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. If you missed it live you can catch up right now…
How can you reduce bloating?
Stomach bloating is more common than you think with between 10% and 30% of people suffering with it. Anything from a build up of gas to PMS-based water retention can cause it.
A lack of good bacteria or digestive enzymes could be causing a build-up of gas. Taking a good quality probiotics, such as Mega Probiotics by Food Science, £19.50, and Enhanced Super Digestive Enzymes by Life Extension, £23.25, will help support your digestive system. If you bloat in the lead-up to your period, it’s likely that it is water retention and taking Burdock Root by Swanson, £11.50, a week or so before you’re due on is worth considering.
For more information on the causes, symptoms and solutions to stomach bloating, watch this clip of Shabir and Trinny in the bathroom:
How can you relieve heavy legs?
Tired, weighty feeling legs can be caused by poor circulation, over-training and not giving your body time to recover, or peripheral arterial disease, which is a specific form of cardiovascular disease where fatty deposits build up in the walls of your arteries and prevent oxygen and nutrients from reaching your legs.
Generally speaking, poor circulation is the biggest cause and for this Shabir recommends taking Diosmin Plus by VH, £26. Diosmin is a bioflavanoid that helps repair soft tissue, while horse chestnut enhances lower limb circulation and pine bark helps to reduce inflammation and slightly thin your blood. For this reason you cannot take Diosmin Plus if you’re taking blood thinning medication.
For topical relief, it’s worth investing in Mrs White’s Legs In The Air, £12. For more information on the symptoms and solutions for tired, heavy legs, watch this clip of Shabir and Trinny in the bathroom:
How do you get rid of summer cold sores?
Cold sores are a very common skin concern. Cold sores are a form of the herpes simplex (type 1), which can be highly contagious. Poor diet, a cold or fever and exposure to UV rays can cause a flare-up. Arginine, which is an essential amino acid present in seeds, nuts, chocolate and spirulina, is also thought to bring on a cold sore.
Fortunately Lysine, which is another amino acid, is known to inhibit arginine and therefore reduce the chances of a cold sore developing. You can take a 500mg L-Lysine supplement, £10.45, from Lamberts, to prevent reoccurring cold sores, or apply a lip balm such as Balmkind, £12.
If you can’t take Lysine, try Olive Leaf Extract, £17.25. For more information on summer cold sores, watch the clip below:
How to improve your sleep?
Hot weather can stop you from getting a good night’s sleep. Magnesium is a mineral that helps relax muscles and it is involved in over 300 reactions in the body. Yet, up to 70% of the adult population are deficient in magnesium. Supplementing can help, but the magnesium isn’t broken down efficiently by the body and for a lot of people it causes diarrhoea.
Four pumps of BetterYou Magnesium Sleep Lotion, £9.95, which contains magnesium oil (magnesium chloride), can help relax tired muscles and aid a good night’s sleep. For more sleep solutions, watch the clip below:
How can you soothe prickly heat?
Prickly heat, also known as the sweat rash, is usually brought on by hot, humid weather and can spoil your holiday if you don’t know how to soothe it. Blocked sweat glands cause inflammation, which results in this common summer ailment.
Stinging Nettle Root capsules, £14.95, by Swanson help to block histamine, which causes the rash and redness. Impressively it doesn’t cause any drowsiness like some anti-histamines. Thyme Out, £18, is also a very good skin-soother as thyme is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. For more information on how to treat prickly heat, watch the clip below:
For more from Trinny, check out her YouTube channel, here.