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Living with Bipolar Disorder: A True Story

Since October is Mental Health Month, we’ve talked a lot about different types of mental illnesses, as well as how to try and keep mentally healthy. However, if you’re not dealing with a mental illness yourself, it’s often difficult to understand what other people are going through. Not understanding their experience and their emotions can lead to many misunderstandings. This is especially true of depression and bipolar disorder.

As it happens, a friend of ours was willing to share her story; a little about her history, as well as living with bipolar disorder.

PLEASE NOTE: Parts of this story can be triggering for people suffering from depression, bipolar disorder, dealing with suicidal thoughts, or who were victims of sexual abuse. If these topics are disturbing to you, we recommend that you’d rather not read this story. Parts of this story has been censored due to sensitive imagery that may be upsetting to some readers.

Skye: Living with Bipolar Disorder and Temporal Lobe Dysfunction

My name is Skye I live with Bipolar Disorder and Temporal Lobe Dysfunction.

I was diagnosed very late in life only at the age of 39, after being admitted into hospital after a suicide breakdown for the second time. Most of my teenage life I always felt that I never fit in anywhere, even though I excelled in sports. I still believed that I was never accepted by anybody. I tried to fit in by being thin. Starving myself and over exercising and doing well in sports – [be]cause doing well in sport [meant that] you could be popular.

I used music as an escape from society in my teens and spent hours in my room huddled up to my little radio listening to all my favorite songs. I remember trying to commit suicide by taking pills and cutting my wrists, but my mom never really paid any attention to the cry of help. She just swept it under the carpet and said my dad must never know. That, of course, did not help matters.

After school I got a job working for the local newspaper, which lasted a year before finding another admin job which I enjoyed. I was dating a guy who was 8 years older than me, and to me this was my escape from home and a chance to be free. I really didn’t have friends of my own; all my school friends had moved away, and we lost contact, or I had isolated myself, as I still felt that I did not fit in with people. I was rather depressed all the time and felt like a very confused misunderstood person. I tried counselling and through that I found out that I had been sexually abused by my grandfather. Most of my earlier childhood I could not remember either.

Through recent counselling I have discovered that I have abandonment issues, and at the age of 5 when I was put into boarding school, I scraped all the skin off my wrists on a brick wall until it was raw and bleeding. Who does that at age 5?

I married early at the age of 21. That was the acceptable age then, but in hindsight I think that I married to escape my parents and to just try and belong somewhere. My husband was called up to do army service shortly after we got married, so I was left alone, and I think the abandonment issues may have kicked in again unbeknownst to me.

I loved my new job until the owner, an old man, sexually abused me too. He would offer to massage my neck (it would be stiff because I was hunched over the computer) and then he would move his hands [to inappropriately touch and fondle me]. I froze, he was my boss, I did not know what to do. I was scared to lose my job as well, so I let it happen. Eventually I could not take it anymore and resigned. This further put me in deep depression. Throughout all the years of my early adult life my doctor kept prescribing me Prozac – the wonder drug.

My moods kept getting darker and darker with suicide ever present and always on my mind. All I wanted to do was sleep my life away, I had no self-esteem, and I felt like a freak never knowing how to act, how I was supposed to fit into this society. Life was scary for me; I was always feeling so unsure, so insecure, so unwanted. I could not explain the feelings I had to anybody. My teens and early twenties were dark, lonely and depressing all the time.

Then, after I had children, my moods seemed to have changed. As I got older I started having manic moods; my drug of choice would be alcohol – still is. I would be out every night, drinking till late, being the life and the soul of the party. It was a complete 360 degree change in moods, [and] my reckless behavior would carry on for months at a time. I would speed when driving my car, be promiscuous, and I was forever on dating sites looking for “love”. Even though I was married, I did not realize that this illness had already taken its toll on the marriage. I was out all the time partying, thrill seeking, drinking, smoking weed, popping Valium, I was invincible. I had all the credit cards a bank would give me, all the store cards shops could issue, and the shopping sprees were endless. I never needed the stuff, but I spend recklessly, just wasting money.

Then I hit rock bottom, it had to come crashing down… Can’t stay high all the time the late nights, partying etc. finally took its toll. Then the remorse hits me, the debt I am in is horrendous, and depression sets in and all I want to do is die.

