COVID Testing Now Available!

COVID testing is now available at Get A Drip

 

Get A Drip have partnered with an ISO:15189:2012 accredited UK laboratory to make available a COVID-19 RT-PCR (Antigen) test that you can do in the safety and comfort of your own home.

The process is simple:

  1.  Order the test online via our website 
  2. The test is delivered to you within 48 hours of your online order being placed
  3. You take your nasal and oral swabs at home and send it off using the pre-paid postage bag included in the test kit
  4. You will have your reliable test results back within 24 to 48 hours 
 

How does an at home sample work?

Your kit will include a simple sample collection device with comprehensive instructions on how to complete your test in just a few minutes. Once you have  taken your sample, simply follow the instructions and return the sample to our lab using the pre-paid postage bag included in the test kit.

How do I return my test properly?

Royal Mail are providing a special set of arrangements for the transportation of test samples. You can read more about it here and find your closest Royal Mail Priority Postbox. Samples returned via Royal Mail Priority Post Boxes should reach the lab in the following 24 hours. Once a sample is delivered to the lab, the lab usually take up to 24 hours to process the test, though it can sometimes take longer.
Please note that the postal service is not suitable for those with a Saturday or Sunday ‘test’ date as your test will not be processed until the Monday.

How do I get my results and how long will it take?

In general, once your test arrives at our lab facility you should have a result emailed to you within 24 hours. In particular please take weekends into account as there is a drastically reduced service available at weekends.

What do I do if my Covid-19 PCR swab test is positive?

If your covid-19 PCR test is positive, please follow the national guidelines. You and your household will need to isolate.
For more information go to the NHS covid-19 website. Do not visit a health centre such as a hospital, Clinic, GP surgery or Pharmacy unless instructed.

What do I do If My Covid-19 PCR swab test is negative?

A negative PCR test means that you were not infected with Covid-19 when you took the test. If you have no symptoms, you can continue as normal (unless you have been told to self isolate until a certain date).

 

 

 

Why Your Hormones Are Stopping You Losing Weight

We have a big one for you today on the Get A Drip Podcast. I spoke to nutritionist Pippa Campbell all about hormones and weight loss and, sorry gentlemen, this one is mainly for the ladies. We talk about why us females are more likely to have a harder time with our hormones, what hormone imbalances look like and how hormones can affect our weight.

So Pippa, you’re a nutritionist but you specialise in hormones and weight loss is that correct?

That’s my area! Although weight loss has never been an issue for me personally, helping women lose weight is something that I find so rewarding.  I specialise in a hormone balancing weight loss. I’ve been doing that for many years.

The reason why I got into it so many years ago was because I used to suffer horrifically with PMT from the age of about 19. I got my period at an early age, I was 12 and getting my period every 2 weeks so there was obviously a hormonal imbalance. 

Now in those days, you didn’t go to the gynaecologist if you had ongoing problems like this. I went to the GP and he just put me on the pill so then I didn’t get my period. I really didn’t want anything artificial in my body anymore so I came off [contraception] at about age 18. 

My PMC was horrific, two months out of every month. I felt exhausted, I didn’t really get period pains, no sort of chronic pain. But I felt dizzy, I felt shaky, I felt really emotional. 

Diet definitely helped and supplements were the icing on the cake. When I did the DNA testing, I’m a certified nutrigenomics practitioner for LifeCodeGX. I was then able to finally understand what was going on. 

Would you say that hormone imbalances affect women more than men?

Absolutely. Men can also have hormone imbalances of course. But when I’m talking about hormones, I suppose I’m specifically talking oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone and the like. Thyroid hormones also definitely come into play as well.

I suppose it’s like an orchestra as they all work together so we always have to look at everything in balance. 

You mentioned before that there are people that sometimes experience anxiety as one of their symptoms of a hormone imbalance. I’m sure there’s so many ways that a hormone imbalance can manifest itself. What are some of the most common signs that you see of a hormone imbalance?

We’ve got so many different hormones but if let’s focus on the female sex hormones- oestrogen and progesterone. So while they’re getting their periods, they might experience the symptoms that I was talking about such as extremely heavy periods. It could be anxiety. Some people can’t sleep, they feel very anxious. Sometimes people can feel very sad and very down and that they don’t feel quite right. A lot of women say they don’t feel right; they feel like they’re having an out of body experience. 

How can our diet help hormone imbalances?

The first thing we want to do is to get rid of the rubbish because it’s inflammatory. Throw away the crips! I would recommend going lower carbohydrate, I’m not saying keto, I’m not saying people have to go high fat but I definitely think that finding the amount of carbohydrates is key. I would eat three meals a day and  no snacking because every time we eat, we would release incidents and no snacking. 

Want to hear the rest? Listen to the rest of the Get A Drip Podcast here