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For hayfever sufferers, enjoying sunny spring and summer days is often a longed-for luxury, with the season spent sniffling and sneezing instead. And if missing out on outdoor events to avoid puffy eyes and a runny nose wasn’t bad enough, some may also suffer from drowsiness caused by over the counter remedies. Health Plus provides a range of immune system boosting natural supplements to help cope with the symptoms of hayfever. Bee Propolis, collected from tree buds and botanical sources by honey bees, is thought to help allergy sufferers, whilst offering a rich source of nutrients, flavonoids, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. It can also increase energy levels, so has the added bonus of helping you get the most out of action-packed outdoor activities. 

Simon Bandy, Health Plus’ health and nutrition expert says: “Hayfever is a common allergy that can be extremely limiting for sufferers during a time of the year when we should all be able to enjoy the outdoors. Many people prefer not to take conventional medication to deal with allergies, but there are lots of natural ways to help cope with hayfever.”

Simon’s top 10 tips for coping with hayfever season: 

  1. Wear wraparound sunglasses whilst outdoors or in the car to protect your eyes from pollen.
  2. Hoover your home regularly – pollen spores can collect on fabrics so it’s important to keep your home as allergen free as possible.
  3. Pollen counts are highest in the early morning and late afternoon, so scheduling your outdoor activity between these times can help reduce symptoms.
  4. Boost your vitamin intake throughout the year with a multivitamin supplement, to ensure your immune system is at its optimum level for coping with hayfever. 
  5. Health Plus’ Mega Multivitamin contains 30 vitamins, minerals and nutrients, and is several times the strength of regular supermarket multivitamins.
  6. Keep an eye on the pollen count and keep windows and doors closed on high count days.Using a petroleum jelly or beeswax on your nostrils can act as a barrier to pollen.
  7. Dry laundry indoors or in a dryer; hanging them on an outside washing line can lead to pollen spores being collected on clothing.
  8. Avoid keeping fresh flowers in your home.
  9. Taking trips to the beach can be beneficial, as the pollen count is usually lower nearer to the coast.
  10. Pets can bring in pollen from outside on their coats, so try and avoid close contact with them when your symptoms are bad, and give them regular baths.

Stockists:  www.healthplus.co.ukwww.amazon.co.uk and at all good independent health shops nationwide. Prices: Bee Propolis costs £8.95 for 60 1000mg tablets (60 days’ supply).Mega Multivitamin costs £7.95 for 30 tablets (1 month supply).

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How to tell the difference between x-rays and scans it difficult to know what each one does.

An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create images of the inside of the body. These are more detailed than those obtained with other forms of imaging, and can be very useful for diagnosing problems with

  • brain and spinal cord
  • bones and joints
  • breasts
  • heart and blood vessels
  • internal organs, such as the liver, womb or prostate gland 

The results of an MRI scan can be used to help diagnose conditions, plan treatments and assess how effective previous treatment has been.


X-Rays use radiation to create an image on a screen. The radiation passes through thin tissues and fluid, so they show up as a dark area, while bones and other dense tissues block the rays, so these show up as light areas. X-rays can be used to diagnose –

An Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves, which can pass through fluid and less dense tissue, and the echo of these is used to create an image. Ultrasound can be used to diagnose problems affecting soft tissues, such as the pelvic organs, the heart, tendons and muscles, and of course keeping an eye on baby.

A CT (computed tomography) uses a combination of series of x-rays taken at different angles and a computer to create a series of 3D images. These are much more detailed than a standard X-ray, and can be used for –

  • diagnose conditions – including damage to bones, injuries to internal organs, problems with blood flow, stroke, and cancer
  • guide further tests or treatments – for example, CT scans can help determine the location, size and shape of a tumour before having radiotherapy, or allow a doctor to take a needle biopsy (where a small tissue sample is removed using a needle) or drain an abscess
  • monitor conditions – including checking the size of tumours during and after cancer treatment

Source: NHS, Woman & Home

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Keeping a house clean and tidy often feels like a losing battle. There are plenty of surfaces in a house, and each one attracts a different kind of mess. Given the insurmountable cleaning work, keeping the house clean can seem like a daunting task, especially if you have back pain. There are high chances that you might bend down to pick something heavy or overexert yourself, which can further aggravate your back problems.    

Do you want to clean your house but without hurting your back? Fortunately, there are a few easy hacks that can help you achieve that. Dive right in to find out the best ways to ensure your house is neat and tidy.

The Best Hacks to Clean Your House

Cleaning a house involves a lot of hard work since there are so many nooks and corners that you need to clean. Besides that, you may also need to use specific equipment for it, and it can take a toll on you. People with back problems can often hurt their back while cleaning if they don’t keep the right posture.

If you’re suffering from back issues but still want to get your home clean by yourself, here are five hacks for you:

1.       Choose the Right Posture While Vacuuming

Vacuuming is a boon for people who like to keep their homes clean. It will help you quickly get rid of loose dust, food particles, and accumulated dust particles from rugs, carpets, or even floors. But, it can involve a lot of bending and lead to a change in your posture. Whether it is from bending too much or holding a position for too long, it may increase the pain in your back. Besides that, keeping an ultra-straight back during vacuuming can also lead to spine-related problems.

You can adopt good body mechanics to avoid this situation. Put a small lunge position to reduce the pressure on your back. Also, don’t extend your lunge position beyond the comfort zone. You can also switch your arms and legs to minimize the chance of injury or fatigue. If you suffer from back pain, you can hire special cleaning services like Woodard Restoration to make the task easy for you.  

2.      Use a Stool During Dishwashing

A majority of people dislike the idea of washing dishes. While it may be your least favorite chore, it can also lead to back pain. If you want to reduce the backache and prevent an injury, you can use a small stool. You must rest one foot on the stool while washing dishes to bring you relief. It can work wonders for you, especially if you suffer from sacroiliac joint trouble. This technique will help boost core stability to help prevent back pain or injury.

3.       Follow a Laundry Schedule

Do you feel immense pain while lifting heavy loads of laundry? You might have to set up your laundry schedule to help you deal with it. To reduce the load of laundry, you can break it into smaller lots. If you usually have many clothes to wash, you can also do laundry every day to reduce the load. Laundry can also induce pain in the back due to the constant bending and standing, so you must find a comfortable spinal cord position while doing laundry. 

4.       Carefully Sweep and Rake

Most people involve their spine to perform the task of sweeping or raking. Using this strategy, or using no plan at all, can hamper your health. Instead of using your entire body for the task, you must focus on using the legs and arms. Try to reach for the broom and pull it with your arms instead of turning around to get to all the directions where you see dirt. Always keep one leg in front of the other, and when changing directions, pivot on the back leg to keep the trunk relaxed. You can also focus on only 1-2 feet of area in front of you to avoid overreaching and straining your body.

5.       Make Bed Using Proper Support

Making the bed every morning can be a daunting task. It involves a lot of bending, reaching, and pressure, which adversely impacts your back. When you are making the bed, make sure you don’t slump through your spine or work with an excessively straight spine. You can keep a check on the position and tension in your back while performing this task. To reduce the pressure, you can also position yourself against the bed. It will provide you support and stability while using an arm to prop the weight and work with the free arm.

Final thoughts

Enduring debilitating and chronic back pain can make your life challenging. Performing basic tasks like cleaning your house can become a nightmare that involves a lot of pain. You can follow the hacks given above while cleaning the house to ensure your back and spine stays in good shape!