Health

  • Get Ready For Back To Uni Season With Poundstretcher

    It's finally that time of year; uni is now looming ever closer. Whether you're a fresh-faced student straight out of college/a gap year, or a mature student, it's always a good idea to have a checklist of the university essentials, and Poundstretcher is here to help!

    Items including your passport, driving license, documents regarding your student loan, clothes, bank card, laptop, TV, and all the other essentials to student life are a given. You’re bound to take all of them, right? However, how about the rest of the things you’re going to have to pack? All the items you'll need to buy especially for student life?

    Doesn't matter if you're going to be a fresher moving into Halls or returning and living with friends in a rented student house. The below checklists are ideal for your uni survival.

    If you are entering Halls of Residence or even some student accommodation, then you may not need certain items (a toaster, iron, ironing board, and even the cleaning supplies are usually provided when in Halls). If in doubt, it's best to consult the university residential services.

    Uni Checklist: Stationery

    Uni Checklist: Bedroom

    Uni Checklist: Toiletries & Bathroom

    Uni Checklist: Cleaning Supplies

    Uni Checklist: Kitchen

    Uni Checklist: Groceries

    Miscellaneous

    And there we have it. Everything (and then some) you may need whilst at university. Some of the above can be altered or removed to suit your own personal preferences and needs. Splitting the cost between flatmates and university friends is also a great and affordable way to go about things.

    Wondering where your nearest Poundstretcher is exactly? Well then, check out our handy Store Finder to see Google Map directions and opening times.

    Good luck!

  • What You May Not Know About Tea

    Tea. It’s an ever important beverage here in the UK. We as a nation drink 165 million cups of tea on a daily basis; that's 60.2 billion being sipped on every year according to the UK Tea & Infusions Association. That’s a lot of brew!

    I think C. S. Lewis said it best: "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."

    It's true we are a tea-loving nation, but do you think you know all there is about it? You might drink it every day, you swear by the stuff, and you know your oolong from your pu-erh. So, do you think that makes you some kind of expert? Well, maybe you are, but why don’t you try and see how many of these facts you know? On one hand, you may just learn something, and if not then you can have the satisfaction of gloating. It’s win-win.

    Where Tea Originated

    Despite our nation being synonymous with tea, many others around the world had sampled and adored the beverage first. Long before we even began to enjoy a nice cuppa and a biscuit, tea was being drunk as a medicinal drink in Southwest China as early as the Han dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD). However, if you wish to believe in legends then the tale of tea goes back even further.

    In 2737 BC, the Emporer of China and renowned herbologist, Shen Nung, had been waiting within the shade of a tree for his boiled drinking water. It was at that point leaves blew down and rested atop the water, infusing the flavour into it. It was there Shen Nung sampled it, and in a stroke of serendipity the drink we call tea was born. Turns out, that very tree was a Camellia Sinensis (the same plant we use to make tea today).

    Whether or not this was true, the fact that tea was huge in China is no understatement. It even ranked up to being a recreational drink throughout the Tang dynasty (618 AD - 906 AD) and became their go-to national drink of choice. From there, Japanese Buddhist monks came over before introducing it back home in Japan (another nation where tea was a foundation of their culture).

    Despite this, it wasn't until the latter half of the 16th Century when Europeans began to hear of this exotic beverage. It was something of a curiosity gifted from sailors as the British East India Company dominated the import market. This stayed that way until the mid-1600's when tea became known as a drink for the wealthy. This was due to the marriage of Charles II to Catherine of Braganza who was a huge tea fanatic and made it hip and fashionable.

    How Tea Plants Grow

    Tea plants, Camellia Sinensis, are evergreens that mainly grow in the wilds of tropical and subtropical climates. However, did you know you can grow your own tea here in the UK? It's true! After all, the plant originates from the damp, cool mountains of China. People all across our nation have been growing their own for quite a while.

    Taken from seeds and cuttings, it takes between 4 to 12 years for a tea plant to bear seeds. After that, you add on another 3 so they can be ready for harvest. The growth is best with acidic soils and naturally require at least 127cm of rain a year with elevations of up to 1,500m above sea level. They can grow up to 16m if left undisturbed, though are trimmed to waist-height when grown to be harvested.

    If you are planning to grow your own tea you needn't worry about the elevation. Whilst the height provides a better flavour to the leaves (due to the higher up it is planted means it will grow slower), it isn't a necessary factor. What is important is to keep the plant in plenty of sunlight and keep them sheltered from the harsh British weather until they become taller (anything past 1m and they can fend for themselves outside).

    Which Teas Help Burn Fat?

    There's growing tea, and there's drinking it; it's the latter you'd care more about, right? Well, tea has so many wonderful benefits to it. There's more to this long-time favourite than just having something warm to sip on when it's cold or a drink to accompany your afternoon biscuit(s).

    For instance, take burning fat; it's something more people are becoming concerned about and are turning to tea for help. However, you need the right type first to better gain the desired effects.

    Most teas are great at helping with managing your figure; be it to give your metabolism a little boost, reduce bloating, help burn calories easily, or shut down the need for snacking. It's a wonderful drink, but there are teas that work better than most. These would be the likes of pu-erh, oolong, and rooibos.

