wellness

The world’s least stressful destination

You may wonder if there truly is a place in the world where stress could not find you. Well, there is, according to Zipjet, a tech development firm that aims to reduce stress in people’s lives. Stuttgart, Germany. The manufacturing hub is accented by green spaces and scenic parks such as the Rosensteinpark and it is home to one of the largest botanical gardens and zoos in Europe.

From an initial 500 locations studied with regard to their pollution, finance and the citizens, 150 cities where ranked focusing on the mental wellbeing of residents. The rankings rely on macro-data, while taking into account stress-inducing…
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The world’s least stressful destination

Debbie Reinders Hall on the science of good sleep when travelling

There’s nothing quite like the joy, and added benefit, of great sleep, and this is no less true when travelling. Debbie Reinders Hall ­– sleep expert and founder of The Hall Collection, exclusive importers of Swiss-produced Elite beds and Quagliotti Italian linens in Cape Town – shares with us the art of achieving healthy sleep while travelling.

“Your bed is the most important piece of furniture in your home,” says Debbie. “We know that good sleep improves mental, physical and emotional wellbeing, energy levels and quality of life. And there is a direct link between your mattress and the…
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Debbie Reinders Hall on the science of good sleep when travelling

Mend: The travel app for broken hearts

Former Google employee Ellen Huerta discovered a blaring gap in online resources available to cope with a heartbreak; and so she created her own to share with fellow broken hearts around the world.

This led to the birth of Mend in April, a platform that provides daily emotional support and scientifically founded and community generated advice for people journeying through grief. The app also provides recommendations on where to go to ease the pain in the form of city guides.

“When you’re heartbroken and trying to move on, it can be difficult to be in the same physical place — everything is conceivably…
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Mend: The travel app for broken hearts

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