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Supplements for the Party Season

With Christmas and New Year’s celebrations just around the corner, most of us will be enjoying plenty of food and the odd drink. The down side of the festive fun is that our bodies generally take in more calories than normal, and our immunity and detoxification organs are put under extra pressure. The good news is that there are a few natural supplements that can help maintain a healthy immune system to help get through the party season. Milk thistle is commonly used as a liver tonic. This herb is found as an ingredient in many modern detox supplements. This is mainly due to its effect on the liver, as the liver is one of the main organs for natural detoxification. The liver is the main organ for processing food, nutrients and fats. It is also a vital organ for neutralising toxins, from pollution, food, alcohol, drugs and medication. Milk thistle helps the liver to neutralise these toxins. The liver is continuously detoxifying but excessive alcohol intake can slow down the process by depleting levels of glutathione. This herbal remedy works by preventing the breakdown of glutathione. Glutathione is a peptide that acts as an enzyme in the natural detoxification process of the liver. Milk thistle works by supporting the natural detoxifying action of the liver. Studies have shown that Milk thistle can increase glutathione levels by over 30%.   Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is the most widely known and used nutritional supplement. This vitamin is known for its immune boosting effects and is also required for healthy adrenal function, which helps the body cope with stress. Vitamin C sales are generally at their highest in the autumn and winter months. This is partly down to the immune boosting effects and the wide spread marketing by vitamin companies. There is no harm in taking extra vitamin C throughout the winter months and studies have shown that a dose of 1000mg vitamin C a day can shorten the duration of colds. Vitamin C is one of the most powerful antioxidants that we have at our disposal. This vitamin is our main water soluble antioxidant, and can help to fight damage caused by free radicals (e.g. from fried foods and alcohol)...

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Natural supplements for immune boosting

There are many immune boosting herbs and supplements available, but which ones are the most effective and safe to take? Which ones are a waste of money? Alongside taking natural immune boosting supplements you can also make some simple life-style changes that will have dramatic results. A healthy diet, good quality rest, minimal alcohol and caffiene consumption, regular exercise and cutting out smoking are simple measures that will result in a better functioning immune system. Here are some good quality natural supplements that can be taken to boost the immune system. Echinacea is one of the most commonly used herbs to treat the immune system. It provides a boost to the immune system and seems to have a beneficial action on all infectious conditions. Studies have shown that echinacea reduces the severity of cold symptoms and increases the speed of recovery. Echinacea is best taken at the onset of a respiriatory tract infection such as a cold or cough, and should only be taken for periods of no more than three weeks at a time. If you are taking any prescription medication or have a long standing illness, please consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking echinacea. Probiotics such as acidophillus provide good bacteria which protect the digestive system from infections. Research has shown that probiotics may boost the immune system by stimulating the immune cells that line the gastro-intestinal tract. Probiotcs should also be taken following a course anti-biotics, as they will replace the good bacteria that has also been destroyed by the anti-biotics. Acidophillus is also very good at treating candida infections such as thrush. Garlic and Ginger both have immune boosting, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Garlic is also known to have anti-funal action, and can be taken to treat thrush. Vitamin C is a strong immune boosting nutrient. It has been shown to reduce the severity and speed up the recovery of a cold. The herb Astragalus is an adaptogen and works very well in stimulating the immune system. This herb can be taken for long periods as well as in speeding up the recovery during a cold or a respiratory tract infection. If you are taking any prescribed medication, or you have a long standing illness, please consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking...

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Cold and Flu Remedies During Pregnancy

