The basic function of any joint is to allow for movement. When joints swell, it’s because fluid has accumulated in the joint. Bleeding in the joints usually follows some form of trauma and micro-trauma can occur due to repeated action of a joint, most frequently the wrist, fingers or elbow. Because joints contain many pain […]

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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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We are plagued by the pollutants of our modern world, which threaten our health and well-being on a daily basis. Thankfully we can turn to ancient methods of detoxification to ensure some measure of protection over toxic invasion. Wouldn’t it be nice to live in a pollution-free environment, where we drank only the purest of […]

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High blood pressure is on the increase and is caused largely through bad eating habits. The good news is that you can keep your blood pressure in check by making a healthy switch to the more traditional African foods that are available on our doorstep. Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is reaching epidemic […]

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A ‘prevention is better than cure’ way of living stresses the importance of nourishing, supporting and strengthening your body to promote vitality, instead of waiting for illness or symptoms to manifest. We as South Africans tend to dread winter, especially as it is associated with frequent colds and a vulnerable immune system. But the importance […]

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Q: I was diagnosed with asthma in my early twenties. Is there a remedy, oil or herb that I can take that will cure my asthma? If not, can something natural be used with my asthma pump to help reduce attacks? Thank you for your help. Desirée DR SANDI NYE REPLIES: Thank you for your […]

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A small amount of exposure to the sun does you good, providing you with the vitamin D your body needs – but too much is definitely bad for you! If you do happen to overdo it, here are a few natural after-sun treatments to ease your discomfort. As Woody Allen so famously said about the […]

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Q What foods are most beneficial for the brain – and what is best avoided? WC A SALLY-ANN CREED REPLIES: Brain food is found in various places. Sunshine is one interesting source – the vitamin D3 your body forms when you are in the sun contributes to better memory and an improved mood, quite apart […]

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Besides slip, slop, slap, seek and slide factors, can food or supplements protect you from the harsh reality of our African sun? Dr Sandi Nye believes that they can. An ice-cold drink in a tall, frosted glass or a fruity sorbet will help keep you cool, but how about adding some protection from the summer […]

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What do we mean by functional and how does what we consume affect the body? Ian Craig discusses your functional health through the lens of sports drinks. What do I mean by functional? Functional has been a buzz word in exercise for many years, so we can use it as an example: Exercise needs to […]

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