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7 ways to increase glutathione levels naturally

By Hester Ladewig | Oct 7, 2021 |

  Glutathione is one of the most powerful health enhancing tools you produce in your own body. With lifestyle habits you can either increase this production or deplete it.   You need glutathione for your immune system to be the superpower it can be. On top of that, glutathione helps to balance inflammatory reactions, supports…

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Shedding light on cancer – incl. 10 easy to follow tips

By Hester Ladewig | Aug 13, 2021 |

What is cancer? Our cells divide all the time replacing old cells that naturally die off. This happens much faster in growing kids and slower as we age. It also happens faster in some areas of our bodies, such as the gut lining, blood cells, nails and hair. Then again slower in others, such as…

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The power of light: The health benefits of natural light

By Hester Ladewig | Aug 1, 2021 |

Have you ever noticed how light affects you?  Bright natural morning light can make you feel more awake and full of energy, happy and positive or possibly even irritate you if you are tired and find it too bright.  On a cloudy day the lack of light can make you feel tired, hungry, lazy or…

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Thyroid – Finding Balance

By Hester Ladewig | May 22, 2021 |
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What a fascinating gland! It is relatively small – about 30g in an adult – but controls so much in the body. Thyreos, meaning shield is a great description since it not only looks a bit like a shield, but also acts like a shield. The thyroid reacts to the smallest changes in the environment…

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Marvellous Muesli Gluten Free

By Embrace Life | Feb 24, 2020 |

A super simple and easy to follow recipe to make your own marvellous muesli gluten free. Enjoy in the morning for breakfast, served in your favourite way. It also makes for a delicious healthy snack on the go. Ingredients 1 bag/+-400 – 500g of Nairn’s Gluten Free Scottish Oats or any other gluten free oats.…

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Gluten Free Rusks to Rave About

By Embrace Life | Nov 29, 2019 |

An easy to follow recipe to make your own delicious, gluten free and sugar free rusks. Great as a healthy snack on the go.  Highly nutritious and low in carbs.   Ingredients 1 cup pumpkin seeds 1 cup pecan nuts 1 cup brazil nuts 4.5 cups desiccated coconut 1/4 teaspoon salt 4 teaspoons baking powder…

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Supplements for Bones, Joints and Muscles

By Jaimi Shields | Oct 15, 2018 |

The variety of supplements out there for bones, joints and muscles are as great as the possible reasons for needing them.  I will summarise some of the most important ones and in short why one would choose this particular supplement. Some want to perform better in sports or recover faster after training.  Others are recovering…

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Hobbits don’t get morning sickness

By Embrace Life | Jun 7, 2018 |

Ginger does not grow in The Shire. There is no ginger tea, ginger biscuits or ginger sweets. Hobbits had to make other clever plans with their pregnancy-related nausea problems. Are you pregnant, desperate due to constant or extreme nausea and tired of hearing about ginger biscuits? Continue to read. The Hobbits have shared their secrets…

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Fabulous Flourless Chocolate Cake

By Embrace Life | May 5, 2018 |

Ingredients: 1.5 cups of pecan nuts 250g dark chocolate (preferably 85% cacao) 1 cup or 230g of unsalted butter at room temperature 6 eggs, yolk and whites separated ⅓ cup of xylitol or coconut sugar (according to taste and health requirements) Instructions: Preheat the oven at 160 degrees Celsius. Coarsely chop the pecan nuts and…

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3 Very good  reasons to pay careful attention to what goes into your sunblock

By Jaimi Shields | Oct 19, 2017 |

IT GETS UNDER YOUR SKIN Your skin is your largest organ. It has blood supply and a lot of what goes onto your skin gets into your blood and is circulated through your whole body. HORMONE DISRUPTORS Most sunblock products on the market contain hormone disruptors as their active ingredients blocking the UV rays for…

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Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia

