Shabir and Trinny on Summer Ailments

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Whether you’ve suffered with prickly heat as the temperatures soared or you continuously struggle with tired, heavy legs, the solution to your summer concern could have been discussed in Shabir and Trinny Woodall’s latest Facebook Live on the most common summer ailments. Read More…

How To Soothe And Prevent Insect Bites

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We thought it was coming to an end, but the heatwave is set to last through until August. Water companies have put a proposed hosepipe ban in place for next month and the sales of fans has gone through the roof. While most of us have been enjoying the warmer climate, it has come with some downsides. This week, the NHS revealed that they have received twice the amount of 111 calls regarding insect bites compared to this time last year. Why? The warm, sticky weather is the perfect breeding ground for horse flies, midges, ants, you name it.

“Horseflies like hot weather in general, so they may become more active around breeding sites and farms in hot weather,” Dr Daniel Whitmore of the Natural History Museum’s insect division told the BBC. “Obviously, by wearing fewer clothes in hot weather we expose ourselves to bites more and become more attractive to the flies.”

Usually you feel a bite before you see it. Give an itchy patch 15 to 20 minutes and a hard, red lump tends to develop. Most bites tend to be nothing more than incredibly itchy, unsightly and irritating, but experts have warned that horsefly bites can become infected if not looked after properly.

If you want to prevent insect bites altogether, plan ahead and buy some vitamin B1 supplements. Studies have shown that this particular vitamin acts as a natural repellent by encouraging your skin to produce an odour that puts insects off. Don’t worry though, this smell isn’t detectable by humans. It’s also a non-toxic option to deet sprays. Shabir recommends taking one Vitamin B1 500mg, £21.99 by Solgar Vitamins, every day two weeks before your holiday and while you’re away.

For those who haven’t been as organised and are fed up of being bitten by the pesky insects, look to Mrs White’s Unstung Hero Mosquito Repellent, £20. It’s a non-toxic spray that offers instant protection from midges. To soothe and de-itch existing bites, invest in Thyme Out, £18. This insanely talented tonic helps to soothe insect bites and stings, as well as ease prickly heat and sunburn. It’s a summer essential and belongs in every bathroom cabinet. Plus, it also comes with a complimentary travel spray, so you can put it in your handbag or hand luggage.

Unsurprisingly, the heatwave has also seen a rise in cases of sunburn across the UK. To help ease your sunburn and other issues that arise in the hot weather, read Shabir’s guide to The Most Common Holiday Concerns Solved.

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…

Latch On To Pain-Free Feeding

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This article has been reproduced by kind permission of The Mail on Sunday YOU Magazine.

Many new mothers find that breast-feeding doesn’t come as naturally as they’d expected. When you have finally mastered the technique, you may have to cope with the common and painful problem of a blocked duct, which may lead on to mastitis. ‘That can really test even the most dedicated mother’s commitment to breastfeeding, but there are quite simple ways to manage it,’ says Emma Cannon, the complementary women’s health specialist whose devoted patients include Sophie Dahl and Eva Herzigova. Read More…

It’s Time To Take Control

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This article has been reproduced by kind permission of The Mail on Sunday YOU Magazine.

Few women I know have enough time to do everything they have to, plus some for themselves. (Working mothers probably count ‘Me’ time in minutes per week rather than hours per day.) The resulting ‘worry hurry sickness’, as organisational psychologist Professor Cary Cooper of Lancaster University terms it, can affect our health. Most doctors agree stress is a significant factor in problems ranging from insomnia to, at the more serious end, heart disease.

But a new book by personal development expert Michael Heppell, who coaches Davina McCall and Chris Evans, might just help. How To Save An Hour Every Day, which covers pretty well your whole life, starts as it means you to go on, advising ‘Please don’t read this entire book’. His first tip is that we can sift through huge amounts of information in minutes, and decide what’s important and what’s not. ‘Trust your intuition and you’ll quickly see where you need to start.’ Then the clincher: ‘Actually start.’ Read More…