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Is hayfever affecting your sleep?

by Annmarie, on 29 July 2015, Hayfever

For hayfever sufferers, the summer months are often plagued by pollen, with sunny days spent dreading heading outside or hiding indoors, so once the sun goes down surely suffers can finally get some peace?!

Unfortunately for many, hayfever symptoms can actually worsen before bedtime and affect sufferers while they sleep. A recent poll by Boots of 2,080 hayfever sufferers, found that 64% had trouble sleeping due to their symptoms and an average of 72 minutes of sleep is lost each night when pollen levels are high. Continue reading >

Stress and its impact on BPH symptoms

by Dr. Jen Tan, on 20 July 2015, BPH / Enlarged Prostate

Stress and Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) – two unrelated conditions? Or are they in fact more connected than it initially seems? It is well-known that acute nerves or anxiety can make you run to the toilet, but it seems that the same can be said for symptoms of BPH too.

Stress and BPH symptoms can seem like a vicious cycle: the worse your BPH symptoms become, the more stressed you feel, and equally, the more stressed you become, the worse your enlarged prostate symptoms appear. Understanding the link, and finding effective ways of tackling stress can do wonders for your BPH. Continue reading >

10 superfoods to promote good circulation

by Helen, on 14 July 2015, Circulation

We all know that eating a nutritious, balanced diet is vital for maintaining good health (no surprises there!), but did you know that food  also plays an important role in supporting a healthy circulation?

Poor blood circulation can lead to a number of health problems, so caring for your circulatory system is essential. One way to improve circulation is by adding to your diet those foods that are renowned for their circulation-boosting properties, known as superfoods or super nutritional foods. Continue reading >

Keeping it clean – how to stay fresh without making your hayfever worse

by Alison, on 10 July 2015, Hayfever

One of the problems you’ll probably have noticed when hayfever has you by the nose, is that you seem to become far more sensitive to everything. Your skin is more likely to throw up rashes, your stomach may feel more sensitive, and smells such as scent or aftershave may seem stronger or just different.

One of the reasons for this is that hayfever reactions involve inflammation; you are full of inflammatory compounds such as histamine, and this causes the swelling, redness and itching you know so well. Histamine also mediates some aspects of gut function too, so it is no wonder your digestive system feels a little out of kilter when histamine is rampaging around your body. Continue reading >

The benefits of dry skin brushing for your circulation

by Helen, on 23 June 2015, Circulation
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We are so good at taking care of the skin on our face through our exfoliation, cleansing and moisturising routine, that we often neglect taking care of the skin on our body.

Did you know that the skin is an organ of elimination, and just like our kidneys and liver it releases more than a pound of waste products every day, so it is important to take care of it and give it a little extra helping hand. This is where daily body brushing comes into play as this can aid the lymphatic system and give the body that extra boost. Continue reading >