These mood swings kept happening for about 2 decades until I was diagnosed. Nobody could pick up what was wrong with me, as I was mostly depressed.

When I was finally diagnosed, the psychiatrist told my husband that I have bipolar [disorder] with temporal lobe disorder and with therapy and medication I can live a normal life. My husband said that he wants out of the marriage [as] he [was] tired of walking around me on eggshells. So, we divorced. I moved away and my children opted to stay with their dad, also realizing that dad was probably more stable than mom. I could understand that, I too had to stabilize on the medication which I was put onto.

I was prescribed Anti-Depressants, Mood Stabilizers, Anti-Psychotic, and Drugs to control the seizures in my brain for the Temporal lobe Disorder.

This illness is not easy to live with. Even though I am on medication I still have mood swings, they are not as bad or as dramatic if I was not on meds. I cannot hold down a relationship, I think that I am normal, but clearly, I am not. People say living with me is not easy, they never know when I’m going to “blow up”. But I can’t see this.

I don’t have many friends, as people don’t understand this illness, and have no patience with a person who has it. As for long term boyfriends, well, at the age of 51 I don’t think I’ll ever have one. I have had further counselling to deal with this and come to terms with the illness and the impact it does have on my life and relationships. Life is essentially lonely for me, but I have learnt to come to terms with that and made peace which is very sad.

I never asked for this, it is not fair that I have this illness.

Mental illness is treated in society as if we should all be locked away with the key thrown away. People are very ignorant about it. I am a normal person; I am just wired differently, and my emotions just get the better of me. My moods are just more excitable than others. All I need is somebody who can take the time and patience to understand my moods and be patient with me and my mood swings.

I want to thank Skye for opening up about living with Bipolar Disorder and being willing to share her story with us.

If you know someone who is living with a mental disorder, show them compassion, kindness and love. It’s not an easy life for them, either, just like it can be hard on the people they know and love.

Thank you again Skye.

If you want to read another true story, please read Keita’s notes on living with Social Anxiety.

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Living With Social Anxiety

Living with Social Anxiety is no easy feat. Unfortunately, like many of the topics we covered this month, it’s not something people can easily see. And what you don’t see, you don’t believe. Instead, people often think of it as a person just being an introvert. That is just not the case. To give you a better idea about social anxiety, and what it’s like living with social anxiety, we reached out to Keita. Keita has been living with social anxiety for most of his life, and kindly decided to share his story with us.

A Point of View on Living with Social Anxiety

I don’t want to talk too much about what social anxiety is, about its symptoms and its clinical manifestation. Anyone can look that up on google if they’re curious, so I’m just going to touch lightly on that. Instead, I want to talk about what it’s like to live with and how to cope with it. Or at least to talk a little about how I cope with it.

Social anxiety is something a whole lot of people live with, and the sad thing is that most of us who have it don’t even know until something else gets us into a shrink’s office, for what seems like something else entirely. Only to be told that no, these symptoms you describe isn’t related to the thing you went to see the shrink about…it’s actually social anxiety.

It’s easy to dismiss social anxiety as shyness, or being introverted. It’s easy to dismiss it even to yourself when both those things apply to you. You just don’t realise that the trembling, the upset stomach, the feelings of dissociation, the sensory overload, the uncontrolled emotional responses…among other manifestations, aren’t shyness, but are in fact anxiety. Why would you, when those around you don’t recognise it for what it is?

I wasn’t formally diagnosed until several years after I started working, and the reason I was diagnosed is because I felt that sometimes my emotions were getting the better of me. That’s what sent me to the psychologist’s office – irrational bouts of anger that I attributed to work-related stress instead of a symptom of anxiety. Imagine my surprise to discover that all these years, I’ve been thinking about it all wrong.

Social Anxiety and Day to Day Life

But that brings me to the point: what’s it like living with social anxiety? Besides the obvious discomfort of the symptoms, how does it affect my day-to-day life? Well, to be frank, I don’t think it really did affect me until I started work, and I couldn’t escape social situations anymore. I work in law enforcement, specifically the environmental management inspectorate – that branch of law enforcement that deals with environmental compliance and enforcement. As you can imagine, that brings me into contact – and quite often conflict – with a wide range of people.

