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World Diabetes Day – Awareness of Diabetes

World Diabetes Day – Awareness of Diabetes

14th November is World Diabetes Day, an awareness day to bring awareness and knowledge of diabetes to the public and encourage everyone to check, particularly if they are concerned they have symptoms of Diabetes. Diagnosing Diabetes early can make a big difference to your health and treatment of the diagnosis.

Diabetes is a lifelong condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. Information below has been gathered from NHS web-site and our web-site.
Nova Health Products will be running an offer until the 23:59 on 14th November, giving a further 10% off any Diabetes Home Test Kits, including any currently on special offer or sale.

There are 2 main types of diabetes:

Type 1 diabetes – where the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin
Type 2 diabetes – where the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the body’s cells don’t react to insulin

Is one type of diabetes more common?
Yes, type 2 diabetes is far more common than type 1. In the UK, around 90% of all adults with diabetes have type 2.

During pregnancy, some women have such high levels of blood glucose that their body is unable to produce enough insulin to absorb it all. This is known as gestational diabetes.

Many more people have blood sugar levels above the normal range, but not high enough to be diagnosed as having diabetes.

This is sometimes known as pre-diabetes. If your blood sugar level is above the normal range, your risk of developing full-blown diabetes is increased. It’s very important for diabetes to be diagnosed as early as possible because it will get progressively worse if left untreated.

Nova Health Products Ltd keep large stock of Diabetes Home Test Kits, so if you are worried that you might have some of the symptoms of diabetes, you can take a test yourself at home and within minutes you’ll have a good idea if you should you see a doctor. It could just be they symptoms are similar but you’ve not actually got diabetes.

The NHS recommends you visit your GP as soon as possible if you experience the main symptoms of diabetes, which include:

Feeling very thirsty
Urinating more frequently than usual, particularly at night
Feeling very tired
Weight loss and loss of muscle bulk
Itching around the penis or vagina, or frequent episodes of thrush
Cuts or wounds that heal slowly
Blurred vision

Type 1 diabetes can develop quickly over weeks or even days whereas many people have type 2 diabetes for years without realising because the early symptoms tend to be general.

Causes of diabetes
The amount of sugar in the blood is controlled by a hormone called insulin, which is produced by the pancreas (a gland behind the stomach). When food is digested and enters your bloodstream, insulin moves glucose out of the blood and into cells, where it’s broken down to produce energy. However, if you have diabetes, your body is unable to break down glucose into energy. This is because there’s either not enough insulin to move the glucose, or the insulin produced doesn’t work properly. Although there are no lifestyle changes you can make to lower your risk of type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes is often linked to being overweight.

Living with diabetes
If you’ve carried out a home diabetes test and proceeded to see the Doctor who has then confirmed you’re diagnosis, you’ll need to eat healthily, take regular exercise and carry out regular blood tests to ensure your blood glucose levels stay balanced. You can use the BMI healthy weight calculator to check whether you’re a healthy weight.

People diagnosed with type 1 diabetes also require regular insulin injections for the rest of their life. As type 2 diabetes is a progressive condition, medication may eventually be required, usually in the form of tablets.

Diabetic eye screening
Everyone with diabetes aged 12 or over should be invited to have their eyes screened once a year. If you have diabetes, your eyes are at risk from diabetic retinopathy, a condition that can lead to sight loss if it’s not treated.

Screening, which involves a half-hour check to examine the back of the eyes, is a way of detecting the condition early so it can be treated more effectively.

International Stress Awareness Day

International Stress Awareness Day

Today (7th November 2018) is International Stress Awareness Day…

It is important to spare some time, even if it isn’t still the 7th November 2018 when you read this…

First step is knowing when there is a problem, and when to ask for help or have someone to talk with.

So if you’re reading this on the 7th November or not, spare some time and take the NHS Mood Self Assessment test:

The NHS has provided a Mood Self-Assessment test that is free to use. At the end you can receive some advice on the next steps.