    Pu-erh, a fermented Chinese tea, is great for reducing belly fat and lowering the amount of fat in the blood. The same can be said about rooibos tea, a sweet drink made from leaves from the Rooibos bush in South Africa. It's said that the polyphenols and flavonoids found in it inhibit the forming of new fat cells, and is a great way to kick-start your metabolism.

    Now here's one that's quite well known; oolong tea. This drink is rich in antioxidants and is a traditional Chinese tea. It can assist in controlling cholesterol, boosts metabolism, and aids digestion. It's what you'd expect from the land where tea was originated and used as medicine, right?

    It's also full of catechins that help you burn fat quickly, even so much as a pound a week according to a six-week Chinese study. Paired with exercise and healthy eating, all it takes it sipping some tea now and then to really aid in your endeavours.

    Which Tea Doesn’t Have Caffeine?

    Now, certain teas might claim to be decaf, in which it doesn't have any caffeine in. However, whilst it is true that they have significantly fewer amounts compared to non-decaf, there are still traces of caffeine that remain. So, it's not caffeine-free, is it?

    But don't lose hope! There does exist a tea out there that has no caffeine in it whatsoever, and it's fantastic for you health-wise. It's a tea you've bound to have heard of: herbal tea.

    Be it a sweet peppermint, a calming chamomile, or a sharp ginger tea, all of these are great for being non-caffeinated. So, you can enjoy a nice refreshing hot drink, whilst not pumping your body full of caffeine. Oh, and all of these are great for digestive issues, whilst peppermint especially helps clear nasal passages, chamomile is great for anxiety, and ginger is perfect for nausea.

    Which Tea Has The Most Antioxidants?

    Now, we've all heard of antioxidants, right? They're found in fresh fruits and vegetables, alongside tea. They have great health benefits such as clearing out unwanted things from your bloodstream and have been known to reduce the signs of ageing by minimising wrinkles. They even can help your mind by relieving stress.

    So, which teas are best when you want more antioxidants in your diet? Well, it's the coloured teas that are what you're looking for; black, green and white. They all offer the same cardiovascular benefits, with each having a slight difference.

    To start with, black tea is the most oxidised of them all. Though, it still contains a similar amount of antioxidants as it did before it went through oxidisation. It's said that drinking 3 or more cups a day may actually reduce the risk of a heart attack and promotes blood vessel relaxation. However, it contains more caffeine than green tea and contains a lot of polyphenols. It all depends on what you want out of your drink and your sense of taste.

    White tea is similar to the above, though due to it being dried in natural sunlight, it means that the catechin levels are much higher, but lowers tannins levels, which affects the taste and consistency.

    At the end of the day, it doesn't really matter which one you drink. There isn't an overall 'best tea' that is superior to everything. The taste, the caffeine content, the availability, even the cost, all of these make a big difference but all the teas provide the same health benefits. They can reduce the risk of cancer, helps the skin look its best, boosts your immune system and promotes a healthy heart.

    Which Tea Is Best For A Cold?

    Now, despite the sun being out (for the most part) the risk of colds are of course still around. Being a hot drink you'd assume that tea would be great to drink to help chase away nasty infections; but which one do you go for?

    Well, like before there are many that help boosts your immune system (remember the above?). However, so I'm not repeating myself you can find lemongrass, ginger, and peppermint(that delightful menthol helps break up congestion) teas are fantastic at clearing out your nasal passages. The above also serve as calming and refreshing throat soothers. There's nothing like that wonderful warm feeling that comforts your body after a nice cup of ginger tea.

    Tea with honey is also a great defence when you have a cold. Pair that up with some white or green tea to destroy pathogenic bacteria, and you'll be feeling better in no time.

    Which Tea Is Good For Sleep?

    Sleep is an important part of your health. We don't get enough of it. There are many ways to assist you in getting you to sleep peacefully. Those delightful rain/thunderstorm soundtracks on YouTube are one way, but tea can also be the saviour in helping you get some shut-eye!

    Good amounts of sleep (but also sleep that is great quality) impacts positively on your body. It helps give your body rest and a chance to repair itself. There are many teas that you could use, such as chamomile or herbal teas. With their soothing fragrance and taste it can work wonders. In fact, anything that has that calming effect is great to have when you're in bed with a good book.

    However, valerian tea is a herb that can be paired with tea for fantastic results. It can help those with insomnia, anxiety, and psychological stress and acts as a natural sedative.

    So there we have it, a small array of tea facts and advice to help you make the most out of Britain's favourite drink. Did you know all of the above? Was there anything in there new that you could apply to your tea-drinking life? How about one more little tidbit? There are an estimated 1,500 varieties of Camellia sinensis out there. Now, whilst we at Poundstretcher don't carry every single known one, we do sell all the top products such as Tetley, Yorkshire Tea, and PG Tips!

    Has all this tea talk made you thirsty? If so then why not see where your nearest local Poundstretcher is? Get out your tea cosy, and mosey on over by using our handy dandy Store Finder to grab some bargains in no time! It'll really hit the spot.

