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Women and Stress Women experience and react to stress differently than men do, with very specific stress related health challenges Both men and women experience stress with its related health problems and risk implications. Most, if not all illnesses and ailments have an underlying current of long term stress at the source. Some health challenges read more…

By Dr Arien van der Merwe, a leading local expert and author on wellness and stress management, and owner of the Healthy Living Space. With much in the media recently highlighting the addictive nature of sugar and the associated negative impact on overall health, I believe that the nation’s obsession with sugar and refined foods read more…

Scarves, Denim & Bling Dress the part and join us for a fun filled event to inspire you while improving your health & wellbeing! Event details: Venue: Healthy Living Space, Brooklyn  Date: 4 July 2015 Registration: 9:00 Starts: 09:30 Ends: 14:00 Price: R550 including refreshments on arrival and brunch during break.  Booking essential as space read more…

Allergies Allergies are very common in the childhood years. To mention a few of the many factors involved – genetic tendency, pollution and smoking, toxins in food, tension (always look for signs of stress in children), marginal vitamin deficiencies and antibiotic abuse. Atopy (from the Greek for “difference”), the tendency to develop some form of read more…

Lose fat, be healthier! Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe, medical doctor, natural and ethno-medicine practitioner and author of the soon to be released book (NB Publishers) on diabetes and metabolic syndrome Losing weight, especially fat weight, is not only about a better looking body, but more importantly, about managing the health risks that read more…

Just Pure Products Gentle & Natural Skin Care Just Pure Products are compatible with all skin types, even extremely sensitive skin. Our range also includes products suitable for skin concerns such as eczema. The Just Pure Product comprise the following ranges: skin, body, ambiance, men and petite fleur (baby). Just Pure combines innovative research and read more…

Just Pure Just Pure was launched in November 2007, by Tamsin Koen, after a period of product development and formulation. Today people are becoming increasingly aware of using natural skin and body care. Just Pure’s vision has been to create an awareness of the health benefits of using natural skin care, and the added value read more…

Skin Tips Brought to you by Just Pure Skin Deep   Healthy glowing skin is the result of a balanced lifestyle, careful cleansing, toning and moisturising, which means that choosing the right skin care product requires careful consideration. Personal care products contain carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, endocrine disruptors, plasticisers, degreasers and surfactants. They are the chemical read more…

Medical Screening Tests Gesondheidstoetse vir elke dekade (soos gesien in Beeld, Leefstyl, 13 Mei 2015) / Health Screenings for each decade Adapted from Health & Happiness by Dr Arien van der Merwe, revised edition 2013 Click here for Health Screenings (Gesondheidstoetse) done at the Healthy Living Space. English: Click on download to get a PDF of read more…

Irritable Bowel Syndrome: The Stress Connection Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe MBChB FRSPH MISMA NHA Medical doctor, Author, Medical Specialist: Health & Wellbeing   The connection between stress and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) The exact cause of IBS remains uncertain, but the following trends that might help people make sense in finding possible read more…

Health Awareness The Importance of Health Screenings Health screenings can identify and assess the following health risks: diabetes, metabolic syndrome, high cholesterol, overweight and obesity, osteoarthritis, cancer, heart disease, chronic inflammation, depression, etc. Dr Arien herself is an example of why regular health screenings are so important. A very unpleasant surprise awaited her when she did read more…

Inflamm-Ageing It’s the current buzzword in the anti-ageing world. We explore the way chronic inflammation accelerates ageing and how to slow things down – Lynne Gidish The word “inflammation” comes from the Latin word “inflamatio”, which means “to inflame or set on fire”, explains Dr Arien van der Merwe, owner of Healthy Living Space in Pretoria (www.drarien.co.za). Click here for page 1 of Dr read more…

Three Keys to a Younger You Due to the great response of the Workshop held on 28 February 2015, we decided to do a repeat workshop on 28 March 2015. Click here to see some of the feedback of 28 February 2015. Morning workshop with international renowned holistic health expert and bestselling author Dr Arien read more…

Heart Healing in a Nutshell Sanskrit: Anahata, meaning flawless, unstruck or unbeaten (Joseph Campbell likens this unstruck vibration to the humming of an electrical transformer, or the unheard – to our ears – humming of atoms and molecules) And the day came when the need to remain closed became more painful than the risk to read more…

Three Keys to a Younger You: Feedback Repeat Workshop: 28 March 2015 Feedback from some of the participants: Very interesting. Thank you very much!!! Learnt a lot and curious to know more i.e. life = style, destress, emotional wellness Interesting especially on natural remedies and release of emotions Fantastic! Very educational!!! Dr Arien is great! read more…

The Most Important Nutrients for Heart Health The most important nutrients for heart health include: An antioxidant combination with enough vitamins A, E, C and minerals zinc, selenium, chromium High dosages (50-100mg each) of the B-complex vitamins B1, 3, 5, 6, choline, inositol; 50 microgram of B12 and biotin; 400 microgram of folic acid Magnesium read more…

The First NHRF Conference on Holistic Health Date: Saturday, 21 February 2015 Venue: Protea Hotel Centurion. Speaker: Dr Arien sets the scene for the day, as opening speaker: Holistic Medicine – An Introductory Talk Click here to view Dr Arien’s Presentation on Holistic Medicine Read more about the event: http://nhrf.withtank.com/current-event/ 

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