Whilst there are some natural herbal remedies that can help give a boost, and for some, fitness or exercising can also help lower stress and depression, but we would also recommend contacting your Doctor if you feel you are suffering from high stress or serve depression.

Sexual Health Awareness Week 24 – 30 September

Do Raspberry Ketones Actually Work?

Do Raspberry Ketones Actually Work?

Raspberry ketones have grown in popularity over the last 10 years or so, following an influx of media attention on the pill versions of the supplement which hailed them as a ‘magic weight loss’ tool. Raspberry ketones are a common ingredient in many different products, and aren’t found exclusively in raspberries, despite their name.

Myths About Raspberry Ketones

Ketones aren’t just found in raspberries, but also in kiwis, blackberries and cranberries, and are used in ice creams and other processed foods as a flavouring, as well as cosmetic products for flavour and fragrance.

Another common myth about raspberry ketones is that they are a ‘magic diet pill’, which is strictly untrue – no form of diet supplement will work without healthier modifications being made to one’s diet and levels of physical activity.

But Do They Work?

When tested, it was discovered that raspberry ketones increased a breakdown of fat by increasing lipolysis, making the fat cells tested more sensitive to the effects of a fat-burning hormone called norepinephrine. The tests also showed that the raspberry ketones made cells release more adiponectin, which is a hormone associated with the regulation of both blood sugar levels and metabolism. These results would suggest that raspberry ketones can help with weight loss.

Should I Try Raspberry Ketones?

As well as being a popular weight loss product, they do have an abundance of other benefits when taken. The most notable of their benefits include improved elasticity of skin and increased growth of hair, when taken topically and at the recommended rate.

We hope you found this blog post useful but we would encourage you to discuss the information with your doctor before embarking on your weight loss journey. The information in this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. If you have any concerns about weight loss or weight management, we always recommend speaking to a medical professional.
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6 Foods That Actively Help Lower Cholesterol

6 Foods That Actively Help Lower Cholesterol

We hear a lot about cholesterol – but not many people know how to control it.

For those who don’t know, the buildup of cholesterol can narrow the arteries and make it harder for blood to flow through them.

The buildup can also lead to dangerous blood clots and inflammation that can cause heart attacks and strokes.

However, some foods can actively reduce cholesterol levels.

Choosing a healthy diet, low in saturated fat is important in helping to keep your cholesterol low but you can reduce your cholesterol levels further by including these six foods in your everyday diet.

Soya Foods

Naturally low in saturated fat, studies show you can lower your cholesterol by around 6% by including as little as 15g soy protein per day. Choose soya alternatives to milk and yogurt, soya desserts etc.


Nuts are rich in protein, fibre, and heart – healthy unsaturated fats. A handful of nuts every day has the potential to lower cholesterol by an average of 5%.


Both oats and barley are rich in a form of soluble fibre called beta – glucan.

Once eaten, beta – glucan forms a gel which helps bind cholesterol in the intestines and prevent it from being absorbed. It’s recommended we eat about 3g of beta – glucan per day.

Fruits and vegetables

Fruit and vegetables are a valuable source of cholesterol – lowering soluble fibres.

Try to include at least one pulse (beans, peas, lentils) every day. Other rich sources of soluble fibre include sweet potato, aubergine, strawberries, and prunes.

Foods rich in unsaturated fats

Keeping your daily saturated fat intake below 20g (women) a nd 30g (men) is vital for cholesterol lowering. But it is equally important to replace this saturated fat with modest amounts of unsaturated fats.

These are found in olive, sunflower, corn, rapeseed and other vegetable, nut, and seed oils.

Try to avoid coconut and palm oil as, unlike other these vegetable oils, they are rich in saturated fats.

Controlling your cholesterol levels can be difficult. By trying to eat as many of the above foods as often as possible, you should be on the right lines.

If you would like to check your cholesterol levels, then you can order your self – test kit here

A Beginners Guide to Losing Weight

A Beginners Guide to Losing Weight

Weight loss is very personal journey. This is a general guide so will not be relevant to 100% of the population but it will be a good starting point for many.

