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South Africa’s Lockdown Alert Levels Explained

For today’s article we will go over what the Covid-19 Alert Levels are and give a brief explanation what each level means. With the lock down almost over, a lot of people feel relieved and are anxious to get back to work. However, after President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Thursday 30 April 2020, he announced an implementation of a “risk adjust strategy” by means of different lockdown alert levels. This means that the South African government will take a cautious approach to easing the current lockdown restrictions by applying lockdown alert levels for each province.

Ramaphosa also announced and stated that there will be a national level, and separate levels for each province, district and metro in South Africa. This is to, “ensure that our response to the pandemic can be as precise and targeted as possible” Ramaphosa said.

South Africa will begin a phased and gradual recovery of economic activity after Thursday 30 April 2020.  Currently we are still at Level 5 which requires you to stay home as it’s a full national lockdown to contain the spread of the virus. This will end at the end of April and Level 4 will begin on Friday 1 May 2020.

The five Covid-19 alert levels?

Level 5

High virus spread, and/or low health system readiness.

Only essential services, bus services, taxi services, UBER and private motor vehicles may operate at restricted times, with limitations on vehicle capacity and stringent hygiene requirements. No inter-provincial movement of people, except for transportation of goods and exceptional circumstances (e.g. funerals).

Level 4

Moderate to high virus spread, with moderate readiness

Sectors Permitted

All essential services, plus: Food retail stores already permitted to be open permitted may sell full line of products within existing stock.

All agriculture (horticulture, export agriculture including wool and wine, floriculture and horticulture, and related processing) Forestry, pulp and paper Mining. (open cast mines at 100% capacity, all other mines at 50%)

All financial and professional services, global business services for export markets, postal and telecommunications services, fibre optic and IT services, Formal waste recycling (glass, plastic, paper and metal)

Transport Restrictions

Bus services, taxi services, UBER and private motor vehicles may operate at any time of the day, with limitations on vehicle capacity and stringent hygiene requirements.

Movement Restrictions

No inter-provincial travel or movement of people, except for transportation of goods and exceptional circumstances (e.g. funerals). Unfortunately, no cross-border friend and family visits or gathers yet.

Level 3

Moderate virus spread, with moderate readiness

Sectors Permitted

Licensing and permitting services, deeds offices and other government services designated by the Minister of Public Service and Administration.

Take-away restaurants and online food delivery, Liquor retail within restricted hours

Clothing retail, Hardware stores.

Stationery, personal electronics and office equipment, production and retail. Books and educational products, E-commerce and delivery services. Clothing and textiles manufacturing (at 50% capacity).

Automotive manufacturing, Chemicals, Bottling, Cement and steel, Machinery and equipment, Global Business Services, SANRAL construction and maintenance Transnet at 100%.

Transport Restrictions

Bus services, taxi services, UBER and private motor vehicles may operate at any time of the day, with limitations on vehicle capacity and stringent hygiene requirements. Limited passenger rail restored, with stringent hygiene conditions in place. Limited domestic air travel, with a restriction on the number of flights per day and authorisation based on the reason for travel.

Movement Restrictions

No inter-provincial travel or movement of people, except for transportation of goods and exceptional circumstances (e.g. funerals).

Level 2

Moderate virus spread, with high readiness

Sectors Permitted

Construction and all other retail. All other manufacturing and Mining. (all mines at 100% capacity). Government services, Installation, repairs and maintenance. Domestic work and cleaning services as well as Informal waste-pickers.

Transport Restrictions

Domestic air travel restored, and car rental services restored.

Movement Restrictions

Movement between provinces at Level 1 and 2 restrictions.

Level 1

Low virus spread, high health system readiness

Sectors Permitted

All sectors.

Transport Restrictions

All modes of transport, with stringent hygiene conditions in place.

Movement Restrictions

Interprovincial movement allowed, with restrictions on international travel.

De-stress in an Ozone Steam Sauna while getting an immune system boost

The lockdown alert levels may be confusing but luckily we have you covered. Ozone Steam Therapy has many benefits and it could help you relax and give you an immune boost after this lockdown to help you feel healthy and rejuvenated. Because we are part of essential services, we are open during this time and are offering discounted ozone sessions. Book a session today and relax and de-stress while getting an immune booster to keep you “healthy as a horse”.

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Coping With Cabin Fever During Lockdown

It’s the 4th week of the COVID-19 lockdown and a lot has happened. Because of the lockdown there are a lot of people who might be experiencing cabin fever. Before we continue, its important to know what cabin fever is, and how people are coping with cabin fever during the Covid-19 Lockdown.

So, what is cabin fever? Cabin fever is the stressful and claustrophobic irritability or restlessness that a person or group experiences when they’re stuck in isolation. Isolation alone doesn’t necessarily result in cabin fever, though. Aside from being isolated from outside social interaction, it mainly applies when people are confined to one location.

In short, bring imprisoned in your own home is one of the easiest ways to get cabin fever.

South Africa, including most of the countries around the world, are under complete lockdown. This is due to the rapid increase in the number of Coronavirus positive cases across South Africa. Because of this, President Cyril Ramaphosa had to extend the COVID-19 lockdown till the end of April 2020. Therefore, to help you fight the struggle of self-isolation, I have some suggestions that might help you when it comes to coping with cabin fever and, maybe, even prevent it.

