Endometriosis: The Silent Disorder

Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue similar to the tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus. Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining your pelvis. Endometrial tissue may spread beyond pelvic organs in some cases.

Endometrial growths, much like the lining inside the uterus during menstruation, may also become inflamed and bleed, causing the tissue to remain trapped in the body. It can further lead to the growth of scar tissue, as well as cause adhesions of fibrous tissue sticking together.

Endometriosis is a problem more women suffer from than any of us realize. Many women suffer in silence, and even more women suffer without really knowing what is wrong. It affects 1 in 10 women and is a painful disease affecting women in their reproductive years and can lead to infertility.

As an endometriosis warrior myself, I can definitely say that endometriosis affected me emotionally, in my case, not just because of the constant pain but also because it is unbearable pain that no one can see, and because endometriosis is not very commonly known amongst women and people in general, I sometimes felt that people did not take me seriously, which was a very isolating experience in an already vulnerable state.

“Pain is the most common symptom, and women with endometriosis may experience many different levels of pain.”, says Dr Hanelie Pienaar of Wilgers Life Hospital, a specialist gynecologist with a special interest in endometriosis.

Other symptoms may include:

  • Very painful menstrual cramps. The pain may get worse over time.
  • Chronic (long-term) pain in the lower back and pelvis
  • Pain during or after sex. This is usually described as a “deep” pain and is different from pain felt at the entrance to the vagina when penetration begins.
  • Intestinal pain
  • Painful bowel movements or pain when urinating during menstrual periods. In rare cases, you may also find blood in your stool or urine.
  • Bleeding or spotting between menstrual periods.
  • Infertility, or not being able to get pregnant.
  • Stomach (digestive) problems. These include diarrhea, constipation, bloating, or nausea, especially during menstrual periods.

Although the exact cause of endometriosis is not certain, possible explanations include:

  • Retrograde menstruation. In retrograde menstruation, menstrual blood containing endometrial cells flows back through the fallopian tubes and into the pelvic cavity instead of out of the body. These endometrial cells stick to the pelvic walls and surfaces of pelvic organs, where they grow and continue to thicken and bleed over the course of each menstrual cycle.
  • Transformation of peritoneal cells. In what is known as the “induction theory,” experts propose that hormones or immune factors promote transformation of peritoneal cells — cells that line the inner side of your abdomen — into endometrial-like cells.
  • Embryonic cell transformation. Hormones such as estrogen may transform embryonic cells — cells in the earliest stages of development — into endometrial-like cell implants during puberty.
  • Surgical scar implantation. After a surgery, such as a hysterectomy or C-section, endometrial cells may attach to a surgical incision.
  • Endometrial cell transport. The blood vessels or tissue fluid (lymphatic) system may transport endometrial cells to other parts of the body.
  • Immune system disorder. A problem with the immune system may make the body unable to recognize and destroy endometrial-like tissue that’s growing outside the uterus.

Treatment options

Not all treatments work well for all women with endometriosis. Also, endometriosis symptoms may return after the treatment is stopped or, in the case of surgery, as more time passes after the procedure.

Some treatment to relieve pain may include hormone therapy, pain medications, surgical treatments, certain massages to relieve stress and inflammation, and pelvic floor physiotherapy. There is also other at home treatments like a hot water bottle, following a healthy balanced diet etc

According to Margarita Loannou, Spa operations manager from Legacy Balance Spa Group South Africa, the Muscle Ease Treatment that is available at The Leonardo Spa is an ultra-relaxing treatment, with its gentle warmth and fragrant scent of lavender flowers that helps you gently reduce stress and ease pain. With a combination of light strokes, pressure and stretching, this very original body massage using Thai-inspired warm pouches filled with lavender flowers, eliminates tension knots one by one and restores balance to the whole body.

Living with chronic pain, especially of such a sensitive nature can take a toll on your emotional state, leading to stress, anxiety, and depression, therefore if you are struggling with your diagnosis, please seek professional help. There are also support groups both online and physically where you will find information, as well as other women who share your experience so that you do not have to feel alone.

Endo Warriors South Africa NPC: https://www.facebook.com/endowarrior/

South African Endometriosis Support: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1319002964863357/

Sources:

  • Dr Hanelie Pienaar
  • Dr Isabel Deist
  • Margarita Loannou from Legacy Balance Spa Group South Africa
  • Mayo Clinic

Fight The Fear Of Covid-19 With Our Body Boosters.

