Health

A Probiotic To Prevent Colds

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Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria that are known to help digestion and a host of other concerns. Studies now indicate that specific species of probiotics may help elevate mood, enhance our immune system, protect the heart and are even known to protect our teeth and gums.

The specific make-up of these probiotic bacteria in the gut is determined by your genetics, eating and drinking habits and other lifestyle factors such as stress. These beneficial bacteria in the gut release lactic acid which inhibits pathogens from thriving in the gut and thus preventing infections.

Scientists have also discovered that complex interactions between these bacteria are responsible for the optimal function of the immune system. Our bodies secrete an antibody called immunoglobulin A, IgA, which is normally found around the membranes lining the nose and the upper respiratory tract. It is this antibody that acts as a first line of defence against bacteria and viruses. Unfortunately, as we age, levels of IgA decline making many of us susceptible to bacteria and viruses. Read More…

Immune System Boosters

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3 of the Best Immune-System Boosters

Pharmacist Shabir Daya suggests supplements to ward off colds and flu:

  • Health Insurance Plus Tablets by Lamberts Healthcare, £16.70 for 125 small tablets; dose two daily for adults and children aged 16 and upwards. Provides essential micronutrients including magnesium, high potency B vitamins and three times the RDA of vitamin C.
  • U-Cubes Children’s Multivitamin and Mineral Gummies by Solgar Vitamins, £12.99 for 60 gummies; dose two to four daily depending on age. Based on tapioca and pectin, they are free of dairy, yeast, artificial flavours and preservatives.
  • For Daily Immunity by Optibac Probiotics, £11.29 for 30 capsules; dose one daily for adults and children aged four and upwards. With several types of ‘good’ gut bacteria, plus vitamin C and natural plant extracts.

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Chondroitin Sulphate

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Research shows a daily 800mg dose of chondroitin sulphate (CS), a natural compound, is as effective for improving pain and function in knee osteoarthritis as Celebrex, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory. Since Celebrex has potential side effects – some serious – researchers suggest CS should be considered a first-line treatment. Pharmacist Shabir Daya recommends Natures Aid Chondroitin from a marine source (£15.95 for 90 tablets). Take two daily with food. Read More…

Magic Skin

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When I scalded my wrist recently, I slathered on Magic Skin Repair Gel, an aloe-vera-based product with essential oils, notably myrrh and helichrysum. The pain subsided immediately. A second application removed the hurt for the rest of the day. A day later, the two-inch burn was red, with a few blisters, but there was no pain. This cooling gel by 1001 Remedies is recommended for acne, spots, rashes and other skin blemishes. Read More…

Head Lice

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Q: Is there a natural product to prevent and/ or treat head lice in children?

A: These tiny insects breed profusely on scalps, attaching their eggs (nits) near the base of individual hairs. They spread by climbing from one head to another, up to a six-centimetre distance apart. Although harmless, they cause itching.

Some essential oils have potent pesticidal properties, according to medical herbalist and pharmacist Dr Chris Etheridge. The natural brand Puressentiel offers a Lice Repellent Spray, based on a derivative of lemon eucalyptus essential oil. A report from the University of Tours, France, showed a repellent effect of more than 24 hours in laboratory tests. Spray children aged three and upwards every morning.
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The Lymphatic System

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What is the lymphatic system? The lymphatic system is the largest circulatory system within the body and it is also a system which has not been fully investigated. In fact, most people are simply unaware of it, why it exists or what role it plays within the body.

The role of the lymphatic system

The lymphatic system is a network of vessels, glands, spleen, thymus gland and tonsils which carry a clear fluid called lymph. Lymph’s composition is similar to blood except that it does not contain haemoglobin nor any blood proteins. The lymphatic system consists of organs, ducts and lymph nodes which act as filters for the removal of toxins. The lymphatic system is a detox system; a nutrient delivery system and is the home of the immune system. Without this system, life could not exist. Read More…