The grips and footholds of climbing can help patients recover more quickly from a stroke in which one side of the body has suffered paralysis.
Therapy based on climbing may also help multiple sclerosis sufferers retain control over their muscles, as climbing demands coordination of movement and concentration, Ute Repschlaeger of the association of German physiotherapists says.
Studies have provided evidence of positive effects, and neurologists believe that the exercises stimulate the brain to activate dormant cells and replace diseased cells. This kind of therapeutic climbing has little in common with the sport. The point is not to climb as high as possible, but to do the grips and footholds at a low level.
Roughage in diet protects against high blood pressure and overweight
Roughage in whole meal products, vegetables and fruit reduces the risk of many diet-related diseases, including high blood pressure, chronic obesity, coronary heart disease and most probably Type 2 diabetes, according to the German dieticians association.
However, most people eat too little roughage, well below the daily requirement of at least 30 grams. To reach this target, people should eat three portions of vegetables and two portions of fruit per day, apart from consuming whole meal products. These could be a portion of muesli, three slices of wholemeal bread, two medium potatoes and carrots, and an apple.