March Newsletter

Potted Daffodils

Hello and welcome to the March newsletter where we will be launching not one, but two new skincare brands. Both are niche, both are specifically targeted and having said that we rarely launch new skincare, I suppose I had better start eating my words as I defy my own rules once again.

Additionally, we have a new product from Nannette de Gaspé, a world-first in sublinguals, a new range of supplements, including a fabulous nootropic (I will explain later) and we take a look at ginger for migraines and castor oil (yes really). Read More…

Do Natural Deodorants Work?

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The natural beauty industry is booming at the moment. More of us are looking to cleaner formulas that promise to be gentler on our skin and to the environment. As we switch to chemical-free face creams and vegan-friendly make-up, it’s unsurprising that even our choice of deodorant is getting a look-in.

First and foremost, let’s clarify the terminology. There is a difference between deodorant and antiperspirant. The former works as an antibacterial buffer to prevent and disguise the smell of sweat, whereas antiperspirants use aluminum to temporarily block your sweat glands. Admittedly most deodorants on the market use both techniques to prevent any hint of body odour escaping. Read More…

The Deodorant Debate

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When it comes to going ‘au naturel’, choosing an antiperspirant/deodorant is a tricky area. For a start, there is much scaremongering and conflicting information out there – most worryingly have been the headlines suggesting a link with breast cancer. The good news is that so far, no studies (and there have been many) have conclusively proved any links. One of the ‘scares’ which last bubbled up in the late 00s concerned aluminium salts – the ‘actives’ commonly used in antiperspirant products. It’s a confusing picture because while they are deemed safe to use at controlled levels in cosmetics by the CTPA (Cosmetics Toiletries and Perfumeries Association in the UK) http://www.thefactsabout.co.uk/whats-in-my-cosmetic/content/40#a Breast Cancer UK cite reports which conclude that there are gaps in knowledge to date, deeming them unsafe. http://www.breastcanceruk.org.uk/science/bcuk-fact-sheet-aluminium-salts/ Read More…

How Can I Prevent Candida Taking Over?

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I have thrush quite often and also tend to get wind and a bloated stomach. My dietician says I should go on a Fodmap regime. Can you explain what it is, how it works and if there are any alternatives?

The Fodmap diet originated in Australia and involves restricting certain foods (see below) that are highly fermentable in the large intestine. ‘This is supposed to reduce digestive symptoms that are common with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) including bloating, flatulence, cramping and diarrhoea,’ explains nutritionist Marilyn Glenville.

But the Fodmap diet does not restrict sugar or aspartame (artificial sweetener). Many nutritional experts advise patients with your symptoms to avoid sugar in any form until they recover.

Your symptoms suggest that the problem is caused by candida, a yeast that occurs naturally on the skin, in the mouth, vagina and digestive system. In a healthy body, candida in the digestive system is kept under control by the levels of good bacteria and the immune system. But if the good ‘bugs’ are reduced by antibiotics, the contraceptive pill, HRT or stress, the single-celled yeast can grow roots, which can pierce the walls of the gut and invade the bloodstream, causing a yeast infection known as candidiasis.

Symptoms of candidiasis include persistent vaginal thrush, bloating and flatulence, craving for sugar and bread, getting tipsy on a little alcohol, brain fog, athlete’s foot and fungal toe as well as food sensitivities. You can test for candida by doing a candida antibody test (£140.40, from naturalhealthpractice.com). Read More…