Cold and Flu Remedies During Pregnancy

Being pregnant does not make you more likely to develop a cold or flu. It is more important to keep your immune system healthy, by eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and getting enough rest.  Complementary medicine offers a wide range of safe remedies for colds and flu that can be taken safely during pregnancy. Pregnancy can throw up a host of conditions such as backache and heartburn, but having a cold or a bout of flu can really bring you. The conventional painkillers and cold medicines are not safe during this time. Antibiotics are not effective and are also not recommended during pregnancy, and conventional decongestants should be avoided as they can harm the health of mother and baby. This is where complementary remedies can really help you recover faster and more importantly safely. Not all natural remedies are recommended as some of them have not been tested as yet. I would advise pregnant women to avoid herbal medicines, such as Echinacea and Propolis as their safety in pregnancy cannot be confirmed. Homeopathic remedies, biochemic tissue salts and certain nutritional supplements can be taken effectively and safely throughout pregnancy. You can take several natural remedies to maintain your immune system throughout the winter months. This will help you to prevent catching a cold or flu. Vitamin C can help support your immune system. A dose of 500mg a day will be sufficient to supplement your diet. The homeopathic remedies Anas Barb 200c and Aconite 200c are very effective if taken at the first sign of a cold or flu. These remedies can be made up as a combination remedy at one of the specialist homeopathic pharmacies. It is a good idea to keep this remedy with you, especially during the winter months. This combination can help to shorten the length of a cold and flu and help you get back on your feet. Probiotics such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum are beneficial bacteria that are normally present in the digestive tract. Probiotics are naturally found in the body and they have a number of important functions in the body such as supporting the immune system.  An added benefit to taking these probiotics in pregnancy is that they...

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Probiotics

Probiotics such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum are beneficial bacteria that are normally present in the digestive tract. Probiotics are naturally found in the body and they have a number of important functions in the body. They are essential for proper digestion, preventing overgrowth of yeast and other harmful bacteria. Probiotics also improve the absorption of vitamins, especially the B vitamins, and minerals into the bloodstream. Probiotics also support the immune system. They do this by lining the intestinal wall with beneficial bacteria, which prevents the absorption of harmful bacteria and viruses into the body. These beneficial bacteria “crowd out” the bad bacteria and help to maintain a healthy immune system. As the digestive tract plays a major role in boosting the immune system, it is very important to maintain a healthy balance of probiotics in the gut. There are several factors that can cause the levels of probiotics decrease: Ageing Stress Medicines such as antibiotics and Non Steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs NSAID’s) such as Ibuprofen, Diclofenac and Aspirin. Travelling abroad Constipation A diet high in meat and fats Smoking and alcohol Antibiotics kill both the “bad” and “good” bacteria, which leads to a decrease in the levels of probiotics in the gut. This is why people who have taken antibiotics experience side effects such as diarrhoea and thrush. It is very important to take a good quality probiotic during and after finishing the course of antibiotics, to replenish all the good bacteria that have been destroyed. Probiotics can be taken to help with several health conditions. These are just a few conditions that can be helped with additional probiotics in the diet: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Constipation & Diarrhoea Bloating Eczema Food Intolerances or allergies Low immune function Thrush Indigestion and heartburn...

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Choosing Probiotic Supplements

Dr. Georges Mouton, recognised internationally for his scientific medical procedures in Functional Medicine and author of “Intestinal Ecosystem and Optimal Health” says “When choosing a probiotic supplement, it is just as important to pay attention to the types (or strains) of friendly bacteria as to their number of billions.  Different strains of friendly bacteria play different roles in supporting a healthy body.  You can directly boost immunity, improve digestive health and bowel regularity, as well as remedy problems like diarrhoea, bloating and thrush by carefully selecting probiotic supplements containing specific strains of friendly bacteria.” General guidelines in choosing probiotic supplements: Preferably shelf-stable (no need to refrigerate) Choose a probiotic with greater than 1 billion live micro-organisms per dose. Make sure that the number of billions of live micro-organisms are guaranteed until the best before date (as opposed to some manufacturers that state number of billions at time of manufacture). Choice of strains.  Different probiotic strains have been studied for their different efficacies.   Ask about which Probiotic products being stocked contain the specific strains your body needs to promote the health benefits you are seeking. Avoid yoghurt drinks which have large quantities of sugar and questionable probiotic survival rates. Choose a product from a company with a reputation / specialisation in probiotics.  These products will have the relevant scientific research and documentation supporting probiotic studies on their: ability to resist gastric acidity and bile salts in the harsh stomach environment adherence and colonisation in the small and large intestines production of antimicrobial substances Consider choosing a probiotic formula that contains a prebiotic (food for probiotics to flourish – this provides a longer lasting effect). If you do take probiotics there’s really no point in doing it half-heartedly. They need to be taken regularly every day, or at least for a period of time, to replenish healthy levels of good bacteria that are lost from your body. OptiBac Probiotics, from Wren Laboratories is a range of clinically proven probiotics that work specifically to help support different health conditions. Wren Laboratories are the first company to provide a range of probiotics that are tailored for each particular health condition.  Each formulation is a combination of different strains of friendly bacteria that deliver particular...

