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- 17JanA WORD FROM OUR CEO
Simon Alston shares what’s sprouting at Wellness this year
- 24JulFocus: Our Experts Weigh In
We ask our in-store Wellness Consultants for their advice on improving focus in daily life.
- 20AprThe Healing Process
The body’s great ally and defence, a well-functioning immune system is the primary mechanism required for optimal healing.
- 02JulMove from the Heart
We ask a personal trainer and motivational speaker how to make exercise truly enjoyable.
- 02JulMushrooms as Medicine?
Medicinal mushrooms - Eastern woo-woo or bona fide medicine?We’ve been using fungi since 1942 - when penicillin was first used as a treatment to fight infection - and have since derived many other medicines from them. These include antibiotics to fight bacterial infections, statins to reduce cholesterol, numerous immunosuppressants, diabetes and malaria medications and –seemingly paradoxically - antifungals. The scientific evidence regarding medicinal mushrooms is accumulating, and to say it’s looking optimistic would be an understatement. While the evidentiary waters remain fairly murky, we'll attempt to tease out some fact from the fungal folklore…
- 02JulHealth Hacks from the Yoga Kitchen
There are times when life can feel like a race against the clock, with a seemingly endless list of responsibilities to fulfill. While the prospect of making changes to your diet may seem overwhelming, if you don’t have time to eat well, you could waste even more time feeling unwell. The good news is that there are a few simple habits you can adopt to make cooking and eating for optimal wellbeing an easily ritualised part of your day and life. Here are some of our favourites…
- 20FebStress Solutions
Every human and non-human animal experiences stress as a basic functional or survival requirement and instinct. It’s a natural and normal part of life, and can’t be avoided. Stress expert Bridget Edwards shares the typical effects of and responses to daily stressors, and offers some of her top tips for combatting the widespread challenge in daily life.
- 01AprHealthy, Happy Habits
A habit is a behaviour that has been repeated enough times to become automatic. A mental shortcut learned from experience, if you will. As behavioural scientist Jason Hreha shares, “Habits are, simply, reliable solutions to recurring problems in our environment.”
- 01AprFatigue: Our Experts Weigh In
We ask our in-store health consultants for their advice on combatting fatigue in daily life.
- 01AprThe Fundamental Five
Overwhelmed by the wide choice of vitamins, minerals, herbs and tinctures suggested for daily use? We simplify the world of supplements by looking at the five most important companions for overall health: detoxifiers, inflammation fighters, alkalisers, antioxidants and gut healers.
- 01AprJoin The Clean Fitness Revolution
Conventional sports supplements can contain artificial ingredients and unhealthy fillers, without any scientifically backed actives. Switch to cleaner supplementation with natural strength and endurance boosters.
- 01JanMorning Routine
If the thought of waking up with the birds makes you yawn, taking advice from the ancients can help you burst into the day with joy and energy.
- 01JanThe Magic of Meditation
Meditation is hailed by many as the ultimate ‘medicine for the mind’, with practitioners reporting far-reaching positive effects on their mental and physical health as well as general quality of life. Learn more about incorporating the practice into your life to access the peace and clarity that can only be accessed in the here and now.
- 01JanSleep Solutions
Sound sleep is one of the most important factors contributing to our overall wellbeing. Yet more than half the world’s adult population reports not getting enough of it. We guide you through some well- and lesser-known ways to get the shut-eye you’ve always dreamed of…
While sleep requirements vary slightly from person to person, most healthy adults need between seven and nine hours per night to function at their best.
- 01JanChilled Out Children
Mindfulness is becoming common practice in schools across the globe, with studies reporting reduced stress and enhanced mental performance as a result. Over 5 000 UK teachers have been trained in the teaching of mindfulness, and 2017 saw the roll-out of a mindfulness curriculum in numerous schools across the US. There is no doubt this approach can benefit South African children, too – particularly in light of the unique set of challenges with which many are faced, both at school and at home.
Mindfulness is a calm state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment while gently acknowledging and accepting one’s thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations without judgment.
- 01Jan10 Superfoods For Radiant Wellbeing
Whether you’d like to boost your immunity, increase your energy, elevate your mood or simply make a delicious smoothie, we’ve got a superfood for you.
- 01JanSante Wellness Retreat & Spa
A stone’s throw from Cape Town, the charming winelands town of Paarl is home to a new wellbeing destination that’s already delighting locals and visitors alike.
- 11DecA Message from the HeartAs 2018 draws to a close and we prepare for the festive break, we're presented with a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the year that's been.
- 11OctDeep Breath, Here Comes A MassageSituated in Craighall, Johannesburg set apart from the outside traffic and busy roads is a little escape, a retreat centre that, once through the gates, you feel like you are away in the country. This is an urban escape you don't have to travel very far to get to. Hands-on Retreat has a bubbling brook running through the property, has separate wooden massage cubicles and relaxation gazebos on the expansive grounds and a deck overlooking the gardens where some of the massages take place. Couples needing a romantic break, new mothers wanting to catch up on sleep, girlie sister circles and busy executives all converge here to reset and recuperate. It has a dining area serving meals, sleep-over accommodation and is available for quick pop in visits as well.
- 11OctThe Art Of Letting GoThe real cause of the stress in our lives is not our perceived problems, but our mind's incessant commentary about them. Why is this mental chatter so pervasive, and how do we learn to let go of it?
- 11OctFeeling HeadyHave you ever considered doing a scalp detox? Think about it, we lather all kinds of shampoos and conditioners on our hair and rub them into the scalp at the same time. We sweat under our beach hats or in our hot yoga classes or trail run. We pay so much attention to our hair and not too much to the actual scalp. Doing a scalp scrub creates a deep clean, feels amazing, boosts circulation and is excellent to stimulate healthy hair growth. Replace one of your shampoo rituals with a scalp scrub once a week.
