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.
NATURAL SOLUTI0NS August 2007
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
Good foot hygiene is the best preventive measure which will
help reduce the risk of infection. I would strongly recommend
- 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.
100% Tea Tree Oil from Thursday Plantation -
?4.10 for 10ml oil
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
- 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
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
TravelGuard from Biocare - ?9.95 for 8 Capsules
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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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
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of 'Natural Solutions'