle and cardiovascular risk factors into account, this increased risk disappeared.”

How the study was done 

The study, published in the British Journal of Medicine: Health, analysed the napping habits of close to 3 500 Swiss adults between the ages of 35 and 75 over a period of five years. The researchers also looked at the participants’ night-time sleep habits, gathered their lifestyle information and took a range of medical tests to assess their overall health. 

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At the end of it, 155 participants had heart-related medical events – some fatal. Compared to the people who did not nap at all, the results showed that nappers (one to two times a week) cut their risk for cardiovascular disease by 48%. 

While the link between napping and heart health was found, the researchers couldn’t quite give a reason as to why the link existed. 

“The mechanisms are not straightforward. We assume that occasional napping might be a result of physiological compensation allowing to decrease the stress due to insufficient nocturnal sleep, and this could have a beneficial effect on cardiovascular disease events,” Hausler explained. 

READ MORE: 9 Things You’re Doing In Your Sleep That Signal A Bigger Health Problem

The study’s limitations

The study noted that there were some limitations to their findings, the most important of which is the fact that a lot of the study relied on self-reported data. 

“Due to the observational nature of the data, we cannot rule out the possibility of residual confounding,” the study said. 

“The study was conducted in a Swiss population-based study, so generalisability to other settings where naps are either more or less frequent is not guaranteed. Hence it would be important that our findings be replicated in other settings.” 

Limitations or not, Hausler expressed that these findings were important to know and consider going forward. 

“We can say that occasional naps can potentially decrease cardiovascular disease risk for healthy adults.” Boom. 

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20 Sep

Connie Ferguson Dishes Her Secrets To Looking This Good At 49

Friendly warning: serious fitness goals ahead.

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20 September 2019

Connie Ferguson, TV actor and producer and all-round media powerhouse, is 49. She’s amazingly ageless — this much you can deduce through her pics or posts (and still they do no justice to the real thing). But it’s her positive attitude towards all things healthy that leaves us in awe. This mom of two and grandma of one credits her shape to her new boxing workout. WH ventured with her down the road of exercise and life lessons and found she wasn’t short of valuable parting shots.

Working out is not just for exercise

Despite her hectic filming and production schedule, Connie always finds time for a sweat sesh. “I think it’s important to feel good, and exercise makes you feel good.” A typical exercise session for Connie consists of a mix of cardio-intense pad work, weight training and resistance training. “I don’t want to be skinny — I want to be fit. I work out four to five times a week; the other days are my rest days. And people are discovering that it’s not just about physical health, it’s actually about mental health [as well]. The combos that I do are long; they’re great for mental fitness as well.”

Don’t sweat the small stuff

It’s difficult to imagine someone like Connie having body hang-ups. “I was very skinny when I was young. I used to hate my long arms. I’m naturally petite. I used to worry about my A-cups. I couldn’t find my comfort. Until life made me comfortable. After [second daughter] Ali, I went slightly bigger.” Mother nature left her with womanly curves and a B-cup. But her long slim arms didn’t change. She still struggles to fit into suits — even doing push-ups. But that doesn’t stop her. She finds different variations of push-ups to keep going. “I’m trying to work my arms every day.”

READ MORE: The HIIT Workout Routine You Can Do In 15 Minutes Flat

Stay true to yourself

Biggest life lesson? “Remain humble. This industry is very tough and it’s very easy to get a big head. I’ve been in the industry for 30 years and people always ask me ‘how do you remain relevant?’ My thing is that I always knew why I was doing what I’m doing. And it was never for the glory or for the fame. It was simply because I was/am passionate about it. It’s what I do — and I do it well. It makes me happy, it makes the people that watch me happy.”

