The Copper Age Cure

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When Africa and jewellery are mentioned, I see images in my mind of vast, wild and majestic landscapes and stirs an ancient  longing deep within my heart.  The cradle of civilisation holds in its mystique the beauty of an era that long ago faded but will never be forgotten.  Copper jewellery handmade in Africa offers a means to see into that distant age by taking the traditional and adding a touch of modern edge.Animals of African

As far back as 500BC, copper and brass jewellery has been used by Africans for self-adornment and decoration. I am offering from my website a look at some similar styled pieces recapturing the very spirit of this majestic continent.  All this beautiful jewellery is handmade including burnishing and heat-treated to create the earthy colours that show its uniqueness.

Inspired by the Ndebele culture, this copper jewellery captures the allure of ancient Africa by mixing the traditional with modern simple yet complex, giving you a truly ethnic feel.

Health Benefits

You take your vitamins, but do you get enough copper? I know I do not and I was amazed after doing this research how much I did not know about copper. I wear the copper jewellery because it looks great and is truly unique but there are a lot more benefits as I found out.  Research shows you can’t live without copper and that copper is becoming the latest anti-ageing skin saver.

The Essential Mineral

From bracelets and rings to neck chains, copper has long been used to ward off aches and pains.  Did you know that you consume copper every day and that you cannot survive without it?  When you lack copper you are more prone to anaemia, heart disease and arthritis.  When your copper levels are adequate, your cells are better able to produce energy and detoxify free radicals that are released in your body during normal cell metabolism and when you absorb chemicals from cigarette smoke and pollution.

Studies have shown that a lack of copper can also accelerates ageing.  By contrast, topically applied, copper stimulates cellular activity and production of collagen and elastin, keeping you looking younger for longer.
As a result, it is increasingly being included in skincare products like the Neutrogena Visibly Firm with Active copper range.


How does Copper help your health?

Copper helps if you have  cuts and grazes as copper can stimulate the production of collagen and can help wounds heal faster.  Copper can help if you are trying to fall pregnant as copper is essential for embryonic development, helping to form blood vessels, strengthen muscles and add elasticity to skin. Copper helps if you are at risk of developing arthritis as an Australian study showed three in four
arthritis patients have less joint pain when they wore a copper bracelet.  The bracelets actually become Copper helps if you are at risk of heart disease as low copper intake is linked to high cholesterol and
thickening of the arteries.  Copper helps if you are anaemic as the copper can help your body absorb iron more easily.

Copper jewellery has been used to improve health since the mineral was first discovered shortly after 8700 BC. In the form of jewellery, copper heals by reacting to your perspiration (a green colour appears on your skin and on the jewellery) and is being absorbed through the skin.  Copper jewellery is also used by arthritis sufferers as a way to relieve pain.  Alternative healers believe that its properties help to cleanse the aura or energy field
that surrounds you.

Copper’s bacteria killing properties have also been known for many years and a recent study demonstrated that pathogens like the polio virus and E.coll are inhibited by contact with copper. Copper-based pans, brass door knobs and plates (about 75% copper); have been found to reduce cross contamination in hospitals.

Please checkout the African Jewellery in the Shop section of . If you decide you like the look of the jewellery but would like a closer look, email me and we could arrange a private viewing in your home.  The private viewing could be a one on  one or a group viewing with the hose getting some free African Jewellery.

IT WORKS! (seriously…)

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The time is 6.30pm on Wednesday and I arrive at Sublime Nurturing Natural Therapies Centre to see a new product called IT WORKS Body Contouring.  I went with an open mind.

After introductions and since I was to be the model or guinea pig, depending on how you look at it, I was ushered into a room and took off my shirt and was marked and measured.  Midriff, waist and hips then I placed the Body Contouring cloth which fitted over my midriff; waist and hips then had gladwrap around my body. Redressed myself and went and sat down with the other guests in an air-conditioned room and was told the wrap would stay on for a minimum of 45 minutes.

We all talked, had nibbles, drank water and the time just disappeared and suddenly it was time to take the IT WORKS Body Contouring cloth off and I was remeasured.  I lost 6.6cm.  I did notice that I needed to drink more water but that is a good thing. Just to be sure, I remeasured myself on Friday morning and I had still lost the 6.6cm.

Now the room was not hot and I did not sweat, so that was not the answer. So as far as I am concerned it does work and it is not messy.  The presenter said initially I would need to use the treatment at least twice a week, every 72 hours. Once I reach the measurements I want to be, I would only need to use the Body Contouring treatment once a month as a maintenance treatment.

Of course, I ordered more of the wraps and as soon as I receive them will use them and report back.  The Body Contouring Wraps are available for the face and the body.  The large Body Contouring Wrap can be cut into pieces and use the pieces on arms, thighs, legs, neck or anywhere you have an extra wrinkle, ripple or bulge.  The cost is reasonable, too.

