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Health: Don't suffer with travel sickness       Health: Say no pain to your migraine

 

 

                           

 

Health: Why not take your workout outside?      Beauty: Get your feet summer ready in no time

 

 


Don't suffer with travel sickness

 

Feeling sick or vomiting when you are travelling is usually caused by the up and down movement of the vehicle. It does not affect everyone and you may not suffer in all types of vehicles.


Travel or motion sickness is thought to occur when there’s a difference between what your eyes see and what your inner ears sense. The inner ear, which helps with balance, sends different signals to your brain from those your eyes are seeing, it is these confusing messages which cause you to feel unwell.


You may feel travel sick on journeys in a car, train or plane or even when you’re riding a horse. Your
symptoms may be worse if you’re reading while you’re moving. In most cases, the symptoms of travel sickness start improving as your body adapts to the conditions causing the problem.

 

Symptoms include:

  • Feeling or being sick
  • Feeling dizzy
  • A headache
  • Sweating a lot
  • Looking pale

The NHS suggest the following things you can do to prevent travel sickness or relieve the symptoms.*
Minimise motion – sit in the front of a car or in the middle of a boat
Look straight ahead at a fixed point, such as the horizon
Breathe fresh air if possible – for example, by opening a car window
Close your eyes and breathe slowly while focusing on your breathing
Distract children by talking, listening to music or singing songs
Break up long journeys – get some fresh air, drink water or take a walk
Try ginger, which you can take as a tablet, biscuit or tea


We advise:

  • Ask our pharmacist to help choose a remedy that will last the whole length of the journey.
  • All the remedies for travel sickness can cause drowsiness and can affect driving. Ask our pharmacist which is the best for drivers.
  • Be prepared and have sick bags to hand even if you have taken an anti-sickness tablet.
  • Read how to take the tablets. Many products need to be taken well before the journey starts.
  • Try to keep children occupied with in-car games and avoid reading.
  • If you are looking out of the window, try to focus on distant objects that remain steady.
  • Do not have large meals and/or fizzy drinks before travelling.
  • Make sure that there is plenty of fresh air.

If your symptoms cannot be controlled ask our pharmacist for advice.

 


Say no pain to your migraine

 

A migraine is usually felt as a throbbing headache at the front or side of the head, the pain is more severe than that of a normal headache.


It often presents with other symptoms including disturbed vision, sensitivity to light, sound and smells, feeling sick and vomiting. Migraine is a complex condition with a wide variety of symptoms but for many people the main feature is a painful headache. Migraine attacks can be very frightening and may result in you having to lie still for several hours.


Migraine is the third most common disease in the world with an estimated global prevalence of 14.7% (that’s around 1 in 7 people)1. Migraine is more prevalent than diabetes, epilepsy and asthma  combined1.


There are several types of migraine, including2:
• migraine with aura – where there are specific warning signs just before the migraine begins, such as seeing flashing lights
• migraine without aura – the most common type, where the migraine occurs without the specific warning signs
• migraine aura without headache, also known as silent migraine – where an aura or other migraine symptoms are experienced, but a headache doesn’t develop


Some people have migraines frequently, up to several times a week, other people only have migraines occasionally. It’s possible for years to pass between migraine attacks. The symptoms will also vary from person to person and individuals may have different symptoms during different attacks, as well as
your attacks differing in length and frequency.


Migraine attacks usually last from 4 to 72 hours and most people are free from symptoms between attacks. Migraines can have an enormous impact on your work, family and social lives.


Whilst there is no cure for migraines a number of treatments are available to help ease your symptoms. Our pharmacist will help you choose the right painkiller to treat your migraine. However, you should see your GP if you have recurrent or severe migraine symptoms which cannot be controlled with over-the-counter painkillers.


We advise:

  • Lie down in a darkened room.
  • Avoid the trigger factors if known.
  • Many treatments may cause drowsiness, if this is the case avoid driving or using machinery.
  • Do not take the recommended maximum dose over extended periods.
  • Preventative treatments are available from the doctor for recurring migraines.

If you suffer with regular migraines, ask our pharmacist for advice.

