THE CREAM CRE­AT­ING A BUZZ

Irish Daily Mail - YOU - - HEALTH -

A reader who has had eczema flare-ups around both eyes for 12 years writes that Dr Or­ganic Manuka Honey Res­cue Cream (€10.10, hol­lan­dand­bar­rett.com) calmed the red in­flamed rings within a day. ‘I ap­plied it three times over nine hours. By the next day, the swelling and red­ness had sub­stan­tially re­duced, which has never hap­pened so quickly.’ A pre­scrip­tion hy­dro­cor­ti­sone cream of­ten made the con­di­tion worse or, at best, gave only tem­po­rary relief. Dr Or­ganic Manuka Honey Res­cue Cream also con­tains aloe vera and other skin-sooth­ing in­gre­di­ents. DE­FI­CIENCY OF IODINE, a nutri­ent needed for the pro­duc­tion of thy­roid hor­mones, af­fects nearly 70 per cent of teenage girls, ac­cord­ing to a study by the Bri­tish Thy­roid As­so­ci­a­tion. As well as thy­roid dys­func­tion, iodine de­fi­ciency can af­fect fer­til­ity, preg­nancy and nor­mal growth in chil­dren. Your body can­not make iodine, so it has to come from your diet. One rich source is sea­weed and my fam­ily like snack­ing on nutri­ent-packed, calo­rie-light crispy Itsu Sea­weed Thins (€1.50 per pack, nour­ish.ie).

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