Right now, the whole world is panicking. All we are hearing about is COVID-19…

The pandemic known as COVID-19 is a virus that has been spreading through continents at a rapid pace. This new strain of coronavirus, previously not identified in humans, is the cause of an outbreak of a respiratory illness. As it attacks your body, your immune system will try to defend it, but if your immune system is compromised then you stand more of a chance of getting sick.

There is a lot of advice about “how to wash your hands”, “using hand sanitizer” and of course “the lockdown” but what we aren’t talking about is how food plays a vital role in times like these, especially as it helps reinforce your immune system.

Your immune system is essential for survival, it is a vast network of cells and tissues on the lookout for invaders such as bacteria, viruses, parasites and more and once these enemies are spotted, a complex attack is initiated. Providing your immune system with the correct nutrients through a balanced diet will assist in fighting off disease and keeping you healthy. So, besides this lockdown, sanitising and washing your hands, what you eat, and drink directly impacts how well your immune system functions and how well it protects you from foreign invasions.

Considering this, in addition to a balanced diet, here is quick essential food guide to boosting, strengthening, and fortifying your immune system:

Fruits

Citrus Fruits: All citrus fruits, such as oranges and sweet limes, are rich in vitamin C (ascorbic acid). Vitamin C is essential for enhancing our immune system and helps keep infectious diseases at bay. Citrus fruits help detoxify all chemicals and toxins from the bloodstream as well as an antioxidant for necessary absorption of iron in the body.

Fresh Berries: Berries are tiny, tasty and tantalizing colourful and are amongst the healthiest foods you can eat. Not only are they delicious and nutritious but do provide several impressive health benefits. Berries are rich in antioxidants, vitamin C and K, manganese and other micronutrients which make berries a super disease fighting fruit.

Kiwi: Kiwi is no ordinary fruit, both in the way it looks as well as its nutritional content. If you thought lemons and oranges were the highest sources of Vitamin C, think again. Compared to lemons and oranges, kiwis have twice as much vitamin C per 100 grams.

Guava: Guava is considered a traditional remedy for a range of health conditions, but it is drinking the guava leaf that has shown promise as an antiviral agent for flu treatment. Researchers have found that guava leaf tea inhibits the growth of viruses that causes the flu.

Cruciferous Vegetables

I have spoken about them before, and I cannot stress enough how important it is to include cruciferous vegetables in your daily diet. These types of vegetables are a diverse group, which grow in different colours, shape and sizes and share several nutritional benefits. These delicious vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and kale, are rich in folate, vitamin A, C and K, they are also believed to have plant-based compounds that may boost your immune system, help lower inflammation and reduce the risk of developing cancer. These non-starchy, immune boosting vegetables can be eaten raw, steamed but blending or juicing is equally beneficial.

Nuts

Almonds: Almonds are an excellent source of antioxidants, vitamin E which can be found in almonds, plays a vital role in immune function. Just a small handful or a quarter cup can be a healthy snack that may be beneficial in boosting your immune defence.

Sunflower Seeds: Another excellent source in vitamin E are sunflower seeds. These seeds can make a tasty addition to salads and breakfast bowls.

Walnuts: Walnuts are known to be one of the most concentrated food sources of nutrient provided by nature. Rich in phosphorus and potassium, low in sodium, good sources of Vitamin B1, B2, B3 and particularly B6. Walnuts also contain iron, magnesium, calcium, zinc, copper, and manganese, all these components help with a stronger immune system.

Other

Garlic: For centuries, garlic has been used both as a food ingredient and a medicine. When garlic is crushed, chewed, or sliced, it produces allicin – a compound which has shown to boost the disease fighting response when encountering viruses that cause the common cold and flu.

Ginger: Ginger is a well-known herb and spice. Adding ginger to your meals or used in a tea, will help the immune system perform optimally by boosting it when it is under-active or suppress it when it is overactive

Water

A key component to a functioning immune system is drinking enough clean water daily. Water is essential for every metabolic function in the body, as it delivers nutrients to cells and helps remove toxins and waste. When there is a lack of water, the areas prone to bacteria and virus overgrowth, such as the throat, are vulnerable to colds and flus.

