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World Kidney Day

With World Kidney Day taking place on the 12th of March, we’ve put together some top tips to ensure your kidneys are fighting fit. The focus of this year’s campaign is the importance of preventive interventions to avoid the onset and progression of kidney disease. Here are a few tips to set you on the right path.

Keep fit, be active

It’s a simple rule but to keep your body functioning effectively, it’s important to stay active. As well as helping to maintain a healthy weight, regular exercise can also help to reduce blood pressure and boost the health of your heart. These both play an important role in preventing kidney damage. So keep your body moving and your blood pumping.

Maintain a healthy diet

Another one that’s quite simple and is just a part of your everyday life. A proper diet and exercise go hand in hand especially when it comes to working on yourself. Maintaining a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables, as well as controlling your sugars will help massively when it comes to keeping your kidneys strong.

Ensure you’re keeping yourself topped up

Your kidneys need water to live, without water you’re running the risk of issues such as urinary tract infections or kidney stones. If not treated quickly, these can cause damage to your kidneys and lead to other kidney-related problems. A good indication is if your urine is a strong yellow colour, you probably need some more water in your system. If this is continuous, even with an influx in water consumption, consult a medical professional.

Self-medicating

A lot of the time, over the counter anti-inflammatory or pain-killers are taken to help overcome a problem.

When taken in recommended quantities they can be an ideal solution as they help our body to fight off issues and feel better. But continuing to take pain-killers and anti-inflammatories can lead to some serious kidney problems. It’s important not to become dependent on them.

We recommend that you get your kidney function checked by a medical professional if you have any ‘high risk’ factors, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Family history of kidney disease

New year, new you!

Making small changes add up to a big difference.

The festive season is long gone, most people have abandoned their new years’ resolutions and Dry January is over. While some people start the new year with ambitious, life-changing goals, sometimes it’s good to work on smaller, more achievable goals over a longer period of time.

Be more active!

It’s time to dust of those running shoes and give your fitness regime another go. Everyone knows that the gym is busy at this time of year with everyone looking to get fit. Going to the gym, joining an exercise class and getting a personal trainer is all well and good but we know that not everyone can do that. So try a workout routine in the comfort of your own home. There are lots of resources available online that require minimal equipment.

There are also programmes running in many areas such as Couch to 5k. This starts with a brisk 5 minute walk all the way up to a 30 minute run. Available as an app to work on in your own time or there are meetings and clubs available to help motivate you.

Eating Healthier

You are what you eat. Changing your diet can be one of the biggest and simplest tweaks you can make.

Cut down on sugars and saturated fats. Avoid fatty meats, butter, hard cheese and stay away from fizzy drinks, sweets and chocolate.

Try planning your meals for the week ahead. That way you’re more likely to stick to it rather than wandering the supermarket and getting tempted every evening.

When you’re planning your meals, look to include more fish, vegetables and fruit. Then be cautious about your portion size when it comes to plating up.

It’s probably best to avoid fad based diets. The results are much quicker but you’re much more likely to break your diet and relapse back into your more comfortable eating habits and any progress made will be lost.

Vitamins

It’s important to ensure your body has all the nutrients that it needs in order to be fitter and healthier. It might be that you need to top up your iron or you need a little more vitamin D in your life.

Nova Detox has all the supplements you need to ensure that your body is able to work at its maximum potential. Take a look at our full range of supplements and vitamins.

How to keep healthy this Christmas

How to keep healthy this Christmas

With Christmas on the horizon, we all know now is the time to dig out the cosy clothes and eat, drink and dance our way into a very merry time.

But we’ve got some very handy tips to help you survive the festive times.

1) Ease up on the alcohol. It’s the festive period, there are office parties, Christmas do’s and family gatherings. The booze quickly mounts up, especially if you’re a heavy drinker. Maybe take one or two events on your social calendar a little easier. You’ll feel much better the day after, but also overall throughout the month it’ll stop the pounds piling up.

2) Keep active. It’s cold, wet and dark outside. But you can always try joining a gym, taking a couple of classes here and there, going for a swim, keeping your body up and active rather than looking for an excuse to sit on the sofa and veg out with a boxset.

3) Fruit and veg. Eating healthily seems very obvious but it’s now easier than ever to eat all the wrong things. It’s cold and wet and we want our favourite foods to make us feel better throughout the night. But mix it up, throw in some veggies, look for a vegetarian alternative to one of your classic dishes.

If you’re still struggling to get your helpings of fruit and veg and balance your vitamins. Check out our fruit and vegetable sachets. Each sachet contains around the same amount of nutrients as 15 servings of fruit and veg.

