Cholesterol: The fat vs sugar debate

By |2016-11-22T17:06:12+02:00October 25th, 2016|Cholesterol, Circulation health, General health, Heart health, Nutrition, Wellness|

High cholesterol and fats, we’ve long been told, are the enemy of good health. They’ve been linked with high blood pressure, increased risk of heart attack and, of more importance to this discussion, increased ‘bad’ cholesterol, which can also lead to stroke. But do fats deserve their bad rap? Or should sugar be facing the [...]

Iodine – why do we need it?

By |2016-11-22T17:06:02+02:00October 11th, 2016|General health, Nutrition, Wellness|

Do you take iodine supplements? Or do you rely on iodised salt for your iodine intake? If you’re undecided, this information may surprise you! What is iodine? Iodine is a trace mineral your body requires to maintain proper thyroid function (this gland manufactures thyroxine, which regulates cell metabolism throughout the body). Although the body needs [...]

Beware! Heartburn could ruin your holidays

By |2018-02-13T11:57:30+02:00December 1st, 2015|Digestive system health, Nutrition|

Do you suffer with heartburn? And is it especially bad after big meals and parties? Heartburn, or acid reflux, is an extremely common health problem. Research shows that at least 2.5 million South Africans experience heartburn every day and end up popping antacids to find relief. That figure soars in the holiday season. But there [...]

Is Kelp the superfood of the future?

By |2018-02-13T11:47:21+02:00November 17th, 2015|Nutrition|

It grows in ‘forests’ in shallow, nutrient-rich coastal waters and is a common sight lying in twisted heaps on seashores around the world. Meet kelp, the world’s next superfood. Not convinced? We investigated the research into the benefits of kelp for human survival. Let’s face facts: the world’s population is growing and growing, climate change [...]

Ditch that diet, for good.

By |2018-02-13T12:23:52+02:00November 3rd, 2015|Nutrition, weight loss, weight management|

You’ve gone high-carb, low-carb, high-fat, low-fat, all-banana, all-grapefruit, all-peanut butter (really?) to lose a few kilos. What’s next? We go back to basics to lead you out of diet despair. Eating ABCs: Why we do it. The most important reason we eat is to provide energy for our bodies to work – for our brain [...]

The health benefits of pepper

By |2018-02-13T12:53:23+02:00March 10th, 2015|General health, General topics, Heart health, Nutrition, Wellness|

Always reaching for the salt despite health warnings? We discuss the effect salt has on your body and introduce the health benefits of pepper, the tongue-tingling dinner-table companion of your sodium-laden condiment. Salt facts: The effect on salt on your body Salt and pepper are staples in kitchens and on dinner tables throughout the Western [...]

ADHD: natural treatment and remedies

By |2016-11-22T13:51:38+02:00September 16th, 2014|General health, Nutrition|

[custom_frame_center shadow="on"][/custom_frame_center] Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most controversial health conditions of modern life. Drugs are generally prescribed, sometimes too rapidly. Can you treat ADHD naturally? What is ADHD According to the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Support Group of Southern Africa (ADHASA), ADHD affects eight to 10 percent of South Africans, [...]

Smoothies: healthy or not?

By |2016-11-22T13:51:41+02:00July 8th, 2014|General health, General topics, Nutrition|

You should be eating five fruits a day, or is it seven? Faced with the problem of combining a busy schedule with a good diet, many people turn to smoothies for their daily fruit intake. But are smoothies healthy? We investigated… [custom_frame_center shadow="on"][/custom_frame_center] Fruit smoothies are promoted as a simple way to boost your fruit [...]

Arthritis: 10 ways to ward off joint disease

By |2016-11-22T13:51:41+02:00June 10th, 2014|Bone health, General health, Nutrition|

[custom_frame_center shadow="on"][/custom_frame_center] Arthritis is one of the most common joint diseases in the world – it severely compromises the quality of life of thousands of people everywhere. The word, which means joint inflammation, is used as an umbrella term for a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders, most notably osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Is there anything [...]

Basic Chicken Soup

By |2016-06-30T12:28:41+02:00May 21st, 2014|Nutrition, Recipes|

Chicken soup, flavoured with garlic and onion (both virus-fighting veggies), is a sick-bed staple. We found US entrepreneur Martha Stewart’s version of chicken soup really tasty and oh-so-simple Add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper to give it an extra healing oomph. [divider_top] Acknowledgements & Photo credits [divider_top]