Spring might finally be in the air but many of us are still suffering from winter-like sore throats that seem difficult to shake off. Kiwiherb Echinacea, Thyme & Liquorice (£9.94/50ml) is a natural solution for sore throats and mild tonsillitis. The liquid extract contains echinacea to restore a weak immune system, thyme to soothe sore throats and liquorice, which has anti-inflammatory properties. Suitable for adults and children, the extract can be taken daily diluted in water or juice to calm sore inflamed throats. For stockists call 01455 556 281.
Spending too much time indoors working or watching TV can have a negative effect on your health. Vitamin D is an important nutrient that aids the absorption of calcium, vital for healthy teeth and bones, and also helps the immune system and blood cell formation. As we get nearly 90 per cent of our vitamin D from sunlight, spending less time outdoors in the sun can lead to a deficiency. Lifeplan Vitamin D (£3.29/60 tablets) are one-a-day, rapidly absorbed supplements that can help rebalance levels of vitamin D. In addition, experts recommend making simple lifestyle changes such as walking to school or the local shops rather than taking the car to get more sunshine.
The average person takes 8,000 to 10,000 steps every day, which over a lifetime equates to walking four times around the world! Small wonder then that most people will develop foot or ankle problems at some time in their life.
May is World Foot Health Awareness month the ideal time to give your feet some much needed TLC, and to learn about foot and ankle health.
Prolonged standing, an occupational hazard for most hairstylists, can lead to aching, cold or swollen feet as the muscles in the feet are compressed, reducing the blood and oxygen flow.
Diabetes UK is warning that up to 470,000 people with diabetes in England are at risk of needlessly going blind due to a lack of free digital retinal screening. This is especially worrying for Black people as they have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and are likely to develop it and its various complications at a younger age.
Retinal screening can spot signs of retinopathy, a complication of diabetes that can lead to blindness but which in 90 per cent of cases can be treated successfully if caught early. All people over 12 with diabetes should receive a free digital retinal test every year.
A beautiful smile is a life saver as bad teeth or poor oral hygiene can also lead to disease.
National Smile Month, starting 18 May, aims to increase public awareness of the benefits of better oral healthcare.
"A good oral health routine involves twice daily brushing with flouride toothpaste, flossing daily and cutting down on sugary foods and drinks," says Dr Nigel Carter, from the British Dental Health Foundation. PlaqueOff (£ 15.99/120 capsules) is a new dental supplement containing Norwegian seaweed that can reduce plaque, tartar and banish bad breath.