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Natural Solutions
                           July 2007




Nutri Centre’s Q & A section 


Suppliers of complementary medicine, Nutri Centre (now offering their range of products in a number of larger Tesco stores), are providing laterlife visitors with the opportunity to ask questions on health issues.  

The Q & As are produced by Paul Joseph in conjunction with the Nutri Centre.




Q: Having suffered with unbearable migraines since my early 30s. I am now 53 and I don’t want to take medication any more. As I have got older, the worse they have become. I just want something to help with the pain. Can you suggest anything?

A: There are many causes of headaches and migraines, including a drop in blood sugar, dehydration, allergy, stress and tension, or a critical combination of some or all of these. Nutritionists claim that food triggers are responsible for 90% of all cases of migraines – and the substance causing the problem is amine, which is found not only in chocolate but also in yeast, citrus, fruits, diary products, red wine and even nits.

It’s important to discover which factors are contributing to your migraines. Going without food or not drinking enough water and poor sleeping habits will only make your migraines worse. Following an organic wholefood diet with good quality proteins and carbohydrates, plenty of fruit and vegetables will help.

There is a product called Butterbur Petasin which has been shown in several clinical trials to reduce migraine attacks on average by 60%. Clinical trials of this herb revealed how migraine sufferers who took 50mg of standardised extract, twice daily, reduced the number of migraine days by 62% over a six-month period. It can take up to three months for a herbal remedy to really take effect.


Butterbur Petasin 50mg by Linpharma - ?19.95 for 50 Capsules

Swollen Ankles

Q: I am on my feet all day and they swell up like balloons. I don’t want to take medication – what can I do to prevent it and to reduce the swelling when it happens?

A: Painless swelling of the feet is a common problem, particularly in older people. It may affect both legs and may include the calves or even the thighs. Gravity plays a big role in swelling, I would suggest elevating your feet at least three to four times a day by lying on a sofa or in a bed and propping your feet up on pillows. It is also advisable that you contact your doctor as it may relate to your kidney or heart. Increasing your fluid intake is also very important as the more water you drink, the less swelling and water retention you’ll experience.

Check that your blood pressure is not too high and if you’re drug-free then I would recommend Uva Ursi Cleaver Complex which can help with the removal of excess fluid and is also a lymphatic cleanser.


Uva Ursi Cleavers Complex by Planetary Formulas - ?9.89 for 72 tablets


Paul Joseph studied at the University of Leeds where he took a course in Broadcasting and Advertising. He has worked in the West Indies at a leading spa resort where he developed a keen interest in complementary therapies. He currently writes about a wide range of natural health topics as part his work providing information to the media on behalf of The Nutri Centre.


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If you would like to ask a question, please send an email to

The information above is provided by the Nutri Centre. Laterlife cannot endorse any information presented and recommends that you consult your doctor if in doubt about any medication or health-related matter.

* Please note questions cannot be answered personally but will be selected for inclusion in future editions of 'Natural Solutions'


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