How Damp Can Drastically Impact Your Health

Avoiding Damp At Home Puts You At Risk

Damp is a property condition that spreads and puts the health of those living there at tremendous risk of respiratory illnesses.  

A combination of old, period properties and wet British weather results in damp being a common problem in UK homes. 4% of our 23 million properties were affected by damp during 2015 to 2017 alone and 41% of renters have lived in a home with mould during the past year according to YouGov. Damp can strike any property, regardless of age so long as the conditions are right for it to thrive. However, just because damp is typical doesn’t mean that it should be overlooked or ignored as it can pose serious problems to the health of all household members if left to take hold.

Who Is At Risk?

As we spend up to 16 hours of the day at home, if damp is present in your property then you’re putting yourself at risk of developing respiratory problems or conditions such as asthma and related allergies. Some people will be more sensitive to the presence of damp, and these usually include children and babies, elderly people, and those with existing conditions such as eczema and asthma. It’s also worth bearing in mind that very young children, elderly people and those who are unwell are likely to spend more than 16 hours in the home, thus providing them with additional exposure to the problem.

The Severity Of The Problem

One of the most common symptoms of damp is the development of mould, which is found in damp, cold buildings or those with poor ventilation. The invisible mould spores that are airborne can easily be inhaled without your knowledge, which can cause symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, an irritated throat, a tight chest as well as nasal congestion. A 2011 report into ‘Respiratory and Allergic Health Effects of Dampness, Mold and Dampness-Related Agents’ found that lung function is reduced when there are increased levels of indoor dampness, which can exacerbate or even be the cause of asthma.

In children, this effect is particularly pronounced – the World Health Organisation believes that a considerable proportion of the world’s 300 million childhood asthma cases are caused by damp living conditions including the presence of mould at home.

What Can Be Done?

Now that you understand the gravity of identifying a damp problem, it’s important to take remedial steps to eradicate any from your home. Darren Goodwin our damp proofing expert in Kent explains that taking a look around your property for signs of mould and damp is the essential first stop. Check  that extract fans are working property and air bricks aren’t blocked. Look for signs of disrepair and for any leaks, problems with broken pipes or outdoor guttering. If you find anything, then it’s essential that you speak to the relevant people to get these problems fixed. Consulting with a professional damp proofing company is also worthwhile. They can assess the extent of the condition and advise you on the next steps to put your home on the path back towards good health.

Why You Should Purchase Your Insoles from OrthoSole

There are plenty of insole manufacturers out there – so what makes OrthoSole any different?

We take a closer look at the history behind this UK-based company and discuss some of the many benefits of wearing OrthoSole insoles on a daily basis.

OrthoSole products have benefited from many years of research and development

Professional cricketer Ronnie Irani is the founder of OrthoSole – and he’s spent decades turning his initial idea into the range of uniquely customisable insoles that are now available from our company.

The journey began way back in 1993, when Ronnie visited a top podiatrist in Germany for support with a recurring injury. He met with Martin Trautmann, one of the most renowned orthopaedic shoemakers in the world, and was astounded by the difference that good, strong orthotics could make when it comes to reducing pain and managing ongoing rehabilitation.

Before long, Ronnie had the idea to design an affordable yet entirely customisable orthotic insole that could be used to help as many people as possible. OrthoSole was born – and Ronnie spent the next few years enlisting the help of some of the best biomechanics professionals in the world to bring his vision to life.

A great deal of research has gone into the development of our insoles, and as such, our product designs are patented all around the world. By making good use of innovative PORON® (which boasts incredible shock absorbing properties), and by pioneering a system of interchangeable inserts that can be changed at will to provide the exact level of support needed in different areas of the foot, Ronnie and the team here at OrthoSole have created a collection of products that deliver impressive benefits to wearers but that, crucially, are also accessible to all. 

All our insoles are entirely customisable

The unique design of our insoles ensures they can be fully tailored to provide you with the right kind of support, regardless of your biomechanics.

