A gift to yourself! – By Lydia Altini

A gift to yourself! – By Lydia Altini

Did you know? February is Healthy Lifestyle Awareness month. I’m wondering how this makes you feel? Do you want to know more or are you ready to stop reading because, let’s be honest, you’ve heard this all before. Or does this just make you feel guilty – “Yes, I know I should stop smoking, slow down, eat more vegetables and go to the gym! But it’s just not that simple!” You’re right – if it were, you would have reached your goals by now. The truth is, you don’t need to be told WHAT and WHY, you need a HOW....

18 Tips To Boost Your Self-esteem – By Sharon Steyn

18 Tips To Boost Your Self-esteem – By Sharon Steyn

“As long as you look for someone else to validate who you are by seeking their approval, you are setting yourself up for disaster. You have to be whole and complete in yourself. No one can give you that. You have to know who you are – what others say is irrelevant.” – Nic Sheff Perhaps one of the reasons we enjoy watching movies like Brigitte Jones’ Diary – even years after it was a box office hit – is that we resonate with her lack of self-esteem and struggles and we secretly hope that if our heroine’s problems can be...

A Little Micro-needling Q&A

A Little Micro-needling Q&A

Can hundreds of tiny needle pricks really make your skin look better? In short, yes. Originally known as ‘Collagen Induction Therapy’, Microneedling is now a well-documented skincare treatment option for overall skin rejuvenation. The major benefits of microneedling include: the reduction of wrinkles and fine lines, improves the appearance of scars, and reduces the appearance of stretch marks, and prevents the signs of aging. Here are some things you might want to know before your treatment…. Q: How does microneedling work? The “controlled injury” treatment process opens up your skin with tiny tears helps to refresh sun damaged skin and actinic keratosis, address...

Hooked On Spas – For Good Reason

Hooked On Spas – For Good Reason

The International Spa Association defines spas as ‘places devoted to overall well-being through a variety of professional services that encourage the renewal of mind, body, and spirit’. It’s no surprise then that spas are at the forefront of wellness, the latter of which is one of the fastest-growing industries on the market today.  In our very busy, stress-filled lives, we are continuously seeking ways to sustain a healthy wellness lifestyle and rejuvenate our bodies and minds.  But why exactly are we so hooked on spas? Where medical and spa meet There are so many reasons why we love going to...

Holistic Approaches to Optimising Aesthetic Treatments

Holistic Approaches to Optimising Aesthetic Treatments

Instant gratification is one of our main vices in the twenty-first century.  Anything we want, we want it immediately. And this is no more evident than when we make the decision to undergo any aesthetic treatment. If we want to lose weight, revitalize our skin or augment certain body parts, we want to see the positive change instantly.  However, what we tend to forget is that in order to ensure optimal and sustainable results from all treatments, a holistic approach is absolutely vital. An all-inclusive approach Preparing the skin for aesthetic treatments should, therefore, involve an all-inclusive strategy including a...

Report: Health and Beauty Spa Industry in South Africa 2017

Report: Health and Beauty Spa Industry in South Africa 2017

PR News Wire shares a report on the Health and Spa Industry in South Africa Total revenue in the South African health and beauty spa industry is estimated to have reached R1.54bn in 2016. The industry employed approximately 5,500 people and there are more than 700 spa facilities in the country. South African Spa Association (SASA) statistics reveal that many spas are linked to hotels and resorts and that more than 80% of spas are locally-owned. Download the full report: https://www.reportbuyer.com/product/2675547/

Journal Article: Maintained weight loss for 1 year increases insulin sensitivity in women

Journal Article: Maintained weight loss for 1 year increases insulin sensitivity in women

Women with overweight or obesity who maintained at least 15% reduction in body weight for 12 months were more likely to have improved insulin sensitivity when compared with normal-weight women and women with overweight or obesity who regained weight, according to recently published findings. “Although some studies show sustained improvements in insulin sensitivity with successful weight maintenance at 12- and 18-month follow-up, other studies have shown either continued improvement or a reversal with weight regain,” Jacolene Kroff, PhD, of the division of exercise science and sports medicine at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and colleagues wrote. “It is,...

Safeguarding Your Future Health

Safeguarding Your Future Health

We’ve all wondered what the best steps are to effectively and sustainably improve our overall health. The emergence of a cutting edge, scientifically-based approach, known as precision medicine, appears to address this quandary – and will undoubtedly be used more and more in future. Precision medicine involves an approach to day-to-day healthcare, as well as disease treatment and prevention, that considers an individual’s genes, environment and lifestyle. It, therefore, empowers patients and physicians with genetics-based information to help make better overall lifestyle choices. A significant part of this approach is gene testing. The tests are performed on a sample of...

Tips and Trends from the World of Wellness

Tips and Trends from the World of Wellness

It’s about less sugar, more quiet and going on that holiday   With growing concerns around non-communicable diseases (NCDs), many individuals are making the necessary changes to their lifestyles for their wellbeing. Wellness and its efforts are about “being aware of and making choices about a significant existence”, says public health specialist and Medical Director of Spiral Aloe Clinics Dr Mothomang Diaho. After over 30 years in preventative medicine, Dr Diaho shares that “the alarming increase in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in our society has a lot to do with our lifestyles and an inability to moderate our behaviour or change...

IV Nutrition Drips – the quick fix to stress overload

IV Nutrition Drips – the quick fix to stress overload

Can you remember the days when taking a holiday left you rejuvenated and rearing to go? Is it just me or does this timeout not work as well as it used to. Getting rid of accumulates stress is never easy. With an imbalance between input and output, and a limited number of hours in the day, we remain stuck on the hamster wheel of life, accumulating excess at every turn – work, social, drinking, food and exercise. This affects how we feel and how our bodies function. We are in a state, and although we make the New Year’s resolutions...

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