By Hester Ladewig | May 22, 2017 |
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It often starts with some aches and pains. Odd ones, unexplained. In young children it is often first thought to be “growing pains”. In older people it is blamed on stress, being over sensitive or arthritis starting to develop. Sometimes it starts as an injury or disease and then the pain seems to get a…

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Fertility Decline

By Hester Ladewig | May 22, 2017 |
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Struggling with fertility issues? YOU ARE NOT ALONE! How did we manage to get from an average of 100 million sperm per millilitre in young men during the 1940s to an average of 40 million per millilitre nowadays without it being headline news? Why is it that even though in the past is was necessary…

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Where to get really good food and why you should

By Embracelife | Oct 27, 2016 |

Imagine you could lose weight or change your blood fat profile (e.g. cholesterol) without changing the amount of animal products you eat, but only the diet of the animals. This might sound a bit far-fetched, but it has actually been proven to happen more than once! Studies have been done checking certain health parameters in…

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Gluten free Blueberry flapjacks

By Embracelife | Oct 27, 2016 |

This recipe is wonderful in many ways! It is not only really easy, but other than most gluten free premixes for flapjacks, this is high in fibre, low GI and highly nutritious! Ingredients: 1 Cup gluten free self raising flour 1 Cup gluten free oats 3 Tablespoons of butter A pinch of salt 500ml Buttermilk/amasi…

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Seven a Day

By Embracelife | Sep 22, 2016 |

Seven portions of fruit and vegetables a day has been shown over and over again to improve quality of life and lowering the risk of serious disease conditions, such as cancer and heart disease. Fruit and vegetables contain powerful health promotors in their flavours and colours. Here are some food ideas to help you get…

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Simple Spring Clean to detox your body

By Embracelife | Sep 22, 2016 |

Spring is a great time to reassess and eliminate some of those bad winter habits that may have snuck in over the last few months. Spring clean your health by doing a simple mini-detox; put some good habits in place for 2 weeks to assist in a better feeling of health and longevity. You will…

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Health benefits of Turmeric/Curcumin

By Embracelife | Sep 7, 2016 |

Bio–Curcumin By now most have heard about turmeric which contains the active ingredient Curcurmin and its amazing health benefits! You may have also read that in order to benefit from turmeric, that one needs to factor in absorption, this can seem complicated when you read that this involves needing black pepper and oil in order…

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Increasing your husband/partner’s chances of fertility

By Embracelife | Sep 7, 2016 |

If you have been trying for a while with no luck, supplements could help significantly to increase the development and quality of the sperm.  Due to changes in the environment and our lifestyles, fertility problems are on the rise. You are not the only ones struggling!   Quality of health plays a major part in improving…

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Homemade Mustard Bath

By Embracelife | Aug 22, 2016 |

Mustard baths are said to help relieve achy muscles, colds, fatigue and stress.  The warmth of the mustard increases circulation to the skin, which helps with detoxification, decongestion and can help reduce tension and pain. It is best to take a mustard bath before going to bed or spending time reading or watching a movie.…

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Cloud Bread

By Embracelife | Aug 22, 2016 |

Ingredients: 3 Eggs, separated 3 Tablespoons cream cheese (goat`s milk or dairy) ¼ Teaspoon cream of tartar A pinch of salt Directions Preheat the oven to 150 degrees Celsius Separate the eggs carefully, making sure no yolk gets into the whites. In one bowl, mix together the egg yolks, cream cheese and salt until smooth.…

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Homemade Bath Salts

By Embracelife | Jul 25, 2016 |

Having a warm, fragrant salt bath is a wonderful way to relax and soothe sore, tired muscles. It is easy to make and only takes a few minutes to mix together. Homemade bath salts are also great gifts. Ingredients 1 cup of sea salt or kalahari desert salt 1 cup of Epsom salts About 15…

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Winter warmer vegetable soup

By Embracelife | Jul 25, 2016 |

This tasty soup will help keep you warm and boost your immune system! Start by frying together in coconut oil or butter: A small handful of fresh sage leaves 2-3 cloves of garlic Chop-up and add the following: A bunch of soup celery – stalks and leaves A bunch of leeks Turnips Mushrooms – a…