OrthoSole insoles are the only products of their kind that provide changeable arch and metatarsal support. The custom support system provided with each pair of inserts can be fully adjusted; all you need to do is experiment with the firmness and thickness of each metatarsal pad until you find a combination that feels 100% comfortable. It takes a matter of seconds to change a pad, and there’s no breaking in period, either – you’ll feel the benefits straightaway.

So, regardless of your gait, your pronation type or your body shape, you’ll always be getting the support you need when you slip on a pair of OrthoSole insoles. And if your needs change over time, you can always change the pads around until you find your perfect fit again.

Our insoles have been proven to help wearers combat a range of debilitating conditions

As well as providing much-needed support for the feet and lower limbs during everyday wear, OrthoSole products are renowned as the best insoles for plantar fasciitis and many other common foot ailments, such as Achilles tendonitis.

When too much stress is placed on your plantar fascia (the ligaments that run from your heels to your toes, in the arches of your feet), they’ll become worn and inflamed, and you’ll start experiencing pain, soreness and stiffness. OrthoSole insoles can help to prevent the painful symptoms of plantar fasciitis from emerging by absorbing some of the pressure and delivering extra cushioning to the areas that are under the most strain. We also offer specialist 8mm heel lifts that  can be worn in conjunction with our insoles to take some of the stress away from the plantar fascia tissues and speed up the healing process.

We’re always here to help

At OrthoSole, we strive to deliver a personal service. We’re committed to helping our customers, and we love nothing more than helping them find the right product for their circumstances.

So, whether you’re looking for an everyday pair of orthotic insoles for regular use, some Lite style insoles to help you fight those minor aches and pains, or even some open-toed orthotic sandals for lazy days around the pool, you can always contact our friendly team for advice and tailored recommendations.

Hypnotherapy: The Healthier Way To Lose Weight

Why weight loss hypnosis can help you achieve your dieting goals

A new treatment that combines hypnosis and talking therapies to help you to lose weight and keep it off in the longer term.

Everybody knows that being overweight is bad for your health, increasing the risk of a range of serious health conditions, from depression, heart disease and strokes, to type 2 diabetes and cancer. However, improving your diet and losing the excess weight is not always straightforward.

In desperation, many people turn to extreme measures to help them shift the pounds, but often these weight loss solutions can cause more harm than good.

Although they offer impressive short-term results, fad diets can cause a range of issues, including eating disorders and nutritional deficiencies, and they don’t work in the longer-term, with the majority of dieters regaining the weight they lost. And people who opt for the more extreme measure of getting a gastric band fitted may see the pounds dropping away, but they have to deal with the risks and recovery associated with major surgery.

In contrast, hypnotherapy for weight loss helps people to lose weight safely and effectively, without going under the knife.

Tackling the root of the problem

For many people, their weight issues stem from a problematic or unhealthy relationship with food. Weight loss hypnotherapy aims to tackle this by combining hypnosis and visualisation techniques with talking therapies such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Neurolinguistic Programming. This enables therapists to get to the root cause of any issues, devising solutions that really work and transforming a problematic relationship with food into a healthier more positive one.

Non-surgical gastric band

The core concept of hypnosis for weight loss is centred around the traditional hypnosis technique of visualisation, harnessing the power of the brain to help clients literally ‘think themselves thin’. Visualisation is an incredibly powerful tool that has been proven to have a noticeable physical impact on the body and, in the case of weight loss hypnotherapy, it is used to calibrate the signals that control digestion and feelings of fullness. The client is walked through a number of visualisation exercises, and is eventually asked to visualise having a gastric band fitted. The idea is that this offers the weight loss benefits of gastric band surgery without going under the knife.

Longterm lifestyle change

What really makes weight loss hypnotherapy stand out from the plethora of fad diets is its commitment to helping clients make long term changes to their lifestyle. It takes a truly holistic approach that ultimately aims to change the way that people think about food and eating, creating a more positive mindset and furnishing clients with the willpower they need to make permanent adjustments to their diet. Follow-up diet and nutrition advice further supports clients to make the changes they need to lose weight.

Hypnotherapy may sound like an unconventional weight loss method but, being unconventional doesn’t make it any less effective. The treatment boasts a long list of satisfied clients with many reporting significant weight loss – more than half their body weight in some cases.