Besides law enforcement, we also do a lot of environmental education with communities and schools, as well as celebrations of commemorative days. Like arbour month. Or Earth Day. It’s that second aspect of my work that most often puts me in a position where I have to be social. You can’t do this kind of work effectively if you can’t turn on the charisma and be open and outgoing. If you’re going to encourage and inspire people to want to take care of the environment, you have to be there in that moment with them, share it with them. You can’t fake it.

I cannot begin to tell you the ways in which that kills you by inches when you have social anxiety. It’s a nightmare.

Using Professionalism as a Mask or Shield

It’s easier to cope with the law enforcement aspect, where more often than not, you deal with people one on one. It’s a different kind of interaction. Here, you can hide behind a professional mask. You’re not there as a person, you’re there as your job title: Environmental Management Inspector.  Your role and powers are very clearly defined. You have a strict code of conduct and a procedure to follow.

You have the law as a shield before you and a well-practiced professional persona to keep those anxieties at bay. That’s one of the ways one can cope with social anxiety in the work place: cultivate that professional mask and put it on when appropriate. It takes effort, but it can be done. You’re not there to socialise. You’re there to work. That strict professionalism helps tremendously to keep the anxiety monster locked up. It’s not easy to cope, but it’s easier than the other side of the job…

…dealing with communities and school kids. Under normal circumstances, I would simply avoid people in groups. That was easy at school and university, where I could simply not go to social gatherings, and ignore most people. That’s not an option as an adult, and so I have had to learn some ways of coping. By coping I mean manage the symptoms in such a way to avoid having a full-on panic-attack while dealing with people.

Coping with Social Anxiety

First thing you need to do is make peace with the anxiety. I’ve found that acknowledging it’s there, admitting that it probably always will be, and that sometimes it will win is one of the greatest stress-relievers out there. Accept that it’s part of you instead of berating yourself for having it. Treat it as part and parcel of who you are – because it is – and take it from there. Learn your ‘tells’ – those small signs we all get when the anxiety starts to rise. Learn to monitor yourself for those, and learn how to diffuse the immediate cause of the anxiety.

Stranger getting a bit too close for comfort? Move away slightly. Mob of kids wanting to take selfies with you? Try for a group-photo instead. Always have an escape route. The old ‘I’m getting a phone call’ can be very effective to temporarily escape just long enough to get yourself back on an even keel. Bathroom visits are also very effective. Or the old ‘I need to talk with my colleague over there.’ It also helps to take your colleagues into your confidence. Let them know when you start to feel overwhelmed, and have them take over for a bit, or cover for you for a short time.

Yes, social anxiety can really suck, but it need not be completely debilitating. It can be, but I’ve found that by getting to know its little tides and flows, I can usually manage it just long enough to get through any given event. I don’t always succeed. Sometimes I need a hard-out – as in, escape this situation right now, or have a panic attack in public – and that’s okay. It happens. Give yourself some slack as well as some credit and move on.

Sure, I could change jobs and go do something where I never need to deal with people…but I don’t want to. I love what I do. Having social anxiety doesn’t make my life or my work any easier – just ask my friends how long it can take me to agree to meet new people, or go out to do things – but it’s part of me, and as long as I can live my life around this thing’s little foibles, I’m good. It need not rule your life. It need not define you. You can still have a full and happy life in spite of whole mobs of kids wanting selfies, or community members treating you like an honoured guest.

Take a deep breath. Review those escape routes. Tally those tells. Then smile, step forward, and live.

We’re very thankful that Keita shared his story with us, and we hope that it helps you understand social anxiety a little better.

You can also join us for a relaxing break in our ozone steam sauna. Enjoy 30 minutes of blissful relaxation and calm as you let your worries slip away for a little while. Contact us and book you session today.

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Depression: What you need to know

Depression is considered as a very serious mood disorder. Some of my best friends suffer from this disorder and, let me tell you, it’s no joke. That said, it also made me realize how uninformed people are when it comes to interacting with people suffering from depression. It’s important to take note that before you help a person suffering from this disorder, you need to know what it is and how to really help.

What is Depression

According to the dictionary, the term depression means “feelings of severe despondency and dejection.”. Basically, it may be described as feelings of anger, loss or sadness and interferes with their everyday activities.

Depression affect people in different ways, which can interfere with their daily work, and result in lower productivity and lost time. As a result depression can influence your love life and some chronic health conditions.