They do not replace exercise and sensible eating but I believe they could work in conjunction with regular exercise and sensible eating.  A few of the ladies at the presentation were saying that sometimes when you are losing weight you have a bit of loose skin and the IT WORKS Body Contouring Wraps would help with tightening the skin.

In future blogs I will let you know my progress.  I would also be interested to hear of other people experiences with IT WORKS.

If you would like to have a one on one or invite a few friends over and I could visit and show you how IT WORKS Body Contouring Wraps could work for you.

You could also checkout IT WORKS website

We all occasionally come across exciting new innovations to help us manage our health and body so please leave a comment below and share this part of your journey with us….

Asthma – Does exercise help?

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Having asthma doesn’t mean you should avoid exercise. On the contrary a good cardio workout has helped me.  I have been working with my personal trainer Jen Currie for over two months and I feel great. I also know that having a healthy lifestyle and keeping fit are important factors in managing my asthma and my total being effectively. If you are fit, you could have fewer asthma attacks and that is what I am working towards.

When I first started to go for my training, I would have a puff of my inhaler as I believe I needed it to get me through my session. I now only use my puff in the morning and do not have a puff before my session as I do not need it.  Jen has taught me how to breathe properly before, during and after each session which includes exercise, weights and cardio work. I have completed nine weeks of two sessions per week and feel great.

I also walk with my dog on days I do not have an exercise session.  Missie and I love walking together in the evening and it is a good way to de-stress from the day’s problems.

Always talk to your doctor before undertaking a new exercise programme. I did and my doctor did some tests and found that I no longer need to take medication for my thyroids.  Your doctor can help you with a written asthma management plan and evaluate your medicines and symptoms in the long-term.

To help assess your lung function and determine which medicines are best for you, your doctor may suggest you have lung function tests (spirometry).

Your doctor may prescribe medicines to prevent asthma symptoms from appearing while you’re exercising. As I said always check with your doctor.

I will keep you informed of my progress and I’d love to hear about yours, so please leave a comment below and share this part of your journey with us….

Fighting off the dreaded ‘lurgie’… a-la-naturale…

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While working on my website I came down with the flu and my friends gave me some natural remedies that were given to them to get rid of the flu without conventional medications. I thought I would pass them on to you.

Onion – Cut the top of an onion and place it in a glass bowl and then place the bowl  next  to my bed.  The theory is that the onion attracts the bacteria of the flu and pulls the bacteria from my body into the onion, so in the morning I would be well.

This got me thinking, so I did some research on foods that fight infection.

Some of the natural remedies I looked into were chicken soup, hot and spicy food, garlic, citrus fruit and ginger.

Chicken Soup contains cysteine, an amino acid that thins the mucus in the lungs, reducing some of the ‘cloggy’ symptoms of a cold (Winter R. A Consumer’s Guide to Medicines in Food . New York, NY: Crown Trade Paperbacks 1995;167-68.). Additionally, the brew reduces inflammation and congestion, and provides much-needed rehydration. Make chicken soup with real stock if possible – chicken and vegetable stock is rich in nutrients. Onions and garlic are excellent immunity-boosting additions, as is celery, which promotes sleep.

Hot and spicy food
Some people swear by garlic, horseradish, chillies or spicy sauces to help ease congestion. Try cooking some Indian or other ethnic foods that contain these ingredients or simply add a spicy sauce to foods you like such as omelettes for extra zip.

Garlic is believed to act as an antioxidant and destroy free-radicals, the active oxygen molecules that damage cells, so add garlic liberally to your favourite foods.

Stay hydrated with plenty of liquids. Instead of coffee, fizzy or sweetened drinks, have plenty of water and pure fruit juices. Hot beverages work better for some people, so consider chamomile, green or peppermint herbal tea, or sip on hot water with a slice of lemon.

Citrus fruits
Reach for citrus fruits to increase your vitamin C intake. Drink freshly squeezed orange juice for breakfast, snack on half a grapefruit, or add tangerine slices to a lunchtime salad. Getting an increased amount of vitamin C is especially important if you smoke, as smoking increases both your risk of catching a cold and your body’s need for this protective vitamin.

Vitamin C sources
Citrus fruits aren’t the only foods high in vitamin C. Potatoes, green peppers, strawberries and pineapple can help as your daily cold-fighting food arsenal.

Actually I find fresh ginger root helps treat the coughing and fever that often accompany colds and flu. Try making a ginger tea: Pour a cup of boiling water over 2 tablespoons of freshly grated ginger and let it steep for 5 to 10 minutes.

A daily routine of high-fat, high-sugar junk foods, skipped meals and lots of caffeine can make you more susceptible to minor illnesses like colds and flu. Instead, make sure you eat plenty of whole grains, fruit, vegetables and low-fat protein to keep your immune system strong. Think of nutritious foods as part of your cold-and-flu armour, and you’ll be ready to do battle whenever illness strikes.

What are your thoughts on the good and the bad of natural remedies? Please leave a comment below and share this part of your journey with us….