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Amping up your circulation

By | April 18th, 2017|Circulation health, General health|

We tend to take our blood circulation for granted. For us, it’s like lift music – always there, in the background. We know it delivers blood throughout the body and distributes oxygen and nutrients, but it takes place so automatically that we take it for granted. But what happens when your circulation falters and slows [...]

This winter, knock colds with ginger

By | April 4th, 2017|General health, Immunity|

Like ducklings following their mum, the cooler weather brings colds, coughs and flu in its wake. Don’t take your sore throat or cough to the pharmacy though. Relief may already be in your kitchen in the form of a knobbly stalk of ginger. This spicy stem is one of the oldest and most popular natural [...]

Salt, health and those pink Himalayan salt granules

By | March 21st, 2017|Bladder & Kidneys, General health|

Humans, like many other animals, crave the taste of salt. In the past, we even traded salt for equal weights of gold. Today we’re still feeling the passion, but we’re confused. Should we have more? Or less? And should we all be going for those nuggety pink granules of Himalayan salt? Is salt really bad [...]

Buchu: Why this local herb should be on your medicine shelf

By | March 7th, 2017|Bladder & Kidneys, General health|

Buchu has been used as a herbal remedy for more than 3000 years. Why? What are the health benefits of buchu, and what does modern research reveal about this well-loved local plant? What is buchu? One of our best-known medicinal plants, buchu (Agathosma betulina) is native to south-western South Africa, where indigenous people have used [...]

Green tea benefits – go green for your health

By | February 21st, 2017|Anti-oxidants, General health, green tea|

Chinese green tea is brewed from the tender, unfermented leaves of Camellia sinensis. In the East, the health benefits of green tea have been recognised for the past 4 000 years. But does modern science agree? Here’s what you need to know. Black teas, the world’s most popular beverages, are made also made from Camellia [...]

Dental care during pregnancy

By | February 7th, 2017|Bone health, General health, Nutrition, Pregnancy, Teeth / Tooth health|

Many moms-to-be are so busy preparing for their baby that they overlook their own personal wellbeing – including that of their teeth. Dental care during pregnancy is more than simply resisting sweet cravings. Here’s what all expectant moms need to know about caring for their teeth and gums. When you’re pregnant, you’re given lots of advice [...]

Top 7 Natural Energy Boosters

By | January 24th, 2017|Energy, General health|

Back at work but struggling with flagging concentration and energy levels? Most people have experienced those first-week-back-at-work blues. If you’re nodding your head, albeit sleepily, we recommend kickstarting your enthusiasm with some natural energy boosters. Post-holiday fatigue is real, there’s no denying it. These seven natural energy boosters will help skyrocket your lust for life: [...]

Children sleep: How much sleep should your children get?

By | December 6th, 2016|Child health, General health|

Do your kids need more sleep? Or less? Both too little and too much can be detrimental to their health, says the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Follow the academy’s official recommendations to reveal your family’s sleep health. To sleep or not to sleep We all know that sleeping is essential to a healthy life. [...]

Varicose veins – the inside story

By | November 22nd, 2016|Circulation health, General health, Wellness|

Summer’s here! Time to unpack those floaty skirts and shorts. It’s great news for sunlovers, but not for the eight million South Africans, predominantly women, who are plagued with varicose veins, those winding, twisted purple clusters that make legs achy, swollen, tired and unsightly. What are varicose veins? There are two kinds of veins in [...]

Testicular cancer – what you need to know and how to detect it early

By | November 8th, 2016|Cancer, General health, Men's health, Wellness|

Testicular cancer represents just 1 percent of all cancers in men, but is the most common cancer in young men. Men are in crisis. They are dying too young. So this November, along with other organisations around the world, we’re focusing on men’s well-being to raise awareness about men’s health and how they can live [...]