READ MORE: Lesley-Ann Brandt Looks Amazing Naked! We Got Her Hot-Body Tips

Make time for happiness

The little time Connie finds for herself she directs to the things that matter to her — family and health. “… Whatever time I have I want to spend with family.” And her family extends to her fit fam too. “… These gym sessions have kind of filled [a] void, for not being [good at] the friends thing. So now I have gym buddies. It’s nice to have that female energy. Female friendship has become important.”

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20 Sep

You’re about to end off your magical date after an evening of good banter, but before you both get into your cars to drive off, they lean in for a hug. He or she hugs you and their arms find their way around your waist. You’re holding your breath, with hopes that they don’t feel your love handles. They miss and you let out a sigh of release because you forgot to do your side crunches today.

Ask any woman about her favourite body part and she probably won’t speak about her amazing love handles – that excess fat that sits on the side of the waist, also known by its no less cute name: muffin top.

Women’s Health spoke to 2019 Next Fitness Star finalist and certified group fitness instructor Renché Seyffert about the different natural ways we can get rid of our love handles.

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This workout consist of 12 exercises and will take approximately 25 minutes. Your obliques will be on fire — guaranteed!

Warm-up: muscle activation

Set your timer for four minutes. Perform 12 reps of each exercise before moving onto the next. No rest in between.

  1. Upright Oblique Dips
  2. Upright Oblique Crunches
  3. All 4 Windshield Wipers
  4. All 4 Side to Back Crunch

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Get moving, say goodbye to love handles

For these moves, the 50/10 principle applies. Work for 50 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds. Beginners can follow the 40/20 principle. Work for 40 seconds, then rest for 20 seconds.

Combo 1
50 seconds – Rainbow Dips
10 seconds – Rest
50 seconds – Spider Crunches
10 seconds – Rest
50 seconds –Combination: 2 Rainbow Dips, 2 Spider Crunches, 2 Rainbow Dips, etc
10 seconds – Rest

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Combo 2
Perform the entire set on the right and then on the left
50 seconds– Side Plank Dips
10 seconds – Rest
50 seconds – Side Plank Crunches
10 seconds – Rest
50 seconds – Combination: 1 dip, 1 crunch, 1 dip, etc
10 seconds – Rest

Combo 3
50 seconds – Heel Taps
10 seconds – Rest
50 seconds – Bridge Side Pluses
10 seconds – Rest
50 seconds – Combination: 2 taps, 2 side pulses, 2 taps then a 10-second rest

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Combo 4
Perform the entire set on the right and then on the left.50 sec Side Flutter Kicks
10 seconds– Rest
50 seconds – Side Crunches
10 seconds – Rest
50 seconds combination: 2 flutter kicks, 1 crunch, 2 flutter kicks, etc.

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20 Sep

Even if you spend a fortune on your skincare routine — cleansers, masks, toners, serums, you name it — you might not be considering the unkempt Beautyblender you press into your face daily for months on end. Think about it: When’s the last time you cleaned your blender? If it’s not after each use, you’re not cleaning it enough.

Take it from celebrity esthetician Renée Rouleau, who says, “A Beautyblender holds on to bacteria, so when you use it in the morning, you’re spreading germs and oil all over the face.” Beyond spreading bacteria, she adds, “You’re creating an environment in the skin where, potentially, breakouts could be exacerbated and the skin is not in optimum skin health.”

Because a sponge is porous, it can be a cesspool harbouring caked-in makeup, face oils, and even mould, all of which are transferred onto your face every time you use it. Plus, you can imagine that a dirty sponge simply won’t work as well when it’s soaked in layers of old creams and powders. First, the colour of any past products can be accidentally transferred. Second, the textures of your products can be compromised by cross-contamination.

If your makeup sponge is so filthy you’re not even totally sure what colour it was when you originally bought it, it’s time for a good suds session. Getting your makeup sponge to look brand new doesn’t have to be a complicated nor time-consuming process. We found five of the best tutorials to help motivate you to finally clean your damn makeup sponge, ahead.

Method One: Scrub it with a bar of soap.

