Are you always tired? Irritable? Constantly run down? If you’re reaching for your third coffee this morning we may have uncovered the reason why. According to doctors, living in such a fast-paced society has become so stressful that it has actually led to a new type of illness. ‘21st Century Syndrome’ is so common it
The day hasn’t even started and yet you’ve already clocked out. Physically, emotionally, mentally, you are exhausted with the pace. “I already planned a nap for tomorrow,” you remind yourself as you reach for yet another cup of coffee. And suddenly, you can’t remember what it feels like to not be tired. Children run around the playgrounds
All of us will agree that our energy levels dictate our overall experience of life. We cannot be happy, fulfilled and engaged when we are hounded by constant fatigue. So how do we ensure that a lack of energy does not limit our potential? Mitochondria, our cells’ batteries Most of our energy (around 90%) is
Move over Boomers, the Millennials are taking over, and that shift will potentially change the food system as we know it. Millennials are more willing to pay for fresh and healthy food while going to great lengths to find it. They are also more aligned with the “food movement” and love things like organic farms,
The way we’re working isn’t working. Even if you’re lucky enough to have a job, you’re probably not very excited to get to the office in the morning, you don’t feel much appreciated while you’re there, you find it difficult to get your important work accomplished amid all the distractions, and you don’t believe that
Personality tests are everywhere on Facebook. Which “Lion King” character are you? Which city do you actually belong in? Joburg or Cape Town? There are plenty of reasons people take these personality tests. So, which category do you fall into? You Crave Attention “People love it when you ask them questions about themselves,” Christine Whelan, a sociologist
When things get tough, many people turn to a motivational quote for a bit of inspiration. Some of these pithy sayings have become celebrated parts of society’s lexicon. Some include: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” —Thomas Edison “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” —Eleanor
It’s not uncommon to experience a lack of motivation when it comes to exercise, especially when you’re tired and exhausted from a lack of sleep, a busy schedule or other issues. While throwing yourself into a strenuous workout may not be the best idea when you’re exhausted, exercise can actually help raise your energy level
Knowing how to chill out and relax is important for your mental and physical health, particularly if you’re going through a stressful time. Relaxation is super-beneficial to your mental health and wellbeing. Everyone needs time in their everyday lives to chill out and enjoy themselves, but it’s easy to forget to relax when things get
A big part of taking charge of our life is to have the courage to examine our lifestyle and see whether we have any habits that are draining our energy levels and preventing us from maximising our potential. One of the most important places to start is our eating habits. Too many people take the
The art of staying healthy is keeping an eye on all the nutrients and vitamins your body needs to stay strong. We step out into the sun for our vitamin D, we stock up on vitamin C from orange juice, and we take fish oil supplements to lower our blood pressure and keep our brains functioning at their
All-day energy We work, we plan, we organize, we go, fueling ourselves on coffee and pure determination. Until, that is, we fall onto the sofa in a stupor. More of us are struggling with energy issues, experts say; they point to the weak economy, which has us working harder and plugging in longer, and the
Breathing not only defines life itself, it is also a special gift for a unique reason. It is the only automatic function we can perform both unconsciously and consciously. Breathing is regulated by the autonomic nervous system which controls other automatic or involuntary processes like the beating of our hearts or the digestion of food.
Being tired is part of being a mom. It’s part of learning to put others first and it’s an even bigger part of your life if you are a mom of a large family. Interrupted sleep, busy daytime schedules, all of these can lead to tiredness and lack of energy and moms of many deal
Green coffee beans have become increasingly popular as of late, in fact, they’re now one of the most popular supplements and weight loss products around. They’ve also been associated with a host of health benefits, from protecting the heart and lowering the risk of neurological diseases, to anti-ageing effects and more. These green-hued beans are
School can put pressure on children and parents. As a parent, you may worry about things like your child’s academic performance, health and relationships with other students and teachers. And while you can’t keep an eye on your child at school, you can encourage healthy habits starting at a young age. Explore this infographic to
How do you know if you’re on the verge of burnout? What are the signs, and how do you make adjustments to fix things? Read about MOMMY BURNOUT below! The 5 Stages of Burnout According to Procaccini and Kiefaber, from Dobson’s book Parenting isn’t for Cowards, parental burnout has five progressive stages: 1. The ‘Gung-Ho’ Stage ‘Compulsive
As the whole family makes the transition into back-to-school mode, there are a variety of stressors that plague both kids and parents alike—from difficult homework to a stricter bedtime. Below you can find a few tips on limiting back-to-school stress and what parents can do to help the family stay calm under new pressures. 1.
This year, your only resolution should be to keep yourself fit. If you feel fatigued and tired most of the time without knowing why, the good news is that you can reverse the condition. Here’s how. January 1 is all about resolutions for many of us and many of us decide to hit the gym.