So, if you were wondering what more you could do to protect you and your family; besides hand washing and social distancing, these key nutrient tips mentioned above are basic ways to keep your immune system functioning optimally, which help keep you healthy and give you a sense of control during these uncertain times.

Beauty Warriors Tip: I know not many people are diligent when it comes to getting the flu vaccine before flu season starts, but during these times, it may be recommended just to give your immune system all the help it can get. No one wants to catch the flu during a pandemic. The flu vaccine is readily available through pharmacies and GPs – please call them ahead of time to confirm their COVID-19 protocols.

Stay home. Stay safe.

Dangers of Microneedling at Home

In a technologically advanced, and not to mention, expensive world, we tend to seek ways to ‘do it yourself’. Whether it is finding home remedies for health issues, doing tasks for school for my 6-year old, or beautifying myself (because time is always an issue).

That is the truth of our modern, hasty life. But where do I draw the line?

“Oh, I saw someone on Youtube remove their appendix with a scalpel…maybe I should try that!”

One of the most popular aesthetic treatments that can be done in a salon, clinic or medical practice is microneedling. This treatment has been around since 1995 and has grown in its popularity and techniques ever since. It can be used in a broad spectrum of dermatological conditions such as acne scarring, scar revision and wound repair, skin rejuvenation, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores and the transdermal delivery of active ingredients. The possibilities of this treatment are endless. It is a form of Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) which offers clinical results without the surgical costs or inconvenience.

The theory behind microneedling is to make the skin believe that it has received a wound, therefor setting off a healing cascade to produce more collagen. Growth factors are released leading to the synthesis of Matrix Metalloproteinase and the deposition thereof in the dermis. In a study it was shown that 1 microneedling session every 4 weeks for 4 sessions, could improve collagen and elastin synthesis with 400%.

This treatment was nicknamed ‘the poor man’s laser’ as medical devices have become very expensive for practitioners to buy. When this treatment is combined with other treatment modalities such as chemical peels, the effect is magnified.

All this sounds too good to be true. I almost want to run and get my own device. But let’s look at the adverse side effects that can happen if this treatment is not done in a professional environment.

This video was published on Youtube about a lady who is doing her own microneedling at home.

Recognize the dangers of doing this treatment at home?

  • There are no sterilizing/sanitizing techniques before or after the treatment, therefore there is a high possibility of contamination or local infections
  • There is no consideration of medical history that may influence the treatment or products used.
  • A topical numbing solution is used without knowing the adverse side effects of these solutions and the toxicity to the body, being exposed to Lidocaine/Prilocaine/ Tetracaine, etc.
  • A 36-needle cartridge was used which is used for bodywork and scar repair because of the bigger configuration of needles
  • A needle depth that ranges between 1mm and 2.5mm was used during the procedure. Needle depth needs to be adjusted according to areas where skin thickness and sensitivity varies. Researchers described needle depth and penetration. 0.5mm-1mm for fine lines and wrinkles, 1-1.5mm for acne scarring, etc. This is worked way too deep into the deeper dermal layers, causing blood to run over the skin.
  • The ingredients of the product that is used are unknown as well as the benefits or adverse side effects that this may cause after penetration
  • Water was used to lubricate the area. There is a reason we have a waterproof barrier in our skins, so that water and other substances cannot penetrate the skin.

Possible Adverse side-effects:

  • PIH – Post inflammatory Hyper/ hypopigmentation (too much trauma)
  • Erythema – Inflammation! Inflammation causes Ageing!
  • Aggravation of acne
  • Reactivation of Herpes
  • Systemic hypersensitivity
  • Local infections
  • Bruising
  • Release of Interleukin 6&9 may cause scarring
  • Exposure to toxic or irritating substances causing allergic contact dermatitis
  • Numbing cream used – numbing cream gets absorbed into the blood stream, may lead to allergic reactions.

In the last few years, we have seen an explosion of these devices being sold online for anybody to obtain. Whether you are a trained professional or not.

Remember that there are Qualified Professionals that are trained on these devices to work in a safe manner, with the ethical protocol. They have the experience and they know how to deal with adverse side effects. They know how to combine different treatment modalities to give you the best possible results that you could hope for.

If you need any information on these treatments, phone a salon/clinic/medical practitioner near you and ask questions. Ask about the therapist’s qualifications, the type of treatments they offer, the active ingredients that they use. It is important to understand the aftercare after a procedure. Care about your skin and trust your therapist.