Squeeze your makeup sponge under running water until it’s completely soaked and expands in size. Using any bar soap, rub the sponge back and forth against the bar while applying pressure to build up a lather and deposit the cleanser inside. Once the soapy foam has turned into a bubbly foundation shade, rinse the sponge under clean running water until the water runs clear.

Method Two: Massage it with olive oil and dish soap.

Mix a two-to-one ratio of dish soap and olive oil and massage it into a dry Beautyblender. Once the makeup sponge has soaked up the mixture, rinse it under warm running water. Squeeze and rinse repeatedly until the water runs clear.

READ MORE: One Thing You Should Really Be Doing With Your Make-Up Brushes

Method Three: Microwave it.

A quick zap can be just what you need to disinfect your makeup sponge. Nuke it in your kitchen microwave with some dish soap and say bye-bye to micro-organisms that may be growing on the sponge. First, mix a few drops of mild soap (dish soap or baby shampoo will work too) with water in a microwave-safe cup. Make sure there’s enough of a lathered solution to submerge the sponge fully. Give the sponge a big squeeze in the water, then microwave the cup for about a minute. Wait at least 30 seconds for the cup to cool before grabbing it from the microwave.

The soapy water will transform into gross makeup stew, and your once-dirty sponge will look like new. Once the water cools off, rinse your sponge and wring it out under running water. Just be sure to never microwave a dry sponge, nor leave it in too long — apparently Beautyblenders melt.

Method Four: Use organic products.

Because we don’t get Dr Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap, here in South Africa, look for a natural soap cleanser made with organic oils.

Add a few drops of the liquid cleanser directly onto the sponge and begin massaging, pressing, and pushing it into the sponge under running water. Allow it to create a lather. Rinse and repeat. Once the lather turns white (and no longer contains makeup), you’re ready to rinse and dry.

Method Five: Throw it in a mini washing machine.

If the only thing that will get you excited to wash your Beautyblender is a cute, novelty purchase, we’ll take what we can get. This mini washing machine fit for a Barbie doll went viral as an option for lazy girls to get their makeup sponges clean with almost no effort at all — that is, if you don’t count the effort you’ll put into documenting the process for Instagram.

Although it’s technically not made to clean your beauty tools at all, this child’s toy could actually pass for maintaining your sponges in a pinch. You’ll still need to schedule regular deep-cleaning sessions like the ones above, but some dish soap and a battery-powered spin cycle is just what you need to freshen up your favourite sponge temporarily.

PS: Don’t forget about drying!

Keep in mind, drying your Beautyblender properly is just as important as the regular cleanings. Tossing a damp sponge into a makeup bag or back into it’s packaging with the lid on, will create mould. Let it air dry thoroughly before packing it away. Rouleau suggests, “leave them out in the open (not in a drawer) where the most amount of oxygen can get to them.” She also adds, “Ideally, leave them to dry in the sunlight since they will dry faster but UV sunlight allows for some antimicrobial activity to help cut down on germs.”

Above all, keep in mind that while regularly cleaning your sponge will help extend its longevity, these sponges aren’t meant to last forever. Beautyblender suggests replacing yours after three months of use — and it’s a great rule of thumb for all your makeup sponges.

This article was originally published on www.womenshealthmag.com 

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20 Sep

It’s National Wills Week and it’s safe to say that South Africans simply don’t care about having a will. This is not according to me, but to a statistic by the Master of the High Court that reveals that almost 70% of South Africans don’t have one.

The consequences? Turmoil and disagreements after your death, a situation that no one would want to leave their family in. 

“A valid, clear and up to date will helps your family, and the executor of your estate, through what is already a challenging time,” Bryan Nicol, Independent Financial Advisor, tells us. 

READ MORE: Time For Real Talk — Are Women In South Africa Safe?

It states your wishes for how your assets are distributed and how your affairs are to be handled. It’s more than just letting your family know which of your things they can have – it’s also for your family to know what your last wishes are.

