Sim­ple changes can make a big dif­fer­ence

Bray People - - LIFESTYLE - WITH CLAIR WHITTY

WHAT do dark cir­cles un­der the eyes mean, what can help dry flaky scalp and what can be done to stop nail bit­ing? Th­ese are some ques­tions that I have been asked about.

Common rea­sons for hav­ing dark cir­cles un­der your eyes in­clude: lack of sleep, food in­tol­er­ance, not drink­ing enough flu­ids, or your kid­neys may need some support. Your eyes may also look puffy, if this is the case drink plenty of flu­ids, up to 1/12 to 2 litres are rec­om­mended, in­clud­ing herbal teas. Dan­de­lion, or golden rod tea will help the kid­neys. Cut back on salt, sugar, fizzy drinks, cof­fee, and highly pro­cessed foods.

Dry, flaky and itchy scalp is an­noy­ing, and em­bar­rass­ing. The first place to look is at your hair care prod­ucts. Check to see if they con­tain nasty chem­i­cals. Choose prod­ucts that con­tain nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents. Sev­eral cus­tomers have tried Dr. Bron­ner, Baby Mild, Castille, liq­uid soap and are de­lighted with the dif­fer­ence it has made. The beauty of Dr. Bron­ner liq­uid soaps is that they can be used as a hair, face or body wash. In­gre­di­ents in­clude olive oil, co­conut oil, and al­mond oil, which are nat­u­ral and gen­tle. Nu­tri­tional Ther­a­pist, Chris­tine Meehan sug­gested that if this doesn’t work to try a Zinc sup­ple­ment, as a de­fi­ciency is as­so­ci­ated with dry, itchy scalp.

The rem­edy for nail bit­ing de­pends on the cause. Habit, worry, anx­i­ety, bore­dom are rea­sons why peo­ple bite their nails. If it’s a habit, then rub­bing Tea Tree oil or garlic cloves into the tips of the nails might pre­vent you from bit­ing. Some peo­ple wear light gloves at night to stop them bit­ing their nails. If it’s stress, anx­i­ety or worry then Bach Flower Reme­dies will help you cope a lit­tle bet­ter. Your lo­cal health store should be able to make a mix for you. If not send me an email or pop into the shop to dis­cuss it with you.

Sim­ple changes can some­times make a big dif­fer­ence.

What can be done to stop nail bit­ing?

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