Important facts you may not know about vitamins

Facts about Vitamins

Have a read through these little nuggets of information about vitamins, supporting the premise that multivitamin-mineral supplements protect health.

o Taking a multi-vitamin pill for 15 years or more may reduce the risk of colon cancer by 75 percent, according to a study of 80,000 U.S. nurses
o Daily doses of multivitamin supplements have been found to cut fetal deaths, low birth weight, and pre-term births by 40 percent
o 1997 the U.S. FDA agreed that women who intend to become pregnant should be getting 400 mcg of supplemental folic acid
o Studies show that women with the highest intake of folate and vitamin B6 may cut their heart disease risk in 1/2 compared to women with low intake
o Men & women taking levels of Vitamin E higher than can be obtained from food have lower rates of heart disease than those who ingest low doses do
o Daily multivitamin supplements have been found to boost immune response by up to 60% in older people
o Viamin E supplementation has also been found to boost immune response in the elderly
o Researchers estimate that regular use of vitamin supplements, including vitamin C and E could delay the onset of cataracts by at least ten years

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Sprayology – Miracle in a bottle!

Sprayology, Miracle in a bottle

We were SO excited when we came upon this amazing brand. We, like most city-dwellers, are often too busy to take proper care of our health. As a result we are more-often-than-not utterly exhausted and our systems battered, making us vulnerable to sickness and lethargy. This leads to us pushing ourselves even harder (and of course beating ourselves up in the process), and so the vicious circle continues.

Enter Sprayology. This 100% natural brand provides a range of homeopathic and vitamin sprays, each specifically targeting a specific ailment, condition or health goal. The best part is its ease of use. Just a couple of sprays directly under the tongue guarantees quick results with absolutely no fuss. They are completely safe, have no side effects, are gluten-free, are suitable for vegetarians, and can be taken with other medicines. AND, children of 2 and older are also able to take them (ever tried to get medicine down a 2 year old’s throat?)

You would have to live under a rock to not have heard about homeopathic medicine. A fairly new system of medicine at just 200 years old, the practice was unfortunately ‘poo-poo’ed’ by the medical fraternity and many ill-informed individuals who were deeply suspicious of anything outside the traditional. Thankfully the last decade has seen perceptions changing, and today homeopathy has become the second most widely used system of medicine in the world.

Sprayology was founded over ten years ago by sisters Patti Connell and Ellie Whalen. They were dealing with physical disillusionment, aging, illness and a lack of natural options to help them live better. At the core both believed that they were healthy, but were still taking conventional medicines every day to deal with asthma, fatigue and stress. Their quest for ultimate health led them to homeopathy, but they realized that natural products in general where not easy to understand, not always effective, nor enjoyable to use. These experiences and their desire to modernize homeopathy led to the foundation of Sprayology.

Homeopathy is based on the premise that certain natural substances are able to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanisms, allowing it to heal itself. After symptoms of a condition have been alleviated, homeopathy works to reestablish internal order at the deepest levels.

Sprayology’s products are built along the four-pillared approach of:

  • Rebuilding
  • Rejuvenating
  • Relieving
  • Restoring

Their vitamin sprays focus on rebuilding, while their homeopathic sprays focus on rejuvenating, relieving and restoring.

Sprayology’s homeopathic products are different because, within a single product, they provide four separate therapeutic benefits – symptom relief, metabolic support, immune system maintenance, and detoxification. You would be hard-pressed to find a more holistic, or fast-acting homeopathic product on the market.

Vitamins are vital nutrients that our bodies need for energy and to prevent disease. As our bodies cannot make vitamins, we must take them as part of our diet through the foods we eat and through supplementation. Taking vitamins has never been easier or more convenient that with Sprayology. Grab, spray and go! Click here to read a few important facts about vitamins.

The table below summarises the different products available for each focal area.

REBUILD REJUVENATE RELIEVE RESTORE
B12-Folic Acid Bone Builder AllergEase Acne Tonic
Daily Multi Brain Power Arnica Power Body Balance
Diet Power Cold & Flu Relief Body Skin Tonic
Man Power DigestivEase Hair & Nail Tonic
Meno Power Party Relief ImmunoBooster
Rejuvenation Plus SleepEase Life Detoxer
Woman Power Snore Soother PMS Support
TravelEase Stress Relief

During this month of November where we focus on feeling beautiful from within, we highly recommend that you have a look at how the Sprayology natural remedies could help you achieve just that. Head on over to Sprayology’s site and have a look through their symptom RX (http://sprayology.co.za/symptoms.php). You will find everything from aches to wrinkles, together with the recommended solution.

Help your inner light to shine by taking care of yourself from inside out.

“I reflect purity, I am renewed”

I reflect purity, I am renewed

As we near the end of 2013, we have focused our theme for November on “REFLECTION”. Whether that means looking back on the year you have had, the challenges you have overcome, your achievements, or perhaps your aspirations for 2014, we encourage you to take the time to review, reflect and accept.

