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Category Archives: Digestive System

Microbiome: Reinstate Homeostasis (Internal Balance) Digestive Health  Written by Dr Arien van der Merwe (MBChB NHA FRSPH MISMA) Definition and introduction The microbiome is the full complement of the genes contained in all the microbes, tiny living single cell organisms, found throughout and inside the human body and the oldest form of life on earth. 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…

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…

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…

The Natural Approach to Treat IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) Written by ©: Arien van der Merwe MBChB (Pretoria) FRSPH (London) MISMA (UK) NOTE: The natural treatment options and stress management tools discussed in this article, will of course alleviate symptoms of any disorder or disturbance in digestive tract function. Introduction Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or 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…

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…

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 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…

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…

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