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Guide to PMS and Hormone Imbalance

16 Jul 2014 10:53:16

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS or PMT) is very common amongst women. Nearly all women report feeling different in the days leading up to their period, though symptoms tend to peak amongst women of childbearing age (around 20 to 40). Some top tips for dealing with the symptoms of PMS include, sticking to a healthy, balanced diet, taking regular exercise, reducing stress where possible, getting plenty of sleep, taking a natural supplements, such as Perfect Harmony, or if necessary seeking medical help.Read More
Posted in Keep Healthy Sanctum Health News Anti-Ageing By John Crowshaw
Irritable Bowel Syndrome - or IBS - is a very common condition of the digestive system, thought to affect as many as one in five of us. The symptoms of IBS usually occur for the first time between the ages of 20 and 40, but can affect people of any age. The most common symptoms of IBS are painful bouts of constipation and/or diarrhoea. This pain subsides after going to the toilet, which is one of the defining characteristics of IBS. Here we look at some of the possible causes, and what might help alleviate the symptoms.Read More
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With 2014 well under way, many of us are still feeling the financial squeeze, and working hard to pay off the Christmas credit card bills - it’s not hard to see why prescriptions for antidepressants surge in the months following Christmas. But, fear not, because we’ve gathered our top tips for happiness to help you survive.Read More
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Plastic surgery stats for 2013 are in - and breast augmentation surgery tops the charts yet again. A staggering 11,123 boob jobs were performed last year, which is 13% rise on 2012 numbers. Not bad for a recession, hey? The bad news is that that’s over 11 thousand women who weren’t happy with their shape, who ended up resorting to major surgery. If you’re sitting there thinking of heading down the same route - before you go under the knife - we’ve rounded up some top tips to help you make the most of the boobs you have and keep them looking their best, without needing to take drastic and expensive measures.

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Taking Care of your Joints

23 Dec 2013 18:33:52

Lots of us suffer with joint pain at some time or other. And, with symptoms often made worse by cold weather, many of us are experiencing problems with our joints at this time of year. If you’re currently suffering with sore knees or achey hips, you’re definitely not alone.

Indeed, 10 million people in the UK have been diagnosed with arthritis, with 8.5 million affected by the most common form of the condition – osteoarthritis. But joint problems can affect us all, especially if we put a lot of strain on our joints through certain activities like high impact sport such as running. It’s tempting to pop some painkillers and get on with our lives, but drugs can only really offer a short term solution – there are steps you can take to help get to the root of the issue and improve your overall joint health.

Why is my sore knee worse in the winter?

Doctors are not sure why joint pain is felt more acutely in cold weather, but many people report an increase in their symptoms in lower temperatures. One theory is that because we often have a tendency to feel a little depressed in the winter months, this makes everything feel worse – including medical conditions.

That’s not to say “it’s all in the mind” – but that by improving our general mental state we improve our perception of pain.

Tips to improve joint health

A good way to improve mental wellbeing (and lessen our perception of pain) is to take regular exercise. However, it’s important to pick the right exercise if you have joint problems. Swimming, yoga, and pilates are all good for both mind and body. And they generally tend to take place indoors, so you don’t even have to get too cold.

Other non-drug treatments to improve joint health include physiotherapy and weight loss. Physiotherapy may well include some massage techniques, which is something you can also try at home with a suitable massage lotion. Aloe and Collagen Massage Lotion is particularly suitable if you suffer from joint pain due to its unique combination of Collagen, Aloe Vera and a number of herbal extracts that can provide relief from aches and pains. Taking an Aloe Vera capsule such as Perfect Aloe Matrix may also help improve joint problems naturally, without painkillers or prescription drugs, because of the plant’s natural anti-inflammatory properties. What can I say? Aloe Vera doesn’t get called the 'miracle plant' for nothing!

Another supplement that has been found to help with joint problems is pure collagen. More potent than most of the market, Pure-Col 100% Pure Collagen is taken by many sports people to help maintain joint, tendon and ligament condition. This is because collagen both protects cartilage from damage, and is also the crucial ingredient for repairing damaged joints. Collagen can also reduce oxidation damage to joints, which in turn reduces joint pain, tenderness and swelling.