Here, we’ll go through the different ways that you can draft your will so that you can find an option that works best for you and finally get it out of the way. 

Get an attorney 

Nicol tells us that having an attorney draft your will for you is the best option. 

“The attorney will need to have a good understanding of what assets and liabilities you have on your name, how you are married, your immediate and extended family and so on,” he explains. 

“Once the lawyer understands your estate, they can assist you with how it can all be distributed and how the liabilities will be covered.” 

Type it out 

While not the most ideal option, you can draft your own will on your computer. But there are certain considerations you need to make when doing this. Nicol explains that you first need to make sure it’s labelled “Last Will And Testament”, state your full name and surname and let it be known that you are of legal age to draft it. 

You will also need to make sure that you have addressed all the various elements involved in winding up your estate, including but not limited to, appointing an executor of the estate, naming a guardian for minor children, listing assets and how they’re to be distributed (see bottom of article for a full check-list). 

Handwrite it

“If the will is physically handwritten, it must be legible as there is no room for doubt or misinterpretation,” Nicol says. 

“If you ask someone else to write it on your behalf, the person cannot be nominated as a beneficiary. However, if this is the case, that person will forfeit their share.” 

He goes on to say that in both instances (computer drafted and handwritten) the document needs to be signed by the testator (person who makes a will, aka you) as well as two witnesses. It’s also important to remember that the witnesses need to sign in the presence of one another and of the testator and they cannot inherit anything. 

Interesting fact: Witnesses don’t have to read or know the contents of the will. 

Do it online 

There’s almost nothing you can’t do on the internet.

“Online wills often prompt you throughout the process of completing the template. You then download it and sign it,” Nicol says. 

“This may be an appropriate route for someone with a very straightforward estate. It works best if you’re single with no dependents and have minimal assets.” 

Use a financial institution 

Lastly, financial institutions often offer some sort of will drafting service and it’s wise to take advantage of this, especially if you can’t afford an attorney. 

“Much like having an attorney draft your will, you will be assisted throughout the process,” Nicol tells us. 

“I cannot emphasise enough how important it is to get the drafting of the will right, especially if you have family who depend on you.” 

Remember this: Always make sure your nominated executor is aware of your will and knows where to find the original. Store the original safely and make certified copies. 

Your checklist

Nicol outlines the most important things to consider when putting your will together:

  • Have a list of all your assets and liabilities with market values for each property.
  • Know what life policies you have. Then, if appropriate, ensure the intended recipients are nominated as beneficiaries on these policies, as this will influence the Estate Duty that will be payable. Make provisions for any outstanding taxes so that this burden doesn’t fall on your heirs and legatees.
  • Have a list of the people you want to inherit from your assets.
  • Make it as clear as possible as the law provides for assumptions to be made should this not be the case (e.g. two people inherit the same property from your will).
  • Revise it appropriately after major life events (e.g. marriage, the birth of a child), to add any new assets (e.g. property), to remove sold assets, and to ensure beneficiaries inherit as you intend them to.
  • Point out whether you want to be buried or cremated and address any other last wishes you may have.

What makes a will null and void: 

  • It will be void if the testator did not sign as required by law. Sometimes a “mark” by the testator will be accepted, but this comes with its own requirements.
  • The testator must be at least 16 years of age to draw up a will as well as be in a sound state of mind. A person needs to be at least 14 years of age to sign as a witness.
  • The document needs to be signed by at least two witnesses. If this is not the case, it could be ruled invalid.
  • The will becomes invalid if it can be proven that it was drawn up under duress or fraud. 
  • If it is not dated, it will be void.

“If you die without a will your assets are distributed according to the law of intestate succession. This starts with the testator’s spouse, then children, then parents, and then extends to other family and ends with the government receiving the asset.”

