Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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You Know You’re South African When…

You live for a lekker braai, not a barbeque. Barbeque is a chip flavour.
You eat mielies, not corn
You eat Bar Ones, not Mars Bars
chocolates south africa
You eat chips, not crisps
biltong chips
You eat tomato sauce, All Gold in particular, not ketchup
all gold tomatoe sauce
You’d rather eat a boerewors roll, or a boerie, than a hot dog
boerewors roll
You love zoo biscuits and jolly jammers
Jolly Jammers
You prefer Coke to Pepsi
You wear takkies, not sneakers or trainers
You wear a jersey or a top, but not a jumper
You wear pants, not trousers
You wear a swimming costume, or cossie, but most certainly not a bathing suit
You use a serviette, not a napkin
You use lip ice, not lip balm
lip ice
You walk on the pavement, not sidewalk
You drive around a circle, not a roundabout
You speed up for an orange robot, not traffic light
You check the robots before you go when they turn green in case a taxi is still going through red
You load your Castle Light in the boot, not the trunk
Your car’s engine is under the bonnet, not the hood
You drive a bakkie, not a pick-up truck
toyota bakkie
You know Father Christmas, not Santa Claus
father christmas south africa santa claus
You write with kokies, not felt-tip markers
You’re the only nation in the world that knows the exact difference between ‘right now’, ‘now’, ‘now-now’, ‘just now’, and ‘later’
You don’t say ‘yes’, you say ‘ja’ or ‘yebo’
yebo gogo
You always say ‘ja no definitely’
You put ‘man’ at the end of every sentence
You use ‘must’ completely out of context
You know ‘cheers’ means ‘goodbye’
You travel overseas and you tell people you’re from South Africa, their response is: “but you’re white!”
You travel overseas and people ask if you can speak ‘South African’, or worse, ‘African’
You know Americans think we live in mud huts with lions roaming around, and you have some fun with that
living in south africa
You’re working on your computer and you’re in the habit of clicking ‘SAVE’ very often, in case of load shedding
Your electricity service provider pays for advertising to promote NOT using their product
You have a load shedding app on your phone, and most of the time it also doesn’t work
i took a selfie last night
Some of your fellow citizens have the most festive names, such as Blessing, Christmas, Innocence, Precious, Gift, Patience, Pretty
You eat dried meat in quantities that would make the sensitive stomachs of foreigners churn
biltong slices
Fort Knox-type burglar bars, high walls and electric fencing are a valuable selling point of your house
south africa security fences
You flash your brights at oncoming traffic to warn them about a speed cop trapping in the bushes
speed traps south africa
You know fall as something that happens after too much brandy and Coke, not when leaves turn into beautiful autumn colours
You don’t look at something, you check it out
You prefer private transport to public transport, because taking a taxi means sharing a lift with 40 people
public transport
You take the lift up to the gym, not the elevator
You SMS your chommie, not text (well now you WhatsApp)
Where the road narrows, the guy behind you has the right of way
You’ve had at least one thing stolen from you
The first thing you do when you get in your car is lock the doors
You know how to eat a rusk, unlike the foreigners
You know that South African swimsuit models are the hottest in the world
models south africa
You love you local entertainers such as Trevor Noah and Leon Schuster, and you understand all their references
You don’t miss a movie filmed in South Africa, such as Tsotsi, Blood Diamond, Neill Blomkamp’s movies, and the new Avengers
avengers joburg south africa scene
You know there are two types of people in this world, those who love District 9 and Chappie, and those who hate them
chappie movie
You love how Zapiro always gets it right
zapiro cartoons south africa politics
You have a opinion about the Oscar Pistorius case
You see Hadidas everywhere
hadidas bird south africa
The number 46664 is of significance to you
You love the fact that we have 11 official languages, even though you can only speak one or two of them
south africa man colour


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9 Signs you have a Hormone Imbalance And What You Can Do About It

Being able to spot the signs you have a Hormone imbalance is key to maintaining a holistic health lifestyle because they play such an important role in virtually every aspect your well being.
What do your Hormones do?
Your hormones are tiny little chemical messengers that whizz around your bloodstream telling your organs and body tissues to fulfill their functions. These busy little chaps affect your well being in various ways, which include:
  • Your development and growth
  • The way you metabolize food
  • Sexual functionality
  • Cognition and mood
  • Body temperature
As you can see they impact on all aspects of your health and well-being. So making sure that you keep them in balance is crucial to your holistic health lifestyle. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take much to throw them out of balance, so we’re going to be looking at nine tell-tale signs that will warn you that all is not quite right on the farm – that farm being your body of course.

The most publicized hormonal changes

When our bodies go through certain hormonal changes, it can create havoc. The most common events that get the most publicity are the hormonal changes that teenagers and pregnant women experience, and the so-called “change” that both men and women experience, but which is much more pronounced in womenfolk.
Hormones and health are like love and marriage; when everything is well, it’s all kisses and roses, when it’s not, it’s all thistles and thorns.
Okay, let’s get on with taking a look at the 9 signs you have a hormone imbalance.

Hormone Imbalance Sign # 1 – Constant weight gain

If you’re having a little trouble with your weight, it doesn’t necessarily mean your diet’s wrong; it can be one of the signs you have a hormone imbalance. The so-called stress hormone “Cortisol” is secreted by the Adrenal glands. When Cortisol production is disrupted (whether through stress or some other cause), it cannot not only cause weight gain, but can also dictate where that weight gain accumulates on your body.
Studies have shown that increased Cortisol levels can lead to what is sometimes referred to as “toxic fat” gathering in the abdominal area. This increases the risk of cardiovascular disease – both the risk of heart attack and stroke.
One of the results with increased Cortisol production is that it’s stimulates an increase in the amount of Insulin released into your bloodstream. This can affect your blood sugar levels, which often results in increased appetite.

