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Natural Solutions
                           August 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.



Athlete’s Foot

Q: I have put on a bit of weight recently and I’m trying to get fit for the summer. I have taken up tennis and I’m also going swimming regularly. Unfortunately, I seem to have picked up athlete’s foot and wonder whether there is an alternative remedy to get rid of this?

A: Around one in seven of the adult population is affected by athlete's foot at any one time. Athlete’s foot is a common fungal infection of the skin, usually occurring between the toes. The fungus most commonly attacks skin on the feet because trainers or shoes create a warm, dark and humid environment that encourages fungus growth. It is usually picked up from showers and changing room floors in gyms, swimming baths etc.

Good foot hygiene is the best preventive measure which will help reduce the risk of infection. I would strongly recommend the following:

  • Avoid walking about barefoot, especially in changing rooms and communal showers. Use a pair of flip-flops to limit your potential exposure
  • Wash feet daily with soap and water; drying carefully, especially between the toes
  • Change your socks and shoes regularly to decrease moisture and help prevent the fungus from infecting the feet

Athlete’s foot can be treated by 100% Tea Tree Oil (Thursday Plantation). It’s a useful home remedy with anti-fungal properties that seems to work as well as over-the-counter foot medications. Four to ten drops of Tea Tree Oil can be applied directly to the affected area three times a day. Continue for two weeks after the fungal infection seems to have disappeared to ensure that it is eradicated.


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Holiday Traveller’s Tummy

Q: My stomach is quite sensitive and I always seem to get a stomach bug or problem when I go away on holidays abroad. Last year I had constant diarrhoea, the year before I was constantly bloated. Are there any natural remedies that I can take to prevent my holiday being ruined again?

A: With growing numbers of us holidaying in ever more exotic locations, we are increasingly exposed to unusual foods, variable water quality, and standards of hygiene that are perhaps less meticulous than we expect at home. We often allow ourselves to over-indulge, with all-you-can-eat buffets and tempting foreign cuisines, and we regularly find ourselves over-eating. Holiday or traveller’s tummy afflicts up to 50% of holidaymakers each year and can make time spent away from home a misery.

Practising good hygiene is essential when you’re on holiday and you may need to take extra precautions to avoid getting a tummy bug, particularly if you are travelling to a hot country.

The following measures should be taken:

  • Wash your hands before eating, after a visit to the toilet and as much as you can. It may sound obvious but it’s probably the simplest but most effective way of avoiding tummy upsets. I would also recommend buying some anti-bacterial hand wipes.
  • Drink bottled water unless you are 100% sure that the local water is safe. Make sure the top is sealed when you get it.
  • Avoid ice cubes in bars and restaurants. Whilst a nice iced drink is lovely when it’s hot, if you have any concern about the standards of the local water, it’s best to avoid it unless you happen to be self catering and can make your own ice cubes from bottled water.
  • Food that has been left out of the fridge for too long can grow bacteria that cause an upset tummy. If your hotel offers buffet meals, eat them soon after the food has been laid out and be choosy about what you eat. Shellfish, creamy sauces and chicken are all particularly prone to causing upsets. Make sure yoghurts and any sweet dishes with cream in them are well chilled.
  • If you're eating food from a barbecue, meat needs to be well cooked with no pink parts remaining and any juices should run clear. Foods like sausages and beef burgers, where meat has been ground and minced together tend to have a greater risk of carrying food-poisoning bugs than solid meats.

To avoid having a sensitive stomach spoil your fun, probiotic TravelGuard can help to maintain the normal balance of friendly gut bacteria and support the health and well-being of your intestines


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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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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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