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10 Reasons to take vitamin D

By Embracelife | Jul 8, 2016 |

Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, can be produced in the body with sun exposure or consumed in food and supplements. Vitamin D deficiency is increasingly common for a variety of reasons. Vitamin D is involved in multiple aspects of health, including: Bone and teeth health Inflammatory control Boosts immune function Enhances mood Supports good sleep…

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Gentle and effective ways to treat vaginal thrush/yeast infection

By Embracelife | Jul 8, 2016 |

Vaginal thrush is a fungal infection caused by Candida Albicans. Symptoms can include thick smelly white discharge and burning, itching and swelling. Most women have experienced this and some experience it again and again or even chronically. (There are other infection that could cause similar symptoms and a visit to gynecologist would certainly help with…

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7 Ways to boost your mood

By Embracelife | Jun 22, 2016 |

Day-night-rhythm Your day-night rhythm and light exposure is closely linked to your mood. Try to live in sync with natural day-night rhythms by reducing bright and blue-white light (including screens) use at night and getting some natural daylight or good blue-white light in the morning. (If you struggle a lot with seasonal affected disorder or…

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Rosemary oil

By Embracelife | Jun 22, 2016 |

Rosemary oil, native to the mediterranean region, is one of the most popular essential oils for its wide array of health benefits and its lovely aroma. Some of the benefits of rosemary include its potential to help with the following: Boost memory, improve mood, reduce inflammation, relieve pain, protect the immune system, stimulate circulation, detoxify,…

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Tea tree oil

By Embracelife | Jun 2, 2016 |

Tea tree oil, also known as melaleuca oil, is an essential oil and well known for its antiseptic properties. It has a fresh odor and a color that ranges from pale yellow to nearly colourless and clear. Tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia, which is native to Australia. Tea tree oil is very strong and can be toxic when…

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Tips for cough relief

By Embracelife | Jun 2, 2016 |

Drink water or tea such as ginger and lemon tea, rooibos tea or a herbal cough tea (there is a great variety available). Water or tea can calm down irritation and help loosen mucus. (Do not add milk or sugar to tea, because it could increase mucus production and interfere with immune system function.) Remember…

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Tips for a sore throat

By Embracelife | May 10, 2016 |

Gargle with saltwater: Dissolve half a teaspoon of salt in warm water and gargle several times a day. This has been shown in studies to help reduce swelling and pain, loosen mucus and help flush out harmful bacteria from the throat. Add a drop of tea tree oil to the mix to make your saltwater…

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Lavender

By Embracelife | May 10, 2016 |

Lavender is one of the most versatile essential oils. It can help you feel good, kill germs, relieve pain, help you sleep and keep annoying insects at bay. Lavender was said to have been brought over from Arabia to sell to Greek traders approximately 600 BC, later reaching the Hyeres Islands off the coast of…

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Interesting facts and many uses of Eucalyptus oil

By Embracelife | Apr 13, 2016 |

Eucalyptus oil is extracted from the leaves of Eucalyptus trees, also known as Blue Gum trees. Eucalyptus trees are originally from Australia, but now grown all over the world and used for their medical properties. The leaves are dried, crushed, and distilled to release the essential oil. For centuries eucalyptus oil has been used for…

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Tips for a blocked or runny nose

By Embracelife | Apr 13, 2016 |

Why does your nose run when it’s cold and when you are sick? One of your nose`s very important jobs is to warm the air you breathe and add some moisture to protect you. When it is cold, it tries harder and often produces more mucous in the process. At the same time, the air…

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Rosehip Oil

By Embracelife | Mar 11, 2016 |

Rosehip oil is extracted from the hip of the rose, which is the fruit left once the rose has bloomed and lost its petals. It comes form a wild plant that grows in Chile. Rosehips were a remedy that was used by the ancient Egyptians, Mayans and Native Americans due to its healing properties, including…