Follow a workout routine

In my previous article I mentioned how workout fanatics must resort to working out at home. Now, there are some who’re having an extremely hard time figuring out what activities to indulge to kill their quarantine time. Why not prioritise your fitness? Nothing can be more beneficial. If you set up and follow a specific workout routine every day, it will keep the boredom and illness at bay.

Put those cooking skills to test

I’m sure everyone knows at least the basics of cooking. I mean, in these contemporary times, it is necessary to know basic cooking, irrespective of gender. However, if you have absolutely no idea how to cook, then now would be a great time to learn a new recipe. Here is an easy one to start you off with, and it’s healthy as well! 3 Bean Salad

However, if you don’t know how to cook, you can use the quarantine time to put your culinary skills to test by learning some new recipes. The internet is full of videos and tutorials to teach cooking from scratch.

Focus on your hobbies and skills

I’m sure you’ll agree that we all have a set of hobbies and skills which we give up due to other commitments in life. You can, however, make full use of this lockdown time to pick an old hobby back up, or to take up a new hobby. You can even try a few free courses to improve your skills. Doing this can help you relax, and even help to get your mind off being isolated.

Redecorate or rearrange

Never underestimate the power of change, especially when it comes to personal space. Redecorating or rearranging your personal space can break the monotony, and make your space feel new and exciting again. Itsy-bitsy changes can give you a sense of novelty, which might help you deal with cabin fever.

Socialise

No one likes to be alone, and studies show that loneliness often leads to depression. Luckily, we live in the 21st century. With the help of smart phones, you can stay in contact with your loved ones and friends. Being able to make a video call to see our friends and family is a great comfort, and can majorly help you deal with restlessness, by keeping you distracted. Since the lockdown has started, social media has become the sole platform for everyone to socialise. This is great! You get to virtually spend some we-time with your family and friends which might help you keep cabin fever at bay.

Relaxing in an Ozone Steam Sauna while getting an immune system boost

Ozone Steam Therapy has many benefits and it could help you in the struggle when coping with cabin fever should you experience. Because we are part of essential services, we are open during the lockdown period and are offering discounted ozone sessions. Book a session today and relax and de-stress while getting an immune booster to keep you “healthy as a horse”.

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Keep Everyone Entertained During The Covid Lockdown

South Africa’s Covid lockdown has been extended to the end of April due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Many South Africans feel overwhelmed, scared, or uncertain about what lies ahead. Because of the Covid lockdown South Africans are adjusting to working from home (for those who can), as well as keeping their kids safe and entertained while having to stay inside.

Now, I know that this might sound silly to some, but as we are all doing our part to stay at home there’s always the risk of cabin fever kicking in. It doesn’t only happen in movies… I assure you cabin fever is very real and, while we are all staying at home, it’s possible that you can experience it, too.

But let’s not focus on the negative. We want to stay positive, which is why I created a list of activities to help you keep the cabin fever at bay, and, at the same time, help keep your fellow South Africans safe.

For the adults

Working from home is great! But it can get too much sometimes, and we tend to forget that we also need to look after ourselves, mentally and physically, during the lockdown. Here are some activities and tips for adults to help you:

Stick to your routine while you are working from home

Find a comfortable working space to set up. The couch and bed don’t count as comfortable working space. Why? Firstly, no work would get done. Secondly, your back, neck, and shoulders will thank you and not keep you up at night. But, back to the routine.

  • Wake up the same time you would typically do.
  • Get dressed and get going.
  • Make sure to take a break to hydrate and eat. Also, try to set your “office hours” and stick to them to prevent burnout.

Stay active

Missing your gym sessions, yoga sessions, or early morning jog? No worries! It’s the 21st century, and you can still stay active while you’re at home. It’s called ‘The Internet’, or you can even just use your tv. There are many workout channels and programmes to help keep you in tip top shape. Most people have smart phones or tablets.

There are a lot of fitness apps out there, or you can ask your personal trainer to work out some home training schedules for you. There’s no excuse to not stay active.

Tackle the tasks you’ve been putting off around the house

We all have something that we wanted to do but had to put it off because of “reasons”. Well, now there is no excuse to tackle those household or gardening tasks you have been putting off. You never know; it might help you relax and switch off. Perhaps you have been waiting for the time to hang some family photographs or paint a room.

Have at it! You have the time now.

See your friends (From Afar)

We are human and with that comes the need to socialize. We socialise with friends and family and that’s what keeps us going. As I mentioned, it’s the 21st century, so staying indoors doesn’t mean that you can’t see your friends and loved ones. Use technology and have a virtual braai, or just a group video conversation. If you are not too tech savvy, there are a number of apps you can use:

  • Zoom
  • FaceTime
  • Facebook video call
  • WhatsApp video call
  • Skype

Get rid of the clutter

“Darling we need to make space” or, “I must take some time and clean out the garage”. Whether it’s the garage, kitchen, or cupboards, now is the perfect time to declutter your home. What makes this even better is that now you can get the whole family involved – tackle the clutter room for room. Donate or sell the items that you don’t need any more as soon as the lockdown is over.