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Probiotics

Probiotics such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum are beneficial bacteria that are normally present in the digestive tract. Probiotics are naturally found in the body and they have a number of important functions in the body. They are essential for proper digestion, preventing overgrowth of yeast and other harmful bacteria. Probiotics also improve the absorption of vitamins, especially the B vitamins, and minerals into the bloodstream. Probiotics also support the immune system. They do this by lining the intestinal wall with beneficial bacteria, which prevents the absorption of harmful bacteria and viruses into the body. These beneficial bacteria “crowd out” the bad bacteria and help to maintain a healthy immune system. As the digestive tract plays a major role in boosting the immune system, it is very important to maintain a healthy balance of probiotics in the gut. There are several factors that can cause the levels of probiotics decrease: Ageing Stress Medicines such as antibiotics and Non Steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s) such as Ibuprofen, Diclofenac and Aspirin. Travelling abroad Constipation A diet high in meat and fats Smoking and alcohol Antibiotics kill both the “bad” and “good” bacteria, which leads to a decrease in the levels of probiotics in the gut. This is why people who have taken antibiotics experience side effects such as diarrhoea and thrush. It is very important to take a good quality probiotic during and after finishing the course of antibiotics, to replenish all the good bacteria that have been destroyed. Probiotics can be taken to help with several health conditions. These are a few conditions that can be helped with additional probiotics: Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Constipation & Diarrhoea Bloating Eczema Food Intolerances or allergies Low immune function Thrush Indigestion and...

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Probiotics Reduce Risk of Eczema in Children

The BMJ (British Medical Journal), 23rd July 2010, has reported that a study conducted on pregnant women who drank milk containing “friendly bacteria” during pregnancy and during breastfeeding reduced the risk of their the developement of eczema in children. The study also found that these probiotics can reduce the severity of the eczema symptoms. Probiotics such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum are beneficial bacteria that are normally present in the digestive tract. Probiotics are naturally found in the body and they have a number of important functions in the body. They are essential for proper digestion, preventing overgrowth of yeast and other harmful bacteria. Probiotics also improve the absorption of vitamins, especially the B vitamins, and minerals into the bloodstream.  Studies have shown that probiotics may reduce the incidence of allergies by supporting the immune system. Research has also shown that babies given probiotic supplements have a lower risk of developing eczema. This latest study was conducted by researchers in Norway on 415 pregnant women who were planning to breastfeed their babies. The group were split into two, half the women drank milk with probiotics from the 36th week of the pregnancy until their baby was 3 months old, and the other half drank identical milk without the added probiotics. The researchers followed up with the mothers and toddlers after two years. The results showed that the children, whose mother’s had the probiotic milk, were half as likely, to have eczema at the age of 2 than those whose mothers were in the other group, with the regular milk. In those children in the probiotic group, that did develop eczema, the symptoms were generally less severe. The researchers concluded that the widespread use of probiotics by pregnant women might reduce the rates of eczema in children.  ...

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Reduce the Side Effects of Antibiotics Naturally

Antibiotics can cause a range of side effects that affect the digestive system. This arises because the natural balance of the flora in the body is disturbed by the intake of antibiotics. The antibiotics kill the good bacteria, which play an important part in balancing the flora, as well as the bad bacteria that are responsible for the infection. Common symptoms and side effects of antibiotics are diarrhoea, feeling sick and vomiting. Another side effect that can occur with broad-spectrum antibiotics is a fungal infection such as thrush. There are a number of natural remedies that can be taken safely alongside the antibiotics to reduce the incidence of these side effects. The main supplement is a good quality probiotic that contain a high level of lactobacillus acidophillus and lactobacillus bifidus. These supplements are best taken during and after the course of antibiotics. The company, Optibac, have a preparation that is a probiotic supplement that helps to prevent the side effects such as thrush and diarrhoea, which can occur to people who are taking antibiotics. If you develop thrush whilst taking the antibiotics, the homeopathic remedy Borax 30C can be taken three times a day to reduce the symptoms. The natural homeopathic remedy Nux Vomica 30C can help with nausea and vomiting relating to antibiotics use. The remedy should be taken three times a day as soon as the symptoms start. If diarrhoea has been caused by antibiotic use the remedies Arsen Alb 30C and Arg Nit 30C should be considered. These remedies should be taken three to four times a day. We hope you found this article on how you can reduce the side effects of antibiotics naturally useful. Please let us know by rating it using the stars...

