Detoxing has been practiced for millennia and is all the more important today as we live in an increasingly toxic environment. Choose a detox programme to suit yourself and start your new year clean. Are you hoping for a clean start in the New Year? Detoxification is one of the first steps to take if […]

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The New Year is a time to start afresh – so be brave and get rid of everything in your kitchen that could wreak havoc with your health. Restock with nutritious foods, beverages and snacks. If you don’t have forbidden products in your kitchen, you won’t be tempted to eat them in moments of weakness. […]

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Spring is known as the time for new beginnings and rejuvenation, and for the shedding of winter sluggishness and the traditional concept of ‘spring-cleaning’. It is also an ideal time to engage in cleaning up the internal environment of the body. Environmentally we live in a relatively toxic soup – whether we like it or […]

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‘When we are dealing with an essential oil and its odoriferance, we are dealing directly with a vital force and entering the very heart of the alchemy of creation.’ (Marguerite Maury) The 40 weeks of pregnancy are a profound and blessed state of being for most women. This is a time for ‘mum and tum’ […]

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Q I am suffering from quite a lot of pain in my gut and sometimes I feel really bloated. Could I have IBS? I am the CEO of a big company and have a lot of stress. Should I see a doctor or are there natural home remedies I can use to treat the condition? […]

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It is important to modulate oestrogen metabolism to avoid a variety of health conditions, including life-threatening diseases. The term oestrogen is used to collectively describe the female hormones, the most potent of which is oestradiol. Oestrogen affects the growth, differentiation and function of diverse target tissues – not only those involved in the reproductive process, […]

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The human microbiome, which is comprised of all the microorganisms (the microbiota) that live on and in humans, plays an essential role in determining good health. Microbes cover every surface of our bodies, inside and out. They’re on our skin, inside our noses, mouths, whole respiratory tract, plentiful in our digestive tract, reproductive system, and […]

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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 […]

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Because irritable bowel syndrome has such a wide range of symptoms, the diagnosis has become something of a ‘catch-all’. Before you start any medication regimen it’s therefore essential to rule out other conditions that may be causing your digestive problems. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is one the most commonly diagnosed digestive disorders. If you haven’t […]

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Dr Arien van der Merwe discusses natural treatment options and stress management tools to relieve irritable bowel syndrome. This approach will help alleviate symptoms of any disorder or disturbance in digestive tract function. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or spastic colon is a functional disorder affecting the bowel or parts of the gastro-intestinal tract. After colds, […]

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