Practice your hobby, or pick up a new one

Practicing or taking up a hobby during this time is not only a way to keep you busy, but also help you to relax and get your mind off things. There is a lot that you can try to do. For example:

  • Try out new recipes
  • Bake some bread
  • Read that book you’ve been wanting to read
  • Build that puzzle you haven’t touched since you’ve bought it

Want to learn a few new skills? There are many online training courses you can do if you would like to upskill yourself. Udemy and Google Digital Skills for Africa are great places to start.

For the kids

If there was no Covid lockdown it would have been school holidays now. As parents, we know our kids need entertainment and stimulation while we are all home. When it comes to working from home and taking care of children, it can be incredibly stressful for parents and kids alike. Try to make sure that kids keep to a routine to help them ease back into school when it starts again.

It’s important to keep them entertained and stimulated, and there are a lot of fun activities you can plan.

Create a timetable for each day

Create a timetable for each day by asking your kids what they would like to do. By doing this, it gives them a sense of autonomy. Remember to suggest some balance as well by including structured or chosen activities that are both educational and fun.

This is an example of a timetable I got from justmamma.com:

  • Breakfast
  • Chore time
  • The main activity of the day
  • Mid-Morning Snack
  • Free play
  • Lunch
  • Naptime / Quiet time
  • Outdoor play
  • Mid-afternoon snack
  • Screen time
  • Fitness Fun
  • Dinner / Bath Time / Bedtime

Encourage kids to help with chores

It’s important to keep in mind that chores need to be age-appropriate, but everyone in the house can chip in and do their part. Here are some chore ideas:

  • Putting toys and books away every day
  • Help feed pets and animals
  • Help with laundry (sorting out the clothing)
  • Make their beds
  • Water the garden
  • Set the table for breakfast, lunch, or dinner
  • Help prepare lunch or dinner
  • Helping to pack away the dishes after a meal
  • Help to pack away groceries
  • Reward them after doing their chores with a currency that they can spend on “luxury” snacks (like chocolate or some crisps)

Keep learning through playing.

There are many activities that you can do with your kids, and it can be overwhelming to pick something. Colouring, arts and crafts, sensory play, motor skills; what to choose? It’s simple really. Ask the kids what they would like to do, and set it up as a structured activity. Some activities like:

  • Making playdough (here’s a recipe and some colour and scent ideas)
  • Finger painting
  • Baking
  • Use items from the pantry like dried beans to teach them to count or do match puzzles.
  • Scavenger hunts (like finding 10 things in the garden, if you have one)
  • Helping with gardening
  • Building obstacle courses
  • Having Lego challenges (timed build challenges, or imagination play)
  • Drawing
  • Building puzzles
  • Solving puzzles

Do something fun as a family after dinner

The choices here are endless! It could be a movie night or board games, puzzles, reading; whatever tickles your fancy. Family is important, no matter the situation, so take this time to spend some time as a family and enjoying some much-needed time together.

Ozone – an alternative therapy

We’ve recently done a post on how Ozone therapy can help you strengthen your immune system and fight the coronavirus.

We are open during the Covid lockdown, as a medical service, and are offering discounted ozone sessions. Together we can help to flatten the curve and prevent COVID-19 from spreading to our fellow citizens.

If you’re interested in a session, contact us to make a booking. Stay inside, keep hydrated, and more importantly, stay at home.

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Key Nutrients That Help Immunity And Their Roles

As the corona-virus situation gets worse, you might be wondering how you can stay healthy. What foods can help you stay healthy? Is there medication that can keep you from getting sick at all? What are the key nutrients that help with immunity?

First, let’s look at the not-so-good news. There are places on the internet that claims to have magic pills guaranteed to boost your immune system. Unfortunately, there’s no guarantee that it will protect you against COVID-19 at all.

But there’s good news, too. There are ways to keep your immune system healthy and working great. They can help you stay healthy and feel more in control during this outbreak. Wash your hands, (shouldn’t be telling you this ..right?) eat proper nutritious foods, try to stay active, and get proper sleep. These will help you manage your physical and mental health.

Below is a list of key nutrients that help immunity and the roles they play.

Eat Immune Boosting Foods

Eating a healthy diet is one of the best ways to stay healthy. Your immune system relies on specific nutrients to function the way it should. With a healthy diet, you help your immune system to do its job.

You can also add a few immune boosting vitamins to the mix, but vegetables and fruits will also get the job done. Here are some of the top foods we recommend boosting the health of your immune system.

Beta Carotene

Beta carotene is what your body converts into Vitamin A. It’s essential for a healthy immune system, and it helps antibodies fight off toxins.

Good beta carotene sources include:

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Mangoes
  • Apricots
  • Spinach
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Squash
  • Cantaloupe

Vitamin C

Vitamin C increases the number of antibodies in your blood. It also helps your system differentiate between white blood cells – the soldiers – and toxins. That way, your body knows what kind of protection you need.

There is some research that suggests high levels of vitamin C could reduce cold symptoms. To increase your levels of vitamin C, you should try eating:

  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Kiwi
  • Strawberries
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Red and Green peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Cooked Cabbage
  • Cauliflower

Vitamin D

According to Dr. Michael Holick, vitamin D helps with the production of a specific protein. This protein targets bacteria and viruses. It also boosts the activity and amount of white blood cells you have.

