Acne is an inflammatory condition of the skin characterised by blackheads, whiteheads and pimples. If these become infected with surface bacteria, the skin can become red and inflamed and also form pustules. Most of the skin blemishes associated with acne take about three months from their invisible beginnings, to becoming visible, to healing. Therefore patience and perseverance are essential in treating acne.
Painful inflammation of a joint or joints is the general definition of arthritis. There are three main types of the disease: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout. There are a number of remedies available that may help with arthritic conditions and that have been traditionally used in this country.
A diet rich in non-citrus fruit and vegetables and avoiding foods from the deadly nightshade family may help in arthritic conditions. Avoiding excess saturated fats and eating healthy oily fish, such as sardines, mackerel, herring, may help too. If you don’t eat fish regularly you can supplement with good fish oil, which are available at our stores where staff will be able to advise you on their correct use.
There are two types of cholesterol: HDL, high-density lipoproteins and LDL, low-density lipoproteins. HDL is considered good and LDL bad cholesterol.
Natural ways that may help to reduce Cholesterol include:
Eat a Mediterranean diet and avoid high dairy and sugar intake: lots of fruit and veg, salads, olive and nut oils, and meat as a more occasional treat. Eat nuts, seeds, and oily fish (not fried) for their essential fatty acids. Aim to get two to three servings of whole grains and pulses day (porridge, muesli, brown bread, brown rice, lentils, kidney beans, chick peas etc.)
Supplements that may help include lecithin, co-enzyme Q10, garlic, essential fatty acids: fish & vegetable oils. All are available at our stores where staff will be able to advise you on these and other remedies and their correct uses.
Coeliac disease is a chronic disorder of the intestine due to gluten intolerance, which greatly reduces the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. It can have severe and debilitating consequences if not managed properly through diet. The walls of the small intestine become inflamed and damaged so that food absorption practically stops, giving rise to nutritional deficiencies.
Foods containing gluten: most of the grains, namely wheat, rye, spelt and barley, and all processed foods which may contain those grains or their derivatives. These are found in a very wide range of foods, e.g. soups, sauces, gravies, condiments, some spices, salad dressings, even ice cream, and in all almost all convenience, frozen or fast foods. Great care must be taken, therefore, when reading labels, as even the smallest trace of gluten usually sets off the symptoms again. Look for flours which are naturally free of gluten and for the gluten free symbol on packaged foods.
What you can eat: By becoming familiar with new ingredients and different cooking methods you can easily make your gluten free diet interesting and wholesome, with more variety than the average person. All fruit and vegetables, pulses, nuts and dairy products are suitable, meat and fish in their pure state (not processed), and some grains such as bread, biscuits, rice cakes, pasta, cereals, flours and a wide variety of convenience gluten-free foods – check for the symbol. However it should be borne in mind that a good wholefood diet with plenty of seasonal fruit and vegetables (preferably), and keeping the convenience or packaged foods to a minimum is the best way back to optimum health. As the more serious side effects of Coeliac Disease arise from malnutrition, a good tonic or vitamin supplement may also be advised, but do make sure it is gluten-free. Available at our stores where staff will be able to advise you on their correct use, we also stock a wide variety of gluten-free foods including sauces, flours & pastas.
This is a common gastro-intestinal disorder that sometimes causes significant discomfort even though it is not a serious health threat. Typical symptoms include abdominal bloating and soreness, wind, and alternating diarrhoea and constipation. Explore food sensitivities; maybe work with a specialist to identify which foods maybe aggravating your condition. There are many remedies, probiotics and foods which may help this condition, which are available at our stores, where staff will be able to advise you on these and other remedies and their correct uses.
Coeliac Society of Ireland's web address www.coeliac.ie
Menopause is not a disease; it is a perfectly natural part of the life, which marks the end of the menstrual cycle, including the cessation of ovulation and menstrual periods.
There are many herbal remedies & food supplements which may help with the menopausal symptoms, hot flushes and night sweats are the most commonly experienced. Supplements containing at least 80 to 100 mg a day of isoflavones from soya or red clover may help control symptoms and other cooling herbs like sage may help too. Make foods high in phytoestrogens, such as linseed, tofu, natto, miso, tempeh, chick peas, lentils, dried prunes and multi-grain bread, a regular part of your diet. All are available at our stores where staff will be able to advise you on these and other remedies and their correct uses.
This information is only intended for general guidance and is not intended to replace advice or diagnosis from your Healthcare Professional. We do advice that you seek professional advice if you take medication or have a medical history.