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Tummy bugs: Valuable prevention tips and what to do when it hits…

By Embracelife | Mar 11, 2016 |

Isn`t it amazing how small little creatures can get us completely down in no time at all? Whether you call it stomach flu, a tummy bug, gastro or gastroenteritis, it is mostly one and the same thing showing itself as diarrhoea (or watery/runny stool) and/or vomiting for one up to a few days. Often stomach…

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Happy Gut: 7 steps to keep you regular

By Embracelife | Feb 24, 2016 |

Fibre Soaked Chia seeds added to smoothies or bircher muesli Soaked linseeds added to smoothies or bircher muesli Salads for lunch, vegetables for dinner Add to salads raw grated: carrots, beetroot, apple, celery root or baby marrows   Balanced gut flora Avoid all refined sugar and flour Avoid dairy and wheat Use The Real Thing…

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Bircher Muesli

By Embracelife | Feb 24, 2016 |

Bircher muesli is a fabulous breakfast – great for the gut and keeps the blood sugar stable. It can be varied according to individual tastes and is easy to prepare. You can make a larger portion and keep in the fridge for two days’ breakfast or even use it as a packed lunch for work…

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3 Easy and healthy ice lolly recipes

By Embracelife | Feb 16, 2016 |

Watermelon lollies Take out all the pips and cut the watermelon into small pieces, blend until smooth. Fill your pop molds to the fill line, freeze for 6-8 hours and enjoy! Berries and yogurt lollies Take berries of your choice and some plain full fat yogurt blend until smooth. Add some honey or xylitol to…

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Fruit Ice Cubes with Buttermilk Froth

By Embracelife | Feb 15, 2016 |

Freeze a selection of blended fruit in an ice cube tray and serve with buttermilk for a delicious breakfast or snack. 1 Tray ice cubes made with blended fruit 1/2 Cup buttermilk, kefir or goat`s milk drinking yoghurt Sparkling mineral water Fill 4 glasses with fruity ice cubes add buttermilk, kefir or goat`s milk drinking…

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Money matters

By Embracelife | Feb 12, 2016 |

Life in sunny South Africa is becoming more and more expensive at an alarming rate. Your favourite cottage cheese might suddenly be 50% more expensive than a month or 2 ago, camping gear 20-40% more expensive and even your supplements are suddenly increasing in price! We seem to be stuck between drought and politics and…

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If not Antibiotics, then what?

By Embracelife | Feb 2, 2016 |

Part 3 of 3: Treatment options for minor infections Antibiotic-overuse for minor infections causes inefficiency when antibiotics are used for serious infections. We should therefore look at alternatives before treating minor infections with antibiotics. Overuse of antibiotics is also damaging to the immune more information on this can be found here ( Part 1 and…

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Low testosterone – increase it naturally!

By Embracelife | Jan 29, 2016 |

Both men and women have the hormone testosterone, but it is mainly a male hormone. Women also need it, but much lower levels of it than men. Testosterone is famous for supporting libido and sexual function, but there is a lot more to testosterone than this. It also gives energy, helps protect joints and bones,…

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If not Antibiotics, then what?

By Embracelife | Dec 11, 2015 |

Part 2 of 3: Boost your immune system Your immune system is your best friend if you look after it. If you neglect or damage your immune system, it will also let you down or even fight back against you. If you look after your immune system it will help you prevent infections, fight off…

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If not Antibiotics, then what?

By Embracelife | Nov 30, 2015 |

Part 1 of 3 Warnings about the overuse of antibiotics are in the news more and more.  Antibiotics are powerful lifesavers, if used appropriately.  They can help turn around very serious bacterial infections and prevent damage or even save lives.  