The sun is one of the main sources of vitamin D – that’s why a lot of people tend to get sick in winter. With less time outside in the sun, your immune system gets weaker, putting you at risk for viral- and respiratory tract infections.

With quarantine in effect, you can bet that even more people will have a vitamin D deficiency. To make up for that, you can eat food that’s rich in Vitamin D. If you don’t get enough of these foods, you can also consider a vitamin D supplement.

  • Fatty Fish
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Eggs
  • Fortified Milk
  • Plant Milk
  • Cheese
  • Fortified Juice
  • Mushrooms

Zinc

Zinc is what helps your immune system grow and learn to differentiate between good and bad, so to speak. One analysis showed that Zinc supplements could shorten the duration of common cold symptoms.

For the best sources of zinc, make sure you fill up on:

  • Beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Lentils
  • Tofu
  • Fortified Cereals
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Wheat germ
  • Oysters
  • Crab
  • Lobster
  • Beef
  • Pork chops
  • Dark meat poultry
  • Yogurt

Protein

Protein is crucial for immune cells and antibodies. It plays a major role in helping your immune system do its job. Protein comes from both animals and plants, and there are even some great high protein snacks.

  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Beef
  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Eggs
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas

Prebiotic Foods

Pre- and Probiotics can help boost the health of your intestines. In turn, that supports and boosts our immune system. There are several foods that fall into this category.

  • Yogurt
  • Kefir
  • Aged Cheese
  • Kimchi
  • Sauerkraut
  • Miso
  • Tempeh
  • Sourdough bread
  • Whole grains
  • Bananas
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Leeks
  • Asparagus
  • Artichokes
  • Beans

Herbs

Although herbs aren’t dietary staples, they can be helpful when dealing with viral symptoms. One study found that Elderberry reduced upper respiratory symptoms, like cold and flu.

Although using it for COVID-19 symptoms hasn’t been tested, there are doctors who believe that it could help relieve some symptoms. Always check with your doctor before you start using any herbal remedies.

Hydrate

Always remember to stay hydrated. Even mild dehydration can put a lot of stress on your body. Try to drink around 2.7 litres of water if you’re a woman. Men should aim for around 3.7 litres a day.

Ozone – an alternative therapy

We’ve recently done a post on how Ozone therapy can help you strengthen your immune system and fight the coronavirus.

We are open during the lockdown period, as a medical service, and are offering discounted ozone sessions.

If you’re interested in a session, contact us to make a booking. Remember to stay healthy and safe!

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Protect Yourself And Prepare For The Coronavirus

Though the world has come to a standstill, life as we know it goes on. There are measures you can take to protect and prepare for Coronavirus.

At the time of this article, the Coronavirus continues to spread worldwide. Currently there are 859,032 confirmed cases and 42,322 dead. In South Africa, there are 1,353 cases confirmed. So far we’ve only had 5 deaths, according to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) map.

There is no doubt that Coronavirus is here, and it’s spreading fast. Older citizens are most vulnerable. That’s especially true for those with underlying health conditions, or those who don’t have a social safety net.

This is very important: Don’t go into a panic state. With some simple tips and a clear head, you can help reduce your risk, protect and prepare for Coronavirus. Do your part to protect your family and others.

Stay at home, if you can

Be extra careful even if you have no underlying health conditions or symptoms to protect other people.

Do not get close to other people

“Social distancing” or “Physical distancing” are the words they are using. It’s a call to stand far away from other people. You should try to keep 1 meter between yourself and other people. Why? The coronavirus travels through droplets, so limiting your exposure to other people is a good way to protect yourself.

Avoid the use of public transportation when possible. Limit yourself to travel only for emergencies or food. Try to work from home and avoid social gatherings. You don’t want to infect your friends, would you?

I understand that this might be hard to follow for some, especially for those who aren’t able to work from home. It’s worth mentioning that there are many people who contract coronavirus but don’t become seriously ill. But being arrogant and ignoring it is not only foolhardy but will endanger those around you.

If you have or develop a high fever, suffer from shortness of breath, or other serious symptoms, call your doctor. Unfortunately, testing for coronavirus is still inconsistent. There aren’t enough kits, and it’s very dangerous to go into a doctor’s office and risk infecting others. Check the COVID-19 Corona Virus South African Resource Portal website and your local health department for advice about how and where to be tested.

Don’t stockpile masks

Reports tell that wearing a non N95 mask, provides no protection against airborne Covid 19 particles. We get that! It does however prevent the wearer of spreading the virus. See we don’t know who is already infected and who’s not, therefore wearing one shows that you care about ‘flattening the curve’….

We are all burdened by the same international confusion, so why not consider others, wear a mask when leaving your place of isolation and when in contact with others (and by others I mean those you are not living with during lock-down). Super Heroes wear masks all the time…

Health care workers are on the front lines. Last month, there has been a call to the public to stop stockpiling masks, warning that it might limit the amount of resources available to doctors, nurses and emergency professionals.. So hand out piled up masks to persons you see not wearing one in public.

Stock up on groceries, medicine and resources

Being prepared during this time is the best way to protect your family and loved ones. We have no idea if the lock down will be extended or not. Should this happen, don’t be that person that goes into a “panic buy” state. Grocery shops are open! Be smarter and stock up on a 30-day supply of groceries and household supplies, just in case.

