Acne (in adulthood)
Triggers: poor diet, stress
Watch for: bacteria getting into the spots, causing a secondary infection.
Beat it: improve you diet, cut out fat and redefined sugars, build up levels of vitamins A and B6, learn some relaxing techniques.
Complimentary therapy: herbal medicine, homeopathy, acupuncture.
Triggers: secondary infection such as bronchitis or asthma
Beat it: take immune-boosting vitamins A and C in your diet. At the first sign of a cold, take a zinc supplement, the herbal extract Echinacea is also a good immune booster. Avoid antibiotics-they ineffective with colds. Learn some relaxing techniques.
Triggers: low-fibre diet, anxiety and lack of exercise.
Watch for: food intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diverticular disease (pouches in the intestines), bowel cancer.
Beat it: eat more fibre-rich foods. Drink plenty of water. Check for food intolerance. Do more exercise.
Triggers: bacterial infection of the urethra
Watch for: kidney infection.
Beat it: drink unsweetened cranberry juice and plenty of water. Urinate when needed and especially after sex. Avoid perfume toiletries. Wear cotton underwear.
Complementary therapy: herbal medicine, homeopathy.
Watch for: ruptured eardrum, possible hearing damage (especially if infection is untreated).
Beat it: avoid getting water in ears and using cotton buds. If catarrh is a problem, use steam inhalations with rosemary or eucalyptus oil. Gently clear wax with olive oil.
Watch for: secondary skin infection.
Beat it: avoid known irritants. Check for food intolerance.
Complimentary techniques: herbal medicine and homeopathy.
Watch for: food intolerance
Beat it: build up immunity with a health diet rich in beta carotene and vitamin C and E