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Guide to Digestive Health

18 Dec 2013 18:32:15

Digestive problems are a common ailment at any time of the year. Indeed, some experts suggest that 40% of people have at least one digestive symptom at any one time. But with the festive season well and truly upon us, we’re probably a bit prone to overindulging than usual – and therefore more likely to be experiencing some of the digestive consequences of that second helping of turkey (or third mince pie of the day...)

What are the most common digestive symptoms?

The most common digestive problems are:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Indigestion
  • Heartburn
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Excess wind

And these are such common issues that we more or less take them for granted – treating them with over-the-counter remedies to provide quick fixes and getting on with our lives.

Could a digestive symptom indicate a serious problem?

We’re so used to experiencing digestive problems that we often fail to pay much attention to them. But there are some warning signs that you shouldn’t ignore. Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following:

  • A sudden, persistent change in how your bowels work
  • Bleeding from the back passage
  • An increase in heartburn, indigestion or other stomach pain
  • Sudden, unexpected weight loss
  • Difficulty swallowing.

You should also speak to your doctor is you’ve been taking an over-the-counter remedy for a digestive symptom for two weeks with no improvement.

 What causes digestive symptoms?

Digestive problems are usually caused by lifestyle choices – so, the amount of exercise we do and the types of food we eat. Simply, if we don’t get up and move about enough, and don’t manage to eat a healthy balanced diet, we are more likely to experience digestive symptoms.

Other common culprits include medicine that we’re taking for other conditions. For instance, certain tranquillisers, painkillers, iron tablets and cough medicines can cause constipation. Some people get diarrhoea while taking blood pressure pills. And you’ve probably heard horror stories of the havoc that antibiotics can wreak on the digestive system!

What can be done to ease digestive symptoms?

Luckily, it’s usually possible to see real improvement to digestive problems after taking a few relatively simple changes.

  • Eat or drink three hours before going to bed to give your body a chance to digest food properly before lying horizontally for the night
  • Eat three to four small meals during the day rather than having a large dinner or lunch
  • Take regular exercise and eat a balanced diet – this will help in itself, and will also help you to maintain a healthy weight, which is another important factor
  • Quit smoking

Take Aloe Vera capsules – often called ‘the miracle plant’, Aloe Vera has properties that make it a potent anti-inflammatory agent. This helps to protect the intestinal wall, which in turn normalises the digestive system. Aloe Vera has already helped thousands of people worldwide experience tremendous improvements to their digestive problems!

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Winter Skin Survival Guide

13 Dec 2013 17:59:52

Winter is well and truly upon us – when we’re outside in the dark at 5pm, the wind blows freezing cold air into our faces. And then when we seek comfort and attempt to thaw out indoors, we crank the central heating up, which dries out the atmosphere and drains our poor skin of what little moisture it has left. It’s hardly surprising, then, that lots of us suffer from dry skin in the coldest weather, even if we’re blessed with perfect skin for the rest of the year.

Causes of winter skin problems

So, what does winter weather and central heating actually do to our skin?

Basically, when our skin is exposed to cold or dry air, the fats that prevent water loss and enable skin cells to stick together are lost. And without these magical fats (science bit – lipids,) skin cells flake off and some of our natural defences are lost, and skin is left vulnerable to the elements. Skin in need of extra nourishment and moisture feels tight and uncomfortable, and this can become painful, with very dry skin cracking and even bleeding.

Alleviate winter skin problems

Luckily, though, it’s not all bleak, and there’s no need to suffer for the whole of the winter. It’s not just you versus the elements and there are plenty of things you can do to help. We’ve compiled a list of top tips to help your skin survive the season (other than get on a plane to warmer climes and return home when the sun comes out again, that is...)

  • Up the humidity – combat dry air caused by central heating by using a humidifier. A simple way of doing this is to leave bowls of water near radiators.
  • Eat a healthy diet – essential fatty acids like Omega 3 will help your skin stand up to winter.
  • Turn the central heating down – it won’t dry out the air so much (and will save a few pennies as a bonus!)
  • Bundle up with hats, scarves and gloves when you’re out and about.
  • Use a water free hand cleanser instead of washing your hands with soap and water that can strip away your defences.
  • Cut down on the length of your showers or baths – hot water can wash away natural oils that protect your skin so minimising your exposure will help limit the damage. And when you’re done, pat your skin dry gently rather than vigorously rubbing it.
  • Take collagen supplements – collagen is the natural glue that holds the body together. A totally natural product, premium collagen supplements have been reported to improve skin condition and may benefit skin hydration and elasticity.

