Ginger for Treating Migraines

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Most people suffering from migraines are often prescribed a group of drugs called triptans to relieve the symptoms of migraines and severe headaches. Triptans are a group of drugs which bind the serotonin receptors in the brain helping to diminish the swelling of the blood vessels in the brain. The most common side effects with triptans include dizziness, fatigue, dry mouth, flushing and infrequently chest pains. Read More…

The Bathing Ingredient That Could Fend Off Colds

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If this week’s drop in temperature is anything to go by autumn has most certainly arrived. While the weather might warm come 4pm, coats are mandatory in the morning and it’s cold and dark again by 7pm. With the small changes in temperature, it’s no surprise that more of us are prone to catching a cold at this time of year. If the first few weeks of autumn are prime time for getting a lurgy for you, it might be worth considering popping two Daily Immunity supplements every morning. Read More…

How to ease travel sickness

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Q: My 13-year-old granddaughter suffers badly from travel sickness when flying. What can be done to prevent it?

A: About two thirds of us suffer nausea, vomiting and dizziness, even cold sweats, at some point when travelling. The symptoms are probably caused by conflicting messages to your brain from your inner ear, which senses movement, while your eyes report you are sitting still.

There are several practical things you can do:

Choose a window seat near the front of the plane or beside a wing. There is less motion in these areas and she can focus on the horizon when there is light.

She should not read but listen to music or an audiobook with her eyes closed (a thick mask helps, eg, Bucky Sleep Mask, £16.95, from amazon.co.uk).

Focus the fan above the seat on her face to increase the airflow around her.

Avoid fatty, rich, salty, spicy or acidic foods. Choose plain yoghurt, cereal, crackers and bread. Eat a few hours before takeoff and have frequent snacks in flight. Sip lots of water or
herbal tea, eg, camomile or peppermint.

Nasa astronauts used to take ginger into space. Pharmacist Shabir Daya recommends Lamberts Ginger Capsules (£9.14 for 60, from victoriahealth.com): take one on the day of the flight. She can also suck ginger sweets or sip ginger ale. Read More…