Your Health Questions Answered
You might think that Google can answer your health questions and fill that gap of knowledge, but you never know whether you’re reading the right information. The result? A misdiagnosis.
So let’s take the confusion out of everything. We’ve collated all your health questions into one handy FAQ page, all written by the knowledgable Wild Oats team. It’s important to note, we always recommend that you come in for a face-to-face (socially-distanced of course) session with us so you get advice tailored to you.
Take a look at the Wild Oats Health Hub for even more health-related articles and guides too.
CBD, also known as Cannabidiol, is one of many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. It’s been found to have health benefits without any of the side effects of recreational cannabis use.
The psychoactive substance in cannabis is called Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. CBD products are made from low THC plants known as hemp.
Hemp was often fed to animals and they passed cannabinoids on to us in meat and milk. When cannabis was made illegal around 100 years ago our cannabinoid intake was lost.
CBD is totally legal if the THC content is below 0.02%. The World Health Organisation states that CBD is non-toxic, non-addictive and has no serious side effects.
If you are on medication you should consult your GP before taking CBD.
Research suggests that taking CBD can maintain balance and wellbeing in the body. No official health claims can be made about CBD, but studies are currently underway to determine if CBD can help heart health, acne, chronic pain and sleep among other things.
CBD is normally taken as an oil and is probably most effective as an oil.
But it can also be taken as capsules, tea, skin balm, massage oil, patches, gummies and vape oil. At Wild Oats we even have CBD chocolate!
The whole plant oil, which will be dark green in colour and bitter tasting. It contains the whole spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes, chlorophyll and omega 3.
A very light coloured oil or an isolate will have been further processed. It will taste less bitter but may not always be so effective.
Ideally, CBD should state that it’s organically grown, and extracted using CO2 distillation rather than solvents, and have a third party lab test to verify the content and purity.
There are many fake brands on the market with no CBD content at all.
It’s best to start with a low dose as we all experience things differently, maybe 1 or 2 drops of 3% or 5% strength on the first day.
Then you could increase to twice a day and see how your body reacts. Or try a cup of CBD tea.
Ideally, before food in the morning, held under the tongue a minute or two to allow the CBD to be absorbed into the bloodstream through the mucous membranes of the mouth.
Or try it an hour before bed. Always wait for 5 minutes after taking CBD before having a drink.
Many people give CBD to dogs and other pets at an appropriate dose as it’s well-tolerated and non-toxic.
CBD can be prescribed by a doctor for children suffering from epilepsy and has been found to be very effective at reducing seizures.
Unfortunately, there is a lack of research into giving CBD to children for other reasons. So for that reason, we consider it not advisable.
Understandably, if you benefit from CBD you may want to take it with you on holiday. Although CBD is legal in the UK, be aware that it may not be legal in the country you are visiting.
Call the customs office of that country well in advance before taking any risks.
Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen. Tree pollen usually affects people in the spring, grass pollen in June and July, and weed and mould pollens in the autumn. It’s also referred to as seasonal allergic rhinitis and often related to chronic allergic rhinitis that can endure all year round.
Hay fever affects about 1 in 4 people in the UK and is usually worse between late March and September. This is when the weather is more likely to be warmer, windy, humid and when the pollen count is at its highest.
Symptoms can include:
- a runny or blocked nose
- sneezing and coughing
- loss of smell
- feeling tired
- itchy, watery or red eyes
If you’re asthmatic, you might also:
- have a tight feeling in your chest
- wheeze and cough
- be short of breath
First it’s essential to sort out your diet. Without that you are hobbling the horse and asking it to run. So take a look at our blog on the alkaline diet and pay special attention to avoiding gluten, all the nightshades and dairy products.
You can also try:
- Quercetin three times a day with or without food. I recommend Quercetin Formula by
Nature’s Aid because it has additional co-factors that improve its effectiveness. This can work
for many people by significantly reducing symptoms within an hour.
- Vitamin C 100mg three times a day with food (the only side effects with vitamin C are looseness
of the bowel if you take too much. Most people don’t get enough, especially when they are
exposed to some illness or other. If you suffer at all from this, simply reduce the dose. Also
for reduced effects choose a buffered variety or Ester-C).
- Vitamin D3 1000-3000iu per day, especially if you’re not getting much sunlight. The oral
spray seems to work best.
- Zinc 15mg per day minimum, 50mg max, but take the higher doses with small amounts of
copper. Viridian Zinc complex already has a trace of copper added.
- Finally, Nettle. Great fresh in soups, or as a cooked vegetable (a bit like spinach) or as a herb
Menopause is defined as the point when monthly periods stop, caused by a change in the balance of the body’s sex hormones, which is a natural part of ageing.
It happens when your ovaries stop producing as much of the hormone oestrogen and no longer release an egg each month. As we age, it becomes more dangerous to bear children, and menopause can be seen as protecting us from harm.
The average age of menopause is 51 and it usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55. Around 1 in 100 women experience the menopause prematurely, before 40 years of age. Periods rarely just stop, there may be a few years of irregularity, stopping and starting.
Symptoms can start a few years before your periods stop, a time known as perimenopause, and can continue for a few years after your last period.
Everyone is different though, and many women go through the menopause experiencing a minimum of symptoms, coping well without the need for any treatment.
Lowered oestrogen levels can disrupt sleep by causing symptoms from hot flushes and sweats to anxiety and depressed mood; anxiety leading to difficulty getting to sleep, and depression leading to non-restorative sleep and early morning wakening.
Take a look at our blog on how to sleep for more around this topic.
Menopause has been known to cause brain-related symptoms, including sleep disturbances, depression, anxiety, insomnia, low libido, brain-fog and memory problems. Scientists widely believe they are caused largely by declining oestrogen levels.
Menopause can cause many changes in your body as a result of decreased production of oestrogen and progesterone in your ovaries. These changes may include hot flushes, weight gain, increased PMT symptoms, joint or muscle pain, dry eyes, vaginal dryness and vaginal atrophy.
There are many safe food supplements for menopause symptoms. It’s best to come in-store to Wild Oats so you can get advice tailored to your needs.
Supplements often used include:
- Agnus Castus
- Soya Isoflavones
- Red Clover
- Siberian Ginseng
- St Johns Wort
- Devils Claw
- Arnica Gel
- Omega 7
- Dong Quai
It’s very important to seek advice as the choice of remedy depends on your own symptoms and circumstances. As always, check with your doctor first if you are on any medication.