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Category Archives: Skin/Integumentary System

Collagen in a nutshell Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe   What is collagen? Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and is the ‘glue’ that holds the whole body together. It can be compared to a scaffold or matrix that provides strength, structure, elasticity and support for the bones, muscles, 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…

Natural Recipe for Sunburn, Insect Bites, Blue Bottle Stings, Skin Irritations Try this easy natural recipe for sunburn by making it from scratch to ensure that all the ingredients are in the mixture and to ensure correct amounts.   Ingredients: 1 cup each of chopped lavender and calendula flowers – to be found in most gardens  1 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…

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…

The Nutritional Cost of Prescription Drugs Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe MBChB FRSPH MISMA Extracted from ‘Herbal Remedies’ by AvdM; Tafelberg Publishers Except for the known side effects, many of the most frequently prescribed drugs can cause nutrient depletion. Many of the side effects of drugs can be prevented by using basic food supplements read more…

Health & Happiness (Fox & Raven Publishing): Interview with Dr Arien Today we have a chat with Dr Arien van der Merwe, author of the best-selling Health & Happiness, now available as an ebook from yours truly. So let’s not waste any time, and get to it!   Tell us a bit about yourself – how read more…

Dr Arien’s Timeless DNA Serum   A potent and natural Serum with health and longevity promoting DNA telomerase supporting ingredients, blended with moisturising, healing and nourishing,mostly South African oils. Special oils and herbs were carefully selected to nourish, deeply moisturise, plump and rejuvenate even the most sensitive and dehydrated skin. Some of the oils were read more…

Antioxidants: Dr Arien’s Heart Brain Body Support & Antioxidant (excerpt from my book ‘Health & Happiness’, revised edition 2013, available from the Health Shop)   An antioxidant is exactly what is says: against oxygen. Every living thing needs oxygen. But certain kinds of oxygen can be dangerous and detrimental to our health.During all the metabolic read more…

Telomerase:   Some background to understand what telomeres are and what the enzyme telomerase does:   The DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid molecule) is coiled up as chromosomes inside the cell nucleus and contains the genetic code of all organisms. DNA informs cells which proteins to make. These proteins determine cell differentiation and every one of millions read more…

Vitamin D: The sunshine vitamin Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe MBChB FRSPH MISMA as an article excerpt from Health and Happiness, the newly revised and edited book written by Dr Arien, published by HSM Publishers, Jan 2013. Please visit www.healthstresswellness.com for more information The body makes vitamin D when sunlight is absorbed by read more…

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