Almost 50% of international travellers will develop some sort of medical problem while they are away. A well packed medical kit is a vital part of every travellers’ luggage.
Reflux, commonly known as heartburn can cause a burning discomfort or pain in the chest usually after eating. With almost 1 in 5 of Australians experiencing some form of reflux once a week, it is a common ailment that tends to be more prevalent during the holidays when rich food and drink are a plenty.
Travel can be tough on your legs
Any trip that lasts more than a few hours could leave your legs swollen and achy. And if you travel for a long period of time (5 hours or more), the problem can become more serious.
What is a deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?
This condition involves the formation of blood clots (thrombi) in the deep veins of the leg.
Sleep deprivation is wide spread amongst Australians, with research by the Sleep Health Foundation finding up to 45% of adults don’t sleep enough or have poor quality sleep that can leave them irritable and exhausted the next day.
Poor sleep can impact not only your ability to concentrate, think and remember, it can put you at an increased risk of health issues such as diabetes, heart disease and depression. Good sleep hygiene, which is often disregarded, can help with improving and maintaining a good night’s sleep. Here are some easy steps to better sleep hygiene.
Lavender oil has a been used throughout history for its calming properties, with various studies suggesting that it reduces stress, depression and anxiety.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding places an increased demand on a mother’s nutrition. A recent study (Australian Longitudinal study on Women’s Health) has shown that only 50% of pregnant women adhere to the recommended intake of fruit and even fewer achieved the recommended intake of other food groups.
Diet throughout a pregnancy, should be healthy, balanced and not necessarily be eating for two! Calorie intake requirements remain the same for the first trimester, and only slightly increase in the second and third. It is therefore important for pregnant women to boost their nutrient intake rather than calories.
Up to two thirds of pregnant women experience some form of morning sickness during pregnancy. High levels of hormones, variations in blood pressure and immense physical changes can all contribute to a woman being nauseous, vomiting and even feeling depressed in her first trimester.
Morning sickness can start in the 4th week, and usually ends by week 14, however a small number of women can experience it throughout their pregnancy. Although it can be worse in the morning, the nausea may continue throughout the day and night.
Nasal sprays are commonly recommended for treating hay fever or allergic rhinitis. Correct technique will ensure that the medication is delivered to the nasal passage effectively to reduce symptoms such as sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose and postnasal drip.
Hay fever or allergic rhinitis can be debilitating for sufferers, if not managed well. According to the Australian health and Welfare report one in five (20%) of Australians suffer from hay fever.
Reducing exposure to allergens like pollen, dust mites, and air pollutants as well as taking appropriate medicine (either when necessary or as a regular preventative measure when appropriate) can really help.