‘Beautiful skin requires commitment, not a Miracle’

-Erno Laszlo

The sweet tooth: Is fruit sugar bad or good for you?

Eating more fruits and vegetables, or your “5 a day” is one of the world’s most common health recommendations. Fruits are healthy – they are real, wholefoods. They are known to some as “nature’s fast food” being convenient, easy to carry and prepare.

However, fruits are known to be high in sugar compared to other wholefoods, so it is possible to wonder whether they are truly healthy after all.

I am about to clear up the confusion on this topic once and for all.

As you and I know, refined sugar, such as found in chocolates and sweets, has categorically no nutritional value, whereas fruits not only contain natural sugars but are also full of vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants that help promote a healthier lifestyle.

One of the biggest misunderstandings today, is that sugar in fruit will make you gain weight but what people do not realise is that there is an important difference between sugar in its natural form (the way nature intended) and the devilishly addictive refined sugar we are familiar with and use every day in our coffee or tea. In saying this, we are going to explore the effects both fruit sugar and refined sugar has when metabolised in our bodies.

This is where things can get a bit sticky, we need to understand that fructose and glucose are found in both fruit and refined sugars, even though they are created differently, our bodies cannot tell the difference. Both these sugars are similar in chemical formula, but they have a different metabolic fate.

In short, the metabolism of fructose from dietary products happens primarily in the liver where there is a conversion of fructose to glucose before it enters cellular respiration whereas glucose is metabolised within the cells throughout the body and readily enters glycolysis – which in not-so-technical terms is on-demand fuel for the body to maintain function.

So now that we have a basic understanding of how sugar in general is metabolised, we can now establish why eating fruit is proven to be beneficial to your health.

Foods loaded with refined sugar that contain little to no fibre allow sugar to quickly travel through the bloodstream causing that sugar high and crash. On the other hand, fruit is an excellent source of fibre – one banana provides about 20 – 25% of your recommended daily fibre intake and this has been proven important for protection against bowel cancer. Fruit is also an excellent source of potassium; this can help lower blood pressure, as well as flavonoids (these are antioxidants) that may reduce your risk of heart disease.

Now that we have squashed the misconception that fruit sugars are not bad for you, moderation is still the key to any healthy diet. Regardless of which sugar you are consuming; I still recommend that you are better off reaching for a piece of fruit than a chocolate or sweet.

Fruit sugars ward off your sweet tooth and will keep you feeling full for longer, Hang in there and don’t always give in to that late-night garage stop pit stop.

Only The Best for Your Breasts

Would you believe that 80% of women wear the wrong bra size! It shouldn’t surprise me, my friends have often complained about their bra strap cutting into them or their underwire poking into bits it shouldn’t. You can relate, right? There are days you can’t wait to get home just to take your bra off! But there is absolutely no reason it should be like this.

Our February Beauty Warriors event was held at The Bra Guru’s flagship store in Craighall and theme was all around ‘Owning your feminine’. We had managing director and expert bra fitter, Taryn Palacios gave us first-hand information on what NO ONE ever told you about bras. The first misconception she broke was the difference between a bra measurement and a bra fitting.

Everyone has been into department store at some stage to have a bra measurement, but trust me – it is no comparison to a bra fitting. What Taryn said made absolute sense:

“A measurement is simply a guideline, I would be very wary of someone giving you your size based on a measurement alone. Your true size is determined by the style of bra that suits you and that is why we recommend a bra fitting service over a measurement.”

She was 100% right: I had my first ever bra fitting with her at the event, a service that they offer complimentary.

Confession first: I am one of those women who were fixated with bra size. Hear me out, I started off with a perfect B cup, took the pill and sized up, breast fed my daughter for half a second and sized up again. As she grew, so did my breast size, but thankfully my size 34 band size stayed stable. I honestly thought, I would have a nervous breakdown if I had needed anything larger than a D cup.

To my horror and shock, Taryn fitted me into a size 32” E-G cup, depending on the style. Once I got over myself, which took a while, and questioning her a hundred times over about the cup size, I am absolutely in-love with the fit of the styles we decided on. They give a beautiful silhouette in my clothes and great coverage, which is what I always wanted. I was definitely part of the clueless 80%.

Bra Guru caters for people of all shapes and sizes with band sizes from 28”-58” and sizes A-K cup.