If you have any prescription medications, or are low on any over-the-counter essentials, go to the pharmacy sooner rather than later.

And, in no specific order, check if you have enough soap, toiletries, laundry detergent, toilet paper and diapers, if you have small children.

If you are the kind of person worried that there will not be food available…. Start a vegetable garden..!!! You have time to do it…

Ozone – an alternative therapy

We’ve recently done a post on how Ozone therapy can help you strengthen your immune system and fight the coronavirus.

We are open during the lock down period, as a medical service, and are offering discounted ozone sessions.

If you’re interested in a session, contact us to make a booking. Remember to stay healthy and safe!

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Ways to Lose Weight Without Diet or Exercise

We all know how difficult it is to stick to a conventional diet and exercise plan. However, there are a few tips that have been proven to help you eat fewer calories with ease. As a result, today’s article is all about effective ways to lose weight without diet or exercise. We’ll also cover how to prevent weight gain in the future.

All based on science!

Chew Thoroughly and Chew Slow

You might not be aware of this, but your brain needs time to process that you’ve had enough to eat. By chewing your food more thoroughly you eat slower. This can decrease your food intake, make you feel fuller, and help you eat smaller portions.

Your weight is also affected by how quickly you finish your meals.

There was a review done on 23 observational studies. The reports showed that faster eaters are more likely to gain weight than slower eaters. It’s also worth noting that fast eaters are also much more likely to be overweight (obese).

If you want to get into the habit of eating more slowly, start by counting how many times you chew each bite. Chew softer foods 5 to 10 times, and more dense foods, like meat and vegetables, up to 30 times before swallowing.

Smaller Plates for Unhealthy Foods

Did you know that our food plates are larger today than it was a few decades ago?

Could this trend contribute to weight gain? Maybe. Look at it this way: Using a smaller plate may help you eat less by making portions look larger. Similarly, a bigger plate can make a serving look smaller, causing you to add more food. Make sense?

Now take your new knowledge and use this to your advantage. Serve healthy food on bigger plates, and less healthy food on smaller plates.

Eat Lots of Protein

Protein can make you feel fuller, reduce hunger and help you eat fewer calories. It has powerful effects on your appetite.

The reason protein can make you feel fuller is because protein affects several hormones that play a role in hunger and fullness. These include ghrelin and GLP-1.

A study gave participants the opportunity to increase their protein intake from 15% to 30% of their calorie count. It helped the participants eat 441 less calories per day. They lost 11 pounds over 12 weeks, on average, without really restricting any foods.

If you are currently eating a grain-based breakfast, you might want to consider switching to a protein-rich meal. Try eating something like eggs.

A study showed that overweight women who had eggs for breakfast ate fewer calories at lunch. Those who ate a grain-based breakfast tended to eat more.

The study also found that they ended up eating fewer calories during the next 36 hours as well.

If you are wondering what protein-rich foods are, they include:

  • Chicken breasts
  • Fish
  • Greek yogurt
  • Lentils
  • Quinoa
  • Almonds

Store Unhealthy Foods out of Sight

Out of sight, out of mind. If you store unhealthy foods where you can see them, it may increase hunger and cravings, causing you to eat more. This is also linked to weight gain.

They actually did a study to prove it! If high-calorie foods were more visible in the house, the occupants tended to gain more weight. However, if a bowl of fruit was visible and easily accessible, they ate healthier instead.

Train yourself to store unhealthy foods out of sight, such as in closets or cupboards, so that they are less likely to catch your eye when you’re hungry. You know what they say. “out of sight, out of mind”

On the other hand, keep healthy foods visible on your counters. You can also place them front and center in your fridge.

Eat Fiber-Rich Foods

Fiber-rich foods increases satiety, helping you feel fuller for longer.

There are some studies that indicate that one type of fiber, viscous fiber, is particularly helpful for weight loss. It increases fullness and reduces food intake.

Viscous fiber forms a gel when it meets water. This gel increases nutrient absorption time, and makes you feel full for longer.

Viscous fiber is only found in plant foods. Examples include beans, oat cereals, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, oranges and flax seeds.

There is a weight loss supplement called glucomannan which is also very high in viscous fiber.

Sleep Well and Avoid Stress

When it comes to health, people often neglect sleeping and stress their butts off. Lack of sleep and stressing can have powerful effects on your appetite and weight.

A lack of sleep may disrupt the appetite-regulating hormones leptin and ghrelin. Another hormone, cortisol, becomes elevated when you’re stressed.

Experiencing these hormones fluctuating can increase your hunger and cravings for unhealthy food. In other words, stress eating is actually, a thing.

Chronic sleep deprivation and stress can even increase your risk for type 2 diabetes and obesity.

The Bottom Line

There are many simple lifestyle habits out there that can help you lose weight without diet or exercise. The sad truth is some have absolutely nothing to do with conventional diet or exercise plans.

On a side note: Use smaller plates, eat more slowly, drink water and avoid eating in front of the TV or computer. Consuming foods rich in protein and viscous fiber may also help.

However, it’s probably best not to try all these things at once. Experiment and try out with one technique for a bit, and if that works well for you then try another one.

It’s quite surprising how a few simple changes can have such a massive impact on your weight over the long term.

