Category Archives: Vitality and Health

Good questions for good health: Is depression real?

A large part of preventing and treating depression is to be conscious and cautious of the illness. This means being free to talk about depression. The World Health Organisation’s campaign on depression is aimed at encouraging more people to freely talk about depression and to seek help if need be. But in order to talk about depression, we must be knowledgeable of its Symptoms and effect.

This month we provide you with a free downloadable booklet entitled “Depression; what you need to know.” This booklet was compiled by the National Institute of Mental Health. It will help you learn more about depression and how affects people of all ages. We urge all parents to read the section on Teens (page 7-8) so as to be more aware of how to help your child if you think they might be depressed.

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To know more about the symptoms of depression, watch the World Health Organisation’s video below – I had a black dog, his name was depression.

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More links

What causes depression? Harvard Health Publications | Harvard Medical School 

Facts about depression | World Health Organisation

Everton Football Club Winger Aaron Lennon detained under Mental Health Act | BBC 


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Good Questions for Good Health: How much rest do you need?

Please start by reading the article “Let’s talk: How much rest do you need?” in Issue 20 of ZASA Magazine (May 2017) to understand the context of this post, it is supplementary material. Download the magazine free here.

We now know that getting enough rest is key to good health and well-being. A good night’s sleep is by far the best way of achieving rest. This probably explains why we spend one-third of our lives sleeping. It is estimated that if you sleep an average of 8 hours each day, you will sleep for 229,961 hours in your lifetime. This is more than you will spend either eating (32,098 hours), watching TV (80,486 hours) or both.

How do you know if you are not sleeping enough? More importantly, how does sleep work? In the two videos below, Professor Richard Wiseman – renowned psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom – discusses how sleep works and how we can master it. Start off by taking the sleep test, first.

Good Questions for Good Health: How can you get involved?

As we continue with this series, we urge you to continue asking good questions. We would like to create a platform where your views, health goals, and concerns can be shared. A platform from where you can draw strength and inspiration as we share inspirational health stories from Zambia and the world over. Do you have an experience you would like to share with us? Have you been living with an illness for a long time? Share with us how you have been managing. Do you have a health question you would like us to explore? Get in touch with us by sending an email to zasamag@longwemedia.co.za or better still, leave us a message below or on our Facebook page.


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How to spot fake health news

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Our new Good Questions for Good Health series is dedicated to helping you take on the challenge to be more informed about your health and healthcare.  We kick off the series by discussing some of the ways in which you can identify unreliable health news.

Very important – please start by reading the article “Let’s talk: Does detox really work?” in Issue 19 (download here) of ZASA Magazine (April 2017) to understand the context of this post, it is supplementary material. The magazine is free.

The Benefit of Knowing

Being well informed about your health can have tremendous benefits. If you are suffering from a chronic illness, knowing more about your condition and health options may help improve your health and quality of life. It also allows you to avoid complications associated with certain illnesses. Above all, it allows you to take part in your healthcare. But how do you discern good health news? With a flood of made up news, more especially on social media, how do you know which information is trustworthy?

Weighing your Options

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A Few Things about Diabetes

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Very important – please start by reading the article “Let’s talk: Taking Charge of your Diabetes” in Issue 17 (download here) of ZASA Magazine (February 2017) to understand the context of this post, it is supplementary material. The magazine is free.

A Few Things about Diabetes (by Steven Nonde, BSc, Biomedicine)

A key part of managing diabetes is managing what you eat. Dietary changes and physical activity can help you control your blood sugar and slow down the progression of diabetes-related complications. In people without diabetes, being physically active and following a healthy diet can help you prevent diabetes and other chronic diseases (such as high blood pressure).

Following a high-fibre, low-fat eating plan;

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Making Diets Work

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Very important – please start by reading the articles “Why diets don’t work” in Issue 14 (download here) and “Why diets don’t work | Part II” in Issue 15 (download here) of ZASA Magazine to understand the context of this post, it is supplementary material. The magazines are free.

Making Diets Work (by Steven Nonde, BSc, Biomedicine)

Dieters need to understand the true nature of dieting and how they can make it work to their advantage. For any weight loss program to be considered effective, it must allow the body to lose weight in a way that is beneficial and not harmful to your overall health. Even though losing a significant amount of weight may be gratifying, sudden loss in weight can be extremely harmful to your body and health. Like the old adage goes, ‘good things indeed come to those who wait.’ Gradual (yes, gradual) loss of unwanted weight is a much safer alternative. If you are on a diet or contemplating one, here are a few things you may need to consider: Continue reading Making Diets Work

Vitality and Health | Let’s talk about Uterine Fibroids (FAQs)

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Please start by reading the article “Let’s talk about Uterine Fibroids” in Issue 13 of ZASA Magazine to understand the context of this post, it is supplementary material. You can download the magazine for free here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Is there any way of preventing Fibroids?

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Vitality and Health | Concerns over irrational drug use in Zambia

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Please start by reading the article “Study raises concerns over irrational drug use in Zambia” in Issue 12 of ZASA Magazine to understand the context of this post, it is supplementary material. You can download the magazine for free here.

Download Steven Nonde’s Research Paper here.