Kirstie Hogg

Kirstie Hogg


Avoid colds & flu – Try out these unusual immune boosting tips

Is your immune system ready for winter in South Africa?

Winter is coming. Fast. While, many of us welcome the colder months, the biggest downside to the cooler weather is the rise of colds and flu! It’s not so fun walking past people in the shops or sitting near people that are coughing and snorting – and then thinking: is it my turn to get sick?

Your immune system is amazing. It works hard to keep you healthy. But, we’re at that time of the year where it’s going to have to work even harder to keep you healthy.

How can you help your immune system?

Be proactive. Follow the tips below for a healthy and strong immune system.

Ditch the hand sanitizer

Hand sanitizer kills germs that cause illness. Yes. But, according to many studies only hand sanitizers with 60 to 95 percent alcohol are effective at killing germs. Ones with lower alcohol concentrations may cause germs to become resistant to sanitizers.

And, to top it off, washing your hands with normal soap and water is more effective. So, instead of using sanitizer, opt for washing your hands with soap and water, frequently of course.

Take care of your digestive system

A large percentage of your immune system lives in your gut. By taking care of your digestive system, you can build and protect your immune system.

You can take care of your immune system by:

  • digest itChewing your food properly. A specific type of immune cell can be stimulated in our mouth when you chew, according to a study done at the University of Manchester. It can also help you digest your food properly and absorb nutrients from the food you eat – and your body needs more when you’re sick.
  • Help your body out with a digestive enzyme blend, such as Digest It. Digestive enzymes aid digestion, which helps improve nutrient absorption, alleviate bloating and support overall digestion.

Own a dog – if you have one, cuddle him

dog love

This isn’t a joke. A dog is man’s best friend for so many reasons. A research team at the University of Arizona is currently investigating the link between bacteria found in dog’s saliva and your health. As it currently stands, it seems as though the cultures found in the saliva may be just what your immune system needs.

But, until the study brings out solid results, what we do know for certain is, dogs reduce depression and boost moods. This alone has a profound effect on your immune system.

Add “Indian Ginseng” to your diet

Since ancient times, Ashwangandha, also known as Indian Ginseng, one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing, has been used to treat health problems. Ashwangandha addresses issues, such as stress and fatigue, which affect your immune system.

It’s powerful immune protection, energy enhancing and anti-inflammatory properties will give you the boost you need to stay healthy this winter.

Take a medicinal mushroom supplement

medicinal mushroomsMedicinal mushrooms have been used for milleniums by various cultures around the world. Thanks to the advancement of modern science, we’re now discovering some of the fascinating healing powers of medicinal mushrooms. When taken the right way, medicinal mushrooms can prevent and treat illnesses.

Sfera Advanced Mycology Full Spectrum Mushroom Complex is a supplement that possesses potent ingredients to help your immune system.

It’s loaded with powerful antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, including vitamins A, C, D and E, selenium and uric acid. Shiitake, one of the ingredients gives this complex powerful immune boosting effects. It strengthens your immune system by increasing the amount of the body’s natural killer cells. It also contains Reishi, which promotes a strong immunity to disease. By taking it daily, you can fend of sickness and, if you’re already sick, it can help you get better faster.

There is so much more to this amazing supplement. You can read more about the amazing ingredients here.

How do you keep your immune system healthy?


Buying vacant land in South Africa? Read this!

Buying vacant land in South Africa

Buying a vacant land is very different from buying a home or office building. When you buy a developed site, you’re buying a structure that already has water and electricity set up and you usually know what amenities are close by. But, when you buy a vacant land, you need to consider a few more factors, such as future time and capital involved in the purchase.


Hotel or Airbnb in South Africa?

Woman using tablet at cozy soft home atmosphere on the bed with cup of coffee or cocoa.

Which is best: Hotel or Airbnb?

Many people these days  love to travel. Thanks to modern technology, South Africans have access to cheap flights and the opportunity find cheap accommodation almost anywhere. Airbnb provides travellers with more choice. But, are hotels still a better choice for you?

hotel or airbnb

There are a few things to consider when booking accommodation, such as: Are you booking accommodation for business or leisure? Are you travelling with kids? What are your price options? 

We’ve listed a few benefits of both hotels and Airbnb so you can decide which is best for you.