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20 Sep

If you follow a few Instagram influencers, then I’m sure you’ve seen your share of weight loss products, such as “meal replacement shakes” and “detox teas”. Well, you might start seeing less of them very soon. Instagram has started rolling out new community guidelines detailing which type of weight loss products and cosmetic procedures can be promoted on the app.

Under its new guidelines, posts that promote the “use of certain weight loss products or cosmetic procedures, and has an incentive to buy or includes a price,” will not be shown to users under the age of 18.  And content that “makes a miraculous claim about certain diet or weight loss products, and is linked to a commercial offer such as a discount code” will no longer be allowed.

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The initiative is backed by actress and founder of the Instagram movement iWeigh, Jameela Jamil. Jameela is vocal about influencers and celebrities roll in diet culture and body confidence. She said in a statement, “This is a huge win for our ongoing fight against the diet/detox industry. Facebook and Instagram taking a stand to protect the physical and mental health of people online, sends an important message out to the world. I’m thrilled to have been able to work towards this with them, alongside a host of other experts who shed light on the danger of these products.”

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THIS IS HUGE NEWS. @i_weigh are changing the world together. After a bunch of shouting, screaming, and petitioning… we have managed to get the attention of the people at the top, and they have heard us and want to protect us. And this is just the beginning of our efforts. As of now, if you’re under 18, you will no longer be exposed to any diet/detox products, and for all other ages; all fad products that have bogus, unrealistic claims will be taken down and easy to report. I’ve been working with Instagram all year towards this, who were amazing to deal with, and they expressed that they passionately care about creating a safer space for us all online. This happened so much faster than I expected and I’m so proud and happy and relieved. WELL DONE to the many people who have been working towards this huge change. This is a mass effort. This is an extraordinary win that is going to make a big difference. Influencers have to be more responsible. ❤️

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Many of the weight-loss products advertised on Instagram have harmful side effects, which influencers obviously don’t disclose. The detox teas that promise flatter tummies and less bloating can have you running to the toilet due to them acting as a laxative. And in actual fact have very little to do with fat loss but will rather have you losing water weight — which you’ll gain back.

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There have been numerous studies on the effects social media has on our mental health and self-esteem. Social media has been linked to higher levels of loneliness, envy, anxiety, depression, narcissism and decreased social skills.

Instagram has taken these studies into account, and have dedicated to bettering their user’s mental health. For example, their help centre has a dedicated tab that informs users about eating disorders, how to help a loved one to might be suffering from one and helplines to contact.

Instagram’s public policy manager, Emma Collins, said in a statement on Wednesday that the changes were aimed at dealing with the growing industry of influencer marketing on the platform.

“We want Instagram to be a positive place for everyone that uses it and this policy is part of our ongoing work to reduce the pressure that people can sometimes feel as a result of social media,” Collins said.

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20 Sep

First off, wtf is surgical mesh and why should you worry about it? “Mesh” is a fabric-like material used as a reinforcement for tissue or bone, and for over 50 years it’s been used in surgeries to repair hernias and prevent reoccurrence. So far, so good. But its uses evolved to repairing tissue in the pelvic region, which is where the trouble started. Since then, many patients, the majority of them women, have been doomed to a lifetime of pain and discomfort.

“The Mesh totally ruined my life”

So says Phindile Mncube, who had surgical mesh implanted without her knowledge. “I sometimes can’t even get out of bed and have to ask my mom for help. I can’t go anywhere without drugging myself with pain tablets. The pain affects me in such a way that I can no longer work or play with my kids.”

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In 2016, Phindile was experiencing excessive bleeding and severe period pains. Doctors diagnosed a hematoma and performed surgery to drain it. But after two years, her condition had become worse. “I was in a lot of pain and constantly sick, so I went to another hospital. [Later] I found out I was put in a mesh. The mesh was put in without my consent and I was kept in the dark about it,” she explains.

