Friday, 21 September 2012


Hi all you locals in Wadebridge and the general locality, if you haven't seen Wren's offer of free house insulation and FREE money to spend for taking up the offer, get in touch with them now...this one is very good...and true!

Act fast, the deadline for this government deal is nearly at an end!


Monday, 17 September 2012


Rickets has been in the news a lot recently in connection with young people because we've bored them to death about covering up in the sun and to splash on the sunblocker. But did you know that rickets may show itself as early as two months of age, when "craniotabes" (areas of softening on the skull) are noted? And furthermore, production of the first teeth may be delayed and the posture affected.

Rickets also produces enlargement at the end of long bones, resulting in characteristic bowing of the legs when the child starts to walk. The vitamin is made in the skin by the action of sunlight on cholesterol and it said 10-15 minutes exposure is good for us. Yea right, that's easier said than done; in many countries reliable sunshine can't be found, especially in winter. But even in hot countries, such as Dubai where Vitamin D3 is very popular, we still don't get the right sunshine because of the health risks of sun-exposure.

Apart from infants and young people, there are certain categories of people who are more likely to be at risk of vitamin D deficiency and who may therefore need to supplement with this nutrient.

These include:

- Vegetarians and especially vegans (Vitamin D is found mostly in animal and dairy products).
- Asian and African women and children who may not eat many vitamin D containing foods and who choose to cover up their skin.
- Pregnant and lactating women whose breast-milk can be low in vitamin D especially during the winter.
- The housebound elderly with a tendency to eat poorly.
- Nordic races where sunshine isn't available for certain months in the year.

So don't forget to take a good quality Vitamin D3 this winter, if not all year round! It has many other applications, such as helping calcium absorbtion, low mood, immune boosting for protection against colds and flu, general bone health, osteoporosis and during pregnancy.

To buy this product click on the following link: Vitamin D3. If you wish to speak to a customer advisor, you can telephone us on 01208 814500 for further information. We're always there to help.

Thursday, 13 September 2012


If you want help with liver detoxication and regeneration, look no further than the wonderful herb, Milk Thistle. Silymarin, the key active compound in Milk Thistle, is one of the most potent liver protective substances known.
Some party-goers, rightly or wrongly, nickname it the "hangover" herb, in which case if you're socialising and drinking alcohol, it is a very useful preparation to take afterwards.

Silymarin, the active ingredient, of Milk Thistle, has been shown to increase glutgathione production in the liver by around 30%, so increasing Milk Thistle's detoxification capabilities greatly.

So, if you're hoping to detox or diet, consider taking Milk Thistle, as part of your cleansing regime. Because of it's helping with skin cell replication and anti-inflammatory effect Milk Thistle is often used to help treat psoriasis.

To buy this product click on the following link: You can also view this product at our Solgar Health Store website. If you wish to speak to a customer advisor, you can telephone us on 01208 814500 for further information. We're always there to help.


After ten years at the shop face I’ve learnt a lot by listening and taking stock of what our customers say and while my list of tips aren’t revolutionary or exhaustive they do sum up the common beliefs our healthy and happier customers seem to have in common. And here they are!


String theory, what’s that all about? In this so called rational world even big, tough men cry, isn’t that a relief! So let’s put some emotion into what we want out of life and get on with it. With the mental and emotional bit out of the way, let’s look at the rest, in no particular order.


In a world where ‘super’ foods means any food is super, try to eat food where the colours green and blue are part of your diet: lots of fruit and vegetables. Try not to eat the same things every day as this leads to stagnation in tastes and can actually cause digestive problems. Watch out for wheat, dairy and sugar, and keep your water intake up. Bowels need hydration to keep movements regular. Many of our older customers still walk a lot when they can. Walking is a brilliant way to keep everything going down below, and our health levels high.


To stop everything getting squashed as I’ve mentioned earlier try to take moderate exercise, nothing excessive, remembering that the heart is a muscle as well. Standing straight, shoulders back, tummy in and chin back is the advice from the old guard, and I think it’s still true today to avoid some muscular problems.


Daily exercise and diet should help with pleasant sleep at night but often sleep disorders begin during the day and continue into the night because the mind is still racing. If that is the case pop into a good health food store and try to speak with a knowledgeable member of staff. (Or you can always call us at Elixir.) There are lots of interesting herbal and non-herbal products which may help. For instance, some people find the herb Valerian to be helpful for stress and anxiety, and sleep problems. Valerian doesn’t work for everyone but there are many other products which may be suitable, especially if stress is a factor. Using Magnesium and or a carbohydrate snack before bedtime might also be beneficial.


Listen to your body. Many of our customers say this. Aches and pains are often minor blibs which come and go especially as we age but more chronic problems might need professional help. So, once again, don’t ignore your body’s voice. If you’re in pain or have suspicions that everything isn’t working the way it used to or should, get professional help.


Stress? This is the modern day scourge affecting nearly all of us in modern times. A nice holiday could always go down well but many of our customers settle for a good tonic like Bio Strath Elixir or use a supplement to help the immune system such as Echinacea, Beta Glucans, Astragalus and or a good quality Multivitamin and Mineral formula.


Remember all that ‘Fat Free’ food popular in the shops? Well actually fats are probably the most concentrated source of energy available to the body and shouldn’t be ignored or avoided. Good fats, especially Omega 3 in fish, flax and hemp oils particularly are vital from the womb onwards, for brain and heart health, as an anti-inflammatory, and many believe they’re helpful for depression. Fats, the right ones are essential, make them part of your diet.


Be kind to your guts and relax, chew nicely. Sometimes it’s helpful to take Acidophilus, a probiotic, to replenish the good bacteria especially if you’ve been on antibiotics. Sometimes, Enzyme Digest can work wonders if you have problems breaking down protein, carbohydrates or fats and if you find you’re suffering with wind, bloating or acid reflux. Aloe Vera, Flaxseeds, Psyllium Husks, Slippery Elm powder – they’re all beneficial for bowels. Our older customers would recommend all of the above. Nice!


For whatever reason, heredity, diet or injury, for many of us getting on in years may involve that dreaded disease, arthritis. A lot of our customers tell us that osteo (wear and tear) arthritis has been helped by using Glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSM (which is a kind of sulphur found in the body) but advice is needed to get the right strength of the different ingredients. Devils’ Claw is another useful product as is Celadrin. With rheumatoid arthritis there are many natural supplements our customers also say are helpful in treating pain and inflammation and once again it’s worth calling us at Elixir or finding a good source of information locally. It’s always good to look closely at your diet for foods which cause acid to build up in your body. To that extent, cherries, nettles, celery, cider vinegar are all helpful detoxifying at helping to clear out uric acid crystal from between the muscles and around the joints. But, if in doubt, always read around the subject and seek advice from your health practitioner, always careful if you are already taking medication to watch for contraindications.Hopefully, with some of the tips above you too can live to a ripe old age, as far as possible free from the emotional and physical troubles that reduce quality of life!

Jean MacLeod is a Member of Staff at Elixir