We tend to focus so much on what we don’t do, where we go wrong, our faults and flaws. We would like to shift that perspective, and to focus rather on all the good. If you take just a moment, and choose to look through a lens that sees only positive, you may well be surprised at how far you have come.

We are heading into the festive season of fun, frivolity and indulgence. Is there any better time to release all the baggage of doubt, self-criticism and guilt that holds you down? Credit yourself for your many gifts and accomplishments, and allow yourself to celebrate. You deserve it!

In the process of reflecting on the months behind you, why not put pictures to your dreams for the year ahead? Instead of imposing restrictive resolutions at the start of 2014, rather see the year as a blank canvas of opportunity, and choose to see yourself NOW – loving and living your life to the full.

We have put together a number of fantastic product and treatment specials, all specifically designed to make you feel beautiful from inside out. Head on over to our specials page to have a look, or contact us for further information.

If only you could see yourself the way we do…

It really is all about perspective.

 

Guest blog post: What every pregnant woman needs – A day at the spa

Danielle Roos with husband, and young Baba Roos-to-beDanielle Roos and hubby share a special moment with their baba

The miracle of pregnancy is such a special time in every woman’s life… the excitement you felt when you found out you were pregnant, every scan where you see your baby grow, the movements you start feeling in your second trimester, all the way up to the birth of your baby.

But with all of this, we do experience the ‘bad’ that comes with pregnancy.  This is where a day at the Amani African Spa comes in very handy.

We are all concerned with the wellbeing of our unborn babies and we don’t want to put them at risk in any way.  We are unsure of the treatments we may have and the products we can use.  Amani African Spa has come up with special range of Mama Mio spa treatments.  Mine included a full body exfoliation with a special preggy massage, facial and a mani-pedi.  They use products specially formulated to help with stretched skin so that it regains its former elasticity after the baby comes.

The staff is experienced in working with expectant mothers; from using pillows to support your legs, to getting you a glass of water when you need it.  And let’s not forget their patience with you needing to go to the ladies’ room every half an hour!

They made me feel special from the moment I put my foot through the door and I recommend this to every mommy-to-be.

Danielle Roos

 

We thank you so much for your kind words Danielle! As this blog is posted, we are happy to announce that Danielle gave birth to her baby yesterday, 11 September 2013. We look forward to sharing more special moments with you, and cannot wait to see a pic of your new arrival! 

The Amani Team

What is stress?

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We are all born with an instinctive stress response. Whenever a potentially dangerous situation arises – whether real or perceived – stress hormones are released into our bloodstream, causing instant mental and physical changes in us. These hormones give us added strength and endurance, and we feel ‘revved’ and ready to fight. This response is known as the ‘fight or flight syndrome’.

If something stressful happens e.g. if you were mugged, your mouth would go dry, your hands would become sweaty, your heart would pound and you’d feel terror-stricken. But you’d probably also find yourself filled with strength and determination. Your automatic response would be to fight, and, with luck, it would save the day. If you saw an assailant running towards you, your instinct would be to run away. Your stress hormones would help you run faster than you normally would.

The fight or flight response is fantastic if you’re facing an attack, or one of your loved ones is in danger. But in modern society there are negative spin-offs to this life-saving instinct.

Over-active stress hormones

We are living such a fast-paced life, that we no longer only use stress hormones in emergencies, but we activate them all the time. We’re late for an appointment, have a deadline to achieve or a heavy workload, so our bodies produce stress hormones to cope. The problem is, we don’t use these hormones by ‘fighting for our lives’ or ‘running from danger’. And our bodies don’t get to rest after the crisis is over. As a result, the stress hormones keep working, which is why there are so many people who lose their tempers at the slightest provocation – think road-rage, the harried client who blows up at the bank teller or the parent who snaps at a child.

It goes without saying that prolonged stress causes havoc with your body, and stress is today considered to be the number one cause of a number of diseases – many of which kill. Over the coming weeks we will be examining what the main stressors are, how stress affects the different parts of the body, and how to deal with and overcome stress.

Amani ;)

 

A great lesson on stress

A young lady confidently walked around the room with a raised glass of water while leading a seminar and explaining stress management to her audience. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, ‘Half empty or half full?’ She fooled them all. “How heavy is this glass of water?” she enquired with a smile. Answers called out ranged from 125ml to 175ml.

    She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm.

If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

She continued, “and that’s the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.”

“As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden – holding stress longer and better each time practiced.

So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night.  Pick them up again tomorrow if you must.”

  • Accept the fact that some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue!
  • Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
  • Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
  • Drive carefully… It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.
  • If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
  • If you lend someone R100 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
  • It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
  • Never buy a car you can’t push.
  • Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.
  • Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.
  • Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
  • The second mouse gets the cheese.
  • When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
  • Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
  • Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.
  • We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
  • A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY…

  • Save the earth….. It’s the only planet with chocolate!*

Have a great week!

Amani :)

The contents of this blog were derived from an email that is doing the rounds, and it’s origin is unknown.

Chocolate is good for you!

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The jury’s out on chocolate, and the result is what we’ve all probably hoped at some stage in our lives…CHOCOLATE IS GOOD FOR YOU!