Taryn went on to talk about what are the most common misconceptions about bras/bra fittings, here they are:

  • That all bras fit the same
  • Your size is the same throughout your life,
  • Bras are uncomfortable
  • Wire bras are more supportive than no-wire bras.

What can you expect during the fitting? Firstly, you don’t stand there starkers; neither does she fondle your breasts. It is all very discreet, in a beautifully appointed room. Taryn stands behind you and whisks in and out with different bra styles, all the time, monitoring fit and comfort.

Our bra expert tip: when fitting, bend forward slightly once you have tried on a bra and gently scoop your breast inwards, to see how the bra would fit once it has shifted in the day for the best fit.

“90% of the support of a bra comes from the back band and only 10% should come from the shoulder band, not the other way around. It is important to know that you shouldn’t be wearing the same bra for years, as they stretch. Bras do have an expiration date, but a good quality one can last you longer. When your bra starts to become uncomfortable it is a sign that you need a new style or size.” says Taryn are some of the essentials you should be aware of, she goes on to say, “If your bra band is riding up your back that is a true sign that your bra is now too big and offering you NO support. “When it comes to bra shopping look for style that a versatile and one you can wear with most clothing items, we highly recommend our Perfect T-shirt Bra.

I asked Taryn, how would I tell the different bra styles or different styles for different sizes? “It can be very tricky because so many times we will wear a style that is not doing what it needs to do out of desperation. If your breasts are not fully covered and the band around your body does not feel a little bit firm then I would say the style is not for you. We also have to consider bra style vs breast shape, the shape of your breasts will also determine what may and may not work for you.”

She finished the session off by talking about aftercare advice to make your underwear last, “All intimate wear benefits from hand-washing, this is more of a quick rinse in mild soapy water. Garments should be left to dry away from harsh direct sunlight. Bras with thicker foam cups must be stored differently to avoid damaging the foam.”

When I asked Taryn, what makes the Bra Guru so unique; her answer was “Our professional one-on-one service sets us apart. When it comes to finding the perfect size and style, private and professional service is paramount. We offer comfortable fitting rooms where all the bras are brought in for you and are fitted to make sure the size and style is correct. Bra shopping must be quick, discreet and painless, and we can guarantee this at any of our studios! We are also home to The Perfect Bra.”

Team Beauty Warriors have secured a 10% discount until the end of February on selected ranges at the Bra Guru. Hurry and contact them today to get the right fit:

+2711 8860871 | taryn@thebraguru.co.za | www.thebraguru.co.za

Five foods, for that Lucky Feeling

LOVE is in the air, my friends! With valentine’s day over it doesn’t mean that we need to stop spoiling our loved ones in the bedroom…

February is upon us and it is the month of love with everyone looking forward to nothing but appreciation, romance and a little bit of chocolate indulgence.

It is never a bad idea to let someone know that they are loved with a card, flowers or chocolates, but imagine this: after having a romantic night out, your partner now wants to continue the celebration in the bedroom, but what if you are just not feeling it?

Most people have days when they are just not in the mood, however if it were more frequent, low sex-drive could potentially put strain on your relationship.

Fortunately, for those who are struggling in the bedroom, there are ways to increase sex drive and one option may be as easy as changing up your diet.

Here are my 5 favorite fuel foods to increase libido and sex drive:

  1. Steak – One of the main reasons couples stop having sex is because they are tired, fatigued and stressed out. There is however a biological component that comes into play: fatigue in women is due to iron deficiency. This is a common deficiency and can result in making anyone feel like getting intimate is last of their list, but red meat is full of iron and one of my top foods to increase libido.

  1. Asparagus – Did you know a women’s libido is often inhibited by the imbalance of hormones? To regain balance of our hormones it is suggested that we add Asparagus to our diet. Rich in Vitamin B6, asparagus can control our levels of oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone, it also decreases prolactin, another hormone that decreases libido in women.

Asparagus also known for containing folate, which increases histamine in our bodies, which is an essential component for maintaining our sex drive.

  1. Dark Chocolate – With a sinfully good taste, dark chocolate (70% cocoa or higher) shouldn’t have any trouble making its way onto your dessert menu as one of your go-to aphrodisiacs this month. Research has shown that women who made a daily habit of eating dark chocolate, had a higher sex drive than women who did not. Dark chocolate contains phenylethylamine, known as “the love drug”, which is closely related to amphetamines, (a central nervous stimulant) that can give us the feeling of alertness and content.
  2. Watermelon – A popular summer fruit, or a natural form of Viagra?

