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Westlab Wellbeing

Brighten up bathtime for your eczema child

Bathtime can be rather underwhelming for the eczema child. Most bubble baths and kiddy fragranced shower gels contain harsh ingredients which can aggravate and itch their delicate skin. It feels unfair that they are missing out on the fun their friends get at bathtime. Most of us recognise that sinking feeling when your child bounces in from a party with a bright pink, fruity fragranced bubble bath in their party bag, adorned with their favourite TV character. There are only 2 outcomes really – an itchy night ahead or a forlorn little face. So here are our tried and tested...

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Westlab recommends...oils to use with our salts

Here's our top pick of which oils we think work best alongside our salts, and why:

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How to recognise signs of Magnesium Deficiency

Feeling tired, sluggish or low on energy? Experiencing headaches, restlessness or muscle cramps? Or maybe you've had a stressful time of late, which may have resulted in eating more sugary 'comfort' foods, increased alcohol or less time for exercise. Even if your levels of magnesium are sufficient, please bear in mind that they need to be maintained sufficiently and daily life can rapidly use up magnesium which needs replenishing on a daily basis. Any of the above could be signs that your Magnesium levels are depleted. For a more complete list, read on and see if any sound familiar.  ...

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Top 5 reasons to try barefoot walking and running

Does the thought of going barefoot make you flinch? As the mother of two young children, I spend my life at home in hard-soled slippers to protect me from the trail of Lego bricks and trains left strewn in my path, and I also would never consider leaving the house without shoes.   It’s not that i’m precious about these things - I gamely joined in with a fire-walk last year, happily succumbing my feet to burning coals, and I regularly practice tai-chi barefoot in the garden to help connect me with the earth’s energy. I just wouldn't think to spend...

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Could Magnesium deficiency increase Asthma symptoms?

This was a question recently posed to Karen Davis, Chief Pharmacist at Westlab in the run up to Allergy Awareness Week and World Asthma Day. Read her full interview below to find out more: Q. So what’s the link between Magnesium and Asthma? In several studies magnesium deficiency has been linked to impaired lung function. This makes sense as Magnesium in the body is known to help relax the airways and reduce bronchial inflammation. The most common symptoms of Asthma are wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing and tightness of the chest.   Let’s break it down. Extrinsic Asthma: Usually triggered...

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