  • 5 MUST HAVE Argan Oil Hair Care Products for £5

    Argan Oil: The Secret to Gorgeous Hair!

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    Argan oil, in recent years, has become THE must have product for healthy hair. Sourced from the kernels of Moroccan Argan trees, Argan oil has become known as ‘liquid gold’ for its ability to transform hair, through the huge amounts of nutrients it contains, such as Vitamin E and fatty acids.

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    We, at Poundstretcher, understand the importance of healthy hair but don’t think you need to spend the earth! Argan oil is in popular demand and can be pricey but we have huge bargains on our Argan oil hair products so you can revitalise your hair for less!

    Transform Your Hair with Argan Oil for £5 at Poundstretcher!

     

    1. Rejuvenating Shampoo with Argan Oil Extracts

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    Argan oil shampoo is a great product to use on a daily basis. Many shampoos can strip the natural nutrients needed to keep your hair healthy and can leave your hair drab, dry and fragile.

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    The Argan oil extracts in this shampoo nourishes and moisturises your hair, replenishing day-to-day damage caused by elements like the sunshine, and maintaining a consistent healthy glow.

    The consistent use of Argan oil shampoo will ensure your hair will always be soft, smooth and strong, as well as being protected and nourished!

    1. Luxurious Conditioner with Argan Oil Extracts

    This day-to-day conditioner is sumptuously hydrating, leaving your hair silky smooth! 

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    Many conditioners can look and feel like they’ve enriched your hair just after washing but, after a couple of hours, your hair feels greasy at the roots, dry at the tips and looks, all together, sorry for itself!

    What you need is a conditioner that’s going to truly replenish the moisture back into your scalp, roots and tips and maintain it throughout the day.

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    This Argan oil conditioner will hydrated your hair, leaving it feeling sumptuous, shiny and frizz-free for the whole day. Argan oil is also a truly exceptional ‘detangle’r so is especially effective on hair that’s regularly bleached or is naturally thick and curly!

    The shampoo and conditioner combination are great for busy people who have no time for leave-in conditioners but still want hair that ‘WOW’s!

    1. Heat Defence Spray with Argan Oil Extracts

    Nowadays, most people use straightening irons, curling tongues or, at the very least, a hair dryer. The emphasis is usually: the hotter the tool, the better the results.

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    That is, until the day after the night before and your hair is dry, brittle and knotted into one big hairball…

    One of the best ways to enjoy styling your hair without worrying about the ‘next-day’ repercussions is using a heat defence spray.

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    Although there are many to choose from, this leave-in heat defence spray with Argan oil extracts is a high contender. Because Argan oil is naturally packed with nourishing oils, vitamins and fatty acids– a formula that ensures complete protection of your hair’s nutrients and moisture under hot temperatures.

    All you do is apply it generously to damp hair from root to tip, to ensure your entire head is thoroughly protected.

     

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    So, if you’re a busy bee who hasn’t got time to sit around and wait for your hair to dry naturally or you love styling with straighteners or curlers, this is the perfect product to make sure you hair stays looking bouncy and healthy, whatever your lifestyle!

    1. Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask

    Everyone needs a good pampering session every now and then. Whatever kind of hectic life you live, it’s important to have some time out to treat yourself!

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    This Argan Oil hair mask is one of those ‘low capital, high yield’ type beauty investments. Although there is the minor process of massaging the sumptuously creamy mixture into your hair and ensuring it covers it from root to tip, that is basically it.

    Argan Oil Hair Mask, 220ml Argan Oil Hair Mask, 220ml

    This hair mask relies specifically on leaving it alone for a length of time on your hair so is a fantastically low maintenance beauty product for those ‘no-fuss’ type people!

    You can even wrap your hair in a towel and leave it in over night! Then just wash it off with shampoo and conditioner to reveal nourished, rejuvenated and incredibly shiny hair!

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    This pot of ‘magical’ cream is a bargain from Poundstretcher and requires barely any effort with truly amazing results!

    Who says you have to spend endless hours and hundreds of pounds to get healthy, beautiful-looking hair?!

    1. Argan Oil Hair Treatment

    Argan Oil Hair Treatment, 50ml Argan Oil Hair Treatment, 50ml

    No matter how well we try to look after our hair, life can still take its toll so sometimes you need to put a little extra time and effort into keeping it healthy.

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    With this intensive hydrating hair treatment, the Argan oil is high in antioxidants, which means it is great for repairing and rejuvenating damaged hair! As well as this, it helps lock in much-needed moisture, leaving your hair shiny and strong!

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    This hair treatment is also a miracle worker if your hair has frizzy tendencies, too. You can use it like an ointment to transform your hair, whatever the weather, leaving it smooth without losing volume.

    Basically, forget Harry Potter or Unicorns– this Argan oil hair treatment is magic in a bottle!

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    More 'Argan Bargains'!

    Argan Oil Skin Care 

     We also have a range of skin care products if you want your skin to be as soft and supple as your hair!