Watermelon is rich in L-citrulline, an amino acid that supports the body by optimizing blood flow when converted into L-arginine and then to nitric oxide. Just like Viagra, L-citrulline increases blood flow to sexual organs but without the negative side effects.

  1. Lastly, and personally my favourite, is Red Wine. This delicious elixir is beneficial in antioxidants that triggers nitric oxide production in the blood, which relaxes artery walls. As with many foods on this list that increase blood flow down south, red wine is simultaneously the best way to boost your libido and calm those pre-date jitters.

Food, love and sex have a long history, and one that is rooted in our DNA. It is hard to feel romantic on an empty stomach, so if you are looking to feed your partner in hope to heighten sensations closely related to those experienced when being intimate, I strongly suggested to consider these “aphrodisiac-like” foods when cooking this month.

Blog post was written by Danielle Nagel

Connect with her on social media: @daniellenagelfit_

Team Beauty Warriors

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2020 Superfoods Simplified

How is your New Year’s Resolution to be healthier and fitter going? Is it going, going, gone? …and we are only in February!

At the start of each year, and especially after over-indulging during the holidays, most people, myself included, make declarations to various commitments of health and fitness.

If 2020 is your year but you are feeling overwhelmed by the wealth of (occasionally contradictory) information on healthy foods and are at a loss of what to buy, I have simplified it for you.

Allow me to introduce you to “superfoods” – these are primarily plant-based, but extend to fish and diary as well. Superfoods boost healthy complexion, nails, hair and increased energy levels but are also nutritionally dense, therefore good for one’s overall health. The key to a healthy diet is to consume a variety of these “superfoods”; here are five foods that are strong sources of vitamins, minerals, fiber and other beneficial nutrients that should power-pack your meals and snacks.

  1. Cruciferous vegetables are a diverse group, which grow in different colours, shape and sizes and share several nutritional benefits. These delicious vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and kale, are rich in folate, vitamin A, C and K, they are also believed to have plant-based compounds that may help lower inflammation and reduce the risk of developing cancer. It is suggested that we need at least 21/2 cups of vegetables a day, cooked or uncooked, as they are high in fibre and low in calories that will help you feel full and satisfied without overeating.
  1. Berries, both delicious and rich in anti-oxidants, they are additionally packed full of health benefits. Small, soft, round and of various colours, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are full of vitamins and minerals, fibre and high levels of antioxidants. Incorporating these popular fruits into your diet may help prevent and reduce symptoms of certain heart conditions in young women, they can be eaten as a snack on their own or used to make a refreshing smoothie for any time of the day.

  1. Salmon. Firm, reddish in colour, tender and one of the most popular fish choices thanks to its rich and buttery flavour. Salmon is low in saturated fat and a good source of protein, salmon is a great source of vitamin B12, potassium and other nutrients such as iron and vitamin D. The true beauty behind adding salmon into your diet is its wealth in omega 3 – fatty acids, these are “essential” fatty acids that your body cannot make but play such an important role in reducing the risk cardiovascular diseases, some types of cancer, dementia, Alzheimer’s and other cognitive diseases.

  1. For those following a plant-based diet, Quinoa is not only known for being a versatile ingredient but is also a complete protein. Quinoa contains all nine essential amino acids which is vital for supporting muscle development. Naturally high in fiber, healthy omega 3 – fatty acids and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, this wheat-free and protein alternative is most beneficial in the prevention and treatment of diseases.

  1. To further boost your meals and snacks, try combing a variety of nuts and seeds with low energy dense foods (such as vegetables). Nuts and seeds are a good substitute for meats, fish and eggs as they contain protein, fat, iron, zinc and niacin and with regular consumption is proven to be beneficial against heart disease and diabetes.

When making resolutions to be healthier, try and avoid fad diets, as they are seldom sustainable. At the end of the day, research has shown that the ideal diet or nutritional plan is one that is mainly plant-based, with a variety of fruits, vegetables, wholegrains and healthy animal products. There is a wealth of delicious and healthy foods to explore, whether they are being called super or not. This “superfoods” list is a good starting point into eating healthy, but the true secret to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, is adopting a balanced diet without the restriction of all food groups.

