Blood Life Sustainer

Blood Life SustainerMany cultures have been ascribed to blood having magical powers such as blood-letting for the bodies equilibrium, said to cure blindness, goitre, worms , grey hair and a multitude of bizarre complaints.


The bible has mentioned blood more than 400 times and William Shakespeare more than 700 times.


Many sayings have arisen such as a blue blooded aristocrat to a red blooded male, a set-up that makes ones blood run cold, killing a person in cold blood, blood being thicker than water, an issue that makes one’s blood boil or to sweat blood and tears & blood brothers mentioned on umpteen occasions.


Yet to science, even the most extravagant blood lore pales in comparison to the biochemical and evolutionary marvels of this liquid tissue.

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Sugar - some bitter truths unveiled

SugarDear readers, not too long ago, fats were the biggest enemy in our lives, having zero tolerance in any diet and induced great guilt at the mere mention of butter !


But now, according to health practitioners worldwide, there is a new evil on the block, namely sugar and the outcome of research is worth taking note of.


The statistics are frightening regarding how “sweet” the world has become with unpleasant circumstances.


The chief medical officer of the American heart association recommends that women have the maximum of 6 teaspoons per day, that everyone should read the labels on foods as just about any purchased contain sugar.

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Myths regarding the human body

Health MythsThe average person knows shockingly little about the human body considering that one has spent an entire life living inside one !


But many ‘facts’ regarding health, diet, sex etc continue to swirl around pop culture or via old wives tales that die hard being passed on from one generation to another.


Well let’s get started and see if any of the below are surprising, credible or just a lot of old nonsense !


We have always been led to believe that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well apparently there is disagreement on this, as it does not jump start the metabolism any more than a meal taken later on.

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The Varying Tones of Skin

Skin TonesDSTV recently aired a program with the title “Make me whiter”

This aroused my interest and prompted me to write an article on the topic, not wishing to discriminate against any race group but more likely to focus on those who are keen to follow current trends.

Skin colour is the most noticeable physical characteristic of people and early members of the genus “homo sapiens” evolved darkly pigmented skins. 

Europeans do not look much like those folk 8000 years ago and their skin colour today may be attributed to the blending of 3 ancient populations.

The colour of our ancestors is rather obscure, and would need massive research to arrive at answers. However, we can assume that Neanderthal men and women were pretty dark skinned due to constantly being exposed to the elements which dominated their lifestyles.  Many human migrations too would have had an impact on changing skin colour.

Just to mention at this point, that unique cells in our skin produce melanin the pigment which basically determines ones colour.

Exposure to ultraviolet rays increases this production as a protective mechanism, the outcome being the development of a sun tan.

During the 1950’s and 1960’s, despite the damage being done, a dark tan was most fashionable and almost became a status symbol as the common herd mimicked those of celebratory who lolled around on luxury yachts in exotic parts of the world ending up as bronzed goddesses, or so they thought !

But back to this week’s topic; skin lightening. There is no reason why being lighter should be preferable to others skin colour. In fact the darker skins age far better than their paler counterparts, have an attractive glow to the skin and far better protection from sun related skin diseases. 

However a massive industry grew to accommodate the desire to be lighter.  Hydroquinone, a dangerous skin lightening agent, permanently ruined many African skins in the past, now fortunately a banned product in many countries.

In terms of the Indian community, many feel that those being lighter are putting abnormal stress on the perception that “paler is better” which may even cause divisions in society.

There is no doubt that “colourless” models are getting the best photo opportunities in the beauty industry and that the top roles in Bollywood go to those of a lighter hue.

It is indeed a crazy world – many black people wish to be lighter and whites desire more colour. If the latter is the case, MATSIMELA has a marvellous bronzing product giving the desired natural tan, safe to use thereby avoiding the damaging effects of baking in the sun.



Interesting facts about water

Interesting Facts About WaterThe human body, in a fit state contains about 60% of water, vital to all metabolic processes.

As far as a moisturizing agent goes, water protects and moistens body tissues, eyes, mouth and nose.

Water is continually being lost through obvious functions like breathing, sweating, digestion and urinating, therefore the replenishment is most essential, for a dehydrated body is in a bad state.

Any readers who follow health and fitness trends have probably heard of the latest obsession, namely the “30 day water challenge” with requirements to replace all beverages [and alcohol, of course !] with water for 30 days. This translates to 3,8 litres per day, almost double the previously recommended 8 glasses per day !

One could gleefully sit back and wait for the benefits to roll in, such as having a moist and flawless skin, weight loss, fewer headaches, more energy and less constipation, right? Not the case, as medical research has highlighted just the opposite.

Running back and forth to the toilet may contribute to a miniscule amount of weight lost but a serious loss of water can have very damaging effects like undue stress on the kidneys.

There are more serious consequences leading to water intoxication due to drinking that much water per day, thereby diluting the salt in ones blood to balance fluid in and around the body cells. Minimizing ones salt levels is more dangerous than realized and symptoms like heat and sunstroke could arise.

An excessive intake can even stimulate a hormone, Vasopressin, which can cause the body to conserve water, even though large quantities are being drunk.

The colour of ones urine is a very basic indicator. Too high an intake of water can result in passing pale, clear urine and not sufficient, dark yellow in colour.

But, it must be said that foodstuffs and especially medications can drastically alter urine colour.

Lastly water is a vital source in the manufacture of cosmetics which must be free of toxins, pollutants and microbes.

Although approved, many toiletries, facial care products & body care ranges on our shelves are too watery. During production MATSIMELA adheres to high standards, ensuring that a high and recognized percentage of carrier and essential oils are used, thereby giving you, the client, a quality product ` second to none.