At Home With Lorraine Kelly 2017 - 141
H E A LT H & W E L L B E I NG ▲
ANIMALS GET GOOSE
BUMPS TO STAY WARM.
WHEN THOSE WITH
THICK FUR GET COLD,
THE HAIR RISES AND
TO RETAIN HEAT
due to atigue stress drinking too uch
a coho or having dry eyes a o which can
send the sympathetic nervous system into
overdrive. Excessive exposure to television or
computer monitor screens can also be a cause.
though the s as s can ast u to ve
minutes, it's not usually a sign something
bad is ha ening. owever i the twitching
is orcing your eye to c ose it cou d be a
blepharospasm, a progressive neurological
disorder. so you shou d see your .
n rare cases the twitching can ast or
severa days. so edications can reduce the
re uency. otox in ected into the affected
eyelid muscle will cause paralysis which
usua y asts or u to three onths.
handles a chemical called dopamine, which is
involved in controlling muscle movement.
In some cases, restless legs could be caused
by an underlying health issue, such as iron
de ciency so i it is affecting you regu ar y
talk to your GP to have those ruled out.
hether its because you re ee ing
scared, cold or a little emotional,
everyone will have experienced goose bumps
at some time or other.
nherited ro our ani a ancestors goose
bumps are tiny elevations around the hair
o ic es on skin. he bu s are caused by a
minuscule muscle that contracts at the base
o each body hair causing the surrounding
area to rotrude. ogether these raised
lumps and indents appear as tiny lumps
on your flesh. he contraction a so akes
the hair stand u on end a de ensive
mechanism in the animal world which would
happen when an animal sensed a threat
nearby - just as dogs and cats raise their
hack es when they are on the de ensive.
on in adu ts o a ages
twitching around the eyes is caused
by a s as o the usc e that circ es the
u er and ower eye ids. hese s as s are
known as eyelid myokymia and are usually
Ever ste ed out o bed and heard an
almighty creak? Don't worry, that's just
your tendons and ligaments slipping as they
move over a joint or bone as you arise, which
can make a popping or cracking sound.
heres usua y nothing to worry about but
i the noises are acco anied with ain
swe ing or stiffness this ay be a sign o
osteoarthritis, so talk to your GP.
hen it co es to your knuck es or ngers
cracking thats a bit different. hen oints
are u ed a art a tiny cavity ed with gas
is or ed which then co a ses creating a
popping noise. And research suggests that
despite what your parents might have told
you, habitual knuckle cracking doesn't cause
any long-term harm!
www.athomemagazine.co.uk AUGUST 2017 | 141