It can be the most wonderful – and the most hectic – time of year. And this is how to keep yourself in check. With the festive season soon upon us and school holidays about to get into full swing, you’re entering into one of the busiest times of the year – children on holiday,
Fatigue and travelling can often seem inextricably tied, but rest assured, they aren’t! There are plenty of scientifically proven ways to feel alert and refreshed while on the move—caffeine not required. 1.Get social Hear us out! While making small talk can sometimes be exhausting, chatting with a fellow traveller can help keep you alert during
Eat a banana before you go to bed. Get on the Bloody Marys the next morning. Absorb the alcohol with a fatty fry-up. Hold your nose and knock back an aubergine and raw egg smoothie. When it comes to curing a hangover, everyone has their favourite method. But most of these could be complete nonsense.
There are many reasons why we overindulge during the holidays. First, food and alcohol are usually a part of any celebration; eating with friends and family is a double pleasure. We’re feeding our bodies and souls at the same time. The biggest reason we overindulge during the holidays, however, is stress. Decisions about where and
While we’d all love to be more conscious of portion sizes to help reduce holiday weight gain, all it takes is a cheese ball here, and a samosa there, and those innocent bite-sized treats can produce an explosion of heartburn and bloating in your belly. If you went a little overboard at the hors-d’oeuvres table (or
The common narrative we’ve all come to believe is that stress is always bad for us, negatively impacting our lives in myriad ways. It reduces our mental and physical health, diminishes our work performance and energy levels, and jeopardises our relationships. However, to all of us who long for a less stressful life, there is
Vitamins can be advantageous in stimulating the brain and promoting optimal brain function. In addition, mental processes including memory, concentration and clarity can be improved, notes Herbal Supplements Guide. A healthy diet is essential for optimal brain function and optimal body function when studying. A diet based on fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and
Many centuries ago the San and Hottentot people would travel hundreds of kilometers to pick a year’s supply of a wondrous plant. This plant was used as a natural calming agent and was called Canna. In 1652 Jan Van Riebeeck arrived in the Cape and it did not take him and his crew long to
Friday afternoon comes and the buzz starts to build. The weekend is finally here. Rest and relaxation are top of mind. Maybe you have a trip ahead of you. But somehow weekends have a way of coming and going while leaving you even more tired Monday than you were on Friday. The key to a productive
Lunchtime! You know scarfing down a burger and fries isn’t your healthiest choice. So you wait till you starving because your busy schedule made going to lunch tough, but avoid heading to lunch when you’re starving. Not only will you inhale your lunch quickly and reach for more food because your body hasn’t had time to
The easiest and most straightforward way of giving yourself energy, preserving your body and losing weight is probably available at your neighborhood food store, or it might even be buried in your kitchen.
It’s halfway between lunchtime and teatime and you’re running out of steam. and here are some tips on how to get through the rest of the afternoon. The workplace seems to lose momentum mid-afternoon. Typing slows to a halt, yawns are stifled, concentration dwindles and peckishness sets in.
Try to relax and sleep more during the week. You’re most likely exhausted by the weekend and your mind and body are trying to catch up from the lack of rest. So switch off from work, relax your mind and body, entertain yourself, play, and sleep more.
As we journey from childhood to adulthood, we lose the magic of play. In our lives with long to-do lists, we rarely take time out to play and reconnect with our inner self. As adults, we often feel play is a waste of precious time.
Fast food has a terrible reputation. And for good reason: It’s really unhealthy, and if you eat a lot of it, not only will you gain weight, you’ll also end up sick and tired. But how much do we really know about why fast food is bad for you?
The human brain is wired to respond positively to laughter and smiles, generating ‘feel-good’ chemicals. The wiring is so strong that the brain responds even when we smile at ourselves in the mirror or simulate laughing with enthusiasm.
While some human beings thrive on unsteady ground, most of us fear movement of any kind. All change — even the good and healthy change we need and pursue — brings with it an element of anxiety. That’s especially the case for highly sensitive folks among us who are easily prone to anxiety and depression.
September is National Yoga Month, and while we’re sad to see it coming to a close, we’re psyched to start it off with a bang! We gathered up some of the most stunning yoga photos to ever grace Instagram. Showing everything from the world’s most remote locations to amazing “how did she do that?” poses,
When we made McNab’s SuperChill we went back in Africa’s history and formulated a drink that uses the relaxing power of nature to help you cope with crazy days. Growing only in a small arid region of Southern Africa, Sceletium aka Kanna, Channa, Canna, Kougoed, Kauwgoed and Tortuose Fig Marigold is a tiny ground-cover succulent that has been used and revered by
A popular strategy to address stress build up, advised by many psychologists and counselors alike, is to find a way to physically release our frustrations and anger in a safe, neutral manner – like using a punching bag or beating a pillow. But while this approach has gained widespread acceptance is there any good evidence
It ALL starts with heavy eyelids. Then your head starts to bob as you nod off at your desk. Your to-do-list never seems to get done, and when that afternoon slump sets in, you begin to feel like something has been slipped into your food. Whether you’ve pulled an all-nighter to meet a deadline or
It is so easy to understand why effervescent tablets are becoming such a popular way to take a supplement. Pop the tablet into water, watch it dissolve, and drink! Effervescent tablets are designed to instantly break up when in contact with liquids such as water or juice, dissolving quickly and easily. This makes effervescent tablets
We’re not denying that just a 1 to 2 percent drop in hydration levels can lead to dehydration symptoms such as impaired performance, fatigue and general thirstiness, water is essential but not magical. This week is World Water Week, and it’s not just about conservation. It’s about appreciating that water is life and using it
Want to live a happy and fulfilled life? According to research, the answer might involve constantly making the decision to learn new things. French lessons, anyone? Studies have shown that exercising your brain can help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, but who would have thought it could lead to a happier outlook on life at the same time?
