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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

 

 

Salt – Is it time you cut back?

Salt can be quite an addictive condiment for some us, especially if you don’t know when to stop or how much we actually need each day. The lip smacking savoury goodness that we get from salt enriched foods satisfies our pallette like no other, but it’s important to note that excessive can be extremely dangerous.

Here are the Healthy Hideout’s top ways to help you cut back on salt intake:

1. Complimentary snacks – When out with friends or perhaps settling down to a relaxing with a drink or two after a long day at the office, you may find that the bar or pub you are in offers complimentary snacks. Be wary that nibbles such as crackers, potato chipsand even olives are jam packed with salt content. It may be sensible to drink more if you do decide to eat them, but perhaps drink water rather than alcohol.

2.  Sport hydration drinks – Drinks like these are designed for athletes who are training or exercising vigourously. The water and salt lost during sweating needs to be replaced quickly, making sports drinks like these vital to good health. However, for those of us not exercising a sports drink could do you more harm than good. Instead, why not opt for good old fashioned water as your thirst quencher.

3. Be wary of medication – If you suffer from regular headaches, muscle pains or even take regular medication, it may be worth checking the salt content. It may seem odd at first, but some painkillers and other common medication can contain a surprising amount of salt.

4. Soda or Sparkling? – You may be surprised to know that sparkling water and soda water are literally at the opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to the amount of salt they contain. Soda water is carbonated with sodium bicarbonate which contains an average of 75mg of sodium. Sparking water on the other hand contains just 3mg of sodium.

5. Calculation is key – It’s important to remember that salt is made from a combination of sodium and chloride, with sodium being the real cause of most health problems. When grocery shopping, you may have noticed that some food labels show salt content whilst others show sodium content. If you want to know the salt content rather than the sodium, simply multiply the sodium figure by 2.5.

Remember, taking all the above into account, that the average adult should not exceed an average salt intake of 6g per day. Anything over this has been statistically proven to cause long term health problems.

 

 

Keeping Safe in the Snow!

As you may have already noticed, the UK has been hit hard with snow over the recent weeks. It’s important to stay warm during these cold periods, wearing plenty of suitable clothing whilst eating and drinking well. Many of us will still be braving the roads, but getting our cars out of driveways and garages can potentially be quite dangerous. Shovelling snow is a task that requires more attention that you’d expect.

Be careful when clearing snow!

Be careful when clearing snow!

Here’s a few Healthy Hideout tips for shovelling snow this winter;

  • Ensure you’re up to the task. If you have health or heart problems, or any other physical limitations, get approval from your doctor before starting.  You could even look to get some assistance from your local neighbours if they’re willing to help!
  • A good snow shovel is key. You want the large surface to be made from a non-stick material, whilst being lightweight with a long handle. An open end allows you to quickly toss snow to the side as you work.
  • Where is the snow going? If you’re planning to move the snow, remember cold temperatures will mean it isn’t melting any time soon. Make sure you move it to somewhere where you won’t be needing to move it again.
  • Shovel using a stern, steady motion focusing on clearing the snow where you will be walking and where your car will be passing through. A good technique is to “push” the snow whilst holding the shovel at a slight angle. This gives you a “snow plough” effect, thus pushing the snow to one side.
  • When a large bulk of the snow has been cleared, use the edge of the shovel to chip away any patches of ice that may have built up. A pick-axe maybe needed for thicker build-up.
  • Once you’ve removed all the snow and ice from the surface, spread a large amount of rock salt over the area. This will prevent the snow or ice from building back up again too quickly, but be careful to avoid areas with soil or plants. The rock salt can be extremely damaging to plant life.

As more snow is forecast to fall, it’s important to be prepared for any further snowfall. Are you prepared?