So, if you’ve been struggling to lose weight and are reluctant to go under the knife, weight loss hypnosis could be the safe, effective and long-lasting solution to your dieting problems.

What Is the Most Painful Part of Tattoo Removal?

What You Can Expect

Tattoo removal may be uncomfortable, but it’s nowhere near as painful as some would have you believe.

If you have a tattoo that you have fallen out of love with, there’s only one proven way to get rid of it. However, many people are frightened of undergoing laser tattoo removal because they have heard that it’s very painful. So is there any truth to these claims – or is the treatment more straightforward than people think? Here’s everything that you need to know.

It’s not as painful as people think

The misconception that tattoo removal is very painful keeps many people from undergoing laser treatment. The truth is, while it can be uncomfortable, it pales in comparison to getting a tattoo in the first place. So if you could deal with the pain of having a tattoo, then you can certainly put up with the discomfort of having it removed. Yes, it isn’t pain free – but nowhere near as bad as some would have you think.

The laser treatment

If you familiarise yourself with the tattoo removal treatment beforehand, then you will know what kind of pain to expect. During your tattoo removal session, a hand held device will be pressed to your skin and the laser will then be activated. Many people describe the sensation of the laser moving over their skin like an elastic band being snapped against it. You may be offered a local anaesthetic cream to ease any discomfort.

Short, manageable sessions

When you have a tattoo, you can be sitting in the chair for hours. That’s not the case with tattoo removal. While it can take a number of sessions to remove your unwanted body art, those sessions are relatively short in length. They typically last from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of your tattoo. So even if you do find the procedure uncomfortable, you won’t have to tolerate the sensation for too long.

Pain after your appointment

Some people find that they experience more discomfort after their treatment. If you have ever had a nasty sunburn, then you will know what to expect. As long as you take good care of your skin in the days and weeks following your laser tattoo removal treatment, then you will heal much faster. Using aloe vera gel, Vaseline, and keeping the affected area covered and out of the sun will help to keep pain to a minimum.

Don’t be scared to ask questions

If you still have questions about how painful laser tattoo removal will be, then it’s a good idea to pop into a reputable clinic for a chat. Tattoo Removal Experts are one of the leading providers of laser tattoo removal treatment, and they will be able to talk you through what to expect, and help to identify ways to minimise your discomfort. You’re sure to be much more comfortable if you know as much as possible going into your appointment.

Get rid of your tattoo in 2019

Now that you know what aspects of laser tattoo removal are the most painful – or rather, uncomfortable – you can start looking into saying goodbye to the ink that you have grown out of. Tattoo Removal Experts do come highly recommended by many – so why not enquire and see how they can help you today?

Transform Your Smile With Veneers

How To Achieve That Hollywood Smile Without A Hollywood Budget

Tired of sporting a wonky smile? Dental veneers are the answer if you’re looking to hide any missing, wonky or discoloured teeth.

Have you started to notice that everyone has a straighter, brighter smile than you? It’s not your imagination, it’s simply that smile makeovers are enjoying an incredible boom in popularity. As an increasing number of people opt to work on their self-image, partly due to the discomfort of the FaceApp viral trend, smiles are top of the list when it comes to easy improvements that can be made. A radiant smile can light up a room, make you look younger and even attract a new partner. And the best thing about smile makeovers is that they’re not just available to the rich and famous. Although Hollywood actors and reality TV stars may inspire us to enhance our looks, an appealing smile can now easily be achieved with the help of dental veneers.

Introducing Veneers

Many of us feel self-conscious about our smile, perhaps because of yellow or discoloured teeth, poor alignment or even some teeth that are broken or missing. In all of these cases, veneers can be the answer that you’re looking for to transform your smile. The treatment involves a thin layer of porcelain or composite material being attached to the front of your teeth. This acts as a mask to the dental issues that you’ve been experiencing and gives the appearance of a brighter, straighter smile. You can either have a single veneer fit for a broken tooth, or an entire set where you need a larger area treated.

