wellness

Scientists say there’s a “wanderlust gene”

Do you dream of waking up in a foreign land? Do you have an insatiable appetite for travel? You might have what scientists call the “wanderlust gene”.

The gene, known as the dopamine D4 receptor gene, or DRD4, has been hotly debated in the scientific fraternity as being a true indicator of the “adventure gene”, according to nature.com. It’s been attributed to or associated with “novelty seeking (NS) and substance abuse”.

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Having the gene is said to contribute to you being a born traveller. “A variation of this gene, DRD4-7R, is carried by about 20% of the human population and is linked…
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Scientists say there’s a “wanderlust gene”

A Step too Far? When fitness apps becomes an obsession

Automation and maximising convenient living has resulted in our modern lifestyles becoming increasingly sedentary.

“This is resulting in a rising incidence of modern lifestyle diseases such as coronary heart disease, osteoporosis, hypertension, diabetes and obesity. The scientific, medical, wellness and medical insurance industries have adopted several strategies in their attempts to alert us to the risks of a sedentary lifestyle. One of the most common and popular strategies has been to incentivise an active lifestyle,” says physiotherapist Jonathan Blake.

There’s no doubt that the benefits of exercise are far-reaching, explains exercise physiologist Dr Alessandra Prioreschi (www.activitycentral.co.za). “These include improvements…
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A Step too Far? When fitness apps becomes an obsession

Overnight facial treats for long-haul flights

Make the most of a long-haul flight by letting your skin feed while you sleep. You’ll wake up with a refreshed face and a stunning glow to go. Here are our favourite overnight facial treats.

Enriched with micro-lipids, Ericson Laboratoire Hydraclinic Aquafix Serum (R850) adjusts the amount of moisture it provides the skin. Like a reservoir, it seals water in the skin for instant plumpness.

Leave the OptiPhi Classic Hydra-Derm HA Masque (R540) on for optimal hydration to plump up the skin, disguise fatigue and fight the signs of ageing.

BioNike Defence Elixage Huile Serum (R645) is an…
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Overnight facial treats for long-haul flights

5 spas for gents in Cape Town

Father’s Day is coming up, and our dads deserve only the best for toiling away to fulfil our wishes. Even if you’ve moved on and started your own family, thank your dad this Father’s Day by spoiling him with a visit to a men-only, no-frills spa.

While our suggestion might make you scoff, hear us out. There are several of these spas in Cape Town that cater for a male clientele – this means there are no fluffy pillows and pink explosions; male-only spas are sophisticated and chic, and promise to appeal to even the manliest of men.

Here are our…
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5 spas for gents in Cape Town

The (proven) health benefits of travelling

If you’ve returned from a weekend getaway or a carefully planned vacation feeling more centered, and hale and hearty, there’s a scientific reason – holidays are good for your health.

Other than the obvious joy of leaving your everyday routine behind, here are five scientifically proven health benefits of travelling.

  1. Good for the heart

Women and men who travel more are less likely to suffer from heart attacks.

  1. Less anxiety

You feel less anxious and stressed while on holiday, and the effects continue after the vacation.

  1. Increases…
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The (proven) health benefits of travelling