Health

What Can’t Probiotics Do?

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After birth, our gut is colonised by trillions of micro-organisms called probiotics which we are supposed to have for life. These micro-organisms, mostly beneficial bacteria, are important to the health and wellbeing of our bodies and carry out numerous functions which include enhancing immunity, digesting food and manufacturing energising B vitamins. Each of us have a unique probiotic profile which is influenced by genetics, gender and age, all of which cause it to change throughout our lifetime. This probiotic profile is of course also influenced by our diet and lifestyle.

With increasing research, we are finding out that many probiotic species have specific roles to play in the body including elevating mood, preventing gum disease as well as protecting our heart. So which probiotic supplement should you take? And can you take more than one probiotic supplement? Read More…

Do You Suffer From Period Bloating?

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As many women approach the start of their period, they dread period bloating and all the other concerns that arise from this. It is estimated that eight out of ten women suffer from bloating before and at the beginning of their period.

The menstrual period may be natural however there is nothing normal in having to put up with the uncomfortable symptoms of period bloating. Your clothes may feel too tight, your appetite might be reduced and some women may even choose not to go out during this time. Read More…

Natural Remedies For Hyperhidrosis

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Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, is a medical condition that affects approximately 3% of the adult population. Hyperhidrosis affects mostly the palms, feet, underarms and face and yet only half of the people affected seek treatment.

Causes of hyperhidrosis

Hyperhidrosis is thought to arise as a result of the over-activity of the sympathetic nervous system or perhaps due to an underlying medical condition. The sympathetic nervous system normally functions to respond to localised changes; an example of this is increased sweating as a result of an increase in temperature.

This condition is categorised into:

  • Primary hyperhidrosis – this is where there is some sweating beyond what would be deemed normal however it is not excessive all around the body. Primary hyperhidrosis is thought to arise when a particular type of sweat gland gets overly stimulated. Genetics may be implicated.
  • Secondary hyperhidrosis – this is when a trigger for excessive sweating is diagnosed which may include hyperthyroidism, menopause, withdrawal from drugs or alcohol, diabetes, gout and certain infections.

From a holistic point of view, excessive sweating may be associated with poor kidney or liver function. There may also be a host of hormonal imbalances which may also be responsible. Diet may also be implicated in terms of nutritional deficiencies and toxicity build-up. A toxic body will result in excessive sweating in order to detoxify through the sweat glands.

Whatever the cause, hyperhidrosis is a serious medical condition with negative psychological outcomes. Individuals suffering from hyperhidrosis are constantly conscious of their condition and often have to modify their lifestyle to accommodate for this problem. Friends, family and doctors often do not realise how emotionally and physically draining this condition can be.

Treating hyperhidrosis naturally

Seeking a natural herb or vitamin to get rid of the problem of hyperhidrosis is almost like taking the conventional route. Hyperhidrosis indicates that there is something wrong with the body either nutritionally or perhaps with a toxin overload.

With specific reference to nutrition, eat a healthy whole food diet containing more vegetables than fruit, healthy fats and plenty of water. If your diet is not up to scratch, consider using a whole food based supplement such as Natrol’s Daily Fruit & Veggie supplement which provides a blend of 46 fruits and vegetables providing highly absorbable vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.

Remove the toxin burden from the body by the use of Detox Foot Patches. These foot patches are extremely easy to use; contain high quality ingredients and work on the principles of reflexology to effectively remove toxins from the body. Use them at night and you will be surprised at the amount of dark waste on each pad when you remove them in the morning.

Following on from the two above recommendations, and only if required, a supplement containing Sage may prove to be useful such as Organic Sage Leaf by Viridian Nutrition. Sage leaf calms the nervous system helping the body cope with emotional and physical stress. Sage is rich in thiamine and magnesium which are important for the nervous system; and Sage additionally contains rosmarinic acid which is known to inhibit sweat.

Hyperhidrosis is an indicator that the body is in a toxin overload or is nutritionally starved. The recommendations above should help to achieve balance within the body.

10 Of The Best Holiday Essentials

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Top 10 of the best holiday essentials:

1. Compeed Blister Mixed Plasters, £4.39. From blisters to corns and cracked heels, these soothe, soften and protect.

2. Murine Refresh & Soothe Eye Mist, £9.99. Easier to apply than drops for dry, tired or itchy eyes. Read More…

Skin, Nails And Hair

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My weak, flaky nails are finally growing to a reasonable length thanks, I believe, to my daily intake of Solgar Skin, Nails and Hair Formula (£12.50 for 60 tablets). This supplement is designed to help produce collagen and keratin, the building blocks of skin, hair and nails. It is based on MSM, a sulphur-containing mineral, combined with red algae, copper, lysine and vitamin C. Read More…