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Brent Murphy – B.Pharm (Rhodes), MPS Why is stress so dangerous? Stress is a killer! It stimulates the formation of adrenaline and a heart toxin called C-reactive protein. These damage the heart, cause arrhythmias, high blood pressure and increase the risk of heart attack by up to 600%! Stress also elevates levels of the ageing hormone, cortisol, which suppresses immune function and causes memory loss. Chronic stress can cause insulin resistance and increases the risk of diabetes. Stress affects the brain too: it upsets the balance of brain neurotransmitters (brain hormones), resulting in depression, anxiety and insomnia. Stress also suppresses...

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Eating fatty foods, which cause the levels of cholesterol in the blood to rise, cause blockages in the arteries and this brings on high blood pressure and clot formation. Getting adequate amounts of sleep will lessen your risk for heart disease and diabetes. The most important tip for staying healthy is to avoid stress as far as possible. Take up a hobby which relaxes you and which gives you a lot of peace of mind like reading, music, gardening or even keeping pet that keeps you company. Maintaining a lot of friends is always helpful as they will help you...

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Swimming World Magazine celebrates it’s 10th consecutive year in recognising to Top 12 World Masters Swimmers of the Year. Following are the 2013 Winners and runners-up (swimmers listed alphabetically): Tim Shead, the founder of our company, and a holder of multiple S.A. Records and World Records in Masters Swimming broke another 2 South African Records at the Nationals in Bloemfontein in March 2014. Tim has just achieved his lifetime ambition in Swimming, and been named one of the TOP 12 MASTERS SWIMMERS IN THE WORLD, in the April 2014 edition of Swimmers World ! Congratulations Tim, we are all so...

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