4) Relax. Most importantly, this is the time to kick back and have some well-deserved me-time. The holidays can be a stressful time of year. Kick back, relax and have a me-day. Perfect for your mental health.

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Who Are Trace Minerals Research

Nova Health Products have been a UK Trace Minerals Research partner for years now, but for those who are new to Nova Health Products or just interested to know more, please read on…

Trace Minerals Research is the ionic mineral supplement brand known and trusted for over 35 years. Until 1999, TMR had only a handful of products. But in that same year, three visionary TMR sales representatives saw the monumental growth potential these and future products had. Combining their resources, the reps purchased TMR and began strategically launching and marketing an ever-growing line of products.

Today, TMR offers improved delivery systems, bulk minerals, private label ingredients and a strong international presence. Company sales have increased by over 500 percent, and more than 50 products have been added to the product line. Due to this rapid growth, TMR has more than doubled the size of its facility and the number of its employees—all while retaining the product quality and corporate integrity that enabled the growth.

Our strategic growth and global marketing initiatives have positioned the TMR brand as an industry-leading provider of ionic trace minerals. Our group of companies offers over 100 products in liquid, powder, and tablet forms to accommodate the needs of all our customers.

Beating the Winter Blues

Winter is upon us once again. Some would say that it’s a peaceful time of year, full of hot drinks and cosy blanket evenings. But the darker, shorter days can really begin to take its toll so we’ve put together a little list to help you beat the winter blues.

1. Keep active
With dark mornings and evenings, it can be hard to motivate yourself to keep active and healthy. But a quick trip to the gym or even a brisk walk can really improve your spirit and boost your mood. Try and buddy up with someone to keep yourself accountable, whether it’s a family member or friend.

2. Get outside
Spend time outdoors and try to soak up a lot of natural daylight as much as possible, especially at midday and on brighter days. If this isn’t possible, try ensuring you’re sat beside a window to allow natural light in. If you’re not getting enough sun, Trace Minerals Liquid Vitamin D3 can give you the vitamin boost you need.

3. Eat healthy
A healthy diet can boost your mood tenfold. It’ll give you more energy and will help you manage your weight over the winter period. It can be difficult with all the temptation of comforting winter meals but try balancing your diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables

4. Take up a new hobby
Keep your mind busy and give yourself something to focus on over the coming months. It could be absolutely anything from knitting, to joining the gym, or even scrapbooking. Really get stuck into a task and let the time fly by.

5. Be social
Make an effort to keep in touch with friends and family. Make plans to give yourself something to look forward to and spend time socialising to really help boost your mood.

Nova Detox has a whole host of vitamins and supplements available to keep you topped up and healthy throughout the winter months. Browse our range today.

5 Simple Tips to Help You Lose Weight

Are you struggling to lose weight? Follow these 5 quick tips for fast and effective weight loss…

1. Make exercise fun
One of the main reasons people fall behind with their fitness goals is that they create exercise routines which are repetitive, dull and uninspiring. Instead of forcing yourself to do the same thing every gym session, spice it up by choosing activities that you actually enjoy. Why not switch from running on a treadmill to pole dancing? Or how about turning the Stairmaster into a Zumba class?

2. Don’t deprive yourself
When trying to lose weight, it’s easy to succumb to the ‘diet’ mentality. If you want to keep yourself healthy as well as shed the pounds, then you have to learn not to deprive yourself or skip meals. Denying yourself food will only make you want it more! Try to incorporate your favourite foods by reducing the portion size or looking for similar healthy alternatives.

3. Boost your immune system
Losing weight is difficult when you are under the weather. So, keep yourself fighting fit by taking supplements designed to keep your immune system in check. Nova’s Green Superfood Powder Supplement will support your immune system by making sure you get all the nutrients your body needs.

4. Diversify your diet
If your diet is diverse and exciting, you are less likely to turn to unhealthy alternatives to satisfy hunger pangs. Make sure that your meal plan is different each week, as too much routine can lead to boredom-eating. Add diversity to your diet by trying new ingredients and flavours. You could even take a cooking class to learn about foods from around the world as well as picking up some healthier cooking techniques.

5. Increase energy levels
It’s no good having a fantastic fitness regime if you don’t have the energy to exercise. So, make the most of your fitness classes by ensuring that you are suitably energised. Instead of relying on coffee to keep you awake, try natural alternatives such as Pharmanex’s Tegreen Food Supplement. One capsule of this antioxidant formula contains the equivalent of 7 cups of green tea, but since it’s 99% caffeine-free it won’t keep you up at night!

