About Shabir Daya

Shabir Daya is the in-house pharmacist at Victoria Health

Posts by Shabir Daya

Eliminating Vaginal Odour

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The vagina is an odourless organ of the body, but if your vagina is releasing an odour or an unhealthy smell, there has to be an explanation for this. Vaginal odour can be extremely unpleasant and embarrassing on many levels. Firstly, it is you who is creating this odour; secondly your spouse or partner may notice it and lastly if it goes on for a longer period then the people around you may notice it too.

Each and every woman has her own unique scent however an odour around the vagina is usually a result on one or more causes which include: Read More…

Hay Fever Relief For The Family

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Hay fever, or seasonal allergic rhinitis, can severely affect the quality of an individual’s life. Occurring mostly during spring and summer, the symptoms of hay fever include a runny nose, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes leaving the person often drained of energy and generally feeling a bit under the weather.

The causes of hay fever are widely known. Hay fever is an allergic response to pollen and other airborne allergens such as fungal spores, and the reaction is further heightened by pollution. When airborne allergens such as pollen enter the body, the immune system produces just the right amount of histamine, which sends signals to complex structure of blood cells and chemicals that help to protect the body. In the case of hay fever, the body produces far too much histamine than is required resulting in the inflammation of the tissues leading to a stuffy nose, watery eyes, wheezing and even headaches. Read More…

High Blood Pressure

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High blood pressure is a common concern as we begin to age. The term ‘silent killer’ describes high blood pressure well because unless you know what the symptoms of high blood pressure are, you would not necessarily know that you actually have high blood pressure. Medically high blood pressure is known as hypertension and it is a serious concern which leads to thousands of deaths every year from heart attack, stroke and kidney failure. Yet most of us do not get our blood pressure monitored frequently until the disease sets in or worse when a complication arises.

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Knowing your blood pressure reading is important regardless of how you feel physically and this should be carried out frequently in order to ascertain whether you suffer from this or not. Blood pressure is simply the force of your blood flow pounding against the arteries. The higher the pressure, the greater the chance of damaging the arteries leading to complications. Read More…

The Benefits of Vitamin D

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Despite all the press about this vitamin, most of us have chosen to ignore the findings and hope we have sufficient levels in the bloodstream. The vitamin in question is of course Vitamin D3 and most of us are still not getting sufficient levels of this important vitamin in our bloodstream. According to the Department of Health, as much as 25% of the population is deficient in this vitamin! In reality, scientists estimate that this figure is actually low and could be nearer 60% or higher.

What is vitamin D?

Vitamin D is not strictly a vitamin. A vitamin is a compound that cannot be produced by the body and since vitamin D is produced in the skin as a result of exposure to sunlight, this is why vitamin D is more accurately described as a hormone. Although we are capable of producing vitamin D, we rarely manufacture sufficient levels due to the latitude we live in and the fact that we constantly being told to wear sunscreens which of course block sunlight. Small amounts of vitamin D is found in fortified foods including milk, cereals, oily fish and juices but this amount is too small to make any significant difference. In fact it is estimated that we would need to drink 20 glasses of milk everyday to maintain optimal levels of vitamin D! Read More…

Managing Glaucoma Naturally

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Glaucoma; causes and symptoms

Glaucoma is the said to be one of the leading causes of blindness in the world. Other causes of blindness include age-related macular degeneration and cataracts. Glaucoma is actually a group of diseases that result in the damage to the eye’s optic nerve. The optic nerve is responsible for delivering information from the eye to the brain. Glaucoma is often referred to as the “silent thief of sight” because it often goes unnoticed with a gradual loss of peripheral vision which means that a person is less able to see the edges of their field of vision. Without treatment, glaucoma can progress to permanent, irreversible vision loss and yet glaucoma is preventable. Read More…

Drug-Free Relief From Heartburn

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It is estimated that 40% of the adult population suffer from heartburn. Drugs are often prescribed for sufferers from recurring heartburn and these are not without side effects. In fact many of these drugs prevent nutrient uptake, may increase risk of dementia, and may make one more liable to allergies. For these reasons, many sufferers are looking for drug-free relief from heartburn.

Heartburn occurs when the contents of your stomach travel backwards into your oesophagus causing pain, inflammation and damage with recurring episodes. This condition is called GERD or just called reflux and the inflammation accompanying this is term “oesophagitis”. Whilst most people attribute this inflammation and discomfort to excess acid, this is not always the case. In fact, other enzymes found in the contents of the stomach such as pepsin and bile can also cause damage the oesophageal lining resulting in the symptoms of heartburn. Read More…