Q.: I read somewhere that increasing my kelp intake will help me manage my weight. Is this true? Pamela ANDREA DU PLESSIS REPLIES: Kelp is well known for its role in supporting weight management in cases of an underactive thyroid gland. Kelp is one of nature’s richest sources of iodine, which is essential for the […]

Read more

Are we alone in facing the pressures of maintaining a youthful appearance? Certainly not, if one considers the sheer size of the global beauty industry, predicted to reach the R400 billion mark within the next 5 years. This gigantic figure represents components of beauty care such as skincare products, cosmetic surgery and the latest craze, […]

Read more

As winter approaches, we all dread falling victim to the attack of the cold and flu viruses that are doing their rounds, especially with the change of season. Taking vitamin C may be at the top of your ‘to do list’ to banish those winter sniffles, but will it really help? The questions asked by […]

Read more

Are we alone in facing the pressures of maintaining a youthful appearance? Certainly not, if one considers the sheer size of the global beauty industry, predicted to reach the R400 billion mark within the next 5 years. This gigantic figure represents components of beauty care such as skincare products, cosmetic surgery and the latest craze, […]

Read more

Living with IBS often turns food choices into a fatiguing challenge. New information on FODMAPs may help IBS sufferers select the foods that work best for them, while avoiding those that aggravate symptoms. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one of the most frequently diagnosed gastro-intestinal disorders and accounts for almost a third of all cases […]

Read more

Is there anyone out there who does not like snacking? Probably not, which explains why snacking has made it to the top food trends for over three consecutive years. Snacking is starting to redefine our meal times, mostly in response to changes in our lifestyle, but also because we love snacks. Why is snacking becoming […]

Read more

With winter taking its toll on our health, can we rely on food to fight colds and flu? The first most important step is to always consult your doctor. However, in cases where prescription medication is not required, there are some foods and nutrients that can support the immune system in fighting colds and flu. […]

Read more

While certain foods may not be directly responsible for pimple and acne outbreaks, there are those nutrients that undoubtedly help repair damaged skin, contain flare-ups and maintain a healthy, glowing complexion. Having to live with acne at any age is both frustrating and distressing. But don’t despair as you can turn to a healthy diet […]

Read more

Lentils are a most versatile and inexpensive food, and so easy to prepare. Low in calories and fat, cholesterol free and a rich source of iron, protein, vitamins, minerals and soluble fibre, they are also one of the healthiest foods in the world. The lentil plant (Lens culinaris), part of the plant family of peas, […]

Read more