Summer skincare tips

For most people, summer is the perfect time to wind down and take a few days off to enjoy the sunshine. However, it is also a time when many of us want to look our best for holiday snaps and beach holidays. To ensure that your skin stays looking bright, dewy and glowing during the summer months, try following our helpful skincare tips:

1. Be generous with the sunscreen

It goes without saying, really, but sunny days require sunscreen to ward off sunburn. As well as making you look like a tomato for a few days, frequent sunburn can lead to serious health issues and can accelerate the skin’s ageing process.

2. Take cool showers

Taking a hot shower after being out in the sun can dry your skin out. Turning down your temperature gauge can have a number of benefits including keeping skin moist and preventing breakouts of acne.

3. Replenish your skin’s dewy glow with moisturising products

Moisturising regularly is important during the summer months. Whilst your skin is less likely to be chapped or broken than during winter months, heat can easily dry your complexion out during summer. Remember to use hydrating hand cream on a regular basis. You should also apply a healthy amount of lotion after every shower or bath. Soothibg body lotion from Pharmanex is a great option if your skin is a little sore from the sun as it helps to soothe the body. It will also help to ease any pain if you’ve been exercising hard.

4. Indulge in some healthy melon

Melons are rich with unique antioxidants that can help to provide moisture to the skin and leave your complexion looking radiant.

5. Pay attention to acne

Most of us sweat more during summer and this can sometimes lead to bad breakouts for those prone to acne. To combat this, make sure to exfoliate regularly and to use acne-fighting products such as acne cleaner spray from Salcura.

3 Tips for Oral Care

Recent reports reveal an increasing trend of bad oral hygiene among young people. These reports show that around 170 under 18s per day across the UK underwent tooth extraction procedures in 2016-17.

These shocking numbers are contributed to the ‘sugar crisis’, but other factors are just as likely to cause tooth decay and loss in people of all ages. To maintain good oral hygiene, there are three vital steps everyone can take to protect their teeth and avoid preventable procedures such as fillings and tooth extractions due to tooth decay.

FLOSS – To remove plaque from between teeth and keep teeth and gums healthy, floss daily. Be sure to floss slowly using back and forth motions. Flossing before or after brushing the teeth comes down to preference, and there is no one option proven to be more beneficial to oral hygiene than the other. If using dental floss causes pain or bleeding, consider using dental tape instead.

REDUCE – To better practice oral care, cut out acidic drinks from your diet where possible. Acidic drinks include soft drinks, fruit juices and cordials. Food and drink that is acidic softens the materials that form the tooth and dissolve the minerals in tooth enamel, causing cavities in teeth. In more extreme cases, teeth exposed to acidic foods can be ‘eaten’ down to the gums through this process.

Sugary foods are also dangerous for teeth, as the bacteria in dental plaque turns sugars into acids, which cause cavities. Because of this, it’s important to limit your intake of sugary and acidic foods and drinks to a sensible amount and maintain a habit of regular teeth brushing.

BRUSH – Brush teeth smart and often. Make sure you brush your teeth twice a day, especially after meals and using a small-headed toothbrush to make reaching the back of the teeth easier. Using a small-headed electric toothbrush is a viable option, but manual brushes are just as capable of removing the plaque and bacteria responsible for tooth decay, as long as fluoride toothpaste is used regardless of if you’re using a manual or electric brush.

Fluoride toothpaste is an important element to oral care as fluoride hardens tooth enamel and reduces decay risk. If you are keen to whiten your teeth, we would recommend using a fluoride toothpaste that is gentle to teeth and gums, lightens teeth without harmful peroxides and is non-oxidising or bleaching.

When rinsing the mouth after brushing, do not rinse straight away, allow the concentrated fluoride of the toothpaste to stay in the mouth after spitting out excess toothpaste and rinse later. Using a mouthwash that contains fluoride can be beneficial, but mouthwash is best used in place of brushing after meals that one would not normally brush after, such as lunchtime.

To improve your oral care routine, take a look at our AP24 Whitening Toothpaste, with more oral care products coming soon to Nova Detox.

5 Exercises to Relieve Arthritis Pain

Arthritis is an inflammation on one or multiple joints and affects more than 10 million people in the UK. Of the condition, there are two common forms, the first being osteoarthritis and the second being rheumatoid arthritis. While many people know that heat, cooling agents and products that contain ibuprofen or glucosamine can help manage or reduce the pain caused by arthritis, its lesser known that one of the best ways to relieve arthritis pain and manage the condition is through exercise.