But removing it could be life-threatening…

Erosion of the mesh can cause damage to the surrounding organs, but removing surgical mesh is a difficult task – as Phildile found out. “I’d done research about removing the mesh, but the doctor who found it said it’s impossible. The mesh is attached to my intestines and uterus, so it’s too dangerous, life-threatening,” she explains.

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These dangers have resulted in countries like the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand banning or restricting the use of surgical mesh. In a review article, authored by Professor of Materials Engineering at Trinity College Dublin, David Taylor, said: “Chemical degradation of the material due to bacterial infection, and poor surgical technique, are two potential reasons for the failures, but further work is needed — especially the examination of failed mesh products — to properly determine the underlying causes of this problem.”

But while the medical field figures out whether surgical mesh does cause more harm than good, women like Phindile are left to deal with the side effects. “I take pain medication and try to avoid eating inflammatory foods. I also try not to move too much and relax my body most of the time,” she says.

So, what does this have to do with you?

If you’re ever in a position where you might need to have surgical mesh inserted to fix a prolapse or urinary incontinence, talk to your doctor about your options. And as gynaecologist and endoscopic surgeon Dr Natatalia Novikova explains, there are plenty. “Pelvic floor exercises are effective in milder forms of prolapse. We also have new tech such as vaginal laser and radiofrequency non-invasive office procedures, which are helpful for women with mild prolapse,” she says. But in cases where the prolapse is more severe, surgery would be needed.

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Stress urinary incontinence is a condition where women leak urine as they jump, sneeze, cough and run. Traditional treatment includes pelvic floor exercises and, if these don’t work, the next step is a sling procedure, where surgical mesh (much smaller than vaginal surgical mesh used for prolapse repair) is inserted through the vaginal wall underneath the urethra.

“Alternative surgery to a sling is a surgical procedure called Burch (a keyhole procedure where the neck of the bladder is suspended from nearby ligaments with sutures) or an injection of Bulkamid, where a bulking agent is injected around the urethra. It has very promising results for mild to severe stress urinary incontinence,” says Dr Novikova.

The bottom line

While surgical mesh has shown promising results when used to repair hernias, the results from its uses in gynaecological surgeries are less successful. There is no guarantee of how a patient will react to surgical mesh, but discussing your options with your doc will help find the right one for you – one that won’t negatively affect your quality of life.

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18 Sep

Make This Healthy Jerk Chicken Recipe On Braai Day

This is all we want to eat this weekend!

Amy Hopkins |

18 September 2019

Looking for a delicious, healthy chicken recipe to try on the braai? This Joburg-style Jerk chicken recipe from Sharon Lurie’s new book: A Taste of South Africa with The Kosher Butcher’s Wife is all we want to eat this weekend!

It’s got tons of good-for-you immune-boosting ingredients like garlic, ginger, apple cider vinegar and chillies! As well as all the vitamin C from citrus juice.

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The Joburg-Style Jerk Chicken Recipe Story

“It was my nephew’s destination wedding in Jamaica. Somehow, I could have been in my hometown of Durban. Perhaps it was the bougainvillaea draped everywhere, cascading down from the highest of pillars. Or the palm tree-lined roads that led to calm beaches, where water gently rolled up and down the white sand that surrounded the cabanas of our resort. If the aroma of Blue Mountain coffee and coconut rum cocktails was a hint of what was to come, it promised to be a culinary experience like no other. Jamaica is famous for its jerk chicken and, although not traditionally South African, it has become so popular. I think we make it as often as Jamaicans do.” — Sharon Lurie.


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17 Sep

Triathlon season is starting again and if you swim, bike or run, it’s such a great sport to get into! Do it as a team with mates or commit to learning and training for all three disciplines. We’re not saying you have to do IRONMAN (yet), but it is addictive! As I found out this year…

The triathlon bug

I started really getting into running four years ago. Then two years ago I started cycling. This year I set myself the challenge of learning how to swim (properly) and then combed all three. Triathlon is addictive because the variation is stimulating, the multi-disciplines are challenging (especially when done together in one session) and the environment is a VIBE!

