10 Summer Road Trip Essentials

10 Summer Road Trip Essentials

With international travel firmly off the agenda for this summer, it’s time to round up your best road tripping pals, pack the car, and set off on a summertime adventure!

Australia has countless amazing regional hidden gems that are begging to be explored and deserve a spot on your road trip itinerary. While you’ve been busy plotting stops on the map, we’ve been busy getting your summer road trip essentials list ready.

Don’t even think about leaving home without these 10 must-have road trip items.

 

Sunscreen

Most of us by now are well-versed on the importance of wearing a broad spectrum SPF while enjoying the great outdoors that Australia has to offer – we’re not called the sunburnt country for no reason! But we’re often lulled into a false sense of security when inside the car.

You can still get sunburnt and cause damage to your skin through car windows, so make sure you slip, slop, slap even while driving!

Lip Balm

If our past few hot Aussie summers are anything to go by, we know you’ll be blasting the aircon as hard as you’ll be blasting your road trip playlist. Air conditioners in cars can strip the moisture from your skin and lips, so a hydrating lip balm is an absolute essential. We have lots of lip balms with natural ingredients to keep your lips moisturised and healthy whilst being gentle on your skin.

Snacks

Snacks are an absolute must have on your road trip! Is it even a road trip without snacks? We think not. Does a road trip pardon you from accidentally eating enough snacks to feed a small village? Absolutely. Make sure to bring a good mix of sweet, savoury, and healthy snacks to keep everyone in the car happy (and to avoid a sugar overload and subsequent crash). Chopping up some veggies like celery, carrot or cucumber into bite sized pieces are an easy way to balance the sweet or salty snacks.

Sunglasses

Keeping your eyes on the road when the sun is glaring in is not ideal! Give the squinting a break and protect your eyes with some sunnies. We’ve got styles to suit everyone, and will make you look super cool in your summer road trip snaps. 

Reusable Water Bottle

A hydrated driver is a happy driver! Refill as you go to avoid buying countless plastic water bottles along the way. Reusable water bottles are eco-friendly, stylish, and often keep your water cooler for longer. Gone are the days of desperately drinking the boiled dregs of plastic tasting water from that crunched-up bottle you found under the passenger seat of your car. Up your hydration game and save the planet at the same time!

Hydralyte

When in need of a little bit of extra hydration, we reach for Hydralyte. It’s easy to forget to reach for your water bottle when you’re busy driving, navigating or singing along to your road trip playlist.

Keep Cup

Those coffee breaks add up if you’re getting a disposable coffee cup every time, impacting both the environment and your wallet. Most cafes will offer a discount to those who can BYO cup. Bring your keep cup with you for sustainable sipping!

First Aid Kit

A simple first-aid kit will do and is a must have. You never know when someone might take a small tumble while hiking to the waterfalls of Instagram. Make sure to keep it in your car at all times, even on short trips.

Headache Medication

Sitting in the car for long periods of time can take a toll. So can listening to your tone-deaf friends belt out their rendition of Christmas Carols. Our over-the-counter pain relief such as Panadol* and Nurofen* can help relieve those pesky headaches and get you back to cruising along the highway in no time.

*Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. This medicine may not be right for you, read the label before purchase. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional

Hand Sanitiser

2020’s most coveted product is also one of ours! Keep those nasty germs from public bathroom pit stops at bay with hand sanitiser. Also super useful to cleanse your hands with when you’re picnicking on the go, after filling up the car with petrol, or before you’re about to demolish one of your road trip snacks.

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The Future of Pharmacy Scripts

The Future of Pharmacy Scripts

When a patient visits their GP, they can now request to receive their script electronically. The script will be provided to the patient by SMS or email. The patient can then present this notification to their pharmacy or load the script electronically into the MedAdvisor app to send it to the pharmacy digitally.

Electronic prescribing provides greater choice for patients, improving efficiency in prescribing and dispensing medications, supporting electronic medication charts in hospitals and residential aged care facilities, removing the need for handling and storing a physical paper prescription, supporting digital health services such as telehealth ensuring continuity of patient care, providing an opportunity to protect community members and healthcare providers from exposure to infectious diseases (eg. COVID-19) and maintaining patient privacy of personal information. 

The WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods app, MedAdvisor, also provides patients with dosage and script reminders as well as access to script status and history.

So, whilst paper prescriptions are still available, e-script provides a convenient and simplified solution for all script management.