     

    Argan Oil Skin Care: Hand & Nail Cream, 100ml/Moisturising Shower Cream, 300ml/Moisturising Hand & Body Wash, 300ml Argan Oil Skin Care: Hand & Nail Cream– 100ml, Moisturising Shower Cream– 300ml, Moisturising Hand & Body Wash– 300ml.

     

    So grab an 'Argan bargain' at Poundstretcher and revitalise your hair and skin TODAY!

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  • Poundstretcher’s Guide To Skin Care

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    Taking care of your skin is no trifling matter. We all want our skin to look its best. And even whilst you may not feel you’re that bothered about it, you still wouldn’t want to have bad skin that's dry, unhealthy, and tired, correct?

    Well, what if I were to tell you there’s a way to look after your skin for less? That’s right, with loads of products from big brands available to you (all for a good price, I might add), Poundstretcher is here to help!

    From nourishing creams, facial scrubs, body lotions, and more, there's a world of skin care products that are great for your daily life.

    When To Start Using Skin Care Products

    There is no defined or set age when you should or shouldn’t start using skin care products. It's all about a matter of turning to them when and if your skin needs attention.

    For example, if you have dry skin then you should make sure to moisturise. Or if you start to develop acne then you can use exfoliating products to combat it. Everyone is different and unique; no matter your gender, race, or ethnicity, no one's skin is exactly the same.

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    With children, there is less of a need for skin care in regards to blemishes or exfoliation. Usually, dry skin issues and products such as sunscreen and aftersun is all they'd need. However, it’s when you arrive at your teens onwards where your skin becomes more of a priority.

    As mentioned before, the focus is to use it when you need it most and continue to apply it long enough for the desired effects to show.

    Which Skin Care Product Is The Great For Oily Skin?

    So, for those with problem skin, why not grab a product that'll make you feel like you're in some luxury, relaxing spa but for an affordable price?

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    This 7th Heaven Blemish Mud (other varieties available) in a delightfully soothing aloe vera fragrance is just the item to help combat oily skin. Its deep cleansing & soothing formula is paired with its aloe juice extract, making for an effective, tranquil mask that will help relieve troubled skin from dirt and grime.

    So grab a glass of bubbly, light some candles, reach for a good book, and just let your mind and face be soothed.

    Which Skin Care Product Is Great For Clearing Pores?

    Want something specifically designed to help clear blackheads and clear your clogged pores? Well then, get a load of this T-zone blackhead fighting facial scrub, the perfect way to battle skin issues head on and give your face a deep cleanse.

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    With the tea tree extracts, you can rest assured this naturally anti-bacterial face scrub is effective at getting rid of blackheads and other facial blemishes. It's great for daily application and a perfect addition to your bathroom cabinet.

    Just squeeze it out, lather it on your hands, and slather on your face before washing it off and feeling refreshed. Is there any better way to start a morning?

    Which Skin Care Product Is Great For Anti-Aging?

    Want to defy the appearance of wrinkles and the passage of time? Then why not give these Eden age defiance cleansing wipes a try; they're an easy to use, effective, and will make your skin feel and look so much younger.eden-age-defianceWith the use of vitamin E, these wipes help nourish and moisturise your tired skin and helps smooth out wrinkles to give you a younger looking complexion. The fact there are 25 per pack means you have ample to use whenever you feel your body needs a good cleansing.

    And there you have it, a great affordable anti-aging solution. There are also other varieties available in the Eden line, such as the deep cleanse and make up removal wipes. Keep your face and body feeling cleansed and healthy whilst also making sure your make up doesn't stay on and clog your pores up even more.

    When To Use Skin Care Products

    So, you know of some of the products that are available to you, but when is the best time to apply them?

    It all depends, once again, in when you feel the need to use them. However, when it comes to moisturising and facial scrubs, it's best to use them every day, all year-round. That's right, even in the colder months in the year it's a great idea to apply moisturisers, body butters, lotions, or creams to help your body stay hydrated for silky smooth skin for the whole year to come.

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    The matter is that just how often is healthy? When should you be applying these facial scrubs and recovery oils?

    Well, your face needs to be ideally cleaned and moisturised every morning and then once again in the evening. First, wash your face and apply the cream to your cleansed face, and from there gently rub it into your skin until fully absorbed.

    With facial scrubs, it's the same except without the absorption element and you end with another wash. Cleanse with warm water, apply with a good rub, and then clear it off your face. Simple.

    With your body, you could use the aforementioned macadamia oil extract body butter to hydrate and soften your skin, leaving it feeling healthy and smooth. Apply to your entire body (or in areas where you feel needs the most attention) and rub gently.

    It all boils down to never neglecting your skin on a daily basis. Applying moisturisers, creams, and cleansers to your body year-round is a great way to keep it silky, whilst making sure to add daily scrubs twice a day for day and night effectiveness.

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    Additional Extras

    A great way to apply some of these products? With the help of these Simply Cotton round cotton wool (160 pack), a set of 100% pure pads that are strong yet soft, and completely perfect for all manner of purposes.

    Cleansers and face washes are fine to use from childhood upwards, but be wary of relying too much on it. We must also remember that our skin and the pores need to breathe, and sometimes an excess amount of creams and cleansers can clog them, which would then create further issues down the line. It’s all about finding balance as to when and how often you apply it.