Conditions that can get worse when depressed include:

  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity

The important thing to realize is that everyone feels down at some point, and it is a normal part of life. Its also worth noting that events that are upsetting and sad happen to everyone. However, if you, or someone you know, seems to feel hopeless or miserable on a regular basis, it could be signs of depression.

Depression can get worse if a person goes without proper treatment. In other words, depression can be considered as a very serious medical condition. Those who seek treatment often see improvements in just a few weeks.

What are the symptoms?

Depression is more than feeling gloomy, being in a state of sadness or feeling down.

When it comes to major depression, a variety of symptoms can surface. Some might affect your body others affect your mood. And what makes it worse? It comes and goes! Remember that depression affects children, men and women differently.

Symptoms in men may include:

  • Mood: Anxiousness, anger, irritability, aggressiveness
  • Emotional: Feeling unhappy, hopeless and gloomy
  • Behavioral (most common): get tired easily, no pleasure in favorite activities, suicidal thoughts, drinking excessively, using drugs, loss of interest
  • Sexual: lack of sexual performance and reduced libido
  • Cognitive: Struggle to concentrate and have difficulty completing tasks, delayed responses during a conversation
  • Sleep: restless night, insomnia, excessive sleepiness
  • Physical: headaches, pains, fatigue, digestive problems

Symptoms in women may include:

  • Mood: irritability or frustration
  • Emotional: anxious, hopeless, sad and empty
  • Behavioural (most common): suicidal thoughts, loss of interest in favourite activities, withdraw form social engagements
  • Cognitive: Talking or thinking more slowly
  • Sleep: restless nights, waking up early, sleeping too much
  • Physical: no energy, changes in weight and appetite, increased cramps, headaches, pain

Symptoms in children may include:

  • Mood: mood swings, crying, irritability, anger
  • Emotional: intense sadness, feeling worthless or incompetent (e.g. “can’t do anything right”), despair, crying
  • Behavioral: avoiding friends or siblings, suicidal thoughts, skipping school, getting into trouble at school
  • Cognitive: changes in grades, struggling to concentrate, decline in school performance
  • Sleep: sleeping to much or struggling to sleep
  • Physical: no energy, changes in appetite, weight loss or gain, digestive problems

Never ignore the symptoms of depression. If you are experiencing these symptoms, seek medical help or talk to a friend if your mood doesn’t improve or if your mood gets worse. It’s no joke; It is a serious mental illness with risks of complications. In other words, if it is a friend, family member or someone you know, it’s important to understand if it is just a bad day or that they might be dealing with depression.

If they are dealing with depression, there are a few things to consider.

How to help a person dealing with depression:

  • Never tell them that everything is going to be okay.
  • Don’t tell them to get over it or invalidate their emotions
  • Do offer silent support and a sympathetic ear

The life of a person suffering from depression can be very difficult but getting the right treatment and support can help improve their quality of life. There are different forms of treatment that can help successfully manage the symptoms. Some may find that combining treatments may work out better. Remember that it is common to combine lifestyle therapies and medical treatments.

Research has shown that Ozone Therapy can help you in your fight with depression. Contact us today and book you session today and say goodbye to depression.

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Tastes of Summer: Peach and Ham Salad

Taste summer with this Peach and Ham salad. Perfect for that friends or family gathering. It has an explosion of flavor, healthy and very easy to make. To compliment the salad, I recommend serving it with warm crusty bread and a garlic-flavored low-fat spread. (Mouth-watering!)

What Ingredients do I Need?

First, we will start preparing the basil vinaigrette then our peach and ham salad.

For the Basil Vinaigrette you will need:

  • 75 ml Basil (Finely Chopped)
  • 20 ml Mild American Mustard
  • 30 ml yellow mustard seeds (Optional)
  • 30 ml Balsamic or Red Wine Vinegar
  • 15 ml Honey
  • 125ml Peach / Apricot / Mango Juice
  • 75 ml Olive Oil

The Method

Combine all ingredients but leave the oil, this comes in a bit. After thoroughly combining the ingredients, take the olive oil and slowly whisk the oil until the mixture thickens. Leave to chill for a bit, we’ll get back to it.