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Breastfeeding Support with Herbs of Gold

Breastfeeding Support with Herbs of Gold

Breastfeeding support with Herbs of Gold. For over 30 years, Herbs of Gold have been devoted to producing a ‘gold standard’ range of therapeutic herbal and nutritional supplements to nourish Australians with quality products. 

There are so many amazing reasons to breastfeed, for both babies and mothers. Breastmilk contains all of the necessary micronutrients to provide a strong foundation for your baby’s health and wellness. Breastmilk is a living fluid. It’s full of live cells and immune factors to help protect babies from illness.

 The concept of “Breastmilk as medicine” dates back in history. It is documented as early as the seventeenth century that breastmilk was used as a medicine to treat a variety of illnesses and conditions for infants and adults.

 In modern times, we understand the science behind breastmilk and are well on our way to knowing more about what makes the components of breastmilk so healing.

Herbs of Gold Breastfeeding Support contains herbs to support breast milk production in breastfeeding women. This lactation support contains two powerful herbs, Fenugreek and Blessed thistle, both of which support breastmilk production in breastfeeding women.

Fenugreek and Blessed thistle are well-known herbal galactagogues. The word “galactagogue” comes from the Greek “galacta,” which simply means milk.  Galactagogue herbs have traditionally been used in Western herbal medicine to promote breastmilk production in breastfeeding women.

Herbs of Gold Breastfeeding Support is suitable to be taken either once or twice a day and available in a convenient, cost-effective 60-tablet bottle. 

Please speak to your WholeLife pharmacist, doctor or lactation consultant to ensure this supplement is appropriate for you and your baby.

Always read the label. Follow the directions for use.

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How to Correctly Wear a Mask

How to Correctly Wear a Mask

Some members of the public may choose to wear a mask in situations where it is not feasible to maintain physical distancing e.g. on public transport and/or if they are at increased risk of severe illness if infected (e.g. because of their age or a chronic medical condition). Should you choose to wear a mask, it is important to do so safely to avoid increasing the risk of infection to yourself and others.

How to put on a disposable face mask:

  • Wash your hands before putting on the mask
  • Make sure it covers your nose and mouth and fits snugly under your chin, over the bridge of your nose and against the sides of your face.
  • Do not touch the front of the mask while it is on or when removing it (and if you do so accidentally, wash or clean your hands immediately)
  • Wash your hands after removing the mask

There are different types of masks – which one should I use?

The term ‘face mask’ includes cloth masks and single-use face masks (commonly called surgical masks). Both masks are suitable for use to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Cloth masks are any nose and mouth covering made of washable fabric. We recommend a cloth mask made of three layers of a mix of breathable fabrics to ensure adequate protection. It does not need to be surgical quality to be effective.

Surgical masks are made with a non-woven meltblown polypropylene layer and available in various levels of protection. These are single use masks only so can’t be washed and used again.

Remember, a face mask is not a substitute for other precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • staying at home when unwell, with even mild respiratory symptoms
  • physical distancing (staying >1.5 m away from others)
  • hand hygiene (and avoidance of touching potentially contaminated surfaces)
  • cough etiquette and respiratory hygiene

Inappropriate use of masks is associated with risk, such as;

  • they provide a false sense of security and may result in neglect of more important measures
  • the use of a mask, alone, will not prevent infection
  • touching the mask during use or when removing it can contaminate the hands
  • risks are compounded if masks are pulled down or removed to consume food or drink
  • single-use masks should not be reused, and discarded immediately after use
  • masks will be less effective if they become damp or damaged
  • many commercially available masks are of low quality and likely to be ineffective
  • P2 or N95 masks should not be used as they are difficult to put on and take off safely

People with chronic respiratory conditions should seek medical advice before using a mask.

Source:  https://www.health.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/2020/06/coronavirus-covid-19-use-of-masks-by-the-public-in-the-community-use-of-masks-by-the-public-in-the-community_0.pdf

The Difference Between Prebiotics & Probiotics

The Difference Between Prebiotics & Probiotics

The diffrence between prebiotics & probiotics… You may have heard the terms prebiotic and probiotic but what do they really mean and what is the difference between them? They both play vital roles in keeping the body healthy and functioning optimally.

 

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are live microorganisms (good bacteria) that reside in the gut, where there is an ecosystem of bacteria working to help your body stay well. This delicate ecosystem in commonly referred to as your gut flora or microbiome.

