Looking After Your Health

ALLERGY - Numerous health problems are caused or made worse by nutritional deficiencies or the bodies inability to remove harmful items in the body that are deemed toxic. The body can also over react. Chemicals, Pesticides, Pollution, incorrect nutritional requirements, or the quantity of your individual requirements.

This will always lead to minor or major illness and in athletes reduce performance. Allergy testing can be effective to identify what is causing the following symptoms such as energy levels weight management digestive disorders skin aliments lung function asthma achy joints. Allergy to diary means the body mistakes milk protein as harmful then produces antibodies and histamines to fight of the mistaken harmful alleegen. Reactions can be an immediate shock caused in minutes like nut allergy that can be fatal intolerance unable to digest diary.

ASTHMA affects the airways preventing air flowing freely in and out of the lungs. Many things can trigger asthma including allergies, colds, exercise, flu, tobacco smoke and pollution. Any of these can at any time irritate the airways making them narrower and often produce mucus. Once this happens the airways become irritated, inflamed and sensitive.

Breathlessness, coughing, tightness of chest and wheezing are all symptoms of asthma. The main two types of medication for asthma are reliever inhalers often seen as blue in colour and are used for wheezing and so designed to help relax the muscles around the air ways making it easier to breathe.

All asthma suffers should have with them or carry a blue reliever inhaler 24/7. Preventer inhalers are usually brown white purple or orange in colour. Made to prevent and control swelling and inflammation of the airways. Also they are helpful to stop the reaction that causes an asthma attack. Use them as prescribed by your doctor. If you do not control your asthma you may experience problems sleeping because of coughing. It is estimated that more than 5 million people in Britain suffer from asthma.

BRONCHITIS is a lung condition caused by bacterial or viral infection.

CANCER - a study of European men found a diet rich in olive oil or taking 4 teaspoons of olive oil for 14 days were found to have 13 percent les 8-oxodG the substance which indicates oxidative. Damage to cells can be checked from men’s urine. Free radicals damage cell DNA that can lead to development of cancers, olive oil can reduce this damage.

CYSTITUS - Urinary discomfort can be caused by drinking too much alcohol and insufficient water. Also delaying going to the toilet until the last possible moment will also cause discomfort. Avoid wearing tight jeans and underwear as this can also trigger discomfort. Cranberry juice can be natural way to clear bacteria from sticking to the bladder wall.

DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS (DVT) - experts believe that you should move about every thirty minutes and not sit still especially with legs crossed for long periods of time on long car and plane journeys.

HAYFEVER - Vaseline in your nostrils can reduce hay fever symptoms. Kissing lowers histamine levels! Winds and warm air rising mid day can cause 2 bouts of hay fever a day.Eating local honey for 4-6 weeks can also help reduce hay fever symptoms.

HEART RATE - to help you stay healthy monitors your heart rate before rising. If you have to go to the bathroom first go back to bed lie down for 5 minutes then take your pulse. If it is 3-10 beats higher than normal you may not have recovered from the previous days or weeks training so have a complete rest day or easy recovery day.

If you feel that your training is going well and slept well and are not tired but your resting pulse is 5-12 beast higher you could be becoming ill so take some quality rest time. To help you stay healthy monitors your heart rate before rising. If you have to go to the bathroom first go back to bed lie down for 5 minutes then take your pulse. If it is 3-10 beats higher than normal you may not have recovered from the previous days or weeks training so have a complete rest day or easy recovery day.

If you feel that your training is going well and slept well and are not tired but your resting pulse is 5-12 beast higher you could be becoming ill so take some quality rest time.

HYGIENE - use anti bacterial wipes to clean your crotch. Always change out of cycling and running shorts once you have stopped training to avoid boils and infection.

INFLAMATION can be reduced by taking olive oil because it contains Olecanthal the same compound as ibuprofen, has been used as a natural painkiller. This painkiller has been linked to a lower risk of cancer and heart disease. Extra virgin oil first press has good sources of olecanthal.

MOUTH ULCERS are painful blisters in the mouth. Liquorice has the same ingredient that mouth ulcer gels have to help the ulcer get better.

MOSQUITO BITES - some people do not react to mosquito bites. They seem to be attracted to the following, people who have one or more of the factors listed- obesity, males, sweat, heat-temperature and carbon dioxide also lactic acid, warmth certain foods like fatty foods also unwashed socks contain a chemical that attracts them.

NECK PAIN can be caused by stress. About 75% of the UK population suffers at least once during our lifetime. Neck massage can help and also lower blood pressure at the same time.High blood pressure has no symptoms and causes heart disease and strokes. The neck sends signals to the brain to maintain balance blood pressure breathing and heart rate. This would explain why having neck ache effects many other things. A neck massage can cure more than just one thing. For example whiplash injuries can cause changes in blood pressure.

TRAVEL SICKNESS TIPS - read the following to help reduce travel sickness symptoms -

If going in a car look ahead rather than close to reduce speed sensations.
Slower less fast movements will ease travelsick feelings, a driver is aware of what they are going to do so by driving can reduce travel sickness sensations.
Mixed messages cause travel sickness the inner ear gives you movement sensations, eyes tell your brain are still be able to see that you are moving reading while traveling creates travel sickness.

Plane travel - sit in most stable middle. Part near wings.If traveling by ship then be on deck in the fresh air look at horizon rather than moving waves moving fast and up down. If inside make sure you are in the middle lower decks.
Avoid large meals computer games or reading.
Ginger [biscuits] helps travel sickness.

First aid holiday kit - include the following.

Allergy and aspirin diarrhea tablets travel sickness pills plasters antiseptic cream also enough medication for another 5 days should you be delayed coming home.
Details of medication should you need to replace it while on holiday.
Bugs can spread disease. Use an insect repellent. Bites are more common from dusk to dawn. Scratching a bite can lead to infection.
Reduce tummy upsets by washing hands regularly.
Drink boiled water or boil water.
Avoid any food not chilled and exposed to the air. Drink little and often non-caffeine and alcoholic drinks.
The young who get sun burnt are twice as likely to get skin cancer later in life.
Aim for 40 ml per day per person more if you swim as this can wash away.