When it comes to weight loss, diet is the most important factor. Create a calorie deficit, where you burn more calories than you consume, and you will burn fat.

Calorie Tracking

It may feel like an inconvenience at first but if you’re overweight, you have a calorie debt that you owe.

Tracking food consumption will give you some awareness of what you are taking in. There’s a range of free calorie tracking apps that can make this much easier for you. Check out MyFitnessPal or FitDay as two excellent examples.

Calculating Target Calorie Deficit

To calculate your target calorie deficit in order to stimulate weight loss you must first find your Total Daily Energy Expenditure (TDEE).

This is the number of calories you need each day just to maintain your present weight, with your current activity level.

There are two main approaches you can use:

Track all your diet and weight with detailed records of food intake closely. This will gauge an accurate value that’s specific to you click here for a more detailed look into manually tracking your TDEE

Or you can short cut that using an automated calorie estimation tool, based on scientific formulas for a best guess estimate, but this is likely to have a greater margin of error.

There are some useful websites that will automatically calculate your TDEE, including and

Example TDEE: 3000 calories Example weight loss goal: 2lbs / week

If your weight loss goal is 2lbs per week, and your TDEE is 3000 calories – then we can calculate the exact number of calories you need to lose to reach your goal. 3500 calories equates to 1lb of fat, so to lose 2lbs of fat in a week we need to lose 7000 calories a week, or 1000 calories a day.

Therefore you would need to eat 2000 calories a day to lose 2lbs of fat a week. As we said at the top, this is a guide, but it will add some structure to the process.

Losing weight is not rocket science. Generally, if you eat less and move more, you will lose weight.

One of the key factors to successful weight loss is having the correct mind set.

It won’t happen overnight and will take dedication to shift excess fat. It may be a cliche, but it is a lifestyle change.

Once you’ve got your target calories, supplements can be a great way to give yourself that extra little push along.

Check out our range of weight loss supplements by clicking here

Discover the Wonders of Detox Foot Patches

Struggling to Relieve Stress? Introducing Detox Foot Patches…

Work, family, bills, more work… Life can be stressful sometimes.

It seems that no matter how quickly you deal with one problem, another one is right around the corner.

Stress can quickly lead to headaches, over/under eating, and a lack of sleep. In fact, the symptoms of stress will very quickly cause more stress – becoming an endless cycle.

Whilst there are some tried and tested treatments, one that you may not have heard of are Detox Foot Pads.

What are they?

The Chinese have long believed that human health is directly related to the soles of the feet, so we need a basic understanding of how the human body is believed to function in relation to ancient Chinese health principles.

“For many centuries, eastern medical practices have believed that body toxins accumulate in the feet as they travel downwards through the body and get trapped in the soles of the feet.”

Chinese medical principles also state that many health problems and conditions are directly related to the build-up of toxins in the body.

A good example of this is the relationship between rheumatism and arthritis and the harmful build up of acidic fluid in the joints.

How do they work?

You apply one patch to the heel of each foot, often at night before bed (but it’s entirely up to you when you apply them).

The detox foot pads are made up of unique natural ingredients.

Wood vinegar (the fluid or sap derived from tree cells – pyroligneous acid) Tourmaline crystal
Vitamin C


Why the Feet?

The reason the patches are placed on the soles of the feet is because Japanese and Chinese culture has a long history of reflexology and the relationship between the internal organs of the body and the 62 acupuncture points that can be found on the soles of the feet, that are believed to mirror the internal organs of the body.

It has long been thought in these cultures that stimulation to these reflex points is beneficial to one’s health and well being.

Can they help you?

Whilst the premise may seem a little unconventional, the proof really is in the pudding.
If you’re looking for a new way to reduce your stress levels, then these really are for you.

Detox while you sleep wake up feeling great!

Get yourself your first pack of Detox Foot Pads from our website by clicking here

3 Things You Can Start Today to Change Your Life Forever

3 Things You Can Start Today to Change Your Life Forever

Living a healthier lifestyle doesn’t have to be about a drastic overhaul. As with many times in life, if you try to change too much too quickly, you can soon lose motivation.