First Steps

If you’re interested in dental veneers and live in the south-east, then you’ll benefit from visiting a professional veneers Essex team who can discuss your individual treatment options. They’ll begin by assessing your existing teeth and discussing the results you’d like to see. You’ll need to make some decisions about the type of veneers you wish to go for – which may be based on your budget. As a guide, composite veneers tend to be cheaper, but as they’re not as durable, you might expect to have to replace or repair them regularly as the resin material may stain over time depending on lifestyle choices such as whether you drink coffee or alcohol. Alternatively, porcelain veneers are the pricier choice, but you might expect them to be in place for 10-15 years before requiring an update so they’re a positive long-term investment.

Your Veneer Fitting Appointment

Once you’ve made your choice to commit to veneers, you’ll usually require a minimum of two visits for the fitting. Initially, a thin layer of enamel will be removed from the front of your teeth. This step is required so that the veneer can be successfully applied and will remain in place when fixed. You’ll also have a mould taken of your existing tooth to ensure a great shape, size and shade of your customised veneer, whether that’s a single fit or a set. At your next appointment, the veneer will be bonded to the front of your teeth using a firm adhesive.

If you’re ready to achieve that beaming smile that so many others seem to be wearing, then it’s time for you to commit to dental veneers. Be sure to use a trusted dental professional with extensive experience in this type of treatment.

Breakthrough Innovations in Medical Technology

There are so many new and innovative technological inventions coming through in the medical field today. If you’re looking closely enough, you can find these innovations and what they’re doing in the medical field.

If you don’t have the time or energy to do your own research, don’t worry! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite and most impactful breakthrough innovations in medical technology.

Electronic Aspirin

This is one of the biggest things on the internet today. If you search medical technology in any realm, you’re almost guaranteed to find an article on electronic aspirin. This is something no one ever saw coming: an implant that can detect when a headache is coming on and fix it before the problem even starts.

If you suffer from chronic migraines or headaches, it is because of damage to your sphenopalatine ganglion. This can be solved with sending electric waves or signals to your nerves to tell them when you’re going to be in pain.

Nutrigenomics

This is a novel field. Nutrigenomics combines genetics and nutrition for analyzing DNA sequences. After analyzing DNA sequences, the doctors can determine for individuals the right foods to live long and the foods that can hinder life length.

There is a California based startup that is said to be doing this already, choosing meals for its customers. To learn more, look for Habit.

Immunotherapy

If you or someone you love has been affected by cancer, you know how hard chemo can be on the body. Luckily, there are doctors who are working to lesson that pain and get rid of the struggle that it puts patients and their families through.

Throughout time, doctors have been working hard on immunotherapy, or biological therapy, in which the body’s own immune system works to fight cancer. This has existed for some time, but up until recently there were only a few cancer tumors this could benefit. Now that it has been in the works for a while, doctors have started to expand to treatment with joint therapy and engineered T-cells.

3D Printing

This is usually something reserved for computer geeks and anime fans, but it can benefit the medical world too! Doctors are working with expert 3D printers to create ways to 3D print prosthetics as well as cranial/orthopedic implants, and customized airway stents for diseases narrowing the patients’ airways.

Virtual Reality in Education

More and more common in medical schools nowadays, you’ll see students working with tools while a VR headset is on and the class is watching and critiquing. Using technology, students are learning in a new and unique way to get their trade perfected. It is an immersive learning experience that encompasses all learning styles: visual, audio, and kinesthetic.

Conclusion

There are so many cool inventions happening in our medical field today. Taking a few minutes to look up your favorite sector of medicine alongside the word “technology” reaps hundreds of new and exciting technological advances being made that can be instrumental in the future of medicine.

How to Treat Stubborn Acne

Let me set the scene: you wake up one bright and blue morning, eat your breakfast, get dressed, and then walk to the mirror to brush your teeth. Gah! Acne covers your face, and all you can do is panic. I’ve been there. You’ve been there. We’ve all been there.

So what do you do now? You’re in this situation, you’re not sure how you got here or got out of it before, and your go-to acne wash isn’t anywhere to be found. Don’t panic! We have a few tips and tricks to give you on how to treat stubborn acne… fast!