Article Written by Danielle Nagel- Health and fitness expert: @daniellenagelfx_

daniellenagel22@gmail.com

Contact her today to find out about her pricing and deals for personalized eating plans for 2020.

Relieving Migraines Through Touch?…. WHAT??

Body Stress Release…
What is it?
How can it help my stress levels?

One of our Beauty Warriors went on a mission to uncover some truths about what Body Stress Release is all about with professional practitioner Stuart Garvie….

Misconception number 1…Isn’t it just like massaging?

No, although some of it might feel like a massage, BSR’s focus is to activate the body’s healing abilities through a precise technique, not to stretch out tight muscles, since these tight muscles are often a reaction to the stress built up in your body in the first place.

The next thing most people want to know is what is it and how can it help me?

We have put together some FAQ to help with the process of understanding and delving into the truths of this awesome treatment.

Does BSR really work?

I first found BSR after a car accident, this left me with anxiety about driving I suffered with neck problems, and nothing worked to fix it. The frustration of not being healthy and not being able to live my daily life to the fullest got to me and I eventually gave in to family requests for me to try BSR. It worked and it has worked for me ever since. It worked so well and it changed my life so much that I decided that I would study it further and be able to change people’s lives like I had my life changed.

Don’t believe me yet? Here is a direct quote from one of my clients about her 9 year old grandson, who now comes for sessions once every month; “Thank you Stuart for helping my Grandson who was being bullied at school. His confidence is on the mend, and with a few more sessions I am confident that this bad experience will be healed.”
There are dozens of testimonies just like this, and for so many more problems that people face daily and for more unique problems out there. We are here to help as many people as we can, and would love to help you.

Stuart Garvie, answered some of the more FAQ
Who can benefit from Body Stress Release (BSR)?

Anyone, from people sitting behind a desk all day and feeling the stress build up in their back and shoulders to people who are active at every moment but have always had that knee that gives them trouble. BSR is for everyone!

Is there an age limit to BSR?
No, none at all. BSR is extremely gentle and adaptive to any age and body, from newborn babies to the elderly.

How does it differ from other health practices?
We do not diagnose or treat any specific condition or disease, and do not focus on one body part either. Its primary focus is to locate and release tension stored in the muscles so that the body, as a whole, can start its’ own healing process.

How many sessions will I need?
It varies greatly from person to person but, we recommend that every client come for at least 3 initial sessions and at the end of the 3rd session we convene on the results and work from there.

I have had a lot of operations though, can you still work on me?
Yes, most definitely! Although we do not work directly on replacements we do release stored tension surrounding the areas that will help with mobility and function.

Do I need to undress or wear any special clothes?
No, clients remain fully clothed with their shoes on during the session.

To find out more information or to book your first session with Stuart and BSR contact him today,

Stuart Garvie
MBSRA (SA)
0660530726
bodystressrelease.stuart@gmail.com
www.bodystressrelease.com.

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Just the near mention of a Deep Cleanse Facial sends most people running for the hills, in anticipation of extractions. So the question Begs……to Cleanse or not to Cleanse, is it really necessary?

While there are many ways to look at this I would like to break it down on an Anatomical and Physiological level, no complicated science jargon, promise.

As we know the skin is the largest organ providing protection from bacteria, microbes and harsh chemicals. Is also responsible for temperature control, prevents large amounts of moisture loss and reacts to sensation.

Skin also plays an important role aesthetically. People can often make assumptions as to your internal health and wellbeing by just looking at your skin. It’s called the mirror effect; whereby internal body conditions such as stress and illness reflects in some way on the skin. The right care helps to preserve the skin’s health and beauty. So yes, deep cleansing facials assist in maintaining good skin health.

Let’s take it a step further, the skin is made up of 3 layers- Hypodermis bottom layer which is the fatty cushioning layer , Dermis being the functional middle layer, mainly responsible for skin structure and the Epidermis being the top layer.

The epidermis is the visible protective layer, holds hydration but also shows all the skins tell tales such as blackheads (comedones), white heads (milia), breakouts, sebum production (oiliness) and all associated dry and ageing skin symptoms.

Regular cell turnover every 28 days is imperative in the epidermis; it does however change with age and certain skin conditions. This process is extremely important as it regulates the re-birth of new cells and sloughing of dead skin build up on the outer epidermis (stratum corneum). The continuous process maintains the skin’s strength, helping wear and tear. Through, thorough exfoliation deep cleanse facials assist in sloughing the extra dead skin build up bringing new healthy skin to the surface.