I hope that this article was helpful and informative. I am happy to share news on ways to lose weight without diet or exercise.

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Boost Your Immune System To Help Fight Coronavirus

Before I start with the article on vitamins to help boost your immune system, there is one urgent matter. I would like to take a moment to provide you with some valuable information regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Coronavirus or Covid-19 is rapidly spreading worldwide with a significant mortality rate. There is a real threat of a global pandemic of an easily transmissible disease, with a significant morbidity and mortality, from this epidemic if not another in the future. According to the World health Organization, Covid-19 carries at least a 14-day incubation period. Infected people will escape simple detection by temperature, permitting rapid global transmission. China placed tens of millions of people on lock down to respond to the outbreak.

Mainstream medicine has little in its arsenal for viral disease, and its therapies for bacterial infections are waning as well. Corona viruses have abundant cysteine in their spike proteins that may be easily and safely exploitable with ozone (or other oxidation) therapy. Cysteine residues are also abundant in viral membrane proteins and must be “conserved” for viral cell entry. For the full downloadable article click button bellow.

Now, back to the article!

I’m sure many of you have heard the saying: “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away”. Well, there might just be some truth to that. Studies show that eating foods that are rich in nutrients and certain vitamins can give your immune system a massive boost to help fight off illness.

I took up the challenge and searched for vitamins to help boost your immune system to fight Coronavirus during this stressful time. So, here it is.

5 Vitamins to help boost your immune system.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A help maintain the structure of the cells in your skin, respiratory tract and gut. In short, it forms a barrier and is your body’s first line of defense. Vitamin A is what helps your body make antibodies. They neutralize the pathogens that cause infection. This amazing vitamin is in oily fish, egg yolks, cheese, tofu, nuts, seeds, whole grains and legumes.

Beta-carotene is in vegetables. Your body converts it into vitamin A. Veggies that contain it include leafy green vegetables, carrots, and pumpkin.

Vitamin C

We are all aware that Vitamin C is one, if not the biggest immune system booster of all vitamins. If you have a lack of vitamin C you are more prone to getting sick. Luckily there are lots of foods that are rich in vitamin C. Which foods you might ask? Oranges, grapefruits, tangerines, strawberries, bell peppers, spinach, kale and broccoli. It’s important to have a daily intake of vitamin C.

Vitamin C is essential for good health because your body can’t produce or store it. Good news though. There are so many other foods that contain vitamin C that most people don’t need to take a vitamin C supplement unless a doctor advises it.

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 is an important and vital vitamin that support the biochemical reactions in the immune system. There are quite a few foods that are rich in Vitamin B6 which include: Green vegetables and chickpeas, which is the main ingredient in hummus, chicken and cold water fish such as salmon and tuna.

Vitamin D

There are studies that show the immune system needs vitamin D to fight off viruses. You can get vitamin D from the sun. Vitamin D is in some foods as well, including fatty fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel. It is also found in small amounts in beef liver, eggs, cheese, and mushrooms.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E helps the body fight off infection because it is a powerful antioxidant. Foods that are rich in vitamin E include: Nuts (almonds, pine nuts, Brazil nuts, cashew nuts, etc..), seeds (Sunflower Seeds, pumpkin Seeds) and spinach.

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5 Natural Detox Drink Recipes That Work

Doing a detox means that you are eliminating toxic substances from your body. Before you begin any detox diet or use any natural detox drink recipes, I recommend checking with your doctor first.

It’s always a good idea, especially if there might be any health concerns. Studies show that detox drink recipes can help your body get rid of toxins. It brings your system back into a healthy balance. If you are looking to revive and rejuvenate yourself, this is for you. It will also help increase your overall well-being. Here are five natural detox drink recipes, just for you.

Lemonade Cleanse

Lemons contain ascorbic acid that helps assist in the cleansing process. This is an effortless detox drink to make!

Mix:

  • 2 tablespoons of fresh, squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper in 236 ml of purified water.
  • I recommend you drink 6-8 glasses of this lemonade drink and eat nothing each day of your cleanse.

Green Detox Drink

This detox drink contains green vegetables. Green vegetables provide an effective natural body cleanse of the digestive system.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Carrots
  • 3 Kale leaves
  • 2 Celery stalks
  • 2 Beets
  • 1 Turnip
  • Spinach bunch (Half bunch)
  • Cabbage (Half)
  • Parsley (Half bunch)
  • ½ Onion
  • 2 Garlic cloves

Blend everything together with water in a blender into a puree and enjoy.

Detox Dandelion Tea

Few people are aware that dandelions are a great source of vitamin A, potassium, iron, and calcium. Dandelion detox tea is a diuretic. In other words, it increases urine production. This process helps to remove toxins through your liver and kidneys.

Method:

Brew 2 teaspoons of crushed dandelion leaves in a cup of boiling water for about 10 minutes and enjoy

You can consume this drink daily.

Fresh Cranberry Juice

According to research, evidence suggests that drinking cranberry juice may help prevent UTI’s. It may also prevent ulcers in healthy people. Cranberry juice also contains a variety of vitamins and minerals such as: vitamin C, manganese, and antioxidants. That’s why cranberry juice has become such a popular detox drink.