Medications

If you’re up for a quick trip to the store, going to get a medication can help calm the acne the next day as well as sometimes soothe your skin so that you aren’t in pain. Some useful medications include: benzoyl peroxide, resorcinol, salicylic acid, sulfur, and spironolactone, some of which can even be bought without a prescription.

General Health

If you’re switching washes every few days, your skin might be acting up to tell you to cut it out. Changing your skin care is great every year or so, but if you’re doing it too much your skin can flare up and act out. Make sure to stick to a consistent routine.

Washing is another important step of your process. Make sure you’re washing your face twice a day, and you’re not scrubbing or using harsh chemical-ridden soaps. In addition, don’t use oily makeup, sunscreen, or hair products. Keep your hands, hair, and phone away from your face to prevent unwanted oils, and keep up on your showers so that your skin stays replenished and clean.

Washing

You should always be sure to keep your bedding, clothes, hats, etc. clean just in case your dead skin cells and oils are getting on them. This can cause your acne to act up. You should be washing your bedding once a week and your clothes and hats once after each wear to prevent acne spurts.

Dermatologist

If you have done all of the things above and are still struggling with your acne, you might have a type of acne or severe acne in which you want a dermatologist’s help. They can prescribe antibiotics, give advice, and even perform certain surgeries to remove acne and the scars they leave behind.

A lot of the time, your dermatologist will start you on an ointment or other similar medication that is easy on your skin but harsh on your acne. If that doesn’t work, he or she might switch you over to an antibiotic. If that doesn’t end up working, they will double up on both an ointment and an antibiotic so that your skin is getting twice the dosage of medication.

Conclusion

Don’t be embarrassed about acne- it happens to everyone! If anything, trust yourself and your knowledge of your own skin to make the best judgement for your health and well-being. You are the only one who has lived with your skin your whole life.

You should also be aware that we are not doctors, and therefore if you’re in pain you should seek medical help.

How to Stay Healthy on Halloween

Holidays are hard for everyone, especially those of us with kids or relatives we need to serve or be with. If you’re watching your weight, trying to stay on top of your health, or are simply looking for different ways to stay fit and active this Halloween, we have you covered! Below we list some of our favorite tips and tricks for how to stay healthy on Halloween. Check them out!

Eat Before you Eat Candy

This is just a good trick to follow year-round, but it can get especially difficult during the holiday season. Make sure that you have a healthy meal with veggies, fruit, protein, etc. before you stock up on sweets. If you have a high protein and high fiber meal before the treats come out, you are less likely to snack on high-sugar treats.

Keep Candy Hidden

Don’t leave your candy out in a jar this Halloween, no matter how cute it looks next to the jack-o-lanterns! You are more likely to eat candy if it is sitting out than you are if it is put away. The truth is- everyone snacks when they’re feeling bored but a lot of us are too lazy to actually get up and hunt for something, we just want whatever is convenient.

Hydration

If you’re feeling hungry, the first thing you should be reaching for is your water bottle! A lot of the time when we’re feeling snacky or hungry we are simply dehydrated. In addition, hydrating right after you eat a piece of candy will not only wash all the sugars off your teeth but also get rid of the taste in your mouth so that you aren’t craving candy immediately after eating a piece.

Don’t be a Zombie

This goes without saying for a lot of people but on Holidays we sometimes need a friendly reminder: adults need 6-9 hours of sleep every night and Halloween is no different. Make sure that you’re getting enough sleep.

On top of that, not being a zombie also includes sticking to your regular workout. Take time between family events and trick or treating to go for a walk, hit the local gym, or do a small workout at home.

Stay Safe

Last but not least, you should always be sure you and the people around you are safe this Halloween. Don’t drink and drive, wear reflectors if you’re trick or treating in the dark, and always walk in groups.

Make sure you keep kids away from cars. If you’re in a car, watch for kids. Parties are great to have but make sure that no one is put into any danger doing anything crazy.

Conclusion

Everyone knows it- Halloween is so much fun! Staying healthy doesn’t have to ruin the fun of the holiday, but needing to keep up with regular things in your life is important. Remember to be safe, eat right, and keep up on your regular bodily routines this holiday season. Also, have a spook-tacular time!