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TOP TIPS FOR COPING WITH HAYFEVER NATURALLY…

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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WALKING AND THE BRITISH OBSESSION WITH THE WEATHER…

A few interesting facts about the British obsession with the weather.

Did you know that a survey has shown that the British spend nearly six months just ‘talking’ about the weather. Apparently we are obsessed with the English weather. It’s one of the most common ways to start a conversation, which check-out staff at supermarkets have to listen to time and time again.


We spend almost five times a day talking about it and spend longer discussing it than we do discussing sport or work!!


Women talk about it more than chatting about their men, love lives and gossip and twitter gets around 500,000+ tweets a week about it.


Older people apparently have three times as many conversations about it and still believe in old wives tales, such as , cows sitting down (rain comes) and red sky at night (shepherds delight). Even Twitter gets over 500,000 ‘tweets’ about it.

These findings prove that we are a nation who is totally obsessed with the weather and how we can go from one season to another in one day.


But, no matter what the weather walking or cycling in it, are the two most popular ways at the moment to keep fit. With watches and phones that can count our steps for us some of us become obsessed with trying to get in our daily 10,000 steps. Even health companies have got on board who will reward you if you keep up with your steps.

For me personally, I do have a watch that counts my steps and I do check it regularly to see how I am getting on and if I do not manage to get out for a walk due to the weather !! (I’m not one to walk in the rain) then I do try to do a few more steps up and down my stairs but 10,000 is out of my league. My back just doesn’t like me to do more than 7,000 but I feel the benefit of that so it’s better than nothing.

The NHS point out that walking is simple, free and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier.

Sometimes overlooked as a form of exercise, walking briskly can help you build stamina, burn excess calories and make your heart healthier.

You do not have to walk for hours. A brisk 10-minute daily walk has lots of health benefits and counts towards your recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise.

The British Heart Foundation has some walking plans you can follow and other programs available online are Weight Watchers, or you could sign up and walk for your favourite charity. I am sure Captain Tom has inspired many people to do,just that.

Walk for Water have set up challenges for March for people to walk 4, 8 or 12 kilometres for their charity. Walk where you can, when you can, and raise funds to help make clean water normal for everyone, everywhere.

Walk for the millions of women and children who walk distances like this every day to get the water they need to survive.

All distances reflect a walk that women and girls around the world have to take each day to reach water. Women and girls like Tiyamike, Majory and Felisberta.

When you Walk for Water, you’re helping to give Tiyamike, Majory, Felisberta and others across the world the power to change their own lives, forever.

Lots of other charities have walks you can sign up for including Memory Walk, for Alzheimer’s, British Heart Foundation, Help the Heroes and lots more to choose from online.