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Jojoba oil – a wonderful and versatile oil

By Embracelife | Nov 30, 2015 |

Jojoba oil is a wonderful and very versatile oil. It is absorbed very well into the skin and hair, is waxy and not too oily. Jojoba oil contains natural provitamin A and vitamin E plus other oils to moisturise and protect the skin and even the hair! Jojoba oil can be used in so many…

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10 surprising benefits of having fun

By Embracelife | Nov 11, 2015 |

Imagine coming home from your doctor`s visit and reading your prescription: “Have more fun.” Looking at some of the wonderful benefits of having fun, this should be prescribed more often! Having fun in this context does not involve an overconsumption of alcohol, drugs, sugar, nicotine or anything similar. We are talking about real fun: Fun…

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Why go BPA-free?

By Embracelife | Nov 11, 2015 |

“BPA free” has become something many people are aware of and on the lookout for. Interestingly enough, most people however have no idea why they are avoiding it and what this “BPA” is. Even more interesting is the fact that many who are paying so much attention to buying BPA-free things are unknowingly covering themselves…

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Bladder infection – beyond antibiotics

By Embracelife | Oct 19, 2015 |

Bladder infection, for some, is a very familiar and uncomfortable part of life. Sometimes it comes and goes from time to time for a year or longer. Sometimes it lingers. The symptoms vary from an “it burns when I pee” feeling; to nausea, stomach ache and back pain, when the kidneys are already suffering with…

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How to quit sugar

By Embracelife | Oct 19, 2015 |

Quitting sugar has so many wonderful benefits. You feel better, look better, think clearer and lower your risk of a host of nasty diseases. In spite of all these wonderful benefits, just the thought of living without sugar can make most people nervous! This because sugar is highly addictive and if you are using sugar…

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Sun protection inside out

By Embracelife | Oct 2, 2015 |

Did you know that by eating curry (with turmeric) you could reduce your risk of skin cancer and improve your skin health significantly? The same goes for a number of other wonderful foods. We mostly focus on protecting the skin from the outside – with sunblock, creams and ointments. However, the skin is a living…

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12 ways to strengthen the GUT FLORA

By Embracelife | Oct 2, 2015 |

Your gut flora is the foundation of your immune system, it produces some of your most valuable micronutrients, it helps with digestion and supports detoxification! 1. Detoxify the gut Simply put: junk feeds the bad guys and interferes with the happy lives of the good guys. Avoid bad foods, rather have wonderful foods from nature.…

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Hormones and fats

By Hester Ladewig | Sep 22, 2015 | Comments Off on Hormones and fats

Most people think the only connection between hormones and fat is the fact that unbalanced hormones can make you fat. This is not true! When your hormones are not balanced – this goes for both men and women – one of the consequences could be that you struggle to loose weight. However, there is much…

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Allergies

By Embracelife | Sep 17, 2015 | Comments Off on Allergies

The web, the newspapers and magazines are all announcing the coming of the allergy season! Pollen is mostly blamed for allergies, while other triggers such as mould and dust are also mentioned. We are told to use anti-histamines and decongestants to control allergies. However, is that really addressing the problem or are we just doing…

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7 Highly effective ways to DETOX

By Embracelife | Sep 1, 2015 |

Sleep Start your day with lemon water Think beautiful thoughts Breathe Move – walk, jump, swim, run, dance Keep your gut happy and moving Have lots of greens

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What does sunblock, frogs, fertility and cancer have in common

By Embracelife | Sep 1, 2015 |

The answer is: Hormone disruptors! Frogs are changing sex and fish are becoming infertile. Sperm counts of young men are less than a third of what they used to be 70 years ago. Abnormal sperm are taking over and the normal ones are dying out. Puberty is shifting to a younger age. Diseases with the…

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7 Highly Effective Ways to DETOX

By Hester Ladewig | Sep 1, 2015 |
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Sleep Start your day with lemon water Think beautiful thoughts Breathe Move – walk, jump, swim, run, dance Keep your gut happy and moving Have lots of greens

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Kids’ Immune Systems

By Hester Ladewig | Apr 25, 2015 |
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Parents are invited to attend this highly informative seminar on how to ensure your childrens’ immune systems are stronger than the season’s cold and flu bugs.