Drink 8 cups of water a day and see your energy and wellness improve! Today makes the start of World Water Week, and it’s not just about conservation. Water is life, and this week is about remembering that fact. How will drinking a bit more water every day help you? Mild dehydration increases the risk
Our pets are keeping us in tip top shape, and we don’t even realise it. Here are a few reasons to love your four-legged friends that much more: Firstly, pets are good for your heart. Spending time with your furry friend elevates levels of serotonin and dopamine and lowers cholesterol and triglycerides, which not only minimises
Spring is a time for change. We’ve all heard the term “spring-cleaning”, but this is not always about the physical. Sometimes, the blooming of spring is the push you need to make yourself feel better, seeing where you are falling short and changing to a positive! Today is #HugYourBossDay, and on Twitter it was all
Whether hot, iced, or canned, green tea is chockfull of health benefits. Instead of gulping down a hot cup-of-joe to get your energy when you get to work in the morning, why not consider swapping it for some green tea? Green tea has been used as a medicine for thousands of years in China and
When someone asks, “are energy drinks bad for you,” the typical response is yes. But with those responses, most people are referring to the big-name energy drinks that are found in your local supermarket. Mainstream brands which load their drinks with un-natural and artificial ingredients give energy drinks a bad reputation. But, the good news
Taking only a minute to relax and enjoy something simple could be the difference between a so-so day, and an extraordinary one. ?✌️ It’s amazing how an uplifting quote or inspirational story can completely change your day, and sometimes your life. One quote that touches your heart or reminds you of your dreams can inspire
This Saturday is #WorldPhotoDay, and we at McNab’s want to reward you with a month’s worth of energy tabs! We want you to capture your energy in a photograph. Why not be more experimental and dazzle people by going to a place to capture your energy? Go somewhere cool, do something fun, and even bring
Slow down… breathe, and relax. This Tuesday is #WorldRelaxationDay, and it’s all about winding down and just taking it easy. If you’re lucky enough to have the day off work, enjoy a quiet morning watching TV on the sofa, and perhaps consider some light gardening in the afternoon – all in the spirit of relaxing!
For the first time ever, we are running an exciting photo competition! Saturday 19th August is World Photo Day, and we want you to show the beauty of South Africa to the world! All you have to do is follow us on Instagram @mcnabsenergy, and tag your pic with @mcnabsenergy #theenergytobeme and #WorldPhotoDay in your
A hobby is something that you do for fun or pleasure. You do it during your free time, and you don’t get paid to do it. Since hobbies are leisure activities, a lot of people discard hobbies as a “luxury” they can’t afford. However, it turns out that making time for a hobby is more than just a way to have fun.
We’ve all felt like a sloth after eating an entire bag of chips. But in the world of nutrition research, an age-old chicken-and-egg debate still rages on: Does eating junk food make you lazy and tired?
Can mood be used as a highly sensitive indicator of sub-clinical nutrient deficiencies? Micronutrients function as essential cofactors in all the fundamental biochemical pathways including neurotransmitter synthesis; the brain, with its high metabolic rate and dependence on balanced neurotransmitter synthesis and function, is therefore particularly sensitive to even slight deficiencies. Psychological symptoms, especially negative changes
Tiredness is natural in life, especially if you are not getting enough sleep, but it may also be caused by anxiety. The less intense your anxiety is, the less tired you should feel. Lack of energy is a common symptom of those of us who are unlucky enough to experience panic attacks. Anxiety is naturally
Something’s going wrong. You’re worried and your mind starts to race. Your old friend Panic is nuzzling up to you and wants to snuggle. Your brain starts asking, “What if X happens? What if Y happens? What if? What if? What if?” We have all been stressed about what is the best way to keep calm under pressure, you’re not special. Pressure is relentless and the brain does not seem to help at all as it is overreacting and you are getting more nervous by the minute. It’s how we deal with this...
It’s obvious you’re unhealthy when you’re diagnosed with cancer, flattened with a heart attack, levelled with a stroke, or put on dialysis. Such health crises will wake you up lickety-split and hopefully motivate you to make health and lifestyle changes aimed at bringing your body back into balance.
For the Indigenous Peoples living in the dense forests between the Rio Tapajós and the Rio Madeira in Brazil, the seeds of the plant known as guaraná are the cornerstone of their culture. For centuries, tribes like the Sateré Mawé and the Guarani have selectively bred and carefully cultivated Paullinia cupania to produce the most potent seeds. In the local language “guaraná” translates as “the beginning of all knowledge.