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Category Archives: Optimal Health & Wellbeing

Gentle Detox Developed by Dr Arien – especially for you!   Are you feeling exhausted or sluggish, bloated, with hair and skin looking lifeless and dull, waist band just a little too tight? You could be in need of a simple, gentle, healthy 2 day detox – a weekend cleanse will work well to restore read more…

A string of pearls: Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) A Natural Approach to PCOS Written by Anri van der Merwe (Physiologist and Fitness Specialist) What is PCOS? PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) or PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Disease) is a common endocrine system disorder among women of reproductive age, affecting 5-10% of women. PCOS involves irregular ovulation in read more…

Gut Health Written by: Dr Arien van der Merwe MBChB FRSPH MISMA NHA Introduction Billions of microorganisms live on and inside us. Most are beneficial, some are potential pathogens. The beneficial ones are called probiotic microorganisms. Lactobacillus (e.g. L acidophilus and L plantarum) bacteria reside mostly in the small intestine, and Bifidobacterium bifidum are found read more…

The Natural Approach to Menopause After countless calls after a recent radio talk, Dr Arien realised once again how important it is for all of us to obtain health and wellness related trustworthy information. Here is an excerpt from her book Health & Happiness (Geluk & gesondheid) on the natural approach to menopuase. For more information read more…

Ginkgo biloba   Summary of Ginkgo biloba’s many benefits in the human body Brain: keeps the mind alert, lifts the mood, regulates brain metabolism, enhances mental function, memory, concentration and focus. Circulation: improved blood supply with oxygen and nutrients to peripheral body parts (especially helpful for winter hands and feet as well as impotence). Senses: optimises read more…

Essential Fatty Acids Extract Summary from Dr Arien van der Merwe’s book Health & Happiness Poly- and mono-unsaturated fatty acids form part of the fats (lipids) that serve as a source of energy in the body. Fat is the form in which the body stores its energy. Lipids also form part of the phospholipid structure read more…

Coconut Oil Facts Written by Anri van der Merwe. Adapted from an Article by Something Natural What is coconut oil? Coconut oil is preserved form the white meat of the coconut. There are two types of coconut oil, namely: 1. Virgin coconut oil – pressed form the fresh meat of raw coconuts. It is cold-pressed read more…

Spice Up Your Life Spices are not just great in food but the health benefits are unbelievable!   Try this easy recipe for allergies: Mix together a pinch each of ginger, cinnamon, mustard powder and turmeric, with a little raw honey in hot water – it makes for a delightful spicy drink. Add a pinch read more…

Spring and Summer Sunshine Tips We were designed to live under the sun! However, sunburn and overexposure to the sun without protecting our skin, could damage our DNA. It also causes photo ageing. That means it breaks down the elastin and collagen fibres that support the skin, causing wrinkles and premature ageing.That’s why so many read more…

Health Benefits of Weight/Fat Loss A little goes a long way when it comes to losing some body weight, particularly fat. Research has shown that losing 5-10% of your body weight, can have major benefits for your health. Such a small loss may not seem like much if you’re trying to fit into your bikini, read more…

Sleep and Health One of the most important health benefits is sleeping 7 to 8 hours in darkness and quiet every night. Following your natural sleep-wake rhythm or circadian cycle, is one of the most important ways of keeping cortisol (the long term stress hormone) levels balanced during the day. Our body, including our mind, brain read more…

A Peek Inside Yourself – Live Blood Analysis Adapted and edited by Dr Arien, based on an article published in Natural Medicine Journal, March 2012, originally written by Dr David Nye, co-authored with Dr Okker Botha You stare enthralled, with rapt attention, at the blood cells floating across the screen in front of you. It read more…

The Energy Vitamins: Vitamin B2/Riboflavin   Vitamin B2, part of the B-complex vitamins, is crucial to metabolise carbohydrates into energy used for fuel by all the cells.   What does it do? Vitamin B2 (with the other B-complex vitamins) is important for body growth and red blood cell (necessary for oxygen transport) production. Vitamin B2 read more…

Meditation Learn to Meditate: A life skill that will improve your health and happiness, while ensuring an optimal sense of wellbeing Would you prefer a calmer, more peaceful life, managing the daily stress triggers with equanimity, as a human being (vs. a human doing!) from the still centre of a quiet mind? Learn to meditate, read more…

The Energy Vitamins: Vitamin B1/ Thiamine Written by Anri van der Merwe Vitamin B1, part of the B-complex vitamins, is crucial in the metabolism of carbohydrates, therefore the conversion of carbohydrates into energy for fuel. What does this mean? Vitamin B1 helps the body convert food into energy for fuel. Carbohydrates are broken down into read more…

Dr Arien’s Healthy Living Tips 1. Drink water Drink enough pure, clean water – 250ml for every 10kg body weight, every day. 2. Avoid toxins Avoid toxins in food, water and in your environment – take a regular detox break 3. Eat the right fats Eat the right fats – daily use of oils like read more…

The Energy Vitamins aka B-complex Vitamins Are you a B-liever or a non B-liever? Written by Anri van der Merwe (BSc Hons: Physiology; Fitness Specialist) The B vitamins consists of B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), B7 (biotin), B9 (folic acid) and B12 (cobalamin). Under the B vitamins we will read more…

The Importance of Sleep Sleep restoration and rest More people now actively attend to nutrition & exercise to promote good health, but fail to recognise the importance of sleep. Sleep is the foundation for optimal alertness & performance. Sleep is critical to health, wellness & longevity and a vital physical need. We require sleep for read more…

Supporting your Immune and Respiratory Systems during Winter Because the symptoms of the common cold are caused by more than 200 different rhinoviruses (rhin = nose) the development of a vaccine for the common cold isn’t practical. By supporting your immune and respiratory systems, you will be able to prevent colds, flu and allergies. After read more…

Flu vs Cold: A Natural Approach with Dr Arien Most of us get a feeling of impending doom as winter approaches.The reason: cold and flu season associated with stuffy noses, fever, aches, pains. The following information might just help you to prevent and control the winter blues! Introduction: The difference between colds and flu Flu read more…

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