From coughs and colds to migraine and insomnia, find the natural remedy that’s right for you

Article from Healthista, by Anna Magee. Posted September 10, 2018

From sleep problems to coughs and colds, no one likes popping medication unless they have to and now even doctors are urging us to opt for natural remedies first

Whether it’s a cough or cold, hangover or sleep issue, it’s all too tempting to pop analgesics or head to your doctor demanding medication to just feel normal again.

But while the natural world hasn’t quite got to curing serious illnesses hat need prescribed medication and treatment,, such as cancers and heart disease, problems such as insomnia or a cold-related cough – well, nature has often got it covered and often with the science to prove it.

In fact, just recently new draft guidelines prepared by Public Health England (PHE) and the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) urged doctors to educate their patients about alternatives to antibiotics and over-the-counter medications when it came to coughs and colds.

Public Health England have urged doctors to educate patients about alternatives to antibiotics

According to the NICE draft guidance, honey and cough medicines containing natural substances such as pelargonium have been proven to help cough symptoms settle.

Opting for such natural solutions instead of antibiotics as a first line of defence could not only help symptoms, it could potentially help halt the growing public health problem of antibiotic resistance in which more and more infections become resistant to antibiotic treatments because of their overuse, the experts said.

Healthista shares 9 natural solutions for common health complaints all backed by science…

https://www.healthista.com/9-natural-solutions-everyday-problems/

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The best probiotics: Eat supplements NOT fermented food, expert claims

Article from the Daily Express by Lauren Clark – 15th May 2017

PROBIOTICS are ‘good’ bacteria which help keep your gut healthy and can be found in a number of fermented foods. However an expert says consuming them in supplement form can often be better.

Full of live bacteria and yeasts, probiotics are great for the digestive system and have a number of other health benefits for mental health, immunity and obesity.

While it can be helpful to consume them every day, they’re particularly essential after a gastrointestinal infection or after taking antibiotics, which can negatively affect the diversity of your microbiome.

They can be found naturally in fermented foods – where “good” bacteria breaks down the nutrients into a more digestible form, and “bad” bacteria is kept under control.

These include kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi, miso, yoghurt and sourdough bread.

Two particular strains of bacteria, lactobacillus and bifidobacterium, have been found by research to be particularly beneficial to your gut.

These strains can be found in Nature’s Way Primadophilus Optima.  For more information and special pries please click here.

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How DO you beat that dreaded hangover? Doctors give their 5 top tips for coping with tomorrow morning

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  • Summer is the time for cocktails – and therefore painful hangovers
  • Two doctors have given their top tips of what they would do to beat it
  • Their advice includes skipping bar snacks, drinking water, drinking coffee 

Read the full article from the Daily Mail online here

Milk Thistle is commonly used to relieve the after effects of over-indulgence

 

Thisilyn Milk Thistle and Thisilyn Milk Thistle Maximum Strength capsules are traditionally used to relieve the symptoms associated with occasional over indulgence of drink and food such as indigestion and upset stomach, exclusively based upon long-standing use as a traditional remedy.

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Are YOU blighted by back pain? We reveal how tackling your anxiety can banish the torture for good

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  • Persistent back pain is not just annoying, it can profoundly affect your life
  • Many patients struggle with sleeping, socialising or even doing their jobs
  • New studies reveal worry and anger can make the problems much worse

Read full article from the Daily Mail online here

Back to Basics

FlexiHerb Muscle & Joint Relief tablets contain Devil’s Claw, traditionally used for the relief of backache, rheumatic or muscular pain, and general aches and pains in the muscles and joints, exclusively based on long-standing use as a traditional remedy.

Stressed?  Anxious?

RelaxHerb Passion Flower tablets are traditionally used for the relief of the symptoms associated with stress, such as mild anxiety, exclusively based on long-standing use as a traditional remedy.

Vitano Rhodiola Tablets are traditionally used for the temporary relief of symptoms associated with stress, such as fatigue, exhaustion and mild anxiety, exclusively based on long-standing use as a traditional use only.

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Are you struggling to get a good night’s rest? Expert tips reveal what you can do TODAY to ensure you sleep well tonight

Article from Mailonline Austrialia 20th July by Josh Hanrahan

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There are few things more frustrating than lying in bed, tossing and turning for hours and just wishing you would fall asleep.

And while we’re told to stay off our phones and leave the day behind before jumping between the sheets, it’s often easier said than done.

But sleep expert Professor David Hillman from Perth, Western Australia, has come to the rescue, listing a number of things that you can do during the day to help you sleep better at night

HAVE A 24 HOUR PLAN

There’s barely enough hours in the day to begin with, but according to Professor Hillman managing how your time is crucial to a good night’s sleep.