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Food Adventures Seminar

By Hester Ladewig | Apr 3, 2015 |
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It’s time for another Food Adventures Seminar! If you are ready to change the way you shop, cook and eat, sign up soon, because space is limited!

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Hormone Disruptors

By Hester Ladewig | Aug 29, 2014 |
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Common hormone disruptors, that should be avoided! Xenoestrogens / Xenohormones / Endocrine disruptors / Hormone disruptors Here follows a list of some of the most common hormone disruptors. This list is incomplete and a work in progress, but should help you get started avoiding some of the most common and harmful hormone disruptors. Chemical sunblocks:…

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Food Adventures

By Hester Ladewig | Aug 29, 2014 |
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Join us for this fun and informative half-day seminar!

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Feeding Young Children With Flu

By Hester Ladewig | Apr 23, 2014 |
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I often get asked what the best foods are for toddlers and young children when they have flu or a nasty cold. Here are some general suggestions to help ensure you give the right food – food that will allow their bodies to fight the infection quickly. You might be tempted to give them all…

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6 Tips for a Sore Throat

By Hester Ladewig | Apr 14, 2014 |
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Winter is around the corner and unfortunately that means it’s also the start of cold and flu season. Here are 5 tips for soothing a sore throat and making sure it doesn’t linger or turn into a more serious infection. The important thing is to take action as soon as you feel the “scratchiness” starting…

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Managing Colds and Flu

By Hester Ladewig | Mar 11, 2014 |
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Colds and flus are mostly viral diseases and can take all kinds of forms, depending on the person and the specific virus involved. Sometimes, because the virus weakens an area, bacteria gets involved and can add to the infection. For one person, the lungs might always be the biggest issue, and for the next it…

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Fundraising tea for CANSA

By Hester Ladewig | Oct 21, 2013 |
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Speaking at “Lewende Woord Darling” about cancer prevention and treatment options www.lewendewoorddarling.co.za

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Cholesterol Seminar

By Hester Ladewig | Sep 21, 2013 |
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Immunity Seminar

By Hester Ladewig | Jul 29, 2013 |
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Immune system vs colds & flu, St James

By Hester Ladewig | Jun 11, 2013 |
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In this evening seminar for medical professionals you will firstly be introduced to and reminded of some proven and effective ways to strengthen the immune system. The goal in mind is to both prevent colds and flu and also especially to help those patients with frequent infections to become more resistant to them. Secondly, you…

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Fertility, Olten

By Hester Ladewig | Mar 1, 2013 |
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One-day seminar for doctors, pharmacists and gynaecologists, among others, with the aim of helping health practitioners to effectively identify and treat their patients’ fertility problems. Presenters: Hester Ladewig & Susanne Roemer

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Health Week, Konstanz

By Hester Ladewig | Mar 1, 2013 |
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A health week in Konstanz, Germany, organised by Dr.Kurt Mosetter and his team specialising in Myoreflex therapy (www.myoreflex.de). Myoreflex therapy will be offered together with darkfield live blood analysis as well as discussions of biochemical profiles where lab tests have been done in advance. As the event takes place over the space of a week…

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Health Week, Oberlech

By Hester Ladewig | Sep 8, 2011 |
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A health week in Oberlech, Austria, organised by Dr.Kurt Mosetter and his team from Konstanz specialising in Myoreflex therapy (www.myoreflex.de). Myoreflex therapy will be offered together with darkfield live blood analysis as well as discussions of biochemical profiles where lab tests have been done in advance. As the event takes place over the space of…

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Health Week, Meersburg

By Hester Ladewig | Feb 14, 2011 |
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A health week in Meersburg, Germany, organised by Dr.Kurt Mosetter and his team from Konstanz specialising in Myoreflex therapy (www.myoreflex.de). Together with Myoreflex therapy there will be darkfield live blood analysis and discussions of biochemical profiles where lab tests have been done in advance. As the event takes place over the space of a week…

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