Keeping yourself healthy throughout the Winter becomes more difficult if you are or your kids are in a stuffy environment, surrounded by people coughing and sneezing. So how can we best protect ourselves?
Many factors influence the health of our immune system – stress, diet, quality of sleep and exercise. Additionally, gut health is incredibly important to our immune function, given that the cells which help us fight bacteria and viruses are located in our gut mucosa. Vitamin D levels too play an enormous role and catching colds and flu maybe be symptomatic of an underlying deficiency.
Some steps to good immunity
1) Add at least 5 portions of seasonal fresh fruit and vegetables a day. Vitamin C is a strong anti-oxidant, but it is also water soluble, meaning that you excrete it in your urine and so needs to be eaten every day – not just when you feel a cold coming on. Sprouts, broccoli and kale are all surprising sources of good levels of vitamin C.
Food intolerances are the latest buzzword. Everyone appears to have one- but what are the facts?
The reality is that 1 in 3 people in the UK believe that they have a food allergy, and think that it may be adversely affecting their health.
Allergy or Intolerance?
Many people confuse the terms allergy and intolerance, something that is worrying to doctors, as an allergy could be trivialised and not taken for the potentially serious condition that it is.
An allergy results when a person has an extreme and abnormally high sensitivity to a normally harmless substance. It is possible to be allergic to virtually anything from foods, environmental chemicals, artificial food additives to yeast or fungi. Classic allergy can be life-threatening resulting in Anaphylaxis, a potentially serious collapse that can hinder breathing.
Symptoms can include a skin rash, nausea, fatigue, stomach pains, nasal congestion, dizziness, watery eyes, headaches, dark circles under the eyes and insomnia.