Probiotics play an integral role in maintaining healthy gut function by supporting out immune system, aiding digestion, assisting with nutrient absorption into the bloodstream and preventing the invasion of harmful microbes.

The benefits of taking probiotics are there ability to restore the natural balance of gut bacteria. An imbalance happens when there are too many bad bacteria and not enough good bacteria. This can happen from a multitude of reasons including taking antibiotics, poor diet and illness.

You can find probiotics in yogurt (with live cultures), some cheeses, some fermented foods and of course a good quality supplement. You can chat with our in-store pharmacists or naturopath to find the perfect probiotic supplement for yourself.

What are prebiotics?

 

Prebiotics are the fibres that feed the healthy gut bacteria and are important in maintaining a balanced gut. Essentially, they give the probiotics the nutrients they need to flourish.

 Prebiotics are found in a variety of plant-based foods including wholegrains, Jerusalem artichoke, garlic, leeks, asparagus, onions, bananas, whole oats and flaxseeds. You can also find prebiotic supplements at WholeLife.

Overall, the combination of prebiotic and probiotics in your diet can be beneficial to your health and wellbeing.

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June Top 10 Vitamins

June Top 10 Vitamins

We have collated our top 10 selling vitamins to inspire those of you that are looking to include more vitamins in your diet. We know, just as well as anyone that the vitamin wall in the pharmacy can be a little overwhelming, what’s what? What does this do? Fear no more, we’ve the answers right here, and in store! Don’t see what you’re looking for in our top 10? Just ask our friendly staff when you visit the store!

1. Vital Organic Greens Powder

 

A power packed combination of 6 nutrient rich, green superfoods to support energy, immunity and overall health. This organic blend is rich in antioxidants and nutrients that help ensure you’re feeling at your best.

2. Ethical Nutrients Immuzorb Immune Defence

 

A combination of Echinacea and Andrographis for daily immune support and to help fight 7 symptoms of cold & flu including runny rose, coughs, sore throat, headache, earache, fever and fatigue.

3. Fusion Magnesium Advanced

 

Supports healthy muscle, nerve and cardiovascular function, as well as energy and exercise performance. Magnesium is required for a large number of body functions, including supporting healthy muscle function, where it plays an important role in facilitating normal muscle relaxation and contraction.

4. Innerhealth Plus Gut health & restoration

 

A live probiotic that may aid in the maintenance of a normal healthy gastrointestinal system and digestive function, aids in maintaining a healthy immune system and may be useful for bloating.

5. Nutra Organics Collagen Beauty

 

Collagen Beauty with VERISOL® and vitamin C is a natural formulation to reduce skin wrinkles and smooth fine lines, increase skin hydration and elasticity, and support healthy hair & nails.

 

Dosage: 12g scoop daily

6. Nutra-Life Bio-Curcumin

 

Nutra-Life Curcumin offers temporary relief of mild osteoarthritic pain. Made with Meriva® curcumin. This product can reduce joint inflammation and swelling and increases joint mobility associated with mild arthritis.

 

Dosage: 2 capsules daily, or take as directed by a healthcare professional

7. Elevit Pregnancy Multivitamin

 

Elevit is a pregnancy multivitamin and mineral supplement that has been specially formulated to help meet the increased nutritional needs of women who are trying to conceive, are pregnant or are breastfeeding.

 

Dosage: 1 tablet daily

8. Blackmores Bio C 1000

 

A potent one-a-day formula to give you a boost of vitamin C to reduce the severity and duration of common cold symptoms. Vitamin C helps due to its ability to support a healthy immune function, it is also an antioxidant.

 

Dosage: 1 tablet daily, or a professionally prescribed

9. Floradix Floravital Herbal Liquid Iron Extract

 

Taking an iron supplement can help you restore your iron levels when your dietary intake is inadequate, maintaining energy, vitality and general well-being. Floravital is also a yeast, wheat and gluten free formula.

 

Dosage: 10ml twice daily

10. Goli Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies

 

Packed with powerful antioxidants and infused with superfoods. 2 gummies are equal to 1 apple cider vinegar shot. Apple cider vinegar offers many benefits thanks to its high concentration of acetic acid, including supporting healthy digestion, improving complexion, boosting immunity and enhancing energy.

 

Dosage: 2 gummies daily

All dosage measurements are for adults, please check with your healthcare professional to see if this medication and dosage is right for you. Some of these vitamins may not be suitable for children, please check with your healthcare professional.

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