‘My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where she is.’ ˜Ellen DeGeneres According to Hippocrates, walking is the best medicine. Walking is one of the least expensive and most broadly accessible forms of physical activity. Studies have shown that walking has higher levels […]

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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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‘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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Typical South African lifestyle patterns may impede our health and weight management, with stress as the central focus. Ian Craig discusses the benefits of exercise, the health ramifications of excessive exercise, and balancing fight-or-flight responses with relax and repair restoration. In the Palaeolithic times, we would walk large distances every day to collect edible plants […]

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Pain is a symptom, often a very strong symptom. It is a personal experience, and is influenced by all that we have learned and experienced, culturally and in our upbringing. While pharmaceutical drugs are powerful and can provide rapid pain relief, they often have side-effects when used in the long term. Dr David Nye describes […]

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‘It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.’ John Steinbeck Today insufficient sleep is increasingly seen as important to public health, with too little shut-eye linked to medical and occupational errors as well as disasters on the road […]

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There is nothing worse than not being able to sleep as it affects the way you function throughout the day and can also have a far-reaching impact on your health. There are, however, simple and natural ways to help you catch some valuable shut-eye. Diet, hormones, stress and a lack of minerals can all play […]

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With this edition’s article on insomnia we pay homage to World Sleep Day which, on 17 March, celebrates the undeniable link between enough sleep and good health – both physical and mental. If you suffer from insomnia, it can be incredibly irksome when those around you seem to nod off effortlessly. Sometimes it can be […]

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Are you familiar with the mid-morning blues? That feeling that even after eight hours of sleep you could have used at least another two? You may be deficient in magnesium. Along with sodium, potassium and calcium, magnesium is one of the four macro-minerals, essential to all life. A study in the 1960s by American physician […]

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Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleave of care The death of each day’s life, sore labour’s bath, Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course, Chief nourisher in life’s feast. ~ (William Shakespeare, Macbeth II.ii) There’s nothing like a good night’s sleep to make you feel tip-top. We ‘sleep on it’ when there’s a […]

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