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True to form, this summer, the British weather will be nothing if not changeable. But before you rush out to the travel agents or start searching the internet frantically for foreign holidays, check out Aquaban Herbal’s guide to getting your share of precious home-grown rays.

With help from Positive Weather Solutions (, Aquaban Herbal is pleased to be able to share with you its long range weather forecast. It looks like it’s going to be unsettled, about right for a British summer, so carry on reading and maximise those sunny spells this side of the channel and fly, fly away when the British weather looks more gloomy than glorious.

Aquaban’s fashion forecast will banish some of the guesswork and reveal the optimum times for upping the exfoliating and booking into the beauty salon.


As usual the English summer looks unpredictable, though it looks likely that the sun will shine on events more often associated with wellies than wonderful weather.

If you’re a seasoned festival-goer it’ll be music to your ears to hear you should be able to travel light to this year’s Glastonbury (27th), where the fashion requirements could be more bikini tops than wellies, as the end of June should see the first days of summer sun. And while it’s notoriously a wash-out, Wimbledon looks set to stay fine this year. (23rd).

Positive weather Solutions forecaster Jonathan Powell says: “June will show some of the characteristics that we would expect of early Summer, with a series of days where we will have dry, bright, and fine weather, but this will be more or less confined to the end of the month. Before this, there will be some wet weather around mixed in with drier and brighter intervals, with the start and middle of June being unsettled. Rain amounts may well give cause for alarm. Temperatures will start on or around the average, showing promise before the month is out.”

So whatever your preferred pastime you need to make sure you’re in good nick for the end of June. While we all know that avoiding ‘naughty’ foods and working out are key to staying in shape, there may be something else that is adding to that bulging waistband. In fact, uncomfortable and unsightly bloating caused by water retention may be a factor. Few women realise that up to three pounds of excess water may be trapped in their bodies at any time*. The following tips will help you have a happy, bulge and bloat-free bikini body:

• Drink lots of water, regularly – the recommended daily amount is two litres a day and we really need to increase this even more during periods of over-indulgence

• Do some regular exercise – no-one expects you to head to the gym every day but with the finer weather looming (fingers crossed) a brisk stroll for twenty minutes every day should be easy to fit in

• Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables – as the weather warms up we feel less inclined to stock up on stodge and tend to tuck in to healthy salads, so this should become easier

• Don’t add salt to your meals

• And if you have a tendency to suffer from water retention take a natural, herbal diuretic like Aquaban Herbal

“I am quite sure that the girls at Aquaban Herbal are not the only ones who shudder at the thought of exposing their bodies, but these top tips should help all of us have a more comfortable waistline with just a little bit of effort,” says resident GP on Channel 5 news and former BBC Radio 2 medical expert, Dr Mike Smith.


If you are going to cash in those air miles then July will probably be best time to jet off. Following a promising start, the end of the month looks set for a lot of rain.

Jonathan says: “Although July will start on a promising note, there will still be a fair amount of rain around from time to time, perhaps on the heavy side and giving a little cause for concern. After this, we expect the weather to break as the Azores high, (which wasn't much in evidence during Summer 2007), begins to build, to give us a fine run of weather and warm temperatures. July ends on a humid note with the threat of thunderstorms.”

Putting up with the disappointing UK weather should serve as a reminder of just how precious the guaranteed sunshine that a foreign holiday provides is. So make the most of it, follow our tips and get into perfect shape ahead of your annual treat. And don’t forget that though diet and exercise are key, untimely, unsightly water retention could blow all the good work and best intentions out the window.

Often associated with PMS, water retention can also be bought on by periods of immobility and standing, both of which we’re likely to endure when we travel. So carry Aquaban Herbal with you and if you’re still bloated when you arrive at your destination then it can help you feel your best again.


The first two weeks of August are likely to be the best of the season so make sure you’re in tip top condition from head to toe. Be warned though, if you’re planning to head to V festival (16th) then bear in mind that the weather is likely to take a turn for the worse mid-month.

“August will probably see the highest temperatures across the UK, and the first two weeks of the month should see this occur, coupled with some fine and warm weather, and just the lingering threat of a thunderstorm or two. Through mid-month though there will be some fine weather, some unsettled weather will begin to make it's presence felt, and whereas this pattern will tend to continue as August draws to a close, there will be some fine and warm weather left, as we enter a mild but wet autumn,” says Jonathan.

To sum up then our long range weather forecasting friend, Jonathan, has got this to say: “Expect bright sunny weather towards the end of June, with a fair amount of rain for the most of the month. Rainy spells will continue in July although warm temperatures and sun will succeed. The first two weeks of August will undoubtedly be the best of summer 2008.”

So if the weather man is to be believed then make sure you’re fully fake-tanned by the middle of June and bikini buff for the first two weeks of August. Plan your UK trips in June and August and your overseas holidays in July.

Hilary Lynn from AquaBan Herbal comments: “Thanks to Jonathan’s forecast we can prepare ourselves and be ready for even the briefest glimmer of sunshine.”


Notes to editor:

• AquaBan Herbal tablets work naturally by helping to get rid of this unwanted water from the body, leaving you feeling great. It contains a blend of three natural herbal diuretics – Uva Ursi, Clivers and Burdock root – which work together to gently reduce the problem without leaving you dehydrated.

• To find out more about Aquaban Herbal visit Aquaban Herbal is available at chemists nationwide priced at £3.49.

• As with all medicines, consumers should always read the label before use.

• AquaBan Herbal is produced by LanesHealth

• *Figures provided by LanesHealth

• Weather forecasts provided by Jonathan Powell of Positve Weather Solutions

Who is LanesHealth?

• In 1930, Gilbert Lane established a thriving and prosperous family business. Gilbert was interested in all aspects of health and nutrition and he developed a wide range of effective remedies to treat many common ailments. Many of these treatments were based on his understanding of the medicinal properties of plants.

• Today LanesHealth continue their founder’s tradition of developing effective treatments which will help improve people’s health and quality of life.

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