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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!

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.

Pre-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.

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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:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mood-self-assessment/

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.
If you are looking for supplements or natural products to aid in weight-loss or health improvement, be sure to take a look at Nova Detox’s wide range – https://www.novadetox.co.uk/

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

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%.

Oats

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 TDEECalculator.net and iifym.com/tdee-calculator/

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
Dextrin

Chitosan

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