Keeping Mosquitos at Bay

Keeping Mosquitos at Bay

Mosquitos are a nuisance for many reasons but mainly due to their ability to spread infection and disease. In Australia, there are approximately 5000 cases of human illness caused by Ross River Fever and Barmah Forest Fever every year. Both fevers are transmitted by mosquitos.

Bites from mosquitos can also cause infection, particularly in small children and infants who are more prone to scratch their bites. So, as summer approaches, it is best to be prepared for the onslaught that will come.

Clear areas where water pools

Make sure all backyard tubs and unused plant pots are free of water and keep gutters and drains clear. Mosquitos breed in water so it’s important to eliminate their breeding grounds. When you are out and about during summer take extra precautions as outlined below.

Keep Covered

Mosquitos are attracted to darker colours, so when you are in areas where you know they will be hovering, cover up with long sleeved light coloured clothing.

Mosquitos tend to feed at night but don’t forget to take precautions at dusk and dawn when they are still active. The old fashioned mosquito net is an effective way of keeping mosquitos away while you are sleeping as is having a fan turned on in the bedroom.

Mosquito Repellents are the only really effective deterrent

Use a repellent containing DEET or Picaridin for the best protection. Read and follow the instructions on product labelling carefully and be particularly careful when applying product to young children and babies. Speak to your pharmacist for advice about what products will work best for your family.

 Essential Oils and Natural Remedies.

Many people prefer a natural alternative to chemical repellents and there are a host of essential oils and natural remedies available. One of the essential oils that is proving to have a good level of effectiveness is Lemon Eucalyptus. And while there is certainly a place for natural repellents, it is important to note that studies have shown they are less effective than DEET or Picaridin and would have to be applied more often to be effective. Care also needs to be taken about applying these directly to the skin.

Once again, your pharmacist or a Wholehealth Discount Drug Store and Healthfoods team member will be able to help with advice and recommendations on a solution that suits you.

For this post we referenced:

https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/all/prevention/mosquito-borne/bites

http://theconversation.com/aussies-vs-mozzies-a-users-guide-to-repellents-10964

Beat the 3pm Energy Slump

Beat the 3pm Energy Slump

We all know it. That sluggish feeling you get mid-afternoon, when your eyes will NOT stay open and you lose concentration. You feel like there is an eternity until you can ‘knock off’ for the day and there is still a mountain of work to get through. Whether you are at work or at home with the kids, the 3pm slump can be beaten with a few simple, energy boosting steps.

Eat a balanced lunch

Regardless of how hungry you feel, avoid a heavy lunch, especially a high fat one. Instead, opt for a balance of healthy fats, slow release carbs and lean protein. This combination, added to a salad will give you the energy you need to get you through the afternoon.

Drink Water

It can’t get easier than that. But how does drinking water which has zero nutritional value, help with energy levels? Put simply, dehydration leads to fatigue as the body has to work harder to push oxygen and nutrients to the bodies organs, brain and muscles. Keep an insulated jug of water beside you during the day and sip on it constantly. Iff you get to mid-afternoon and find yourself feeling tired, have an extra glass of water or herbal tea.

Don’t fall into the sugar trap

You might get an instant energy hit from chocolate or a sweet biscuit but it will be a temporary boost and the sugar low afterwards will leave you feeling worse than before. Instead, reach for chia seeds which promote energy and are rich in B vitamins, omega 3 and protein. Mix them in with some low fat yoghurt and a handful of nuts and you’ll feel better in no time.

Breathe and Move

Take a few minutes to get some fresh air and sunshine. Take a few deeps breaths, making sure you take air right down into your lungs and stomach and exhale fully. This oxygen injection will help energise your body and the sunshine certainly can’t hurt (you’ll be getting a bit of vitamin D for a start). Walking around a bit will also help wake up your system and get that new found oxygen moving to your brain.

If you have to cheat

Try dark chocolate. The higher the cocoa content, the better it is for you. Cocoa is high in anti-oxidants and minerals such as magnesium and iron.

Kombucha Mocktail Recipe

Kombucha Mocktail Recipe

Summer and a good hydration plan go hand in hand. We need to drink more during warmer months as our bodies sweat more to try and counteract the heat and keep temperatures from climbing.

While water is the go-to, gold standard solution and we should all aim to drink six to eight glasses a day, there are times when the good old H2O just won’t cut it and you need something with a bit of pizzazz to quench your thirst. Especially for that after work catch up with friends or week-end treat.

Here’s our suggestion for achieving the best of both worlds – a Kombucha Mocktail.

We sell a lot of Kombucha in our stores. And when we say a lot we mean a LOT. The health benefits are reportedly due to it being full of probiotics, living enzymes and organic acids. It is said to be good for the health of the gut and in balancing mind, body and spirt. All that aside, and with a stack of flavours to choose from, the lightly sparkling drink is refreshing and hydrating. The team at Wholehealth Discount Drug Store and Healthfoods, Pease St came up with the following recipe they’ll have on high repeat over Christmas.

Ingredients
  • Cocktail glasses – you have to look the part : )
  • Cocktail umbrellas if you want to go all out
  • Garnish – lemon, berries, mint
  • Plenty of ice
  • Kombucha – we like keeping it simple and buying the bottled and flavoured variety. For this one, we used Ginger
  • All the ingredients you would add to your favourite green juice. Think apple, pineapple, celery, cucumber and kale.

Blend the ice, green juice ingredients and kombucha in a blender until smooth. Pour into your cocktail glass and add your garnish.

It’s as easy as that. No dehydration headaches. Just energy, vitality and a healthier gut : )