Health Advice

A Natural Approach to Hayfever – not to be sneezed at!

While most of us welcome the warmer, drier days of Summer, it can bring misery for thousands of hayfever sufferers in Ireland. Hayfever, or allergic rhinitis, is caused by the pollen of specific seasonal plants, airborne chemicals and dust particles. Constant sneezing, red, watery and itchy eyes, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat and wheezing are the symptoms of hayfever that ruin their summers. The current mainstream approach suppresses the symptoms with antihistamines, steroids and decongestants. These drugs are effective because they dampen the immune response by suppressing the...

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Cholesterol

What is Cholesterol? Cholesterol is widely distributed throughout the body, being especially abundant in the brain, nervous tissue, adrenal glands and skin. It plays an important role in the body, being essential for the production of hormones, as well as the repair of membranes! There are two types of cholesterol: HDL, high-density lipoproteins and LDL and low-density lipoproteins. HDL is considered ‘good’ and LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol, but both are produced by your body. It is factually worse to be low in good cholesterol, than high in the other one! According to...

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Vitamin D

Are we getting enough Vitamin D? Vitamin D is widely known as The Sunshine Vitamin and has multiple benefits to human health. It is an essential micronutrient, contributing to: maintenance of normal bones and teeth normal absorption/utilisation of calcium and phosphorus maintenance of normal muscle function normal function of the immune system Our skin naturally produces vitamin D when sufficiently exposed to sunlight in the summer months, but this changes during late autumn and winter because the sun is too low in the sky. In fact, if we spend most of our time indoors, or covering up...

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Catarrh and Sinus

A holistic approach to Sinus and Catarrh problems based on good nutrition, natural remedies and a healthy lifestyle Catarrh and sinusitis are two related conditions which cause problems for a large number of people. Catarrh refers to excessive secretion of mucus by the lining of the nose, nasal sinuses, the back of the throat and /or the air passages. A feeling of congestion results in the frequent need to blow the nose, cough, or clear the throat. There can also be a light- headed feeling , a sensation of the ears being blocked, throat irritation and persistent thirst. Sinusitis is the...

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Candida albicans

A holistic approach to the prevention of Candida Albicans based on good nutrition and natural remedies. Candida albicans is a yeast which occurs naturally in everyone from the age of about 6 months old. Ordinarily it lives in balance with other bacteria in the bowel, also known as bowel flora. About 4 to 5 lbs. of bowel flora are normally present in healthy humans. They make vitamins and assist with digestion and absorption in the intestine. They are also vital to the correct functioning of the immune system. Candida albicans can become a problem when this natural balance becomes upset and an...

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Sugar Substitutes

SWEETENERS We’ve been hooked on sugar ever since it was introduced to Europe in the 16th century from the American tropics, and we simply eat too much of it. It is ubiquitous in processed foods, from readymade meals such as lasagne and pasta sauces to more obvious cakes and biscuits – not to mention fizzy drinks. It rots our teeth, makes us fat, causes diabetes by damaging insulin production and is linked with cancer, heart disease, liver malfunction, poor immunity and more. It is also addictive! Being poor in nutrients, it uses up the body’s stores of B vitamins and minerals as it is...

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