    You can find your nearest Poundstretcher using our handy Store Finder! So, with desires of having smooth, healthy skin, why not come on down and check out some bargains today? Your skin will appreciate it; trust us.

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  • Start Your Day Well – All You Need To Know About Cereals

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    Breakfast. Well, what can be said that you haven’t already heard before? It should be the first meal you eat upon waking up and is claimed to be the most important of the day.

    They are convenient foods that go hand-in-hand with our bustling and busy society.  It's something quick and easy, that can be shovelled into your gob before you grab the keys and head out the door to work/school.

    With the vast importance placed upon it, it’s no wonder how popular cereals are nowadays and how much variety we have! Being one of the most popular and common choices for our morning meal, cereals have boomed through each passing generation, coming in all sizes, shapes, and flavours. Yes, cereals truly dominate breakfast time.
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    When Were Breakfast Cereals Invented?

    So, to this day we have breakfast cereals that go from borderline sweets in a box, to health-foods, to everything in-between. In fact, it might surprise you to know that the concept of breakfast cereal is actually quite new in the grand scheme of things, having only been around for 150 years.

    But, where did it all start?

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    In America. That’s right, in 1863 a man named James Caleb Jackson (pictured above), a devoted religious vegetarian, created the basis of what we now know to be breakfast cereals. Running a popular wellness retreat in western New York, Jackson was an advocate for healthy living and saw the idea of eating pork chops and other red meats for breakfast was terrible for one’s health.

    He decided to provide his guests with a ‘better’ alternative; Granula. No, not Granola, but Granula. It was a type of grain cake and built like a brick. It was essentially a large block that was so solid you needed to soak it in milk overnight, and then the next morning you’d break bits off and crunch into it. It tasted as good as it sounds.

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    The flavour only really improved once John Harvey Kellogg (pictured above), a skilled surgeon and someone as big on health as Jackson, decided he liked the idea of Granula and took Jackson’s concept.  Kellogg made an oaty wheat biscuit, incorporated a rolling process to improve the taste, and used it in order to further promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle (as well as one promoting sexual abstinence, but that’s a tale for another time).

    So what of Granola? Well, to avoid being sued for using the name Granula, Kellogg decided to change the name… to Granola (very original, right?), and from there his success snowballed. Despite the taste, Granola was sold to those outside his retreat and was soon selling almost 1.8 tonnes a week. From there Corn Flakes were invented shortly afterwards due to a stroke of serendipity, and the rest is ancient cereal history.

    Where Do Cereals Grow?

    As wide a range as breakfast cereals there are, it also means there are various cereals, or grains, out there. Different types of cereals can grow in different environments, like all plants. Some are well-versed in surviving the frigid subarctic and Siberia, such as Barley and Rye, whilst some can withstand the ups and downs of British weather, where one moment it’s content and warm, the next it’s cold with a strong wind.

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    How they are cultivated is also quite diverse. They’re usually annual plants, where one would produce one yield for harvest. Though, as mentioned before, there are many different types; wheat, rye, barley, and oat, to name just a few, are “cool-season” cereals, meaning they’re hardy enough to grow in grim British weather, but not very well in anything slightly hot (30 °C, but it depends on the plant). Essentially, these plants are just like the Brit humans who grow them, once the heat gets turned on a tiny bit it suddenly becomes a chore to do just about anything.

    Wheat, one of the major cereals we use in breakfast cereals, can be cultivated in many different soils and can be grown with ease around the world. That might have something to do with the vast amount of it and the ease of obtaining it. However, to grow it successfully it requires extremely fertile soil, and that means it needs a good amount of humus content (soil that’s had slightly decayed organic stuff in it). However, barley and rye, for example, can be grown in soil that's less fertile.

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    One similarity barley and wheat do share, is that that both have a winter and a spring variety. The winter one usually produces better crops, more likely to have side shoots, and can allow new shoots to form before any cold weather comes around.

    Importance of Cereals

    But what am I talking about? As interesting as hearing about how grains are cultivated is, I bet you want to know the practicalities of breakfast cereals. What cereal can do for you and your health!

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    I’m being super cereal when I tell you that they’re an important part of a balanced diet. Whether you wish to believe it or not, the fact is that having breakfast in the morning is more important to your mental health than it is to your physical. Sure, you will have the energy and the boost in physical fitness from a hearty breakfast, but without it, you will most likely find yourself feeling “hangry” and a bit glum too.

    With cereals like Alpen Oat Granola, you can see they’re high in fibre, and also low in saturated fats. That is exactly what you want to be putting into your body in the early morning. Like adding fuel to a fire, adding good nutrients that can be found in cereals fuels your own body to seize the day!

    Most cereals are low-fat and full of nutrients and vitamins, such as iron and B vitamins; you also can find the power of grains within cereals, as wholegrains provide you with so many benefits it could warrant its own blog post.

