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Whilst the recent rain may have dampened the pollen count, I’m still chatting to lots of people who are miserable with their hayfever symptoms. Did you know that hayfever is a form of allergic reaction? According to the NHS hayfever is one of the most common allergic conditions and they estimate that there are more than 10 million sufferers in the UK. Are you one of them? Symptoms are usually sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes which happen seasonally during Spring and Summer. The extent to which someone experiences the symptoms can vary significantly, but there is no doubt that if you suffer you really are suffering! So why […]
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By far, this is the skin condition that I get asked about the most. Babies, children, adults – I see it at all ages and appreciate how distressing and life-affecting it can be. What is eczema? Eczema is characterised by dry, red, scaly, inflamed and itchy skin. The skin can thicken as a result of scratching and there tends to be increased bacterial presence on the skin which can lead to an increased incidence of infection. Eczema sufferers can often also experience hayfever and/or asthma – a triad conditions that often appear together. It is not unusual for there to be a family history of the condition, reflecting […]
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For this post on immunity I wanted to focus on a critical non-food element – allowing your body to recover and strengthen through enough rest and relaxation. Most of us tend to neglect this, yet it’s so critical to our long term health and wellbeing. In addition to nourishing your body with the right nutrients you can also boost your immunity by factors that support rest and relaxation. Each is a big subject in its own right, but they are areas for us all to reflect on and try to improve. Get enough good quality sleep – sleep deprivation, disturbed sleep, and altered sleep patterns can significantly affect our […]
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This one surprised me when I first learned about it and I’m sure it will you too. At least 70% of your immune system is based in your gut – yes, the health of your digestive system will directly influence the strength of your immune system! If you have digestive issues, then it could be the case that it’s compromising the strength of your immunity. Nutritional Therapists are well placed to help you overcome digestive issues – I help lots of people with these problems. If I’m not local for you, then go to the BANT website to find someone in your area appropriately qualified and accredited. Looking […]
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Last time we covered the vitamins, today it’s the turn of the minerals that can help support the strength of your immune system. Here’s the key ones and some example foods: Zinc: Oysters(!), calf’s liver, beef, lamb, chestnut mushrooms, spinach, asparagus, pumpkin seeds, broccoli Iron: Chicken liver, beef, lamb, spinach, Swiss chard, romaine lettuce, shitake mushrooms, tofu, green beans, beans & pulses Selenium: Brazil nuts, fish including cod, sardines & salmon, chestnut and shitake mushrooms, eggs, turkey, lamb, chicken My slow cooker has in it lamb, lamb’s liver, mixed lentils and loads of orange and green veggies – very tasty and perfectly comforting on a bad weather […]
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Last time I shared the need to “eat the rainbow”. Today we’re getting more specific, focusing on a few of the most critical vitamins for your immune system and where you can find them in food. Listed are some examples of rich sources – you’ll see lots of duplication across the groups! Vitamin A: carrots, leafy green vegetables, bell peppers, sweet potatoes, squash, broccoli, tomatoes, cantaloupe melon, apricots, calf’s liver Vitamin C: bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries, citrus (lemon, orange, grapefruit), kiwi, leafy green vegetables, tomatoes, cauliflower, brussel sprouts Vitamin D: your best source of Vitamin D is from the sun! For food sources look to salmon, sardines, cod and eggs Vitamin E: […]
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Are you someone who feels as though as soon as they’ve fought off one bug they’ve got another to contend with. Frequent coughs, colds, coldsores and mouth ulcers can be common symptoms that your immune system needs to boost. The best way to protect against these nasties is to get your immune system in the best shape possible – the stronger the immune system the easier it is for your system to fight off infection. The immune system itself is a complex web of different glands, organs, cells and fluids in our body. Luckily we can keep things simple and focus on dietary and lifestyle measures […]
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