Benefits of hotels

When you book hotel accommodation, you’re paying for comfort, service and luxury. Hotels usually provide the best stress-free accommodation when it comes to short stay trips – especially for business travellers. Here are the main benefits of hotels for you:



  1. Easy to check in – Most of the time you can walk into a hotel’s reception area at any time of the day to check in. Airbnb, on the other hand, is not that simple. You have to hunt for the place before hand and do a lot more prior communication to figure out how to check in, where to go and how everything there works.
  2. You know what you’re getting – Hotels usually have a standard they adhere to. Airbnb accommodation may be very different in person than online. The accommodation or area of the Airbnb may be terrible – but you’ll probably only find out once you’re there.
  3. You can get help immediately – At a hotel, there’s always someone to address any issues or queries you may have. So, let’s say for instance a drain is blocked in the bathroom. Someone can come to your room to fix the problem immediately. At an Airbnb, your host may not be very responsive. So, if there are any issues, you may have to deal with them for the duration of your stay.
  4. You have everything you need – And, if not, there’s always someone around to organise whatever you need.
  5. Your hotel booking is secure – Airbnb penalises hosts who cancel reservations. However, cancellations can still happen and it can ruin your entire trip. And, if you, as the guest, want to change your times or cancel your stay, the cancellation policies aren’t very flexible for you either.
  6. Hotels usually have bars and restaurants – You can travel to wherever you want from the hotel but, you can also make use of hotel bars and restaurants. You may even get complimentary meals with your room booking.
  7. You’re never obliged to clean a hotel room- You may feel the need to be polite and tidy up someone else’s home. At a hotel, it’s less personal so, you can leave the room without feeling obliged to clean up.

Benefits of Airbnb

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nate Blecharczyk founded Airbnb in 2008. The first listing was Brian and Joe’s apartment in San Francisco. Just over 10 years later, Airbnb has millions of listed properties around the world.

Airbnb is profitable. It made almost $100 million in profit last year on $2.6 billion in revenue.  Data shows that it attracts new guests who seeking new experiences and increases money spent in various areas. Here are the main benefits of Airbnb for you:

  1. airbnbYou can find spacious accommodation – Hotel rooms  are usually not as spacious as, say, renting out a 3 bedroom home.
  2. You can get cooking – You may not always have the luxury of a bar or restaurant nearby but you will probably have access to a functional kitchen where you can prepare meals.
  3. You can probably get some laundry done while travelling – no need to head out to a laundromat. Most houses come equipped with a washer and dryer.
  4. Accommodation is often cheaper You can often get very sizable houses for reasonable prices. Plus, as mentioned, you will have access to a kitchen, TV room, dining room, etc.
  5. It can be an exciting experience – Every host will be different. You may get a note, box of chocolates or champagne to make you feel at home. Hotels don’t usually offer an “unusual” experience or any unexpected surprises.
  6. You can find Airbnbs almost anywhere – If you’re looking for somewhere out of town, you can stay at an Airbnb and enjoy an authentic experience.
  7. You can enjoy group holidays – No need to stay in separate hotel rooms. Book a big house for a group of people. This is a fun way to go on holiday with family and friends.


Both options have great benefits. Which option is best for you? That depends on the purpose of your trip, your budget and who you’re travelling with. For business trips or trips where you really want to unwind and not do too much preparation, a hotel is probably best. But, if you looking for something more adventurous, Airbnb may be perfect for you.


South Africa Events – Got FOMO? Don’t stress, we’ve got you covered!


Here are some of the coolest events happening in South Africa in 2019:

Ultra Music Festival


Join Africa’s largest and most exciting electronic music festival. Ultra South Africa is part of  Ultra Music Festival’s worldwide expansion, which has now spread to twenty countries. International performers, such as The Chainsmokers, Martin Garix, Pascal & Pearce and Infected Mushroom – along with many more breathtaking performers – will electrify the stages at this event.


5 Ingredients chocolate brownie recipe – Love in the form of chocolate!

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Here’s a chocolate brownie recipe that you will LOVE

All you need is love this Valentine’s Day…

Or, perhaps we can swap love out for chocolate. – Or, just enjoy both!

Can you say no to chocolate?

No more diets

Here’s a lovely – and super easy – chocolate brownie recipe for you to try. The best part about this recipe is that there are only 5 base-ingredients. Most of these ingredients are probably already in your kitchen. Obviously, you can get creative and add a lot more “frills and spills” to your brownies, such as icing, smarties and sprinkles.

Chocolate brownies recipe


  • 125 ml flour
  • 250 ml sugar
  • 125 ml butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 80 ml cocoa powder


  • Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  • Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.
  • In another bowl, whisk eggs and butter together.brownies
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients. Stir until combined.
  • Grease a +- 20 cm by 20 cm baking tray or dish. Pour mixture into baking tray or dish.
  • Bake brownies for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick poked into the centre of the brownie mixture comes out dry.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for a few minutes.
  • Cut into squares and enjoy!