Can You Prevent Insect Bites With Your Diet?

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It starts with a slight tingle, develops into an itch and by the time you wake up in the morning it’s a sore, red lump that you scratch without even thinking. Insect bites are one of the less glamorous side effects of the warmer weather. Google how to prevent insect bites and you’ll find mists, balms and creams, as well as several suggestions of what to eat to avoid being eaten alive. But, can what you eat or not eat really put mosquitoes off?  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…