 

1Migrainetrust.org 2NHS.co.uk

 


Why not take your workout outside?

 

Put a spring in your step by taking your workout outdoors!

 

The NHS recommends that adults should aim to reach 150 minutes of physical activity throughout the course of a week to stay healthy. For any type of physical activity to benefit your health, you need to be moving quick enough to raise your heart rate, breathe faster and feel warmer.

 

Every year as the weather gets warmer and the days get longer the thought of going to a stuffy gym gets very unappealing. The good news is you can still skip the gym and get an effective total-body workout.


Here’s our top three benefits of moving your workouts outside:

 

  1. Outdoor workouts are great mood enhancers; whilst all exercise boosts your mood with endorphins, a connection has been made between spending time outdoors and a reduction in stress. Fresh air helps regulate your levels of the feel-good brain chemical, serotonin, meaning your outdoor workout will not only help keep you fit and healthy, it also promotes a sense of happiness and well-being putting you in a fantastic mood.
  2. The scenery will stop you getting bored so you may even work out for longer; no matter how much you love zoning out listening to music or watching the TV in the gym, it can get a little dull and boring. Whereas being outside the constant change in scenery means you have a lot to look at so you’re less likely to get bored. Plus the distractions of your surroundings takes your mind off actually working out so you’ll end up going a lot further than you would have if you’d been inside. It easy to press stop on the treadmill when you reach your 5 mile goal but you can’t turn back time once you’ve jogged an extra mile or two.
  3. It’s free and limitless; not only is there no monthly fee, when you exercise outside you never need to worry about opening hours. The best part about moving your workouts outside is that it can fit around your schedule, there’s no peak time where everyone is fighting for equipment, it’s simply you and the wide, open fields or pavements, depending where you live.

Let’s get you started:


Walking

Walking is the most underrated type of outdoor physical activity. It’s perfect for people of all ages
and fitness levels and helps build cardiovascular endurance. Regular walking can help you lose
weight and become healthier. While the weather is nice, why not incorporate walking into your daily
life? Perhaps walk the kids to school in the morning or run errands at lunchtime. If you’ve got a dog
one of the best things about outdoor exercise is they can come with you so you can get an extra-long all terrain workout and make sure your dog gets outside too.


Running

If you’re used to running on the treadmill think how many more calories you’ll burn running outside on different surfaces. Not only will you get some fresh air you can also take different and interesting routes exploring your neighbourhood. Why not join a local running club so you can socialise while you exercise.


Cycling

Never mind a stationary exercise bike at the gym, think how much fun cycling outdoors in the sunshine would be? Not only is cycling an excellent cardiovascular exercise, but you can really explore your community by cycling to different neighbourhoods or in parks, bike paths, or trails. It is one of the easiest exercises to fit into your daily routine as it is also a form a transport. Why not swap the car for your bike and travel to work in style? It’ll save you money and keep you fit.


Team Sports

If a team sport is more your kind of exercise why not get a few friends together and utilise the courts in your local parks and neighbourhoods? Whether it’s basketball or a double tennis match, cricket or just plain old 5 aside football. There’s something for everyone.

 


Get your feet summer ready in no time…

 

The weather’s has warmed up beautifully but if if your feet aren't ready for some peep toe flats and airy open-toed sandals then we've got just what you need to help kick them into shape.

 

  • Massage your way to happiness – Before you start your pedicure, pamper yourself a little by carrying out a relaxing foot massage, and maybe even soak your feet in some soothing warm water first.

 

  • Exfoliation is the key – This is a really important step to get summer ready feet. Getting rid of all the dead skin cells on your feet will unveil the soft and silky skin hidden underneath.

 

  • Make moisturising a priority – You don’t want to waste the time you’ve spent on your feet by forgetting to lock in the moisture. The best way to lock in the moisture is to slather on some foot cream and a pair of cotton socks before bed and you’ll wake up with soft, smooth feet.

 

  • Polish to perfection – Complete your pedicure with a bit of dazzle. Whether you go for a bright sunshine yellow or a classic pretty in pink, your feet will look brilliant in no time!

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