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Natural ways to build up your immune-system.
ColdsFluInfections
April 7, 2021

Preventing the flu naturally this winter

The flu is not anything to sneeze at. It kills about 10,000 people of five years and older each year in South Africa. While that’s a relatively small number compared with the past year’s COVID-19 deaths, it’s still a heavy toll. Comparing COVID-19 and the flu  Influenza (Flu) and COVID-19 are both contagious respiratory illnesses, but they are caused by different viruses. COVID-19 is caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2), and flu is caused by infection with influenza viruses. Like SARS-CoV-2, flu is transmitted by hitching a lift on droplets from the upper respiratory tract, and by…
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Preventing the flu naturally this winter
Healthy Lifestyle
April 7, 2021

How to maintain a healthy immune system

The idea that you can boost your immune system is appealing – pop a pill in the morning and become bulletproof to all nasty bugs and germs? What’s not to love? As great as that sounds, the concept of “boosting” your immune system is a little more complicated. Immunity 101: its all about balance You can read about all the ins and outs of the immune system here, but in a nutshell, your immune system works to recognise and identify an infection or injury in the body. This causes an immune response, with the goal of restoring normal function. Often…
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Defences faltering? - 5 Warning signs that your body’s defences are down
Healthy Lifestyle
April 7, 2021

5 Warning signs that your body’s defences are down

As we trade our t-shirts for sweaters and our shades for scarfs, we are all bracing for another chilly winter. You may also be reaching for those vitamins and smoothies to boost your immunity. Say yes to cosy evenings. Say no to colds and flu. However, while we are all informed that we need to ‘boost our immune system’ and ‘get vaccinated’, each person is different. How do you even know if your immune system needs a boost? Can you measure how strong your body’s defences are? Some of us may have such a weak immunity that we are constantly…
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Love & Relationship
February 26, 2021

“It’s my right!” But are you hurting someone?

On 21 March, we will be celebrating Human Rights Day in South Africa. It is a time for us to reflect on our individual human rights, and – more importantly – to consider how we can support others to bring these ideas into reality. In other words, a reminder to embrace the spirit of “Ubuntu”, I am because you are. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu believes this is what defines us as a society: “We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole world,” he…
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Love & Relationship
February 25, 2021

How your neighbours can help build a better future

Despite the heartache, loneliness, and sadness that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought with it, there have also been stories of love, hope and happiness. In fact, as ironic as it sounds, the pandemic has brought many people and communities closer together. Helping heroes As the pandemic sunk its teeth into South Africa, local heroes stepped up to the challenge. Sandra Tshisa, for example, worried about the children in her street going hungry, so started to cook for them from her own kitchen in Khayelitsha. From helping a handful of neighbours at the start of the pandemic in March, she was…
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Love & Relationship
February 25, 2021

Say NO. And don’t feel bad about it

With just 2 letters to its name, the word NO is so simple and easy, yet it can be a surprisingly difficult word to say out loud. The truth is, saying NO does not have to be hard, or make you feel guilty, especially when you’re saying it for the sake of your health. No-one can argue that life isn’t overwhelming at the moment. In addition to worrying about COVID-19, there are all those other “normal” things that cause stress. The deadlines, the commitments, the financial worries, the family responsibilities… and the list goes on. If your plate is piled…
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Love & Relationship
February 25, 2021

Can you share your feelings, without hurting others?

As a human being, you are wired to have feelings. Expressing those feelings can have long lasting consequences to your relationships. Speaking out has the power to both deepen connection and improve meaningful communication, but can also create hurt, resentment and anger. Knowing how to express your feelings considerately is therefore essential for you to feel close to people, and vice versa. While no-one intentionally says or does anything to hurt someone else’s feelings, you are not in control of anyone else’s experience. It is for this reason you can never be sure of how they will feel or react.…
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Healthy Lifestyle
February 25, 2021

What we can learn from our Super Heroes

“With great power, comes great responsibility…” Peter Parker, AKA Spider-Man Whether or not you like superhero movies, there is a good reason why they are so popular: Even though the likes of Wonder Woman, Batman and Thor are larger-than-life characters, these superheroes essentially go through similar challenges we do. Spiderman suffers loss, suddenly has more power than what he ever wanted or dreamed of, and has to confront what this means to him. In his story, we see some of our own struggles reflected, and it inspires us to think differently about our lives: “What do I do with this…
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Love & Relationship
January 26, 2021

The Cure for Loneliness

It is the month of love, and as relationships are brought to the fore, it can become apparent just how lonely you feel. Distressing millions around the world, loneliness reportedly affects around 1 in 10 South Africans, both young and old. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, it is affecting increasingly more, and in some ways has become an epidemic on its own. Being lonely isn’t the same as being alone Loneliness is not the same thing as enjoying alone time. Rather, it’s about feeling physically and emotionally isolated. Essentially, loneliness refers to the difference between the amount…
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Love & Relationship
January 26, 2021

How does sex affect your mind and body?

Sex. A powerful force that can topple empires, ruin marriages or even lead to death. On the other hand, it is only through sex that the human race continues to survive. It is an important way to feel a sense of connection, belonging and love. What is it about sex that can bring out the best and worst in us? And how can we be mindful and nurture our sexuality in healthy ways? To understand that better, it’s a good idea to understand how sex affects both mind and body: This is your brain on sex Have you ever shot…
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