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    Wholegrain provides you with fibre, and lots of it. An adult needs around 25 to 35 grams a day, which you can get a kick-start to with a bowl of Quaker Oats or Weetabix. Fibre has been known to control blood sugar, lower cholesterol, and actually can promote better bowel moments (gross but important). Also, due to wholegrains containing lactic acids, it allows stronger digestion, which means you absorb more of the good stuff into your body, boosting your immune system which then can help fight off nasty diseases, especially in the colon.

    Also, cereals make you feel incredibly full. So, there’s no need to have a muffin or light snacks shortly after breakfast once you’ve had a bowl of Shredded Wheat, meaning a better breakfast can help your weight too.

    When to Eat Cereals

    To make a long story short; in the morning, that moment after 8+ hours of not eating anything. Want a more detailed and serious answer? Well, there are many great times to eat breakfast, and all of them can be worked into your daily life, be it on weekends or weekdays; it all depends on what you want to gain from it. Breakfast is important for your metabolism to get kick-started, so eating it right after you wake up is a good start.

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    However, if you exercise in the mornings and want a high athletic performance, then the best time to eat breakfast would be an hour or so before you hit the track. It will mean that you won’t fear any sort of cramp, and by that time the nutrients and energy from breakfast will be coursing through your body.

    Also, make sure you eat within one hour of waking up. Eating at that point allows your energy levels to go right up and gives you more energy for an active morning. Due to having been in a sleeping state for so long, your blood sugar is naturally going to be low when you first begin to rise, so eating before that 60 minute window closes means you won’t suffer a blood sugar crash.

    Where Should Cereals Be Stored?

    Now, you may know when to eat breakfast, where cereal came from, and so on; however, storing cereal is a major part. If you don’t store it right, then what happens? Nasty, manky, soft cereal that will end up getting binned, that's what. What a waste of money and food that would be, right? So, here are some quick tips to better store your cereal, which is perfect if you buy in bulk.

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    It’s always best to store an unopened box of cereal in a cool, dry place, such as a cupboard. For how long? Well, until the expiration date is the basic answer, but usually you can store things that way unopened for about a year; it’s at that point the taste starts to deteriorate.

    But, what if you’ve opened the cereal bag already? You don’t want air to get in and soften those Coco Pops or Honey Monster, right? Well then, just seal it with a plastic clip after rolling the top down a tad. Voila, now you can keep it this way for about a week without fear of it ruining. Either that, or store the bag, box, and all into an air-tight storage container, making sure to put it in a cool, dry place as always.

    If you follow those tips, every member of your family will have great tasting, crunchy, delicious cereal.

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    Where to Buy Cereals?

    So, where can you buy all these great tasting cereal delights? At Poundstretcher of course! We have a wide range of branded cereal products, such as Nestle, Kellogg's, Quaker Oats, and many more all with different tastes and varieties. No matter the age, we have a cereal to suit everyone!

    Why not nip on down today and stock up your cupboards with tasty cereals featuring cartoon wolves, a cockerel, or heaps and heaps of grains and fruit? Ideal for when you and your family need that fuel to get you through the start of each and every day.

    You can find your nearest Poundstretcher using our handy Store Finder! So, with your new quick guide to cereal, you can hunt out the best bargains and deck yourself and your mornings out the right way!

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  • HOW TO stock up on Summer Holiday Essentials FOR LESS!

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    School's out, the heat is all anybody can talk about and an ever-growing sea of angry-looking sunburn has infiltrated the general public.

    Yes, this can only mean one thing –  Summer is FINALLY HERE!

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    Whether you're jetting off to a luxurious holiday resort full of exotic beaches, luscious outdoor swimming pools and food that is near-impossible to pronounce OR you’re touring the Great British countryside, we at Poundstretcher have come up with some AMAZING deals on holiday essentials at our very own Holiday Shop!

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    So, camping or cruising, sunbathing or site-seeing, skiing or ‘spa’ing- get on down to Poundstretcher and start saving your money for the really important stuff! Like a family trip to the local water park. Or an extra treatment at that relaxing beach-side spa!

    Snacks For the Journey!

    Wherever you’re travelling to- especially with children- it’s always good to have a supply of nibbles and snacks.

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    If you get stuck in traffic or your flight gets delayed, we have a massive selection of confectionary, biscuits, crisps and sweets on offer for the whole family to get their teeth into, as well as branded juices and fizzy drinks!

    Get your kids 'Sunshine Ready' for less than £10!

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    We all know how challenging it can be keeping your children protected from the summer sun- especially when the last thing on their minds when they're running around on the beach is getting sunburnt! But we have the solution!

    Fun in the Sun!

    With our extensive range of licensed flip flops, caps and sunglasses with a variety of their favourite Disney Princesses…

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    ... or cool comic book superheroes…

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    ...you’ll have no problem keeping their heads, eyes and feet safe from the heat! With many more characters to choose from, your child will be able to pick their favourite!

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    And with our Malibu Kids sun-cream SPF50 at only £1.49 a bottle, you can fully protect your kids so they can enjoy the sun all day long!

    Cause a SPLASH at Swimming Sessions!

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    Get your little ones paddling around the pool with our inflatable range! With cheeky sea animal swim rings, summery-coloured armbands and cute octopus mini-mats, they can get used to the water in a fun and interactive way. And at less than £3 each, they can ‘just keep swimming’ all holiday!

