This great infographic from Positive Med shows how areas of you body can detect nutritional deficiencies which show up on your hands, nails, skin, face, eyes, legs, mouth, heart and throat.

Detecting Nutritional Deficiencies. Eat Healthy! #healthy



World Osteoporosis Day takes place this year on October 20th.

The World Osteoporosis Day (WOD) 2018 campaign calls for global action to improve bone health and prevent fractures due to osteoporosis, including vertebral (spine) fractures which often remain undiagnosed and untreated.

They invite the public, healthcare professionals and organizations worldwide to join IOF and its 240 member societies in raising awareness of bone health and calling for action on osteoporosis and fracture prevention in their communities.

Key messages of World Osteoporosis Day 2018

  • Osteoporosis is the hidden, underlying cause of painful, debilitating and life-threatening fractures
  • The most common of osteoporotic fractures are spine (vertebral) fractures, a major cause of pain, disability and loss of quality of life
  • Up to 70% of spine fractures remain undiagnosed, leaving sufferers unprotected against the high risk of more fractures
  • Back pain, height-loss and stooped back are all possible signs of spine fractures – ask for testing and treatment!
  • A family history of osteoporosis and broken bones is a sign that you too may be at higher risk
  • Advocate! Sign the IOF Global Patient Charter and join us in calling on healthcare providers to close the massive ‘care gap’ .
  • Osteoporosis is a growing global problem that respects no boundaries: worldwide, fractures affect one in three women and one in five men over the age of 50.



#BackPainBlog’s top 12 #vitamin and minerals choice for joint pain and #fibromyalgia are :


Bromelain is a naturally occurring enzyme from the stem of the pineapple plant. It has anti-inflammatory actions and reduces pain and swelling.


Calcium is the most abundant mineral in our body, with 99% found in our bones and teeth. A good calcium intake is vital for growth and for healthy bones and teeth. It can also play a role in nerve contraction and blood clotting.

3.Chondroitin Sulphate

Chondroitin sulphate is a natural substance found in the body which stimulates the formation of cartilage and joint connective tissues. It attracts water into the joints, which acts as a shock absorber as well as a nutrient.

4.Cod Liver Oil

Cod Liver oil is a naturally occurring fish oil that has been used for generations. It is widely taken to help support joints, heart, brain, eyes, and immunity.

5.Devil’s Claw

Devil’s Claw has a natural anti-inflammatory pain-killing action and is taken for back, and joint pain in #fibromyalgia.

6.Ginger Extract

Ginger is one of the oldest medicinal spices and is used as a warming analgesic, with anti-inflammatory properties.

7.Ginkgo biloba

The Ginkgo biloba tree is among the oldest living species, dating back over 270 million years. It has a thinning action on blood to improve circulation to the hands and feet.

8.Green-lipped Mussel

Green-lipped mussels grow in the unique marine conditions found around parts of New Zealand. It helps to reduce inflammation in joints and is mainly used to help reduce symptoms of arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis and #fibromyalgia.

9.Omega 3

Omega 3 fish oils are extracted from the flesh of the oily fish and are widely taken to help maintain healthy joints. They have anti-inflammatory and are helpful for reducing symptoms of arthritis, asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriasis.

10.Peppermint Oil 

Peppermint is a very popular herb and contains menthol, which has a calming effect and helps to relax the muscles.


Rosehip is a popular traditional tonic which was given to children in winter as a sauce of vitamin C during the Second World War. It has a rich source of anti-inflammatory fatty and volatile oils. This is now being used as an effective treatment for painful joints.

12.St. John’s Wart

St John’s Wart is a traditional herbal medicine used to relieve the symptoms of low mood and anxiety,

Holland and Barratt have a ‘Healthbox‘ to support your joint pain. You have a consultation with them to receive personalised vitamins & supplements with helpful advice to ease your joint pain.

They ask you a few easy questions about your lifestyle, nutrition and goals. They will turn your answers into a set of personalised vitamins and advice and you receive a 28-day supply of vitamins as a one-off or every month when you subscribe.

With their Healthbox you don’t just get vitamins – you also get access to Holland & Barrett’s amazing health advice, all tailored to your specific needs.

Please make sure you visit your GP first before taking any vitamins or supplements. Details on my Health Disclosure is available here.



The OM Yoga Show is taking place this year on the 19-21st October at Alexander Palace, London.

Take the opportunity to take part in free open classes, taught by leading teachers from around the world. Wherever you are on your #yoga journey, there’s a class or workshop to suit you.

Away from the mat, 200 exhibitors will be on hand providing the best #yoga and complementary therapies, along with a fantastic range of #yoga accessories, clothing, jewellery, superfoods and retreats, and so much more.

All visitors to the OM Yoga Show are able to visit the Mind Body Soul Experience, taking place in a neighbouring hall, for free. Discover the best in natural health and spiritual guidance!

Prepare for Autumn at the OM Yoga Show. Autumn is the perfect season to practice letting go; much as the leaves begin to drop off from the trees, we can use nature to help us focus on letting go of things that are holding us back, allowing us to move forward in life.

At the OM Yoga Show, Daizan Skinner will lead a Zen Yoga for the autumn season. Zen Yoga draws on the Buddha teaching of mindfulness of the body, and through simple movements can teach you to feel the energy flowing in your system.

Awake people are like water, where ordinary people are like ice. Zen Yoga is the practice of melting the stuck places in our body-mind, so we can fully let go into the autumn season.



One of my most popular posts in September and in October was my review on the posture correcting shirt. It totally broke all records and hit a massive 856 for the second post. The majority of readers came from Facebook and WordPress but also search engines.

If you missed it then this is the link to the second review which basically explains all about the posture correcting shirt from Active Posture.

It makes sense that good posture will help anyone with spinal problems and I noticed a difference after wearing mine but I had no idea how many other people were looking for something like this for them.

I have since done a little bit more research on posture correcting items which are quite widely available on the internet. They vary in price from this brace posture orthotic corrector back adjuster for as little as £5.42 from Gear Best to a posture brace/corrector from Back Pain Help at £39.99

Amazon has over 8,000 results for Posture Correctors which again vary in price but if I type in posture correcting shirt then you have to scroll over quite a few pages to find a proper posture shirt like this Skins Mens DNAmic Ultimate K-Proprium Posture Top at £98.23 which states that it has Biomechanically placed Proprioceptive Power Bands wrap the body’s prime movers to give them the support they need to stay activated and able to control motion for longer periods of time. But it doesn’t go into any detail about it helping with pain.  

Tommie Cooper Womens Posture Shirt also on Amazon has said it has targeted compression to the shoulders and muscles along the spine and helps relieve everyday aches and pains at a cost of £72-£197. 

It is obvious that to get the best ones of these tops/shirts to help with your posture and ease pain will definitely not be cheap but as with anything in life, you pay for what you get. I’ve only tried the posture correcting shirt from Active Posture at £89.95 so I cannot comment on any others that I have written about above,  but it’s a trial and error for anyone wanting to give this a try and Active Posture do offer you a money back guarantee and has five stars from 803 reviews. So maybe that’s why I had so many readers on my review of this top.