Like many other foods that have been labelled ‘bad’ over the years – eggs allegedly had such high cholesterol content that at one stage we were convinced that they were the greatest contributor to heart disease, while fat in food was maligned as the reason for obesity – chocolate also had a bad reputation in dietary circles. But the truth is, a little chocolate every day has health-giving properties, rather than the opposite.

Good for the heart…

Thanks to research, we now now that chocolate not only tastes good, but it’s also good for the body and mind. A few blocks of dark chocolate a day could reduce your risk of a heart attack or stroke, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. Chocolate containing at least 60% cocoa solids, is rich in flavonoids, which are known to protect the heart. Researchers concluded that blood pressure and cholesterol are lowed by plain dark chocolate.

Not fattening…

A study by the University of California found that people who regularly enjoy dark chocolate are slimmer than those who don’t indulge. To their surprise, the slim chocoholics did not eat less or exercise more than those who gave chocolate a miss!

 Stress buster…

Feeling stressed? Try taking 40g of dark chocolate a day for two weeks, and you may see a significant improvement in your stress levels! And there is scientific evidence to back this up. Now that’s a prescription we’re willing to give a try!

The secret to enjoying guilt-free chocolate is not to indulge in the sweetened, lighter varieties as the health-giving properties lie in the cocoa solids. However, if you absolutely cannot stand dark chocolate, having a small chocolate snack daily won’t harm you. As with all things, moderation is key! Enjoy!

Amani :)

 

Free yourself from feeling overwhelmed

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We are all guilty of procrastination to varying degrees. When the thought of tackling a task – whether it is related to work, home or personal life – feels too overwhelming to face, we often delay having to deal with it. Chronic indecisiveness and delay can eventually undermine a healthy lifestyle – jobs, tasks or decisions eventually have to be faced, and the fact that they are left undone creates stress, and may often result in repercussions that are greater after a period of delay than they would have been had the issue been dealt with timeously. Unpaid accounts may result in legal action, which would not have been the outcome had you phoned and explained the situation sooner, relationship issues that are left to ‘stew’ become exaggerated and the damage often becomes greater, and undone jobs eventually have to get done, while missed deadlines cause problems and added stress!

To overcome procrastination, break large jobs into small ones. Start with a yearly plan, break it down into months, then weeks, then days. Feel free to specify detailed tasks for the days and weeks only a month or so in advance. You should also focus on setting reasonable goals – trying to achieve too much in too little time can actually set you back. Set deadlines to accomplish your larger tasks. When you achieve them, treat yourself in a healthy way with some time off at the cinema, a bunch of flowers, or a healthy treat. Soon procrastination will become a thing of the past in your life. And the reward is an enhanced sense of self-esteem.

Amani :)

Less is enough

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If cravings for snacks are sabotaging your efforts to lose weight, here’s a new trick that may help. Researchers at Cornell University and in the Netherlands have shown that while eating for pleasure – not for hunger – is driven primarily by the availability of tempting treats, it doesn’t take much food to satisfy those cravings.

The investigators recruited 104 adults who were given either large or small portions of the same snack. Those who had access to large portions took in 77 percent more calories than those who received small portions, but in both groups cravings decreased 15 minutes after eating. What this means, the researchers concluded, is that the amount of food it takes to satisfy a craving is less than half as much as you think. They say that if you take a bite or two and wait 15 minutes, you’ll find that your craving has passed. The study was published in the January 2013 issue of Food, Quality and Preference.

My take? This is an interesting approach, but I don’t know if it will work for everyone, or for all cravings. Sweets can have an effect on mood, and eating them can increase levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which can help you relax, suggesting that some cravings are stress-related.

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, have reported that chronic stress may explain why some people crave comfort foods. In studies with rats, the researchers found that chronic stress prompted the animals to engage in pleasure-seeking activities, including eating high-energy foods (in the rats’ case, sucrose and lard, which when translated, is sugar and fat).

If cravings are interfering with your efforts to lose weight, you may want to have a smaller portion of the things you crave, and test these findings for yourself.

Information courtesy of: DrWeil.com

Write a love letter – to yourself!

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Writing an ‘ethical will’ can be really beneficial to those of us who wish to make sense of our lives, and make peace with the process of ageing. This letter has to do with non material gifts – the values and life lessons that you wish to leave to others – your acquired wisdom, rather than material possessions.

Think of it as a love letter to yourself, your family, friends and your community at large. It’s a great way to share your hopes and dreams and what life has taught you, with loved ones. Regardless of your age, an ethical will can be an exercise that allows you to take stock of your life experiences and distill from them the values and wisdom that you have gained.

The beauty of an ethical will is that you can choose to share it while you are alive, or leave your thoughts for loved ones to share after you are gone.

Make it a work in progress – write it, put it aside, read it over as the years pass, and revise it from time to time as you see fit. Certainly, while an ethical will can be a wonderful gift to leave to your family at the end of your life, its main importance is the value you will gain from the exercise while you are living!

This blog was inspired by: DrWeil.com