Travel

Reducing The Risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis

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Deep Vein Thrombosis, DVT, is caused by the pooling of blood in a vein, which triggers the blood clotting mechanism. The formation of the blood clot, known as a thrombus, usually occurs in a deep leg vein between the ankle and the upper calf.

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) is a very serious condition because it can cause permanent damage to the leg or it can lead to pulmonary embolism which is life-threatening. Anyone can be at risk of developing DVT; the risk of developing blood clots increases by 48 percent for those who sit more than four hours a day. This is not a long period of time when you imagine the number of people sitting at a desk, movie theatre, whilst driving or on a train and watching television. Read More…

A Probiotic To Prevent Traveller’s Diarrhoea

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Many people travelling abroad take a probiotic with them in order to prevent traveller’s diarrhoea. When people travel abroad, especially to developing countries, the risk of becoming ill increases because many places outside of Europe do not have the investment and regulation for water supply, refuse disposal and sewerage that we take for granted.

Traveller’s diarrhoea, as the name suggests, is a medical condition which results in diarrhoea whilst travelling. It is often caused by contaminated or tainted water, poor hygiene by food handlers, contaminated food by insects and other factors.

The bacteria responsible for causing traveller’s diarrhoea include Salmonella, Campylobacter, Shigella and various strains of E. coli. Read More…

Lyme Disease and the Tick Remover Card

Lyme Disease and the Tick Remover Card

Lyme Disease is an infection caused by a specific bacteria, which is transferred into the human body by ticks when they bite into skin. These blood sucking ticks are capable of spreading many life threatening diseases including Lyme Disease. Astonishingly, with our mild damp weather followed by dry spells, these ticks are flourishing in the UK. British scientists from Bristol University discovered nearly 300 ticks living in just one square metre of parkland. These green parklands are heavily used by people and pets, thereby putting them at risk of tick infections, most especially Lyme Disease.

Lyme Disease is not contagious because the disease can only be spread by a tick bite. The first few symptoms of Lyme Disease include a rash, flu-like symptoms, muscle pain, joint pain, headaches, fever and chills. It is therefore absolutely imperative that you remove the tick/s as soon as possible. If you are displaying any of the above symptoms, try and get someone to check your body for any ticks. I recommend the use of a credit card size device called the Tick Remover Card which contains two different size tools for different size ticks and a magnifying lens to ensure proper removal of the tick. Read More…

Summer Beach Body

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Many women and men ultimately desire the amazing beach body you see on many TV shows with a flat tummy and a toned body. The common misconception is that in order to obtain a beach body, you may have to partake in many hours of hitting the gym with endless ab workouts. I am definitely not against gym workouts, on the contrary they are necessary but this should be alongside a good diet otherwise you are simply wasting your time.

Supplements can definitely help to hasten the process of achieving a beach body and I have outlined some recommendations below. Read More…

Pre-Holiday Nerves & Fear of Flying

As we gear up towards our holidays, it is easy for most of us to get overwhelmed and under stress. After all, there are so many things to do, some major whilst others are minor things that we need to nevertheless remember in order to hopefully have a great time. The list feels endless and this can result in the symptoms of stress, anxiety, panic attacks and so forth.

If you are one of those people that get affected by stress, mild depression and the symptoms of anxiety, you may need to take a breather. Spending fifteen minutes alone, without distractions, can you leave you refreshed and ready to tackle the list of things to do. Read More…

The Most Common Holiday Problems Solved

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Most of us do not worry about our holiday health until we come down with something and then rush to the local pharmacy trying to explain the symptoms. Some forward planning can make this unnecessary since most common problems are easily preventable or treatable. I have put together some of the most common summer concerns that our customers contact me about, giving brief explanations and possible ways to prevent or treat them.

How to fend off traveller’s tummy

When people travel abroad, especially to developing countries, their risk of becoming ill increases. Your holiday can be ruined by unsafe or contaminated food. Many places outside of Europe do not have the investment and regulation for water supply, refuse disposal and sewerage that we take for granted in the UK. Food poisoning on holiday is often cause by contaminated or tainted water, poor hygiene by food handlers, contamination of food by insects such as flies and wasps and numerous other possible causal factors.

The normal treatment for food poisoning is prescribed antibiotics and whilst they perform their role of destroying the harmful bacteria, they are not without side effects and can disrupt the balance of the good bacteria in our gut. This does not mean that you should not take antibiotics when you have food poisoning, but you may be able to prevent this concern or certainly replace the good bacteria lost through antibiotic usage by using a good probiotic. Read More…