I started with a training crew called EMBARK, which really helped me in terms of coaching and motivational support. Read my story: “10 things you need to know before doing your first triathlon”. I wrote it after completing my first tri in the beginning of the year – and there was a lot to learn! I then went on to complete my first IRONMAN 70.3 in Durban (1.9km swim, 90km cycle and 21km run). It was tough. And I ugly cried when I crossed the finish line. But it was also amazing! And there are definitely more in my future.

In South Africa we have some seriously talented triathletes. And one of my fave sportswomen is Annah Watkinson. She has a full-time job in the banking industry and happens to be a pro triathlete. She is just amazing. She shared some amazing tips with me for triathlon success. But even if you’re just a cyclist or a runner, there’s some cool sound advice here.

My coach, Steve Attwell (founder and owner of Embark) is also a wealth of wisdom and I share his pointers here too.

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Tips from the tri coach

“Cross-training allows for the use of different muscles — muscles that are perhaps not challenged in your chosen sport,” explains Steve. Let’s say your chosen sport is running. If all you do is run, you’re much more likely to get injured than if you do multisports. “It also gives the hardworking muscles a chance to recover. For example, if you are running a lot and you swim on your off days, the swim gives your legs a break while challenging the upper body more. It still gives you a good cardio workout, so you never feel like you are not getting a good workout,” explains Steve.

Similarly, cycling can really help build endurance, but isn’t as hard on the body as running, so you can go for longer and recover faster.

On taking on a new challenge, Steve says that when you step out of your fitness comfort zone and try something new, your life will be transformed. “You’ll become more confident, you’ll make better choices at mealtimes,” he says. “If you drink, you’ll drink less and you’ll inspire others to make changes in their lives. You’ll be more productive; you’ll have more energy and you’ll smile more.” That has all been super true for me.

Steve’s advice: “Don’t compare yourself to anyone else except yourself. Everyone grows and performs at a different rate and level; comparing yourself to someone will only get you down.”

Annah’s top triathlon tips

Like most of us, Annah got into running to lose weight. Fast forward a decade and she’s a kick-ass pro triathlete who just kicked butt at IRONMAN World Champs in France.

An average week of training looks like this for her: 20-25km of swimming, 60-90km of running and eight hours on the bike. “I feel like I’m in a perpetual state of taking off wet and sweaty athletic kit and getting in the shower. And only for two minutes as I live in Cape Town!” she says. She shares some insights into her training and secrets to success.

1/ Get enough rest.

“Critically, I try to get to bed and sleep as soon as training, work and eating are done for the day.” Some evenings Annah gets home late from work and has to adjust her training schedule. But sleep is a high priority. “For me and my coach, there is no such thing as ‘overtraining’ but rather ‘under recovering’.”

2/ Find the gear that works for you.

Annah uses a Roka Women’s Maverick Pro II Wetsuit, a Cervelo P5 bike and Nike running shoes. Annah uses the Nike Epic Reacts for training and the Nike Vaporfly 4% for racing. “Putting on racing shoes is like putting on red lipstick for a night out on the town. My racing shoes are lighter (and faster) than my training shoes and as a result you only take those out on big occasions — race day!”

3/ Have a mantra.

Annah loves her mantras and finds that they keep her (and others) motivated. One of her faves is: “Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement.”

4/ Practise your nutrition.

Annah battles to eat breakfast on race-day because of nerves, but her go-to is oats with some peanut butter and granola for crunch. “Different things work for different people. It’s vital to practise your race-day nutrition so that you’re comfortable on race day. I take in between 150 to 250 calories per hour or I try drink or eat every 20 to 30 minutes. GU Gels are 120 calories and I put these into a single bottle with a little water to dilute in order to easily sip. I also have some GU Chews and a bit of homemade fudge on the bike just to change the texture and flavour of what I’m consuming.”

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