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Are you house sick?

Do your hay fever symptoms continue even in the winter? According to airborne allergies expert Max Wiseberg you may have ‘house fever’. He advises:

  • Make sure your house is well ventilated, avoid drying clothes on radiators and/or use a dehumidifier.
  • Vacuum the house regularly using a HEPA (High Efficiency Particle Arresting) filter.
  • Damp dust surfaces regularly, to reduce allergens on surfaces.
  • Wash bedding very regularly to remove allergens.
  • Apply an organic drug-free allergen barrier balm around your nostrils and the bones of the eyes throughout the day to trap dust, pet and mould allergens.
  • Shower at night before going to bed.
  • Ensure your pet is well groomed and shampooed and try to keep them out of bedrooms.
  • Hose down your Christmas tree before taking it into the house to remove some of the dust and mould spores.

Is your supplement sports safe

Do you know what the Tested Sports Safe logo on food supplements means? It’s a quality mark for supplements that reassures the consumer that the product they are taking contains no prohibited substances.

This is all-important for athletes like current Mayo ladies GAA footballer Cora Staunton (above) and former Dublin GAA footballer Alan Brogan who have to be very careful about what they take.

Athletes are encouraged to look for the Tested Sports Safe® logo on packs in health stores and can also visit the website to check their product’s batch number and view its test results: sportssafe.org/safe-batch-checker. Tested Sports Safe® was developed by Co. Wicklow-based company, Naturalife Health.

Beat the microbeads in Irish waters

Microbeads are tiny particles of plastic that are added to thousands of personal care cosmetic products such as soaps, shower gels and facial scrubs sold around the world. These microbead plastics, hardly visible to the naked eye, flow straight from the bathroom drain into the sewer system. Wastewater treatment plants are not designed to filter out microbeads and that is the main reason why they contribute to the Plastic Soup swirling around the world’s oceans. Sea animals absorb or eat microplastic beads mistaking them for plankton and the microbeads get passed along the marine food chain.

Researchers from the School of Geography and Archaeology at NUI Galway have conducted the first study that investigates microplastic pollution of marine sediments on the Irish continental shelf. The study was published recently in the international journal Scientific Reports.

This research was an NUI Galway student-led investigation by Jake Martin, a graduate of the Masters Programme in Marine and Coastal Environments: Policy and Practice within the Discipline of Geography. The study found that a shallow layer of microplastics has formed along the Irish seafloor within marine sediments and their overlaying bottom waters.

However it’s not all bad news – Irish skincare company Kinvara were recently recognised by the International campaign ‘Beat the Microbead’ for its outright ban of microbeads in all of its skincare products.

Tip for a greener Christmas

  • Shop local for gifts.
  • Cut down on shopping trips by getting organised.
  • Regift anything you don’t want to keep.
  • Make your own Christmas cards, wrapping paper and tags.
  • Keep paper, bows and ribbons to use again.
  • Invest in a battery charger and rechargeable batteries – it’s greener than buying batteries.
  • Choose a real tree – the plastics used in the manufacture of artificial trees have a damaging environmental impact.
  • Decorate with nature – if you have a holly bush cut sprigs to hang from pictures on your walls.

Worrying folic acid figures

New research from safefood has revealed that young Irish women are three times as likely to check their smartphone in the morning as they are to take a folic acid tablet. More than 80% of women who responded to the survey check their phone/social media as part of their morning routine yet only 25% of women take a folic acid tablet.

Following personal hygiene habits or eating breakfast, the most typical morning habits for women include applying make-up (56%) and picking an outfit for the day (56%) followed by preparing lunches (47%), styling hair (46%) and commuting or school runs (27%).

The safefood campaign is reminding women to take a 400 microgram folic acid supplement every day because it can potentially prevent two-thirds of Neural Tube Defects (NTDs) like spina bifida from occurring. Ireland has the highest rate of babies born with spina bifida in the EU.

Not enough sports in schools

New national research from Irish Life Health has revealed that 42% of parents in Ireland wrongly believe that their child gets enough physical activity during their school day. However, 90% of secondary schools provide less than two hours of physical education per student each week. With seven hours physical activity required weekly – as a minimum – the majority of parents (58%) admit they are finding it difficult to provide the additional five hours of physical activity beyond that provided in schools. The annual Irish Life Health Schools’ Fitness Challenge has had a huge total of 126,162 secondary school students taking part since 2012. The programme aims to help secondary school students adopt a healthier lifestyle by becoming more physically active.

Vitamin D deficiency linked to age

Researchers from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) at Trinity College Dublin have shown in a first-of-its-kind trial that, during the summer, one in eight older Irish people have blood levels of vitamin D below 30 nmol/L. This is viewed as close to being deficient.

In the winter, the deficiency rate increases to one in four in the same age group. The new study, which was recently published in the Journals of Gerontology: Medical Science, took into account such factors as age, economic status, and lifestyle factors. The researchers could see that vitamin D deficiency increased with age. Vitamin D comes from sunlight, and is available in foods such as oily fish, egg yolks and mushrooms.

Many people take vitamin D supplements to make sure they are getting enough of this crucial vitamin.

Read news stories from previous issues of Rude Health Magazine here

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