Hormone Imbalance Sign # 2 – Poor Libido

Having a poor libido can also be one of the signs you have a hormone imbalance. The hormonal Androgen is manufactured in men by their testicles, and in women by their ovaries. Lack of this hormone can give rise to poor libido, even in women.

Hormone Imbalance Sign # 3 – Feelings of fatigue

Fatigue is another of the signs you have a hormone imbalance, especially if you are getting plenty of quality sleep, but still wake up feeling tired. This could be down once again to our good old friend Cortisol. The constant state of readiness that the presence of Cortisol brings about with regard to the fight or flight syndrome, occurs when feelings of stress are being experienced. If stress is present too often, this can lead to feelings of fatigue.
In the presence of chronic stress, people often experience something called Adrenal Fatigue, again brought about by high levels of Cortisol. Cortisol actually controls something called the Circardian Rhythm. This eventually becomes disrupted, leading to very low levels of Cortisol later in the day. This will leave you feeling tired and empty.
Another hormonal problem that can induce feelings of fatigue comes about when the levels of TSH (Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone) are too high. This can occur when the Thyroid Gland malfunctions in a condition known as Hypothyroidism.

Hormone Imbalance Sign # 4 – Low mood

With feelings of low and bad mood such as irritability, anxiety, and depression, the Thyroid Gland can be the guilty party once again, and for exactly the same reason – over production of TSH through Hypothyroidism
Hormone Imbalance Sign # 5 – Insomnia and interrupted sleep
Insomnia and interrupted sleep conditions are often experience by women going through the Menopause or Perimenopause. It is a result of the huge change to hormonal balances. Unfortunately continued insomnia and interrupted sleep is only serves to make the condition worse. It’s a vicious circle!
The problem is that hormone levels and balances are addressed during sleep, so sleep deprivation will affect up to 10 different hormones causing problems with appetite, cardiac health, fertility, and mental health too.
The hormone Estrogen is the hormone that helps to maintain regular sleep patterns. The deficiency of Estrogen, which is a symptom of Menopause or Perimenopause, is a main cause of Insomnia.
Testosterone deficiency can also be an issue for women. In men, it often leads to Sleep Apnea causing interrupted sleep for both themselves and their partners.

Hormone Imbalance Sign # 6 – Excess Sweating

Excess sweating is another of the signs you have a hormone imbalance. Women going through the Menopause (or Perimenopause) often experience hot flashes. At night, when in bed, these are known as night sweats, and are sometimes a precursor to the onset of menopause itself, if it is not already in full swing.
In both men and women, night sweats can be a result of problems with the endocrine system, brought about by over or under production of hormones such as serotonin.

Hormone Imbalance Sign # 7 – Problems with your digestion

If you are experiencing problems with your digestion, it could be brought about through the imbalance of 3 hormones in the gastrointestinal system. These are called Gastrin, Secretin, and Cholecystokinin, also known as CCK. These 3 hormones help to stimulate the actual digestive process that breaks food down into simple molecules that can be easily absorbed into the bloodstream.

Hormone Imbalance Sign # 8 – Craving for sugar

Another sign you have a hormone imbalance is a craving for sugar, which can be brought about by the gland we have already discussed on several occasions, namely the Thyroid gland. It’s another consequence of the condition of hypothyroidism, whereby the gland is underactive.
A craving for sugar can also be brought about through an adrenal overload. Again, this reaction is part of the fight or flee mechanism that we mentioned earlier, whereby the body boosts production of Adrenaline and Cortisol. Anything sweet is unfortunately a great source of energy (albeit only very short lasting) to feed the fight/flee preparation process.

Hormone Imbalance Sign # 9 – Hair loss

It was always thought that hair loss was usually the result of a lack of Testosterone. Whilst this may be true in terms of the root cause (ha ha – please excuse the pun) it is now known that Dyhydrotestosterone, or DHT for short, is believed to be the main culprit. Whilst women only have a very small level of Testosterone in their body systems, it is enough to cause DHT to trigger hair loss.
So how do you deal with a hormone imbalance? Good question and the answer is diet!  Did you know that by consuming yams and turmeric you could actually help balance your hormones!  Yup, crazy but true.

Hormone Balancing Booster Juice

(Recipe adapted from: Rawedibles.com)
– 1 medium yam (about 2 cups worth)
– 2 inches turmeric root
– 3 large carrots
– 1 medium cucumber
– 4 celery stalks
– 1 lemon (peel if not organic)
Juice the above ingredients in a juicer such as the Omega, and enjoy immediately to prevent oxidation!

Getting the Balance Right

Hormones and health are closely related. You simply cannot enjoy good holistic health all the time that your hormones are out of balance – and the balance is a very fine one. Unfortunately, many of the symptoms discussed above do not necessarily mean that you have an actual hormone imbalance. These symptoms often relate to other conditions.
However, if you wish to pursue the hormone imbalance route, you’ll find that a hormone diet can go a long way towards addressing many of your body’s possible hormonal imbalances.
Balancing your hormones includes reducing stress and consuming a all natural whole food diet. Buying local foods is an important part of eating clean but when you can’t get it local make sure you know the companies you are buying from.

Something to think about...