‘One important principle is to get the day completed within 16 hours so you can sleep for eight hours at night,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘Most people know how many hours sleep they require at night and so it’s good to get into a routine to achieve that.’

HAVE A ROUTINE

If you work a changing shift pattern or have young children prone to waking up in the middle of the night, keeping a permanent routine can be hard.

However, managing to get your work, exercise and other activities done in a regular time period could be the key to sleeping better.

TRY TO RESOLVE THINGS DURING THE DAY

It’s a lot easier said than done, but leaving your work or any big issues outside of the bed is essential to ensuring you aren’t up for half the night.

‘Dealing with the day’s problems or tasks during the day and getting on with them as best you can is a big one,’ Prof Hillman said. 

EXERCISE AND LEAD A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

Getting a ‘work-life balance’ is a buzz term thrown around a lot, but Professor Hillman said that when it comes to sleep, it’s actually very important.

‘Exercise is a good idea but of course the way and intensity with which we do so changes from our 20s to our 30s and then up to our 60s,’ he said.

‘Technology like apps can help to remind you what you’ve done during the day, but avoid too much exercise too close to bed, because it can be stimulating.’

EAT SMART, NOT EASY 

If you’ve had a busy day at work getting home late sometimes just happens, but not eating a mountain of food before trying to go to sleep is vital.

‘Late heavy meals are an issue for a lot of people,’ he said. 

‘Indigestion is an issue when you eat too close to bed and it’s affected not only by quantity of meals but also whats in them.

DON’T BOOZE OR SMOKE BEFORE BED 

It always seems that no matter how long you sleep in the day after a big night out, you still get tired very quickly.

‘Alcohol is another issue and it’s about being careful around the quantity you’re drinking because it can lead to sleep apnoea,’ Prof Hillman said.

‘It works in two ways. Firstly, if you have a tendency to snore or you get sleep apnoea like a lot of people alcohol will increase that because it relaxes the throat muscles.

‘The other thing about alcohol is that while it’s sedating you, later on in the night your system starts withdrawing from it so your sleep is more disrupted.’

CONSIDER A LITTLE HELPING HAND FROM NATURE

Try Bonuit Sleep Aid – a traditional herbal medicine containing the unique combination of Passionflower and Valerian, traditionally used to help overcome sleep problems.  There are no ‘hangover’ effects either so you wake refreshed and ready to face the day.  For more information visit www.bonuit.co.uk

 

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Half of women ashamed to talk to doctors about the menopause: Many say they feel the change is something they just have to ‘put up with’

Article by Ben Spencer for Mail Online

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  • More than two in five women said symptoms were worse than expected
  • Over a third confessed they felt they just had to put up with menopause
  • Doctors warned women are missing out on advice on easing symptoms
  • Others said there is little awareness about treatment and support options

Half of women going through the menopause suffer in silence and avoid talking to a doctor because of the stigma surrounding the change, a report warns.

More than two in five said in a survey that symptoms of the menopause had been worse than they had expected.

Yet half had not consulted a doctor – more than a third of whom said they felt the menopause was something they just had to ‘put up with’.

Doctors last night warned that women are missing out on advice about lifestyle changes that could ease their symptoms. Others said that there is still very little awareness among women of the treatment options and support available because of long-lasting misconceptions.

The menopause usually strikes women in their late 40s or early 50s and is triggered as the body starts producing less of the hormone oestrogen.

Manage Menopause Symptoms Naturally

MenoHerb Black Cohosh Menopause Relief is a traditional herbal remedy used to relieve symptoms of the menopause including hot flushes, night sweats and temporary changes in mood. Combined with St John’s Wort MenoMood Menopause Mood Relief also helps with low mood and mild anxiety. For further information and special prices visit www.menoherb.co.uk and www.menomood.co.uk. Always read the label.

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Bloated or suffering from IBS? Try the FODMAP diet: Revolutionary plan ‘significantly reduces symptoms’

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Article written by Anna Hodgekiss for Mail Online

  • Diet is based on cutting out foods that contain certain carbs and fibre 
  • These can trigger embarrassing and painful symptoms in many with IBS
  • Foods to avoid include bread, garlic, onions, some fruit, veg and dairy 
  • New US study found diet ‘can significantly help ease pain and bloating’

Read more here

Manage IBS naturally with a combination of Turmeric and Artichoke

Thisilyn Turmeric Xtra combines the natural digestive benefits of Turmeric and Artichoke to provide relief from mild to moderate IBS symptoms.  Visit http://www.schwabepharma.co.uk/product/thisilyn-turmeric-xtra/for more information and special prices.

 

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