- 29MarDrop in Deeply by Robyn WilkinsonYoga is a global mass movement practiced by more and more people worldwide. We look at what the physical aspect of yoga has to offer and why everyone is getting hooked. We also explain some of the principles behind the practice from asanas to pranayama.
- 29MarBeauty - Is It More Than Skin Deep? By Robyn WilkinsonWhen it comes to people's relationship with their bodies, there's a huge amount of judgement, criticism and even hatred in the mix. Yet creating a nurturing and loving relationship with your body is a key part of how you interact with the world and other people. We explore the complexities around self-acceptance and look at what's involved in developing a positive relationship with your body.
- 29MarClose to the Bone by Kirsten Alexander
Have you ever given much thought to your bones? They're a vital part of your body's structure and as with every other aspect of your physical health, bone health must be considered.
- 29MarHealing with Hemp
There are so many names and claims associated with Cannabis, it gets a little confusing trying to understand the difference between hemp, Marijuana, CBD, and the types of extraction and dosage. We thought it was high time we explain which part of the plant is healing, which part you can use to make clothing and which part makes you high.
- 08MarBetter Sleep, Better YouSleep is essential to wellbeing, yet millions of people don't get nearly enough of it. In today's busy society - where processed foods, sugary beverages and highly stressful jobs are the norm ' it's no coincidence that sleep deprivation has become increasingly prevalent. It can increase the risk of certain chronic health problems, and can also affect how well we think, react, work, learn, and get along with others. Numerous factors can contribute to poor sleep, including vitamin and mineral deficiencies. We explore two essential natural supplement solutions for better sleep.
- 28DecYour Guide to Going Vegan by Lara Potgieter
Veganism is on the increase globally, with the lifestyle showing an explosion over the past three years. A rising awareness of the health impact of eating meat and dairy coupled with consumer awareness around ethically produced and environmentally sustainable food is to thank for the landslide movement.
- 21DecCreate a Home Healing Kit by Lara PotgieterEmpower yourself with an arsenal of remedies for some of the most common household ailments with our natural first aid kit essentials'
- 21DecPower of Prevention by Lara PotgieterIt's never too early or too late to work towards becoming the healthiest version of you.
- 21DecKnow Your Food Label by Kirsten AlexanderIf reading labels and ingredient lists seem confusing, this guide will help decode things like serving sizes, NRV's, nutrition claims and truths about fat and sugar content.
- 28SepRenew Your Mind with Neuro-Linguistic Programming
Visualise your ideal you, alter your internal dialogue, correct limiting beliefs, risk criticism from others, roll your shoulders back, breathe, smile and offer your fabulous self to the world.
- 28SepMeet Our Cover Model
After gaining over 50 kg during her studies and early working life, our cover model Tracey-Lee Lusty started her popular FITNESSGIRL Instagram account to document her weight loss journey in January 2016. What started as a personal visual diary grew into a source of inspiration for thousands, and Tracey started the FITNESSGIRL website to offer readers more health and fitness info, as well as a snapshot into her busy life as a full-time attorney. We chat to her about the secrets behind her success.
- 29AugRetailing Kindness - by Kirsten AlexanderHow much of the food on supermarket shelves actually goes to waste? Retailers around the world are finding ways to feed the world on what you don't want.
- 29AugGrowing Gratitude - by Lara PotgieterGrateful adults are happier, more optimistic, have better social connections, and are more satisfied in all areas of their lives. The same applies to children, who can be inspired to make gratitude a way of life through a number of conscious parenting attitudes and activities.
- 24Jul4 Supplements to Balance Blood Sugar Levels & CravingsYour body needs blood sugar ' in fact your brain runs on it. Take note though: the sugar your brain needs isn't the same sugar you put in your tea ' it's the glucose created when food is broken down in your system. When blood sugar is low, you tend to feel a bit fuzzy, battle to concentrate and can be irritable. Because humans are geared for survival, low blood sugar levels lead to cravings ' your body knows you need an injection of sugar, fast. Your brain will often look for the quickest source of energy, and that might be an unhealthy high-calorie doughnut. With this quick sugar injection, you'll just as quickly get the low ' meaning you'll crave another high energy snack and it can become an unhealthy cycle of cravings and sugar slumps.
- 24JulDeep Healing From Within
Heighten your spa experience by bedding down and using the weekend to relax even more deeply. I always feel that it's such a treat after a massage or spa treatment not to have to drive anywhere but to be able to extend the relaxing effect further throughout the day. That's why a spa weekend makes so much sense. Heading out to Paternoster, a sleepy beach town on the Cape West Coast, is an ultimate treat.
- 24JulDream LifeMachiel Klerk, analytical psychologist and dream analyst gives immense weight to the role that dreaming can have on our lives. I sat with him in an interview and couldn't help being mesmerized by his stories about dreaming. Dreams are the habitat of the inner genius and if we learn how to connect with them they'll direct us towards leading a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
- 24JulYoga Nidra - by Kirsten AlexanderWe look at an ancient practice called yoga nidra as a way to improve sleep, reduce stress and generally bring about a healthier, happier life.
- 24JulMind Over Muscle - by Kirsten AlexanderIs true strength really all in the mind? From the ancients to modern day body builders, it appears there's something in it.
- 24JulA Guide to Ayahuasca - by Skye Forrester
Yag, Vine of the Soul, The Tea, La Purga, La Medicina; thinking of experiencing Ayahuasca? Here's what you need to know. We speak to experienced Shamanic Space Holders, Skye and Helm Indira, for a practical guide to this ancient brew.