Now…

For the Peach and Ham Salad you will need:

  • Onion (Cut into strips)
  • Pack Mixed Herb and Lettuce Leaves
  • Medium Butter Lettuce (Broken into pieces)
  • Bunch Spring Onions (Cut into strips)
  • 400 g Mixed Ham Slices (Gypsy Ham, Black Forrest Ham and Rolled Kasseler) cut into strips
  • 1 x 410 g Can Peach Slices (Make sure to drain the syrup)
  • 6 Dill Cucumbers (Thinly sliced length ways to garnish whole basil leaves

Final touches before serving

Grab a platter big enough to serve 4 to 6 people. Got it? Great! Line the platter with your salad leaves and scatter the mixed slices of ham along with the onion strips. Now tuck in the peach slices (like you would tuck them into a salad bed) and dot with the dill cucumbers. Garnish and serve immediately with the vinaigrette dressing and enjoy!

After you tried this recipe, please leave a comment and let us know what your thoughts are.

Until next time! Stay Healthy!

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Stress Relief Food For The Stressed Out Individual

I’m sure there are some of you out there that wish food could magically erase stress. (I’d eat for the rest of my life!) Adding these foods to your daily diet and eat your way to a relaxed state and great for stress relief – Now I don’t mean going all out piggy on high-calorie junk food. The combination of exercising and eating small meals during the day are great ways to relieve stress and ease frustration.

Whole-Wheat Pretzels

Our brains have a feel-good chemical called serotonin. By eating foods that are rich in carbohydrates not only gives us an energy boost and stress relief. It also triggers the brain to release serotonin A.K.A feel-good chemical. Eating whole-grain snacks like cereals, bread and crackers provide extra fiber too.

Carrots

One of the ways I found that helps beat stress is eating crunchy foods. Carrots, celery and other crunchy nutrient-rich veggies won’t have you worried about consuming too much calories and offer a satisfying crispness.

Tea

Nothing helps combat stress better than a hot cup of your favourite blend tea. The tea’s plant compounds together with the soothing warmth is a recipe to level off your body’s response to stress. I recommend herbal and Rooibos tea.  Rooibos tea has many medicinal properties. Rooibos calms nerves. While not actually a sedative (it won’t make you sleepy), rooibos moderates nervous system activity and brings you back to a feeling of ‘centre’.  Studies has proven that Rooibos heals sun damaged cells.

Nuts

Stress can leave you open to sickness. Nuts like almonds, pistachios and walnuts are very high in vitamin E and zinc and help boost your immune system. The bonus these nuts offer is that they are good sources of B-vitamins that help the body manage stress.

Spinach

Spinach contains a lot of magnesium and a single serving will cover 40% of your daily need. Our bodies release the hormone cortisol which can cause a spiking in your stress levels. Getting more magnesium results in your body controlling and limiting the release of cortisol. Enough about science, wilted greens make a great addition to rice dishes, pasta’s and soup. Or just quickly fry (sauté) in some olive oil and garlic.

Yogurt

Get enough calcium into your diet with non-fat or low-fat yogurt. Yogurt helps create a healthy digestive system and can help with stress relief. Because of the probiotics found in fermented dairy products and may be beneficial for digestive and gastrointestinal conditions. Speaking of yogurt…. When travelling to foreign countries, it is vital to eat local yogurt. This ensures that your body get the country’s natural bacteria into your system. Which in turn will help you digest foreign foods easier.

Chocolate

Everyone knows that a chocolate can cure almost anything. Funny enough, there is science to back it up. According to the research, they found that dark chocolate may be able to lower the levels of stress hormones. It also contains sugar (a carbohydrate) as mentioned earlier in the article. So, it releases the feel-good chemical (serotonin) which improves your overall mood.

Milk

Milk contains B-vitamins, protein, vitamin D and calcium to build those bones and help relieve tense muscles. If you don’t like it on its own, add some whole-grain cereal in the morning for breakfast.

Stress is also caused by toxins building up in your body. Ozone Therapy helps your body detox and by removing harmful toxins from your body and reduce stress. Book your session today.

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Stress and Anxiety: What You Need To Know

In the fast-paced world we live in today, chances are that at some point or another everyone of us will suffer from stress or anxiety. Some people experience this for a short time while other experience it on a regular basis.

