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Salt Baths shown to Soothe Arthritis pain

A new study completed by Vincent Compan at Manchester University’s Faculty of Life Sciences has shown that bathing in saline solutions can ease the agony of arthritis. Simply soaking in a bath filled with your favourite bathing salts can help reduce the inflammation that a growing percentage of the population experience each day through arthritis. “The research has been said to open up exciting new opportunities, with endless potential to help so many patients” said Dr Compan.

The research demonstrated how soaking in a saline solution can cause the cells that cause arthritis to “dehydrate” resulting in a reduction of the swelling that can become painful for sufferers. The salt showed the same results when injected directly into the body or when absorbed through the skin when soaked in a saline bath. The research reflects the common beliefs shared by those that make annual visits to natural hot springs. These springs are extremely high in saline levels, causing them to often be resorted to by patients looking for a “natural miracle cure.”

A National Issue

More than 10 million people currently suffer from the pains of arthritis, causing crippling pains and inflammation within joints commonly found in the hands, feet and limbs. Many sufferers are in constant agony to the point where daily life can become stressful. At present there is no cure for arthritis, but there are a number of both commercial and home remedies available for sufferers to help ease the pain and slow the condition down considerably.

Commenting on this research, a spokesperson for the charity Arthritis Research UK said “It’s been known for some time that salt solutions can have some benefits towards the aches and pains of arthritis , but it never been known why this was the case. This study has shed some light on this and by identifying the molecular target for these hyper tonic solutions we can hopefully block the molecule that progresses inflammation” – Daily Mail 21/09/2012. 

The Ultimate Home Remedy

In addition to the above, it’s common knowledge that breathing salty air can reduce the inflammation and swelling of airways. Salt therapy can also be used to ease asthma, chronic bronchitis, sinusitis, ear infections, hay fever, most respiratory allergies and even cystic fibrosis.

Combining the benefits of salt therapy with the warming comfort of a steam room is something that anybody can install in the comfort of their own home. Di Vapor offer a variety of different sized free-standing steam rooms that can be installed in most environments including bathrooms, en-suites, extensions, garages and even bedrooms.  For more information on sizing and features, visit the following link: http://www.divapor.com/steam-showers.php

Di Vapor also offers a walk-in bath for those with mobility issues. Our exclusively designed glass hinged door is specially designed to open and close easily, for simple independent bathing. Add a few bath salts for the ultimate soothing relaxation experience. More information can be found here: http://www.divapor.com/varedo-walk-in-bath/walk-in-bath.php



Top 8 Planning Permission checks!

Many of us will simply be overjoyed when confirmation of planning permission arrives through the door. You may have fallen victim to many revised, withdrawals and even resubmissions of your plans before finding yourself finally reaching the ultimate goal of being granted planning permission. However, you can never be too sure that your “in the clear” status is concrete. Here are the Healthy Hideout’s top 8 planning permission checks – Unfortunately these tips apply to our UK readers only;

Planning Permission is priceless when done right!

Planning Permission is priceless when done right!

  1. Description of your scheme – When you submit your planning scheme plans to your agent, it is their job to change the wording to suit that of your local planning authority. This is you chance to ensure that their translation is close to what you want, and if not, changing it where necessary. You don’t want minor descriptive errors such as this giving you an extra headache down the line.
  2. Check your plans – You know better than anyone what you want the final product to look like. Be sure to check the final submission drawings, associated with any necessary documents to ensure you have no discrepancies, whilst maintaining the look that you seek.
  3. Expiration dates – When you finally receive planning permission, the UK standard for validity is three years. If you wish to extend this by another 3 years, it is possible for a small fee. The bottom line is, make sure you keep your expiration date in mind should you wish to go travelling around the world. You don’t want to have start from the beginning again!
  4. Keep any neighbours in the loop – It may be the case that your planning permission requires some input or action from your neighbour in order to be granted final planning permission. Be sure that your neighbours are aware of what needs to be done, what time frame it needs to be completed by and of course if they are OK to do so.
  5. Conservation – If you are looking to get planning permission in a conservation area, or build in an area that is close to one, it may be conditional that you use certain sourced materials. Try to have suppliers lined up sooner rather than later, being sure to exhaust as many options as possible. Locally sourced materials may cost a little more, but could guarantee a stress free submission.
  6. Snub the obvious – Planning permission can tumble with the smallest detail being overlooked – Try not to miss the obvious. For example, bathroom windows must not face your neighbour, and if they do they must be frosted/obscured. Do your research and keep on top of simpler details.
  7. Keep Green – Many planning permission offices work to preserve natures beauty. Planning permission may be granted with the condition that you maintain greenery, shrubs or even trees in the area. If you look to maintain as much of mother nature as possible, your planning permission may be granted a little easier.
  8. Building Regulations – Once you have been granted solid planning permission, be sure to get building regulations approval for the proposed work you wish to carry out. Your local council can assist with this, giving you time to make any changes that may cause issues in the long run. Running through your plans with a fine tooth comb at this point is simply priceless.

A healthy purpose for purple!

New research carried out by Professor Douglas Kell at the Archives of Toxicology has concluded new research, stating fruit containing the colour purple can help fight the harmful effects of iron on the digestive system. It is believed that if iron makes it’s way through to the digestive system in the wrong form it can damage delicate cells.

We are often told that vitamins and minerals are generally good for the body, but if Iron does not chemically react with other compounds in the body, it can be poisonous to tissue and cells.

Compounds known as “polyphenols” which give the fruit favourites such as blueberries their distinctive purple glow, have the ability to take hold of harmful iron and keep it out of harm’s way. Other foods that also carry this talent include tumeric, an essential part of indian cooking and green tea, a popular caffeine free drink. The research also showed that even chocolate may help, but unfortunately red wine and other dark alcoholic drinks didn’t have the same effect.

“We tend to think iron is good for us, and in the right form, it is. In the wrong form however, it is not good for you because it can react with other things knocking around in the body which can turn nasty” said Professor Kell. “Too much free iron can stop vitamin C from helping the body fight infection.”

Source: Mail Online.

An insight into Planning Permission.

When looking to increase the value of your home the obvious solution is to look at extending your overall floor space. Although renovating the kitchen or bathroom will add appeal and value, the percentage increases are incomparable when extending your building size. Many wannabe self builders tend to fall at the first hurdle when gaining planning permission, so it’s important to know what to look for so you don’t get caught out.

Many self builders tend to view the planning officers as the bad guys – the people who prevent the homeowner from building what they want, where they want whilst spoiling plans with disputes and delays. Although in some cases this is true, there are instances where the planning officers have made poor final decisions or gone on a bit of a power trip. However, from another angle the planning offer can be viewed as the self builder’s friend – an expert who can help with useful advice and tips regarding your original plan.

A golden rule to remember when considering a particular plot is to speak to the local council or planning department before handing in your final application. In many cases, they can offer guidance on design approaches that are likely to be accepted, which can be interpreted by your architect to suit your needs more closely – a task which many architects should be well qualified to complete. The planning register is a priceless source of information – Find yourself an architect or designer who has been consistently successful.

By developing a good relationship with your planning officer, you should be able to gather enough information on how your proposal is likely to be viewed. With most issues seemingly straightforward to resolve, such as height restrictions imposed to prevent looking over neighbouring properties, it’s important to remember that all restrictions are open to interpretation.