Exercise helps reduce the pain caused by arthritis, especially osteoarthritis, and can prevent sore joints and stave off the condition worsening over time. Additionally, exercise aids in improving mood, providing a better quality of life and managing weight and overall health.

Walking

This is a good place to start with relieving arthritis symptoms, as it can be done at your own pace and is possible for the majority of people to take part in. Walking helps strengthen the muscles in the legs and core, which in turn shifts the pressure from the joints, reducing arthritis pain.

Swimming

Exercise based in water is good for those with joint pain and arthritis as the warm water relaxes muscles, reducing pain. Water also supports the body to take strain off the spine, knees and hips and builds muscle through resistance, as water has 12 times more resistance than air.

Cycling

Cycling and indoor cycling in particular is a good exercise for those looking to reduce or relieve arthritis pain as it’s a cardiovascular activity that takes pressure off the joints, unlike other cardiovascular exercises such as running. Cardiovascular exercise such as cycling also helps improve circulation.

Yoga

Over time, starting slowly, yoga builds balance, flexibility and strength in the body. This shifts pressure from the joints and helps reduce arthritic stiffness whilst yoga also aids in inflammation reduction.

Like most exercise, yoga is useful for boosting mood and energy, both of which are important in dealing with health conditions, especially ones that can be as debilitating as arthritis.

Low Impact, Low Effort

Taking part in exercise doesn’t have to require leaving the house or even breaking a sweat. There are many small yet effective types of exercise that can be done at home, work or even in public to relieve arthritis pain and prevent future pain.

  • Hand stretches: For those with pain and stiffness in the hands and fingers, hand stretches need no equipment to complete and can be done anywhere. Slowly, spread your digits and extend them as far as your hand will allow, fanning your hand as wide as possible, then slowly clench your hand and squeeze, before releasing and repeating in as many reps as comfortable. Resistance balls do exist to help make this exercise more effective.
  • Stretching: Slowly stretching out your arms, back and legs and rotating your hands, ankles and neck after you wake up and after sitting still for a long period of time can prevent stiffness and arthritic pain before the pain fully appears and can contribute to overall flexibility.
  • Chair stands: An exercise perfect for building leg muscle, chair stands can be done anywhere you feel comfortable repeatedly rising and sitting in your seat. For chair stands, use a hard, sturdy chair and slowly stand up then sit back down, trying to control the motion with your legs instead of using your arms too much to push out of the chair and avoiding falling back into the chair by dropping back down with no control. We suggest doing chair stands in repetitions of 5,10 or 15.

At Nova Detox, we stock a range of products that can ease the pain of arthritis. Hopefully you have found this blog useful but it is not a replacement for professional medical advice. If you have any medical concerns, we always recommend speaking to your GP.

Preparing For A Healthy Holiday Season

Nobody wants to spend the holiday season ill or under the weather, and while some things may feel inevitable about this time as the year – such as having to spend time with extended family you’d rather not and panicking about what gifts to get – ill-health is something that can often be avoided.

All Things In Moderation

Christmas is a time of indulgence, but it’s important to remember that all good things are best enjoyed in moderation. Alcohol, for example, causes dehydration and clouded judgement as well as hangovers, which are a guaranteed way to ruin the festive season.

It’s estimated that we consumed around 3000 calories in our Christmas dinners, which is 50% more than the average adult woman’s recommended amount and 500kcal more than the average adult male’s. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying the season’s treats, just remember to be sensible and stop when you’re full!

Stay Active

It’s recommended that adults aged 19 to 64 should try to do 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week (which is roughly 20 to 25 minutes per day) and complete strength exercises twice or more each week. To stay active over the season, consider taking advantage of the activities this time of year and the weather present, such as ice skating and sledging. Another fun way to get exercise in – especially for families with younger children – is to go geocaching on a local walking path or public wooded area.

Vitamins and Minerals

Make sure that your only source of vitamins and minerals isn’t just Christmas cake, mince pies or a novel stocking-filler satsuma. Maintain a diet that is balanced and varied, containing enough fruit and vegetables to ensure you and your family are getting the vitamins and minerals you need. If you feel your diet is lacking in this area, consider bolstering your intake using the necessary food supplements.

Be Health-Vigilant

Stave off colds this holiday seasons by wrapping up, staying hydrated and maintaining a good diet. Ill-health can spoil anyone’s Christmas, so make it a priority to top up on any necessary shots or immunisations too.

These are just a few tips to help you stay healthy this festive season but this is not a replacement for professional medical advice. If you are feeling ill, we always recommend consulting your GP. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all the team at Nova Detox!