Method:

  • Mix one-part cranberry juice in four parts water.
  • Add 1 tablespoon apple pectin.
  • Add 1 tablespoon psyllium fibre (to stimulate gentle intestinal elimination)
  • Two 474 ml glasses of full-strength juice can be safely consumed daily by healthy adults.

Fruit Detox Drink

Fruit contains lots of vitamins and minerals, and let’s not forget the high fiber content. Because of this, it’s a wonderful natural detox for the body. This recipe combines fruit, along with flax oil and lecithin. It gives you essential fatty acids while you detox.

Ingredients:

  • 235 ml orange juice
  • 120 ml purified water
  • ½ cup banana
  • ½ cup strawberries
  • 125 ml cup yogurt
  • ½-inch slice of ginger
  • Small garlic clove
  • Tablespoon flax oil
  • Tablespoon lecithin granules
  • 1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice (if you want)
  • 1 tablespoon of protein powder or spirulina powder

Combine all ingredients and blend together in your blender.

We recommend that you drink it daily.

As another alternative, detoxing with ozone therapy has a boosting effect on more than just one system. In fact, it boosts your immune, nervous, cardiovascular, and gastrointestinal. And that’s only to name a few!

Within a 30-minute session, we simulate a ‘fever’ in your body. Just like your body does naturally when you’re sick, you start sweating as your body tries to get rid of the ‘illness’. In this case, we’re getting rid of those horrible toxins, and flooding your system with those supercharged oxygen particles. The best part is that, by sweating out these toxins, your liver, kidney, and intestines are bypassed. This gives your system the much-needed rest it needs.

Do you need a detox session, or do you suspect you need a detox? Book a consultation with us, and we can get you prepared for your detoxification therapy cycle! You can reach us via our contact page, e-mail us directly at info@organiesgenoeg.co.za.

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Lyme Disease Treatment

Most people aren’t aware of how Lyme disease works. Its transmission is also still a mystery. The disease is common in Asia, Europe and USA, but it can be transmitted anywhere where ticks are found. It is a rare disease, but it can be fatal if it isn’t diagnosed. Here’s a quick overview of how Lyme Disease can be transmitted:

There are four main bacteria species that come into play. They are called Borrelia burgdorferi, Borrelia mayonii, Borrelia afzelii and Borrelia garinii. If a tick carries any of these bacteria, they can transmit Lyme disease.

If that infected tick bites you, you will notice a bull’s eye rash or contact dermatitis developing on your body. This affects your heart, joints, nervous system and skin. The scary thing about Lyme disease is that it occurs in phases. In the early phases it starts at the site of the tick bite with a ring of redness that continually expands. It’s also worth mentioning that the stage of the disease depends on the symptoms.

If you spend a lot of time in wooded areas, or areas where ticks thrive, your chances to contract Lyme disease are higher. If you’ve been bitten, it can take a month or more for the symptoms to start appearing. There is no need to worry about it being contagious, because it’s not.

What are the symptoms?

After the tick bite a red bump often appears at the site of the bite. This is completely normal, and it usually goes away after a few days and it doesn’t mean you now have Lyme disease.

Lyme disease symptoms include:

  • Rash: Between 3-30 days after an infected bite, an expanding red area might appear. It will expand from the centre, and sometimes looks like a bull’s-eye pattern. Expands slowly and can spread to 30cm across. It is not painful or itchy.
  • Body aches, chills, fatigue, fever, and headaches. (Flu-like symptoms)

New signs and symptoms of Lyme infection might appear if untreated. They include:

  • Arthritis and Joint pain: Severe joint pain and swelling in your knees. The pain can shift from one joint to another
  • Back pain
  • You might develop inflammation of the membranes surrounding your brain (meningitis). It could cause neurological problems like Bell’s palsy (temporary/partial facial paralysis). It can also lead to numbness or weakness in your limbs. What makes it worse is that this could happen weeks, months or even years after infection.

Several weeks after infection, some people develop:

  • Heart problems, such as an irregular heartbeat and lasts for more than a few days or weeks
  • Eye inflammation
  • Liver inflammation (hepatitis)
  • Fatigue

How is it diagnosed?

If you live in an area known to have Lyme disease and you have been bitten by a tick, consult your doctor immediately.

Lyme disease can be very difficult to diagnose. That’s because a lot of its symptoms may look like something else. One important factor to keep in mind is that a tick bite is an important clue. Check yourself or have your doctor check you. Many patients don’t notice the bite marks and may get misdiagnosed.

What are your treatment options?

Even though Lyme disease is rare, it’s best to treat it in the early stages, because it can be deadly if left untreated. Early treatment is usually a course of oral antibiotics that you need to take for 14-to-21-days.

Can it be prevented?

A lot of research has been done over the years. A Lyme disease vaccine is in development, but no definite vaccine has been created. Unfortunately, it’s not available yet. You can read this article published on Forbes: “Lyme Disease Vaccine Could Be Ready In 4 to 5 Years”. But for now, the only way is to avoid exposure to infected ticks is to be aware.