Get into good skin care habits – use a high quality moisturiser whilst your skin is still damp from washing. The Perfect Secret Anti-Wrinkle Serum offers a unique blend of ingredients combining new technology peptides, with collagen, hyaluronic acid, and aloe vera – to help keep your skin hydrated whilst also reducing the effects of ageing. Bonus!

Posted in Sanctum Health News Skin Care By Sanctum Health

Top 10 tips for festive health

9 Dec 2013 17:53:00

 ‘tis the season to be jolly, etc.etc.! We like to make the most of the festive season as much as the next person, and find ourselves at seasonal parties from the end of November until the New Year. But all that partying – that is, all the eating, drinking, and not sleeping – does take its toll and we can end up feeling a little bit run down.

Luckily, though, we’ve been scouring the internet for the best advice to keep healthy and well throughout the festivities & are pleased to present to you our handy guide to taking care of your body during the festive season:

  1. Pace yourself - starting off with an easy one, but it’s important to remember nonetheless. Try to space out your soirees, and take extra time to look after yourself and get some early nights in between.

  2. Don’t go overboard with alcohol – have non-alcoholic drinks in between alcoholic ones. Supplements like milk thistle are thought to have liver protecting properties.

  3. Stay hydrated – drinking plenty of water keeps your mucous membranes moist so they can keep bugs out of your system.

  4. Wash your hands – at this time of year, colds, flu, and other winter ailments are common. You can protect yourself by washing your hands regularly – when you’re out and about, a hygienic cleanser can kill germs and bacteria when you can’t get to a sink.

  5. Eat well – December is full of temptations, but try to keep your diet somewhat in check. Excessive consumption can lead to digestive problems, which put a dampener on the festivities. Aloe Vera can help to aid digestion and minimise symptoms.

  6. Supplement your diet with superfoodsPure Acai Berry Capsules may benefit your body in many ways, amongst them boosting energy, strengthening the immune system, and cleansing and detoxifying your system.

  7. Look after your skin – using a decent quality moisturiser will help protect your skin against the cold weather and prevent painful dry skin. Stick to your skincare routines even when you get home late from parties!

  8. Book yourself into a spa, or pamper yourself at home. One study found that a single massage session lowered the level of stress hormones and boosted white blood cells, which protect the body against germs.

  9. Keep moving – stick to your existing exercise routine during the holiday season – it’ll help you sleep better, and keep any festive weight gain in check.

And relax – planning for Christmas can prove stressful, there are lists for food and presents, last minute things to buy, huge queues in shops to join the back of and last posting dates to remember. Don’t be afraid to accept offers of help –after all, “it’s the most wonderful time of the year”, so take it easy and enjoy!

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Keeping Clean on the Move

4 Dec 2013 18:23:31

They say cleanliness is close to godliness. Whilst we know that some germs and bacteria can actually be beneficial, it’s good to keep things clean; but that’s not always easy when you’re out and about. Your hands are a major player when it comes to germs - so understanding how hygiene actually works can help you stay safe, no matter where you are.

First off, let’s talk about antibacterial soaps. For usual day-to-day life, good old soap and water is more than adequate for getting your hands clean. Let’s remember - soap doesn’t actually kill bacteria - it creates a slippery surface, then those pesky microorganisms simply “slide” off your hands. Antibacterial soap isn’t necessary, although of course it won’t do you any harm, either. It’s personal choice, but what we do recommend is that you choose a liquid soap in a disposable container rather than a bar of soap - just to avoid germs forming on the soap bar itself.

When it comes to washing your hands, it’s not quite as simple as just sloshing a bit of lukewarm water and a squirt of soap around. Washing your hands, when done properly, is the single most effective way to protect yourself and your family from the spread of many illnesses, from the common cold to more serious illnesses including meningitis, flu, gastrointestinal infections and even hepatitis A; so it’s important to wash your hands properly.