What most of us are unaware of is that they are directly related to our emotions. As a result, giving a set list of symptoms or treatment options makes it extremely difficult. When it comes to chronic anxiety and stress… well that’s a different ball game entirely. That’s because the symptoms could be due to something completely different. As a result, diagnosis becomes very difficult.

List of some of the main symptoms of stress and anxiety:

Stress

  • Constantly grinding or gritting your teeth
  • Frequently suffer from headaches
  • Muscle spasms, neck and back pain
  • Feeling light-headed or dizzy
  • Ringing in your ears
  • Sweaty hands or feet
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Difficult to concentrate
  • Forgetfulness
  • Increased anger
  • Depression
  • Frequent or wild mood swings
  • Reduced work efficiency or productivity

Anxiety:

  • Pounding of the heart
  • Sweating abnormal
  • Headaches
  • Upset stomach
  • Dizziness
  • Tremors
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle tension

The symptoms are endless when struggling with stress or anxiety. The best thing to do when struggling with stress or anxiety, or both, is to consult your doctor.

While you’re there, don’t be afraid to ask your doctor to do a full check-up. Have him test your blood sugar level, cholesterol, liver, kidneys and gall bladder. It might help to rule out any underlying causes that are normally overlooked.

At Organies Genoeg we want to join you in your fight to combat depression, stress and anxiety. Research shows that Ozone Therapy could help combat the symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. Ozone Therapy raises the oxygen levels in your body to relieve stress, fight anxiety, depression, irritability, mood swings, tiredness, nervousness. It also boosts your immune system and improves your overall health.

Contact us to book your Ozone Therapy session today.

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Understanding Mental Health Month

When we hear the words mental health or mental illness, we tend to think it means that a person is “crazy”. That’s very rarely the case, but it is one of the reasons why I decided to write this article – to help people understand how severe and debilitating some mental health disorders can be. People living with these disorders struggle to do normal things in their everyday lives that we take for granted. What makes it worse, is that a lot of these illnesses are “invisible”. This means that people with mental disorders are often mocked or told that they are “faking” it.

A person needs to understand that there is a difference between mental health and mental illness.

Mental Health

Your emotional and psychological well-being is referred as your mental health. Leading a happy and healthy life are signs of good mental health. It helps you to show resilience and help cope with what ever curve ball life throws at you.

A variety of factors that could influence your mental health include life events or even your genetics. There are a lot of ways to help you keep a good mental health.

  • Positive attitude
  • Being physically active
  • Help others
  • Get enough sleep
  • Healthy diet
  • Ask for professional help should you need it
  • Interact and socialise with people you enjoy being with

Mental Illness

Mental illness can mean a wide variety of conditions that affect your way of life and the way you feel and think. As a result, it affects people’s ability to get through their day to day lives. Several factors can influence mental illness, which includes:

  • Genetics
  • The environment
  • Our daily habits
  • Biology

Mental Health Statistics

In South Africa, mental health issues are common. As many as one in six South Africans experience or suffer from anxiety, depression or substance-use problems (and this does not include more serious conditions such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia), according to statistics released by the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG).

Women are more likely to experience SMI (Serious Mental Illness) than men, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. The scary thing is the ages to most likely experience a SMI range from the ages of 18 to 25.

Here are some of the common mental illnesses affecting South Africans:

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is known as a chronic mental illness, and is characterized by episodes of energetic, manic highs and extreme, sometimes depressive lows. To make things worse, it affects a person’s energy levels and ability to think reasonably. Bipolar disorder can cause mood swings that are way more severe than the small up’s and down’s most people encounter in their daily lives.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

There is a big difference between regular everyday anxiety and generalized anxiety disorder. What’s the difference you might ask?

Regular everyday anxiety is like being nervous before a test, presentation, meeting, the list goes on and on, we’ve all experienced it.

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) makes a person become extremely worried about things when there is no or little reason to worry. A person with generalized anxiety disorder tends to feel very nervous about getting through the day. The thought of things not working in their favor eats away at them. As a result, a person with GAD can have a hard time accomplishing everyday tasks and chores.

Mental illnesses symptoms may get worse if they are left untreated. Understand, that a person with a mental illness can still have a full and happy life. Research has shown that Ozone Therapy can help individuals suffering from a mental illness. It relaxes and calms a person, and through that helps manage the symptoms of mental illnesses.

