Men’s health: the top 6 health issues men worry about most

By | 2017-06-13T11:27:32+00:00 June 13th, 2017|General health, Immunity|

It’s said that, in general, men pay little attention to their health. We can’t confirm or deny that statement. But we’re well aware that volunteering for those uncomfortable and (let’s face it) often undignified medical checks is not easy. We’re here to help you testosterone-laden lads learn more about men’s health, and the symptoms you [...]

How candida gets the upper hand

By | 2017-05-30T11:22:23+00:00 May 30th, 2017|General health, Immunity|

Feeling great? That’s good news – the bacteria and fungi in your gut are probably working in harmony. Feeling foggy and generally off-colour? That happy balance may have been disturbed, and your levels of the usually friendly yeast Candida albicans are soaring. How does candida get the upper hand? And what can you do about [...]

Hypertension and heart health: the salt link

By | 2017-05-16T09:47:01+00:00 May 16th, 2017|General health, Immunity|

6.3 million South Africans suffer from hypertension. Every hour, 10 of them will have a stroke and five will succumb to a heart attack. Poor diet and stress are culprits, but salt, it appears, is one of the principal offenders. South Africans have one of the highest rates of hypertension (high blood pressure) in the [...]

Your immune system – can you really reinforce it?

By | 2017-05-02T12:28:42+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|General health, Immunity|

In general, your immune system does a great job of defending you against disease-causing microorganisms. But sometimes it fails – a germ penetrates successfully and makes you sick. How do you build up your immune system? Or can’t you? Here’s the lowdown from the lab. What can you do to improve your immune system? The [...]

Amping up your circulation

By | 2017-04-18T10:43:33+00:00 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 | 2017-03-31T11:24:36+00:00 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 | 2017-03-21T10:02:38+00:00 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 benefits: Why this local herb should be in your medicine cabinet

By | 2018-03-13T17:14:30+00:00 March 7th, 2017|Bladder & Kidneys, General health|

Buchu benefits are known 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 its leaves [...]

Green tea benefits – go green for your health

By | 2017-02-21T10:13:48+00:00 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 | 2017-02-07T07:33:59+00:00 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 [...]