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Keeping healthy is summertime

Keeping healthy is summertime

Sunburn and hayfever can make the summer uncomfortable, Europa Health Clinic give tips on avoiding both

by Helga Kistenich

It is believed that exposure to the sun is bad for you, but just as we need water and food in order to function well, so we need to be exposed to a certain amount of sunlight, in order to promote vitamin D within our skin cells.

Achieving optimum levels of Vitamin D is key; it helps regulate cell growth and activity, promotes bone health at all levels equivalent to 1,000IU a day and could lower an individual’s cancer risk by 50% in colon cancer, and by 30 % in breast and ovarian cancer according to a University of California study.

Exposure to sun therefore, contrary to belief, decreases the incidence of many cancers. However sunburn increases the risk of skin cancer and that’s why we should aim for the right amount of sunlight. Gradually increase your body’s exposure to the sun starting with 10 minutes a day. Once you’ve received your daily dose, either stay in the shade or cover up.

Keep hydrated, dehydration is very common during the summer months and leads to tiredness and poor concentration, try to drink between 1 and 3 litres of water a day.

Low levels of omega 3 essential fatty acids have been linked to a higher risk of skin cancer; supplement your diet with at least 1.000 to 3.000mg of fish oil a day.

If you use a sunscreen, bear in mind they do not protect against skin cancer, and some contain quite toxic chemicals. If you do experience sunburn, try using Aloe Vera gel its great for nourishing damaged skin.


if you suffer from hayfever you will know just how miserable a condition it can be. Affecting millions of people in the UK alone, hayfever symptoms start anytime from May onwards and can last for two to three months.

The most common allergy for up to 95 % of people is grass pollen. For people who are susceptible, genetic inheritance, existing food intolerances, intestinal Candida or parasites, nutritional deficiencies and stress have all been implicated. 

Pollen triggers the release of histamine, which in turn swells and inflames the nasal passages, throat, eyes and roof of the mouth causing sneezing, coughing and a clear nasal discharge. The most commonly prescribed method of treatment are antihistamines, these dampen down the release of histamine. They work very well, but can sometimes cause drowsiness.

A team of Swiss researchers found that the herb butterbur was as effective as antihistamines for treating hayfever, but does not have the sedative effects. Because butterbur can take up to 4 weeks to work, hayfever suffers should start taking it as early as possible. Butterbur’s effectiveness can be enhanced when taken with a Vitamin C, also a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory. Try sleeping with the window closed, not cutting grass on hot sunny days and putting a small amount of Vaseline on the lining of your nose; this traps pollen and prevents a reaction. Also try a pollen filter in your car and do not drive with the windows open.

The EMS-SHOP, situated in the Clinic provides vitamins, minerals and other health products.

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