A very common problem that arises is when cells from the lining of pores (keratinocytes) being to shed they can mix with sebum and clog the pore. This is the precursor to acne. Pores may also appear larger, if oil builds up inside pores, or if tissue surrounding the pore becomes agitated. I must admit that together with a good exfoliation, extraction wins the gold medal for combating these skin issues.

So the verdict is in deep Cleansing Facials do assist with a more radiant, healthy looking skin.

I would suggest having them every 3-4 weeks especially if there are visible changes in the skin. For very pustular acne I would consult a dermatologist.

Expect to pay anything from R350 up.

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How to keep the “girls” healthy

Just because October is over, doesn’t mean we should worry less about our breast health. Here’s a few tips on how to keep the girls healthy all year round.

Eat your veggies

Consume more cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower), dark leafy greens, carrots, tomatoes, citrus fruits, berries and cherries.

Exercise Regularly

We all know exercise is important for your general health overall. Try adopt an active lifestyle. Aim for 30 minutes or more of moderate aerobic activity at least five days per week

Less Alcohol

Alcohol is one of the most well established dietary risk factor for breast cancer. Women who consume more than two glasses of alcohol a day are at higher risk.

QUIT Smoking

The risk of many cancers, including breast cancer, and other health problems increases if you smoke.

Do your monthly at home check up

We all know how important it is to know our own breasts. Do it monthly, 7 days after your cycle. If there is ANYTHING irregular, go see your doc, ladies.

 

The only beauty supplement you’ll ever need – Beauty Greens

Have you been looking for that all-in-one magic supplement to just do the most for your hair, skin and nails without having to take 9 different vitamins and minerals? We have found the solutions for you. Beauty Gen has created a 5-in-1 beauty booster called Beauty Greens that makes it super easy for you to take ALL the necessary ingredients to promote beautiful skin, hair and nails all at once, without the fuss.

Here’s the lowdown. Beauty Greens consists of 5 key ingredients. These ingredients are natural and haven’t been damaged by heat. Here are more on each of the 5 ingredients in Beauty Greens.

  1. Collagen

It promotes plump, wrinkle-free, supple skin, supports healthy aging, it strengthens your nails and builds long, thick hair. It supports all the connective tissues, promoting healthy joints and strong bones along with supporting lean muscle mass, strength and enhances muscle regeneration.

     2. Probiotics

Probiotics helps to balance out the good bacteria in your digestive system and alleviates digestive discomforts. It has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties to help tackle skin issues and promoting a clearer complexion. Probiotics also hydrates the skin, builds collagen and strenghtens the skin’s barrier function. It supports the liver, help eliminate toxins and free radicals, contributing to a smoother, more youthful complexion. It supports the immune system, digestive system and general health, nourishing your body from within.

      3. Omega-3’s

Omega-3’s are powerful anti-inflammatories that helps to tackle skin issues such as psoriasis, allergies and acne. It strenghtens the skin barrier function, helping to hold moisture in and keep irritants out. It combats dry, brittle hair follicles, promotes stronger and shinier hair too. In the same way, it promotes stronger nails too. It helps preventing heart disease and strokes, it also assists in lowering the blood pressure and supporting a healthy immune system.

      4. Vitamin C

Vitamin C promotes collagen synthesis and speeds up the healing of wounds, brightens the skin and battles free radical damage with antioxidants. It figts bacteria on the scalp, thanks to it’s antiviral properties and may help to even combat hair loss and prevent premature greying. It also assists in supporting a healthy immune system.

      5. Superfoods

This helps your body reach its quota, giving it the tools it needs to run at and look it’s best. High in vitamins and minerals, superfood improve all processes in the body. A rainbow of phytonutrients means a rich supply of antiioxidants – one of your best anti-aging weapons. Once again supports a healthy immune system, containing 50 organic superfoods ranging from Kale and Wheat Grass to Beetroot, Berries and even 10 medicinal mushrooms.

With Beauty Greens you won’t ever have to question if there is a lack of anything in your system or not.

You can miz this in with your morning porridge, smoothies, yogurt, smoothie bowls and even have it just as it is mixed with a bit of milk or water.