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Natural Remedies to Support a Child’s Immune System

Natural remedies can play a vital role in maintaining and boosting a child’s immune system. Nursery and school are full of bugs that usually get passed around the class. Natural remedies such as vitamins and homeopathy can help to strengthen your child’s natural defences to these bugs. Homeopathy is a therapy that works to support and strengthen the immune system. This is usually done by giving constitutional homeopathic remedies that are specific to the child. The remedies are prescribed after a consultation with a qualified homeopath. The aim of this treatment is to support the child’s immune response to any illness. These constitutional homeopathic remedies are safe and non toxic. The homeopath will usually ask questions about the health of the parent’s, the child’s sleep patterns, personality, and the general appearance of the child. Homeopathy can also be used after vaccination in order to help with the “detox” process. You should consult a qualified homeopath or obtain advice from a homeopathic pharmacy. Nutrition is very important in the health of child. In babies, this will mainly come in the form of breast feeding, so the mother’s nutrition is very important. Breast milk provides babies with all the antibodies and nutrients that are required for their developing immune systems. If you are breast feeding your baby, a diet containing plenty of fruit and vegetables is very important to maintain the health of your own immune system. Research has shown that breasting mothers who supplement with probiotics such as acidophilus and bifidus help to provide immune support to the child. Essential Fatty Acids are also important in supporting the immune system of your child. This can be given in the form of chewable capsules or liquids that are tailored for young children. It is a good idea to supplement your child’s diet with a suitable multiple vitamin preparation. This ensures that your child is receiving the adequate amounts of vitamins and nutrients to help support their developing immune systems. Young children should be encouraged to be active and start exercising from an early age. This will help to support a healthy immune system. Regular exercise also helps to prevent the development of obesity, which is becoming a common problem amongst children...

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Natural Remedies For Athletes Foot

Athletes Foot, also known as Tine Pedis, is a fungal infection that usually affects the skin between the toes and the sole of the foot. The skin around the toes is usually itchy, flaky and can sometimes cause burning and blistering. There may also be a strong smell from the feet, which is another indication of the fungal infection. Athletes Foot is a common condition and is highly contagious in warm, damp places such as gym changing rooms and public swimming pools. The first thing to do if you suspect Athletes Foot is to let your feet breathe as much as possible. This means keeping your feet dry, especially in between the toes. This will help to help to halt the spread of the infection. This may seem obvious but make sure to change your socks daily, and wash the socks in hot water. Wear cotton socks as these let the feet breathe. Wear flip flops in the bathroom or changing rooms – don’t go bare foot. There are a number of natural remedies, supplements and applications that you can use to treat Athletes Foot. The most well known natural remedy for Athletes Foot is Tea Tree Oil. This essential oil must be applied to the feet. The most effective way is by soaking the feet in a foot bath containing warm water and 20 drops of Tea Tree Oil. This should be done twice a day for up to two weeks. You can also apply Tea Tree Cream twice a day to the affected areas. Athletes Foot feeds off sugar, so it is important to minimise your sugar intake at this time to speed up treatment. Another important supplement is a good quality Probiotic. This will help to rebalance your levels of good bacteria and in turn stop the growth of the Athletes Foot Infection. Other natural remedies include Colloidal Silver, which is a natural antibiotic and disinfectant, which also promotes healing. Grape Fruit Seed Extract has been shown to have antifungal properties. This should be applied very sparingly directly to the affected area. Olive Leaf Extract is another supplement that can be taken safely to reduce the symptoms of Athletes...

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