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Fend off those spring sniffles' with some great advice from our resident nutritionist, The Healthy Hedonist, Becky Graham...
As winter turns into spring here in the UK, we can finally welcome lighter, longer days and warmer months. However, less welcome for many is the extra pollen in the air, so if you suffer with seasonal allergies it’s time to get ahead of the game and arm yourself against symptom flare ups with some nutritional know how.
Why do some of us suffer more than others?
Allergies occur for a variety of reasons, they can be inherited or linked to the way we were born, for example infants delivered by C-section are not exposed to the same antibodies from their mothers as those delivered naturally, and as a result the immune system can take longer to mature and defend itself appropriately.
We can also develop allergies in later life, this occurs when the immune system becomes hypersensitive to substances that are normally harmless like certain proteins in foods, pollen or dust mites. The onset of symptoms may be caused by compromised digestion, poor diet, climate or exposure to pollution. Unfortunately, if you are susceptible to one‘atopic’ condition like asthma, atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis or hay fever,you are often sensitive to others.
Hay fever is one of the most common allergies, the NHS estimates around 10 million sufferers in the UK, and that figure is on the up - within the next 20 years it’s expected torise to 30 million. Symptoms are generally brought on by inhaling pollen, which encourages the white blood cells of our immune system to respond by producing antibodies. This triggers the release of a hormone called histamine causing inflammation and manifesting in the classic runny nose, itchy watery eyes, and sneezing.
There are a few ways you can help to reduce the impact of annoying allergies. Follow these 10 practical tips and tricks to support your health during allergy season:
Keep your digestive system happy and healthy. 70-80% of the immune system is located in our gut, so feed friendly bacteria with pre and probiotic-rich foods like onions and garlic, leeks, artichoke, yoghurt, sauerkraut, kefir, miso and kombucha.
Eat foods high in quercetin. This antioxidant that has an anti-histamine effect. Apples, peppers, berries, cruciferous veg like broccoli and cabbage, leafy greens and lemons are all good sources.
Juice a pineapple. The tough core contains an enzyme called bromelain which can be effective for respiratory irritation and inflammation associated with allergies.
Limit foods that are high in histamine. Some foods are naturally high in histamine, so it may help to limit them to lower the load on your immune system. These include alcohol (particularly wine and beer), cured meats, vinegars, aged cheese and smoked fish.
Increase vitamin C fruit and vegetables. Pack your plate with an abundance of brightly coloured foods like spinach, kale, broccoli and red peppers, as well as citrus fruits and kiwi. If you struggle to get your 5 (or 10!) per day you may like to consider supplementing or stock up on GetMore Vitamin C for an extra boost.
Eat a rainbow to help manage flare ups, colourful foods contain protective antioxidants. The compound anthocyanin found in berries can help to manage inflammation in the skin and support natural defences. Beta-carotene, the orange pigment in carrots, squash and sweet potato is converted into Vitamin A, another essential skin nutrient.
Up your omega 3 for it’s natural anti-inflammatory properties. Include oily fish like mackerel or salmon, walnuts, flaxseeds and chia seeds several times a week.
Spend less time in damp environments. If you generally feel better in hotter, dryer climates, damp may be the problem. Check your home doesn’t have any mouldissues - it has been linked to the worsening of respiratory conditions like asthma.
Limit exposure to pollen. Simple tips like staying inside on windy days, keeping windows closed, taking a shower after being outside and removing shoes when you enter the house can be helpful at reducing contact with these problematic pollens
Top up with immune essential Vitamin D. Low levels are linked to the onset of allergies, and by February we are very much depleted in the UK. However, if spending time outdoors worsens your symptoms, you may want to think about adding a supplement, or get sipping our refreshing mango and passionfruit.
Finally, if you’re still struggling allergy testing can be helpful to determine foods or environmental allergens that may be causing an immune reaction, making your symptoms worse. Speak to your GP or a Nutritionist about blood tests that can measure IgE allergic reactions, which once identified and removed can reduce the burden on your immune system both during allergy season and beyond.
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Easter is almost here which means the perfect excuse to enjoy serious amounts of chocolate. But before you eat your body weight in mini eggs, let’s get clear on the health benefits so you can tuck in totally guilt free!
Here are my Top 10 reasons to indulge this Easter
Dark chocolate, especially over 70% can have enough antioxidant power to rival berries! Antioxidants are crucial for protecting our cells against oxidative stress caused by everyday bodily processes and external sources like environmental pollution and toxins. ‘Phytochemicals’ (healthy compounds found in plants) such as polyphenols, flavanols and catechins help to mop up free radical damage.
Flavanoids have been shown to be protective against heart disease by helping to lower blood pressure and encourage blood flow.
Cocoa has been shown to improve cholesterol levels by reducing unhealthy LDL and increasing healthy HDL.
Chocolate is made from cacao beans which are an amazing source of magnesium. In a regular large bar of chocolate (100g), there’s approximately 170 mg of magnesium - around half your daily requirement. This multitasking mineral is involved in over 300 chemical reactions in the body and is most well known as ‘nature’s relaxant’. There’s an excuse to reach for the choccie when feeling stressed out, our body is simply telling us we need more! In addition, magnesium is essential for muscle function and why bathing in Epsom salts can ease tight, sore muscles.
Chocolate also contains other essential minerals, including iron for red blood cells and the metabolism, zinc for skin, hair, nails and the immune system, as well as manganese and copper.
It’s not only when we’re stressed that chocolate can be helpful, if you’re feeling low, snacking on a square or two may give you a lift by providing small amounts of a natural chemical normally produced by our brain called anandamide, claimed to have similar euphoric effects to cannabis! The jury is still out as to the effect on humans, but eating chocolate does encourage the production of other natural feel- good chemicals such as serotonin, so there’s no harm in experimenting with this legal high.
If you’re still suffering with a lingering winter cough, chocolate can help to calm nerve endings in your throat and contains a compound called theobromine, which together help to suppress the urge to cough and has been found to be more potent than some codeine containing cough medicines.
As long as it’s consumed in moderation, dark chocolate may be helpful for weight- loss. As a source of slowly digested healthy fats, including oleic acid (the same as olive oil) chocolate can help to keep you feeling fuller for longer.
The dark stuff is naturally low in sugar or even sugar free! We all know too much isn’t healthy, but it’s not just the impact on your waistline to be aware of. Eating sugar in excess or too frequently can disrupt blood glucose levels and lead to low energy and poor concentration. It can also negatively impact our gut - in turn affecting other areas of health such as the immune system and skin. Reduce or avoid milk and white chocolate which tend to be highly processed with lots of added sugar.
Make sure you’re getting the most from your chocolate habit by opting for organic. This avoids chemicals used in processing that can be stressful for the liver to detoxify. Remember always focus on quality over quantity – this ensures you get the most nutritional bang for your buck.