In the end, whether you opt for ozone therapy is a decision only you can make. Yes, it is still new enough in the medical field that we still lack some definitive publicized research papers. However, at the same time there have been hundreds upon thousands of testimonials of those claiming that ozone has changed their lives completely.

If you want to try ozone, and decide for yourself, call us and book a relaxing 30-minute steam session. If nothing else, you’ll feel relaxed!

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Happy, Healthy Summer Tips for Your Body

Happy, healthy summer is here! That means lots of sunshine, school holidays, beach vibes and braai (lots of it!). I have some tips on how to enjoy your summer to the fullest and stay healthy, too.

Healthy summer tips

Be active and exercise the “cool” way

In every season, physical activity on a regular basis is important to everyone and part of any healthy lifestyle. The warm sunshine and pleasant summer weather make it easy to exercise outdoors and get the whole family involved. Remember, with hot weather the risk of overheating is a major problem, so be sure to take the precautions.

  • Mornings or evenings would be the better choice to exercise as it is a bit cooler outdoors. If you are doing stationary exercises, try to stay in shady areas. If the heat is too much to exercise outside, hit the gym or climb stairs in an airconditioned building.
  • Don’t be the person to wait till he/she is thirsty. Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated is highly recommended to help your body cool down by sweating. So, drink water frequently. [link article on hydration]
  • To keep you cooler and help the sweat evaporate I try to wear lose-fitting clothing that is lightweight.
  • Get the whole family involved. As I said, physical activity is important to everyone. Take a morning walk or drive down to the beach and walk on the soft sand. You can make exercise fun by having a competition who can log the most steps for the day. (there is an app for that I’m sure) Friendly family competition is always fun!

Eat right and stay healthy

What makes summer so perfect, is that I can enjoy an outdoor meal with friends and family. You need to take extra care though, because the warmer temperatures can easily spoil your food.

  • Number one rule before handling food; Make sure your utensils, work surfaces and hands are washed to prevent the spread of bacteria.
  • Don’t cook in advance if you decide to go for a picnic. Cook the food the same day so that bacteria have less time to grow.
  • Wash all your fruit and vegetables as bacteria might be present on the rind or peel.
  • Leftovers that have been left out for more than 2 hours, or 1 hour if the temperature is more than 32˚C should be thrown out.

Tips for safe, healthy grilling:

  • Cook more chicken, fish and vegetables, and limit ground beef, pork, sausage and hot dogs.
  • Defrost your food and keep marinated foods in the fridge. Never re-use marinade that touched raw meat or poultry.
  • To prevent cross-contamination, never put cooked meat or poultry in the same container before it was cooked.
  • Meat that cooks at high temperatures can create chemicals which can be harmful. What chemicals am I referring to you might ask? The chemicals released by charred bits on your grill, believe it or not. It might add some flavor but can be harmful. (I am surprised as you are!)

Stay safe in the sun

We are all aware of the dangers that the sun’s UV rays can do to our skin. Not to mention that most skin cancers are caused by over exposure to the sun’s UV rays. It’s important to keep your skin protected when going outside, especially during long and hot summer days.

Cover up:

When going outside, as I mentioned earlier, wear clothing that is lose-fitting but can also protect as much skin as possible. Don’t forget the wide-brimmed hat! Use sunglasses that block at least 99% of UV light.

Use sunscreen:

I would say sun protection factor (SPF) 30 sunscreen should be more than enough, unless you have fair skin. And for that reason I’d rather go for SPF 50+. Make sure to use sunscreen regularly, at least every 2 hours, and after swimming.

Seek shade:

Try to limit your direct exposure to the sun, especially between 11AM and 3PM when the sun’s UV rays are strongest.

Avoid tanning beds:

Tanning beds can make your skin look great, but the downside is that it can cause long-term skin damage. Let’s not forget it can contribute to skin cancer.

With Ozone Steam Therapy, we can help our bodies get rid of toxins through sweat. Believe it or not, sweating is one of the most effective ways to detox! Think fever; When you are sick your body automatically starts sweating. This is to get rid of toxins that your internal detox system can’t handle. It’s the same with Ozone Therapy.

By simulating a short painless fever, your body gets rid of toxins through sweat, giving you a natural detox boost.

To book your detox session, contact Organies Genoeg today.