So, how do you wash your hands properly? There are a few simple steps:

●     use comfortably warm but not hot water

●     use plenty of soap and later for at least 20 seconds

●     make sure you’re cleaning under your nails and in between your fingers - oh and don’t forget your wrists!

The family home offers up a fair few hazards when it comes to germs, so it’s important that you and your family are cleaning your hands before you eat, after you’ve used the bathroom, after cleaning, after touching animals, and definitely after blowing your nose or coughing and sneezing.

When you’re out and about, you’re not always in a position to pull out the liquid soap and give your hands a good scrub. Luckily for us, in the 1960s a fabulous student nurse called Lupe Hernandez from Bakersfield, California realised this was a problem, and came up with no-water hand sanitizer gel. Since the first commercial gel was launched in the US in the 1980s, the popularity of these gels have gone from strength to strength.

Hand sanitizer gels strip away the outer layer of oil on your skin, which can prevent bacteria present in the body from coming to the surface. Most gels are a combination of ethyl alcohol, emollients (skin softeners) and other agents. Hand sanitizers are in no way a replacement for old-fashioned soap and water, but can be a useful tool when hand washing just isn’t convenient. If your hands are heavily contaminated then hand sanitizers aren’t going to cut it, but for day-to-day life a little pot of sanitizer, such as Metique’s Hygienic Cleanser, can bridge the gap between washes and help you stay feeling fresh and clean.

Posted in Keep Healthy Sanctum Health News Skin Care By Sanctum Health

Menopause – The Facts

29 Nov 2013 18:12:00

Often called the ‘change of life’, menopause basically means the end of menstruation for a woman, and happens when her body stops releasing an egg every four weeks. The menopause can affect women of different ages – the average age to go through the menopause is 52, but some experience what’s called a ‘premature menopause’ in their 30s or 40s.

So, what is actually happening when a woman is going through the menopause? The whole thing is related to the levels of oestrogen in a woman’s body. During the menopause, a woman’s oestrogen levels decrease. And without this oestrogen, her ovaries will no longer release an egg each month – so she’ll no longer experience the joys of a monthly period. This can sometimes happen suddenly, with a woman’s periods stopping abruptly – but is more likely to happen gradually over a period of time.

How will going through the menopause affect me?

With hormone levels going through some massive changes, it’s no surprise that going through the menopause can have some side effects. Certainly, if you’ve ever suffered with PMT, you’ll understand the influence that hormones can have both physically and emotionally!

Some common symptoms include:

●     Periods becoming more (or less!) frequent

●     Periods becoming lighter (or heavier!) than usual

●     Hot flushes

●     Vaginal discomfort

●     Palpitations

●     Mood changes

●     Insomnia or other sleeping problems

●     Night sweats

●     Weight gain

So, that’s the bad news – it doesn’t sound like tremendous fun, does it? The good news is that the menopause doesn’t last forever, and symptoms are usually only a problem for between two and five years. The best news of all, thought, is that there are things you can do to help alleviate symptoms and make the transition smoother.

Minimising the effects of the menopause

A lot of women find that making changes to their lifestyle and diet help them to cope with the effects of the menopause. Simple things like exercising and de-stressing can make a massive difference, so making time to focus on your favourite exercise and methods for relaxation will really pay off!

Sometimes, though, the menopause hits suddenly and symptoms come on faster than you can say ‘yoga mat.’ What’s a girl to do, then? Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is available on prescription, but many women find that it doesn’t work well for them, or simply do not want to go down an overly pharmaceutical/medical route for coping what is essentially a natural part of the ageing process. For those women, some great natural HRT alternatives are available – Perfect Harmony tablets are one example, and aim to provide relief from the major symptoms of menopause. Perfect Harmony works by combining 6 key natural ingredients, including:

Soy Isoflavones – a natural plant oestrogen that protects against osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease.

Natural Vitamin E - powerful anti-oxidant that can provide relief from hot flushes and vaginal problems associated with the menopause.

Feverfew – been used for centuries for a range of conditions including those associated with menstruation. Recently Feverfew has been used for migraine headaches.

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