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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Winter brings about increase in pet allergies

Those of us with allergic reactions to pets can often find our symptoms flare up and become difficult to manage during the autumn and winter, as we begin to spend more time indoors.

Increased contact with indoor allergens can be the cause of these problems. But do not despair! Because there are  many ways to avoid the allergens so we can live happily with our pets.

Pet allergies are caused by tiny particles of dead skin and saliva which are shed by the pet, and subsequently become airborne. These microscopic particles are known as pet dander.

Indoor allergy symptoms caused by pets can feel similar to the more well-known hay fever symptoms. Common symptoms include sore, itchy, watery, red eyes, sneezing and wheezing, and cold like symptoms such as a runny nose and sinus pain. Many people believe they have a ‘winter cold’ when their symptoms are actually a result of spending more time inside amongst pet allergens.

In fact, this may be the first time someone realises they have a pet allergy.

Cats are generally more allergenic than dogs, as cat dander is smaller than dog dander and becomes airborne more easily and for longer. When these airborne particles enter the nose, they trigger lots of nasty symptoms.

So prevention is key with allergies. Stop the allergens getting in the body and the body won’t react. No home is 100% allergen free, but there are some simple ways to minimise the allergens around you. Here are some simple, easy to implement tips.

• Ensure your pet is well groomed and shampooed as much as possible to remove pet allergens.
• Keep pets off sofas and beds, and out of the bedroom altogether if possible.
• Vacuum regularly to reduce the amount of pet dander around the home. It may also be beneficial to install “Allergy Friendly” flooring.
• Damp dust regularly to reduce the amount of pet dander on surfaces, and to reduce the amount dispersed into the air.
• Use an organic, drug free allergen barrier balm. HayMax has been proven to trap pet and dust allergens before they enter the body [1]. Apply the balm around the nostrils and bones of the eyes in the morning and throughout the day, to trap pet allergens before they enter the body where they can cause symptoms. Less allergen, less reaction.
• Keep blankets in a cupboard to prevent the build up of allergens on them.
• Consider using an air filter/purifier with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particle Arresting) filter to capture the pet allergen particles and cool and circulate the air.

Applying HayMax allergen barrier balm two or three times a day provides a highly effective, invisible barrier to pet allergens. It’s also highly cost effective, as one pot can last six months. It is suitable for the whole family; children, teenagers and adults, including pregnant and breast-feeding mums.

HayMax drug-free allergen barrier balms retail at £6.99 per pot and are available from Holland & Barrett; selected Morrisons, Waitrose and Boots; independent chemists, pharmacists and health stores; on 01525 406600 or direc from

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Monday, 24 April 2017

Fast Movement Make ALL Runners Winners!

In Fast Movement Make ALL Runners Winners! physiology expert Ian B.  Stark makes some points that might seem counterintuitive and will certainly be seen as controversial by some.

In his book he shows how a lack of sugar can actually thew real cause behind the increase of cases of Type 2 Diabetes.

He points out that it is his desire and aim to start what he describes as "a proper" debate on the causes of the increase in obesity and how to bring it to an end.

In his book he shows how movement can make everyone a winner both physically and financially. And this is the case no matter how good or how bad you might be, he points out.

He draws upon his extensive experiences in sport and nutrition and through his running a lunchtime keep fit club before he took his retirement.

Going against the conventional wisdom of many other studies on the importance of  a healthy lifestyle diet and exercise, Ian takes the somewhat controversial stance that sugars, far from being a total villein in the story are actually a vital part of life and that those who are exercising actually require sugars in their diet to remain healthy.

He believes that what he views as the current obsession with altering our diet in order to control weight gain and avoiding type 2 diabetes is actually a part of the problem and should be secondary to taking exercise.
He believes we should eat to live and not live to eat, that we should look on using calories and not burning calories.

He believes that many experts, in effect, put the cart before the horse. That exercise should be considered first and that what we eat should be considered then.

This is an interesting, albeit controversial view of battling the obesity crisis, and will be of interest to professionals or for people who are concerned about their health in general.

It is published by Matador at £10.99 and is available to purchase at our shop