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National Nutrition Week takes place annually from 9 to 15 October, this year the theme is “Rethink Your Drink – Choose Water!”
In this week’s NGO-Pulse we look at a guideline compiled by The Nutritional Information Centre at Stellenbosch University to help consumers make the best choices about how much water to drink. It is said that water is the healthiest liquid for your body when in need of hydration and that it forms part of every cell in the body and on average comprises 50% of a woman’s body weight and 60% of that of a man. Every system and function in the body depends on water.
The guideline states that despite the benefits of water, many people prefer other drinks such as cool drink, fruit juice, coffee, tea, milk or sport drinks. These beverages could contribute to the daily energy intake. For instance, a glass of regular sweetened carbonated cool drink contains at least 418 kJ, while a glass of artificially sweetened cool drink contains less than 5 kJ, making the latter a far better choice for an overweight or inactive adult.
Water is highly recommended for daily fluid intake. Despite the focus on hydration and de-hydration in many official reports, some studies have shown that plain water consumption is associated with better diets, better health behaviours, and a lower burden of chronic disease.
What is depression? Who suffers more from depression, men or women? Do teenagers suffer from depression? There are more questions about the disorder, personally I never understood what depression was until I read a few articles about this illness.
There are normal life stressors and feelings that can lead to depression such as losing a loved one, getting fired from a job or feeling sad, lonely and scared. However, in the case of individuals who are diagnosed with depression as a psychiatric disorder, the manifestations of the low mood are much more severe and they tend to persist.
There are different types of depressive disorders, and while there are many similarities among them, each depressive disorder has its own unique set of symptoms and the most commonly diagnosed form of depression is Major Depressive Disorder. This is characterised by at least five of the diagnostic symptoms of which at least one of them is either an overwhelming feeling of sadness or a loss of interest and pleasure in most usual activities. Other symptoms include decrease or increase in appetite, insomnia or hypersomnia, psycho motor agitation or retardation, constant fatigue etc.
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