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You asked: “What is the difference between a body lotion and a body oil? I have quite dry skin and I’m not sure which type to go for.”

Pat Hume answers: “There are not many differences between a body oil and a body lotion. Body oils nourish the skin whereas body lotions give moisture to your skin. Body oils are great at keeping moisture locked into the skin but of course it does depend on what type of oil you use. It is best to use a natural and organic cold-pressed body oil to make sure you get all the essential nutrients your skin needs. Body oils are highly concentrated and easily absorb into the skin. They are gentle yet rich in vital nutrients and essential fatty acids to nourish, smooth and strengthen your skin. Natural and organic body lotions contain a number of ingredients including oils, waxes, hydrosols and vitamins to help keep your skin smooth, hydrated, soft and younger-looking. They are pleasantly scented and help to lock in moisture within your skin. Body lotions have a light texture as they tend to be a water in oil formulation. For dry skin I find the best solution is to use a body oil for when your skin needs extra nourishment and a body lotion for daily use, then your skin will get all the nutrients, minerals and vitamins it needs.” ● Pat Hume is Pravera’s customer advisor. Pravera Ltd distribute lavera, Primavera, Alma Win, Monte Bianco, Florascent, Organyc, Organii, Benecos and Aloree. Visit www.pravera.co.uk

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You asked: “My New Year’s resolution is to clean up my diet and eat more healthily. What are the best foods to incorporate in my diet to boost my health?” Louise Burr answers: “Trying to clean up your diet overnight by making a number of big changes will be hard to sustain in the long run. Aim to make one small, manageable change every two to three weeks. The best foods to base your diet on for improved health and wellbeing are the simplest ones: n More unprocessed foods. This means picking fresh/whole foods over packaged and/or prepared versions. Unprocessed foods are more nutrient-dense and higher in fibre. Some easy swaps are whole oats over shredded wheat, fresh durum wheat pasta over instant noodles and fresh fruit over juice and/or dried fruits. Also, choose wholegrain, spelt and rye breads over white bread, buns, bagels and muffins. n Plenty of green, leafy and colourful vegetables – frozen or fresh. Not only are these a great source or nutrients and fibre, they are also a rich source of antioxidants. Antioxidants help to flush out toxins accumulated from processed foods, over consumption of alcohol, sugar and coffee and by-products of exercise and stress. n More ‘good fats’. These help to boost brain function, immunity and skin, nail and hair health as well as healthy cholesterol levels. Opt for avocado, coconut oil, salmon, mackerel, sardines and nuts over vegetable fats and fats found in processed foods such as biscuits, margarine, low fat options and prepared meals.” ● Louise Burr is a qualified nutritionist and an ambassador for Bio-Synergy. For more details visit www.bio-synergy.co.uk

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You asked: “I work in an office where I sit at a desk all day and I have become worried about the effect this is having on my posture. Can you offer any tips for how I can improve my posture and protect my back?” Dr Iona Bramati-Castellarin answers:

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“Long office hours and tight deadlines with badly adjusted work stations can lead to back and neck pain as well as upper limb pain and/or numbness. Here are some tips: n Raise the height of your chair so that your hands can hit the keyboard with a 90 degree angle at your elbow. Make sure you don’t bend your wrists. If you can’t get close enough to the desk to do this, remove your chair’s arms or raise your desk and re-adjust your chair. Look at your feet. If your feet aren’t hitting the ground, put a footrest under them. If you don’t do this, you’ll naturally lean forward, leading to bad posture. n Make sure your monitor is in front of you, and not to the side. This helps avoid constant twisting of your neck. Importantly, raise your monitor so that the top of your screen is approximately at eye level. You want to have your natural gaze fall in the top 25 per cent of the screen. n Have regular breaks during working hours. Make sure you stand up and walk around the room, stretch your neck and back muscles.” ● Dr Iona Bramati-Castellarin is a leading Harley Street osteopath. For more information visit www.ibccare.co.uk

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