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We have all been affected, to a greater or lesser degree, by the virus prevalent in our society. We need now to take charge of its spread by going back to basics. We should all have been washing our hands frequently in any case, to minimize the spread of all sorts of germs. Viruses have mutated. This means that, for some of us, our systems are not strong enough to deal with new viruses. With winter upon us soon, it is imperative to boost our immunity. This will mitigate the risks associated with any type of bugs or viruses. It may be a good idea, as a precaution, to take certain health supplements, such as vitamins and the flu vaccine. These precautions could boost our immunity. Check first with your doctor or health-care provider before consuming any products willy-nilly. After the lockdown, how else will you be caring for your immunity?

We at Mangwanani are always concerned with the well-being of our extended family. By this, we mean not only our valued staff but you − our guests. In light of this, I have compiled a list of ‘dos and don’ts’ for you to take into consideration, to safeguard yourself and your loved ones.

  • Don’t smoke.
  • Eat a diet high in fruit and vegetables, fresh, wherever
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
  • Get adequate sleep.
  • Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands
  • frequently, and cooking meat thoroughly.
  • Try to minimize stress.

Food plays an enormous role in our immunity. With lockdown, we have certainly been able to cut down on junk foods. Healthy, nourishing, home-prepared food will greatly assist in enhancing our immune systems. This will provide a good defence system come the winter. The following are some ‘good food ’ suggestions:
– The delicious fruit blueberries provide excellent antioxidant properties that greatly boost immunity. Flavonoids play an essential role in the immune defence system of the respiratory tract. Researchers have found that people who consume foods rich in flavonoids are less likely to fall victim to an upper respiratory tract infection, or even to the common cold than those who are not protected.
– Turmeric is a yellow spice that many people use in cooking. It is also present in some alternative medicines. Consuming turmeric may improve a person’s immune response. This will be thanks to the curcumin, a compound found in turmeric. The qualities provided by curcumin add to antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
– Broccoli is a great source of vitamin C. It also contains potent antioxidants, such as sulforaphane. For these reasons, broccoli (likewise cabbage) is a good choice of vegetable to eat regularly, to support immune system health.
– Sweet potatoes are rich in beta carotene, a type of antioxidant that gives the skin of the potato its orange colour. Beta carotene is a source of vitamin A. It contributes to skin health, and may even provide some protection against skin damage from ultraviolet (UV) rays.
– Spinach may boost the immune system, as it contains many essential nutrients and antioxidants.
– People use ginger in a variety of dishes and desserts, as well as in teas. Ginger has anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties and is considered providing certain health benefits.
– Garlic is a common home remedy for the prevention of colds
and other illnesses.

– Oranges and Kiwifruit- Oranges and kiwifruit are excellent sources of vitamin C, which is the vitamin that many people turn to when they feel a cold developing. For people trying to avoid the sugar in fruit, red bell peppers are an excellent alternative source of vitamin C.
– Sunflower seeds can make a tasty addition to salads or breakfast bowls. They are a rich source of vitamin E, an antioxidant. In the same way as other antioxidants, vitamin E improves immune function. It does this by fighting off free radicals, which can damage cells.

It is important to remember that the immune system is complex. Eating a healthy, balanced diet is just one way of supporting immune health. It is also essential to be mindful of the other lifestyle factors that may affect your immune system health. Treat your body with the TLC it deserves, and fight off viruses and infections by arming your defense system.

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It’s nearly four decades since Benjamin Hoff released his bestseller, The Tao of Pooh. The book focused on Taoist life lessons. Taoism is a philosophy with its origins in China. Taoism teaches listeners how to live in harmony with the universe. What Benjamin did was to show that practitioners are not automatically wise women and men from the Far East. Rather, the real master of Tao was Winnie the Pooh.

The Tao of Pooh offers precious life lessons that truly resonate with our new reality. The central character of the book is Winnie the Pooh. Winnie personifies the Taoist belief of non-action or merely being. Other characters, like Piglet, Owl, Tigger, and Eeyore represent the human
predisposition to overcomplicate things in life. Taoism: The word Tao means ‘path’ or ‘way’, and Taoism has its roots in an ancient book written in about the 3rd century BC −Tao Te Ching (The Way and its Power) by
Laozi; although some believe the book was written by different authors. Still, in simple terms, the philosophical tradition which emanated from the book explains how to live life sensibly. It teaches us that change is one
constant in our lives; and that balance does not last for long. More so, we should follow the path that will offer us the least resistance, such as water does, and merely go with the flow.

In the Tao of Pooh this idea of accepting
the flow of life is captured:
“To know the way,
we go the way,
we do the way.
The way we do,
the things we do,
it’s all there in front of you.
But if you try too hard to see it,
you’ll only become confused.
I am me and you are you.
As you can see;
but when you do,
the things that you can do,
you will find the way.
The way will follow you.”

Some life lessons from the Tao of Pooh

The lessons focus on self-reflection and meditation, which are tools used to become your most true self. The result will be a life fulfilled with happiness, fulfillment, and peace.

Pooh’s way

That effortless way of going about life is what Pooh is known for. He does not try to change or control things − instead, he just lets life happen. This is was Taoists call ‘wu wei’, or letting go, and letting be. Don’t confuse this with laziness, rather “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

Relax. Slow down

We most often rush through life because we fear that we are wasting time. A lesson from Pooh is that you can’t waste time – time can only be spent. Therefore stop speeding through life, and slow down. Be simple.

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Kids screaming? Hubby nagging? Work deadlines backdated? Calls off-the-hook crazy? Helper on leave? Your home a ticking time-bomb, ready to explode from neglect and lack of attention?

Sounds all too familiar, or maybe its time to seriously consider YOU! Yep I’ve said it: when last have you considered yourself amidst the crazy, chaotic demands of life?

Date nights are absolutely recommended. We prioritise our needs by meditating, adding yoga sessions to our schedule. This is all well and good, there is no denying it. Yet, in reality, we are always TIME CONSTRAINED! Date nights are for the two of you who are desperate to de-stress in a tranquil and relaxing evening setting. Set aside time to unwind, catch a movie, eat those oysters you been craving; OR book yourself and your
partner into our spa for drinks, dinner, and decadent treatments. Readjusting and refreshing your body, mind and soul, is an excellent way of listening to your bodies in the need to zen down. Most parents do suffer from the guilt of having to let go and RELAX. Why is this?

Relationships and marriages are hard work. They need focus, commitment, and attention. Dates nights are the answer to the modern-day time-out session. Date nights are particularly beneficial to couples, contributing
immensely to their well-being as partners. Date night is a significant event in which couples can reach out to each other, allowing for some “time stands still”. This is a helpful way of recuperating and sorting out one’s head. A spa date at Mangwanani is a hugely successful event for any couple. We encourage the idea of ‘time out’. The advantage of this is that a moment of deep and meaningful closeness is shared, together with memories
exchanged between partners. The next time you need to exit the craziness of life, and bond with your partner, book a treatment at Mangwanani. You are bound to create a pattern of many such dates in the future.

Couples do enjoy down-time. Men, while possibly initially rejecting the ideology behind dates nights, can discover, in the spa set-up, that date nights become addictive, and their preferred choice amongst many.
Date nights invoke a sense of closeness or bonding between two people. Capturing these moments results in memories being etched on the mind for years to come. Date nights encourage conversation unaccompanied by children screaming, or constantly interrupting the communication. Our retreat will provide the idyllic setting for your needs and comfort. This is a
guilt-free therapy, highly recommended for partners. Consider finding yourselves again, whether by dancing, dining, catching a movie, OR by booking a Mangwanani treat. The CHOICE IS YOURS!

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