Making small steps consistently will leave you in a far better place to achieve your goals.

So, what are things you can do TODAY, that will change your life for the better?

Drink more water

It’s recommended that you drink at least 2 litres of water, every day. If we’re honest, most of us don’t manage that on a regular basis.

Especially when you consider that tea and coffee are a diuretic, meaning that all those workplace brews are DEHYDRATING you!

As well as properly hydrating your body, drinking an appropriate amount of water also helps relieve fatigue, promotes weight loss, and can improve your complexion. Surely that’s enough of an incentive to drink more water.

Check your body’s minerals and deficiencies

Most people are completely unaware of the minerals or toxins in their body. You might ask, why is it important?

Well, one issue is heavy metals. They are present in all biological systems and they can also can be found in some pharmaceutical drugs but ideally levels of heavy metals should be as low as possible in the human body.

There is a growing body of evidence that suggests a link between heavy metals and significant developmental and neurological damage to the brain. Toxic metals can have negative effects on the healthy development of babies and children and are linked to a multitude of serious health conditions.

Assess your body’s mineral deficiencies and toxin levels to find out if you need to make any serious changes to improve your health. A Nova Detox hair analysis test can check for mineral imbalances and determine concentrations of toxic heavy metal contaminants with a hair sample.

The results from the hair test are displayed in an easy to read graph and are accompanied by detailed dietary and supplement recommendations, a comprehensive mineral nutritional deficiency and toxic heavy metal report, as well as a patient and practitioner report of your metabolic profile.

Find out more about our Hair Analysis Mineral Health Test and order yours here

Get the right nutrients

Do you often feel low on energy, or do you pick up niggling illnesses on a regular basis?

This could be because your body is lacking in the right vitamins and minerals. A healthy, balanced diet is the best way to ensure you get the right amounts of the vitamins and minerals you need.

One example of a possible requirement is women thinking of having a baby. The NHS recommends women should take a folic acid supplement, as should any pregnant woman up to week 12 of her pregnancy. This can help to prevent neural tube defects, such as spina bifida.

In addition to this, it is recommended by the Department of Health that everyone over the age of five (including pregnant and breastfeeding women) should consider taking a daily vitamin D supplement, particularly between October and March.

We have a wide range of vitamins and minerals available on our website. Find the right ones for you by clicking here

If you can get started with these 3 things today, you could well find yourself feeling fitter, happier, and pain-free.

Take a look around our website to discover our full range of health products.

3 Essential Minerals You Are Probably Missing

3 Essential Minerals You Are Probably Missing


Everybody hears about them and knows they should ‘have them’ but don’t know what they are for.

Health fanatics talk about how important vitamins and minerals are for functioning properly and yet a lot of ‘health’ professionals don’t really know how much of each mineral is required. More importantly, they don’t realise they are specific to each person.

We are here to make it easier for you. We are going to look at three of the most important minerals you should have which are Magnesium, Calcium and Selenium.


This is particularly important for women and, put in simple terms, it is vital for energy production, nutrient metabolism, cell and bone formation, and blood coagulation. Let us explain.

Energy production is pretty straight forward, if you are feeling low in energy then you may be lacking in magnesium. It can be taken in capsule form and now it is most commonly known to be found in Epsom Salts. These are great by the way because anything you put on to your skin is soaked through in 16 seconds so it reaches your blood supply quicker to be carried around your body.

Cell and bone formation are common sense and blood coagulation is essentially blood transforming from a liquid to a gel like texture to clot, which is absolutely vital if you cut yourself as it prevents further blood loss.


This is similar in some respects to magnesium as it’s necessary for blood clotting and bone formation. It’s also vital though for regulating muscle contractions including your heartbeat.

You may be wondering what muscle contractions are vital for. Well, your muscles are connected to your bones so muscle contractions help you with flexibility and the movement of your bones. Oh let’s not forget calcium is good for healthy strong teeth too!