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    With all these amazing deals on kids' wear, you can give your child everything they need to enjoy the sun safely, all for less than £10!

    And for the adults, it's time to relax...

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    You can end up spending an infinite amount of money on expensive summer sandals and branded sunglasses.

    But it's time to RELAX!

    If you’re looking for holiday fashion without the huge price tag, look no further than Poundstretcher!

    Fashion for less!

    We have a gorgeous selection of stylish yet comfortable Ladies' sandals in four luscious colours at a jaw-dropping £1.99 each!

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    As well as these, we have a brand new range of Foster Grants sunglasses for both men and women at only £1.49 each. With a hugely varied number of styles, you can find the ones to suit you!

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    And this year we’ve got an even bigger range of stylish, yet practical luggage in various sizes and at 'zipping' good prices!

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    Essential holiday toiletries can end up costing a small fortune so, why not check out Poundstretcher’s BIG BRANDS with even BIGGER DISCOUNTS on Malibu sun-care, skincare, haircare, deodorants and wash products perfect for packing in your suitcase!

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    With our huge selection of holiday products, you’ll be able to get ready for your summer away without 'tanning' your holiday budget!

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    For more great deals and offers, get down to your local Poundstretcher to check out our Holiday Shop and get SAVING!

    BIG SUMMER BLOW OUT

    Whatever you're getting up to this summer, from all of us at Poundstretcher, we hope you enjoy your Big Summer Blowout!

  • The HOW TO not get stuck in the mud this Festival Season

    MUSIC FESTIVAL - ˈfɛstɪv(ə)l/

    noun

    plural noun: music festivals

    1. An organised series of live music, avant-garde dance moves and dwindling standards of hygiene, typically held in one place annually
    2. A day or period of celebration where most social norms are abandoned, muddiness is a staple fashion statement and being drenched becomes the threat that umbrellas the entire event.

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    Whether you’re a seasoned festival goer or it’s your first time in the 'strawberry fields', most people have seen the years of media coverage in Glastonbury capturing thousands of sodden and grotty music fans squelching about and becoming engulfed in relentless barrages of torrential rain.

    But don’t ‘Freak Out’ — stay Chic!

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    Get stocked up with these inexpensive essentials so you can successfully 'eat, sleep, rave, repeat' like Fatboy for the duration and leave the event feeling 'the best, the best, the best of you'....

    Camping Tools: From ditches to Duchess

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    Obviously most people remember to bring a tent as standard  but, when it comes to camping, especially at a festival, there are so many added extras that you can pick up for next to nothing at Poundstretcher which will make bracing the 'great' outdoors infinitely more comfortable!

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    When you're having a fabulous time watching the Sunset with Ed Sheeran, the last thing you think you'll care about is grass stains or a damp bum!

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    But, later, when you're shivering from laying in what was effectively a bog in your bare legs, you'll probably not care about that 'Castle on the Hill'.

    You will, however, probably wish you'd brought a waterproof picnic blanket along to keep you and your friends comfy and dry throughout the whole concert!279486-picnic travel rug_yellow_1000x1000

    At £3.99 they’re cheap, bright and practical - perfect for chilling out on, come rain or shine!

    Or if you're really going to pull out all the stops, pick up a folding camping chair!

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    You might get some stick from your more ‘free-spirited’ mates who reckon 'you should be dancing' all weekend but, with a built-in drinks holder and in four different colours, you’ll definitely have the last laugh!

    Especially when you’re perched on the only thing separating you from the mud that’s claimed the lives of most of your mates’ wellies.

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    Plus, it comes with an easy carry bag to fold it back into so you can always guarantee somewhere comfy to sit!

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    2. Don't let mealtimes become a Tragedy...

    Whilst most people spend the festival walking around looking for their sanity, you may find you fancy something to nibble at some point.

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    Plastic kitchen ware is a great camping idea. Cups (for that much-needed Coffee in the morning), disposable cutlery and plates. After all, you'll need somewhere to put those sausages you burnt on the disposable BBQ

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    HEALTH TOOLS: REMEMBER, Your body is a TEMPLE, NOT A BIN BAG.

    Despite spending 361 days of the year acting moderately normal with three meals a day and ‘a couple’ in the pub on a Friday after work, some people get that caught up in the hippy vibe of a festival, they end up forgetting how to look after themselves within the realms of what’s socially acceptable.

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    Let’s be honest-- festivals are both physically and mentally strenuous, and can only be completed successfully by savvy people. Please note: these are NOT the people who say things like ‘water’s for the weak’ or insist on relating everything back to their ‘gap year’.

    So, here’s a list of things you might not have thought of taking but you will definitely need when 'stayin' alive'  at a festival and avoid coming out when it’s home time looking like you’ve just escaped the set of Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ video...

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    And finally, make sure you’re not the one needing somebody to 'lean on' at Major Lazer and 'reload' with some Red Bull!

