It is a well-known fact that our food system is overloaded with added sugar. Sugar falls under the carbohydrate food group, and, along with fat and protein, carbohydrates are one of the three food groups essential to human health. But the problem comes in when a big chunk of our carbohydrate intake is in the form of added sugar and natural, healthier sugars.

Fueling up on the right foods, both before and after your workout, is an equally important part of the puzzle for any good training program. In the quest to gain muscle, there is no shortage of advice and claims on how to gain muscle.

Recent data from the International Diabetes Federation estimates that 7% of adult South Africans have diabetes. Topping almost four million people, this means that South Africa has the highest proportion of adult diabetics on the continent, and diabetes is the sixth most common cause of death in the country.

Detox diets usually consist of eating extraordinarily little (mostly just raw foods like fruit and veg) and drinking loads of fluids (usually water and herbal teas). The intention of a detox diet is to ‘cleanse’ the body of accumulated toxins. Although most of us find the first few days difficult, the lightness and improved energy levels that follow give us a feeling of encouragement.