This is super important for cognitive function, a healthy immune system and fertility, would you believe?

Cognitive function is primarily concerned with the brain and covers memory, concentration, attention and retention of information. So, if you are feeling slightly brain foggy and have a short memory it’s definitely worth getting tested for this.

A lot of people suffer from colds and viruses but, if the immune system was healthy, then the person would be healthier too. A healthy immune system starts with the gut being 80% responsible for your immunity.

As for fertility, which relates to both men and women, some people see right past testing for minerals when it comes to this. Consequently, they just wouldn’t know if it was something as simple as a shortage of minerals in their system, particularly calcium.

Is it important getting tested for minerals then? Yes, you bet. Particularly based on the above, and healthy levels of those three minerals could already make a difference to your health.

The Nova hair analysis test can test for all three minerals above and more, and you can buy yours right here with the results coming in as little as a couple of weeks: Click here

What Your Hair Says About You

What Your Hair Says About You

Hair is so important to a person because it’s their identity. Women alone spend on average £460 a year on hair care and around 6 full days on washing and styling, and that’s just the time spent at home. Any time and money spent at salons is additional.

It’s important to most people how they look and you can tell the difference between the well groomed, and the folk that don’t put as much effort in. However, it’s not all about the styling. Whether you spend 6 minutes or 6 days a year on your hair it plays another important role.

Taking a strand of your hair and getting it tested can reveal a lot about your health. It can tell you which minerals you are deficient in and test toxin levels. So if you want to stay super healthy without leaving your home it may be a good way forward for you.

Let’s have a look at some other information and hair conditions your hair can tell you.


This is completely harmless and generally just dry flakey bits of scalp. You and your hair are probably dehydrated so make sure you drink plenty of water and get yourself a good hair treatment to moisturise intensely. Additionally, it could be a sign of dermatitis, eczema or psoriasis and, if this is the case, consult your doctor or an over the counter pharmacy if you are worried.

Sun Damage

Dry, brittle, bleached blonde, and split ends in your hair is usually a sign of too much sun. Wear a sun hat in really hot weather and get an intense hair mask, preferably one that you can leave in and has an SPF. This will help to protect you from the sun. Too much sun can burn your scalp which is a painful experience.

Shiny Hair

If your hair is looking and feeling a bit dull you can get it to look luscious through your diet. Go for foods contain Omega 3 such as oily fish, Vitamin A in carrots and spinach, Selenium through brazil nuts, and Zinc through cashew nuts.

Hair Loss and Alopecia

This is sometimes caused by stress and built up emotions that haven’t been released. Sometimes it comes from being too tough with your hair. Hair styles like pony tails, buns, plaits, pin ups, and head extensions all require harsh brushing. These can cause the hair to break and and fall out so be more gentle with that brush.

Drug Side Effects

Certain drugs for lowering cholesterol, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs, birth control and menopause can cause hair loss. Generally though, when the drugs are stopped the hair does grow back.

Drug Testing

Did you know that you can be tested for drug abuse through your hair? In fact, it goes way back before urine samples. With your head hair it can detect as far back as 90 days and body hair 90+ days. Nobody really uses this anymore apart from the police but always something to bear in mind.

Brain Fog Anybody?

Did you know you can use hair testing as a blueprint to increase energy, reduce brain fog and increase performance? It detects what minerals are low in your system which are crucial for clarity, energy and performance.

Low Energy

If you have low energy you are likely to have certain minerals and nutrients missing and hair testing is a great way of finding out what you need. You can be tested for anything from Adrenal Fatigue, Inflammation and Thyroid Function to Mental Health. However, if you are concerned, please do seek medical advice.

The Hair Mineral Analysis Test will test for mineral deficiencies and toxin levels. Please note, that if you have any health concerns then you should visit your doctor as this test is not a replacement for professional medical advice.

At £69 though, it can give you peace of mind at home for staying in optimal health, plus you will receive a full lab report showing you every mineral and heavy metal level in your body.