    So, there you have it—the list of handy festival essentials at bargain prices! And it doesn't stop there! We have a massive selection of choccies, crisps and nibbles on offer so 'don't you forget about' Poundstretcher and make a pit-stop before you head off to Just Dance!FESTIVAL NIBBLES UPDATED

  • The Ultimate Guide To Summer Skin Care

    The Ultimate Guide To Summer Skin Care

    Summer is right around the corner and things are heating up!
    We don’t mean to throw some major shade on your Summer fun but we need to talk about skin care.

    It doesn’t matter what colour your skin is, whether it’s dry or oily, and if you have freckles or moles.

    Sun damage does not discriminate.

    It can affect anyone which means it’s really important that we show our skin some TLC during the warmer seasons!

    So let’s bust some myths about Summer skin care:

    Myth 1: The sun clears acne and makes me appear youthful.
    Answer: FALSE
    This is the ultimate myth that gets passed down as ‘good’ advice! While the sun may help reduce bacteria in your skin, it will cause more breakouts by drying out your skin which stimulates your natural oils in to overdrive. The main reason people think their skin looks better after they've been in the sun is because their tan is covering up any small red blemishes and scarring. That’s why people notice their acne seemingly ‘returning’ a couple of weeks after a beach holiday!

    Myth 2: I have darker skin so I can stay out in the sun for much longer.
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    Answer: Sort of TRUE but mostly FALSE
    Darker skin does have a little more resistance to UVA/UVB rays, however this doesn't mean you can go out sunbathing sans sunscreen! Although skin cancer is uncommon for people with darker skin, it can actually be a more aggressive form if it attacks. At least an SPF 15 sun lotion is advised and you still need to keep your sun bathing time limited. People with fairer skin are incredibly vulnerable to sun damage, which is why if you have blonde or ginger hair you turn lobster red very quickly on the beach! This is because fairer skin contains less melanin, the stuff in our bodies that helps counteract the sun’s rays, than darker skin.

    Myth 3: I don’t need sunscreen because I’m trying to top up my vitamin D.
    Answer: FALSE
    Vitamin D deficiency may be on the rise but that doesn't mean you can ditch the sunscreen for the D! To top up your vitamin D levels, you only need about 10 – 15 minutes outside in the sun.

    Myth 4: If I wear fake tan, it will protect me from sun damage.
    Answer: Definitely FALSE
    Fake tanning sprays and gels are completely different to sunscreen but unfortunately this is one myth that won’t stop resurfacing. Even if you’re wearing fake tan, you still need to apply your protective high SPF sunscreen and after sun lotion.

    Myth 5: I don’t need to reapply my sunscreen after I've been in the pool.
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    Answer: FALSE
    A dip in the pool may cool you off but it also washes away your sunscreen! Wait a few minutes for your fresh SPF coat to soak in to your skin and don’t forget to reapply as soon as you’re out of the pool!

    Myth 6: When it’s cloudy I do not need to wear sunscreen.
    Answer: FALSE
    It’s a hot day and despite the sun hiding behind those fluffy white clouds, you still need to wear your sunscreen. Your skin still become damaged and burnt from the UVA and UVB rays poking through the cloudy sky. 

    Myth 7: My hair protects my scalp from being burned.
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    Answer: FALSE
    Sadly your hair holds no protection against the sun and if you leave your hat at home you’re in danger of enduring painful sun burn on your head! Luckily you can get non-greasy sun lotions to protect your scalp, which is a saviour for those who have receding hair or a bald head. Keep those bald patches beautiful with a quick spray of sunscreen formulated especially for this sensitive area.

    Myth 8: Getting a tan from sun bathing is healthy.
    Answer: FALSE
    Despite the phrase ‘a healthy tan’, getting a tan from sun bathing is actually a sign that you've damaged your body! The sun’s rays travel deep in to the layers of your skin gradually burning you. When we sunbathe our skin is triggered in to producing a chemical called melanin which helps protect your skin from frying too much. The melanin makes your skin appear golden and tanned, so when you see your skin start to glow it’s your body’s way of telling you to turn down the heat!

    Myth 9: My child doesn't need a high SPF because their young skin is stronger.
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    Answer: FALSE
    Children’s skin is actually more sensitive than a fully grown adult’s which is why kid’s sunscreen is usually an extremely high SPF. The younger you are when you start exposing your skin to the sun, the quicker your skin will prematurely age and become damaged, further increasing the risk of skin cancer. Make sure your little ones have hats, plenty of sun screen and regular breaks in the shade.

    Myth 10: I don’t have sunburn so I don’t need after sun lotion.
    Answer: FALSE
    After all that time in the sun, your skin will be dry and need rehydrating. It’s important because it helps keep your skin healthy and will aid your body in recovering quicker from sun damage - even if you’re not at the boiled lobster phase of burning!

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    Thinking of going on that Summer holiday you've always dreamed of? Well before you hit the beach, check out our fantastic competition to win the ultimate vacation hamper!! Visit our Facebook and Twitter for details on how to enter!

    Whether you're home or away this Summer, don't forget to stock up on your sunscreen and after sun lotions. We have a fabulous cheap and affordable sun care range waiting for you now! Find your nearest store on our website here.

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