Here are some tips to prevent tick bites:

  • If you go for a walk in an area that is bush or woodland, I recommend wearing long sleeves and tightly woven clothes.
  • Tuck your shirt into your pants and your pants into your boots or socks.
  • Try to keep the grass trimmed where possible
  • Apply tick repellent to your clothing, shoes and socks before you go into a tick-infested environment. (Please read the container carefully for possible side effects).
  • If you suspect that you’ve been exposed to a tick bite, act quickly. Look to see if you have any bite marks. Take a shower and shampoo your hair – this can help remove any attached ticks.
  • Make sure to check your clothes for ticks and should you find any wash them immediately in order to remove them. You can use methylated spirits to help with this process. You need to remove the head of the tick along with the body. Take special care to do that. Avoid tugging on the body too roughly when removing the tick, as this can result in the head staying behind. Rather, pull slowly and carefully.

Ozone Steam Therapy is an excellent alternative for Lyme disease treatment. It can help your body heal if you have Lyme disease. One of the main reasons is that ozone increases the amount of oxygen in the body. Because oxygen (O²) has two atoms, the three atoms in ozone (O³) supercharge the oxygen in the body to help it heal and boost your immune system.

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5 Simple Ways To Help Get Rid Of Love Handles

To get rid of love handles is one of the more difficult things to do. Despite the name “love handles”, what is there to love?

It’s just another name for excess fat. It bulges on the sides of your waist and, sometimes, hangs over the top of your pants. We call it the dreaded muffin top, and it can be very hard to shake.

Everyone always tries the hard way to get rid of love handles. They do endless side crunches, torture their obliques, and hope for the best. The ideal targets are the muscles that run down the sides of your upper body.

I don’t mean to rain on your parade, but this is not an effective way to lose love handles. Most exercises won’t do the trick on their own.

The only way for you to get rid of your love handles for good is to make dietary, exercise, and lifestyle changes.

To help you out, I have made up a list to help get rid of love handles.

Cut out Added Sugar

When it comes to losing fat in any area of your body, healthy eating is vital. Cutting out added sugar is one way to clean up your diet.

A lot of food contains unnecessary sugars. Snacks like Cookies, candies, sports drinks, and sodas are your biggest culprits. However, this does not apply to the natural sugar found in healthy foods like whole fruit.

The scary thing is that added sugar is linked to a couple of health issues. Diabetes, heart disease, and metabolic syndrome are just some of these. By consuming too much added sugar, you increase the amount of body fat in the belly area.

Are you aware that most sugary foods are loaded with calories and contain very few nutrients? If not, then cutting back on added sugar in your diet can help reduce body fat. This includes the love handles.

Consume Healthy Fats

Eating healthy fats like avocados, fatty fish, nuts, olive oil, and seeds can help slim your belly.

Healthy fats have a great taste and help you feel full. That way you to eat fewer calories throughout your busy day.

If you replace foods low nutrients with healthy fats, it may help you lose body fat. Do something simple like adding a few slices of avocado to your meal.

A recent study showed that people who ate avocados regularly had less belly fat than those who don’t.

Yes, some healthy fats are high in calories, but add moderate amounts into your diet to help you shed pounds.

Fill up on Fiber

Beans, fruits, nuts, oats, and vegetables contain soluble fiber. By adding foods that are rich in soluble fiber may help you get rid of those stubborn love handles.

Consuming fibre makes you feel full for an extended period. How, might you ask? Fiber slows down digestion and decreases the feelings of hunger.

It’s worth mentioning that foods that are rich in fiber are usually also packed with nutrients. As a bonus, they’re good for the friendly bacteria in your gut.

Keep Moving Throughout the Day

Find simple and easy ways to burn calories throughout the day. It may shock you, but this is an excellent way to burn and lose excess body fat.

In today’s day and age, people lead sedentary lifestyles. In other words, we all work jobs that involve sitting for hours on end. Very few of us need to move around a lot. Several studies show that sitting for long periods isn’t good for you – or, for that matter, your waistline.

Getting into the habit of getting up and walking to the water cooler every half hour can have a big difference.

Using your smartphone or smartwatch is a great way to keep track of your steps. There’s a lot of new technology that will help you keep track of how much you move through the day.

Eat Whole Foods

One of the simplest ways to get rid of love handles is by eating a diet rich in whole foods and unprocessed foods.

Highly processed foods, like Fast food, fried foods, sweets, and TV dinners, are not good! Try to avoid processed foods like these. They tend to have lots of ingredients that are not good for your health.

There are studies that show people who eat a lot of processed foods have at a more significant risk of obesity. They’re also at risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

Fruits, lean proteins, nuts, seeds, vegetables, and whole grains are healthy whole foods. Consuming whole, natural foods and adding them to your daily diet is an excellent way to shrink your waistline.

Rather than consuming ready made dishes, instead, prepare meals that are made with whole foods at home. This another great way to lose those love handles.

The Bottom Line

As you can see, there are many simple and natural ways to get rid of love handles.

You can slim your waistline with a little effort. Try a new exercise routine or eat fewer processed foods. Add a little more fiber to your diet and enjoy the results!

To lose fat and keep it off, you must make lasting changes to your diet, exercise routine, and lifestyle.

Remember, making one change, no matter how small, can have an impact. But if you combined exercise, food and lifestyle changes, you’ll a better chance of losing your love handles for good.

With our fat freezing sessions, you can finally reclaim your old jeans proudly. If you would like to find out if you are a candidate for fat freezing, contact us today to book a consultation.