Chronic sneezing? Itchy, watery eyes? Is your nose running like a tap? Before you reach for your antihistamines to help (temporarily) reduce your hay fever symptoms, let me ask you – do you know there are effective, natural strategies that can provide you lasting relief?
Always On Guard
As we go about our daily lives, we are exposed to an abundance of
foreign substances, and it is our immune system’s job to detect which of
these are harmful and mount an appropriate immune response. When you
experience hay fever symptoms however, your immune system has mounted an
inappropriate response to a harmless substance (e.g. pollen) and has
become hyper-reactive. This causes specialised immune cells, known as
mast cells, to migrate to your nose and throat, where they release
This chemical triggers an explosion of inflammation, which forces
foreign particles out of your body. It is the swelling and irritation
that inflammation causes which leads to the miserable symptoms of hay
Antihistamines – Paper Over the Cracks
By blocking the effects of
histamine, antihistamines reduce or suppress hay fever symptoms; however, they do
not address the underlying hyper-reactive immune response that causes histamine
release in the first place. This is why you only experience temporary relief of
your symptoms, which return once you stop taking the medication. Alternatively,
an approach that builds immune tolerance, which is the ability of the immune
system to resist reacting to harmless substances, can treat the underlying
cause of hay fever.
Fix the Wall
There are two key ways to help
improve immune tolerance. The first is to boost your body’s production of specific
immune cells known as T regulatory (Treg) cells. Put simply, the more Treg cells
you have, the more balanced your immune system is, and the less likely you are
to react to harmless substances.
The second way is to support the health of your gut and its
microbiota (the 38 trillion microorganisms that live in your
intestines), as there is a strong connection between the microbiome and
If there is an imbalance of good and bad microorganisms in your gut,
your immune system can become hyper-reactive and as a result less
tolerant to harmless substances (click here to
find out what can cause an unhealthy microbiome). A healthy microbiome
also requires a healthy gut lining (and vice versa!). If the lining of
the gut is inflamed or damaged, perhaps due to a poor diet or digestive
illness, this can also disrupt your microbiome, increasing immune
reactivity and allergic symptoms.
Case Study: Rebuilding Tolerance to Manage Allergy
The Allergy and Reactivity Reduction Program, which can be
provided by your Natural Healthcare Practitioner, addresses both immune
reactivity and gut health. This program uses herbs and nutrients,
specific dietary changes, and lifestyle recommendations to rebalance
your microbiome, promote the health of the gut lining, and build immune
tolerance – lowering your likelihood of experiencing hay fever. To find
out more about correcting allergies, listen to The Allergy Series of the Your Health Guide podcast.
Let’s look at a
specific case as an example.
Kate, a 25-year-old female who suffered from hay fever, experienced
significant benefit from following the Allergy and Reactivity Reduction
Program. She suffered from sneezing, watery eyes and an itchy throat
when she was exposed to pollens. She also experienced daily headaches
triggered by perfume and strong smells.
As part of the program, Kate was
given the following:
An immune-building/gut repair formula including medicinal mushrooms Ganoderma lucidum (reishi) and Lentinula edodes (shiitake), and herbs Scutellaria baicalensis (baical skullcap) and Perilla frutescens (perilla).
allergy symptom relief formula including nutrients quercetin and
bromelain, and a herbal complex, which work together to reduce histamine
Lactobacillus rhamnosus (LGG®) and Lactobacillus paracasei (LP-33®), two probiotic strains that help regulate a hyper-reactive immune response and improve the health of the microbiome.
High strength, purified fish oil to reduce inflammation and support healthy immune function.
A custom elimination diet to identify any food triggers.
After 10 weeks following the program, Kate had experienced a
significant reduction in her sneezing, watery eyes and headaches, with
the added bonus of feeling less anxious (see Figure 1 below).
A Holistic Approach
for Long-Term Gain
The symptoms of hay fever can not only be frustrating but also debilitating. Whilst antihistamines may provide a quick fix, increasing your immune tolerance is the key to resolving your symptoms in the long term. By improving gut and immune function, the Allergy and Reactivity Reduction Program can help address the cause of hay fever symptoms, allowing you to get the most out of life. For a tailored solution and more information about the Allergy and Reactivity Reduction Program, speak to me today.
Did you know that if a person has irritable bowel syndrome, they are also likely to have psychiatric illness?
A simple conversation could change a life – mental health is NOT just linked to IBS and vice versa but is, in fact, a complex interplay of many lifestyles and genetic factors of various causes and environmental interactions.
A simple question – Are you okay? – could see your colleague, family member, friend, customer, Uber driver, waiter, flight attendant, banker, receptionist, team mate, sports coach, business manager, teacher, child open up to you about a whole host of difficult life challenges they are struggling to cope with by themselves.
By opening the conversation about their thoughts & feelings, or even simply respecting that they don’t want to talk and reapproaching them at a more suitable time for them, may be the best thing you can do to help. It could be the very thing that puts them on the right road to save their life.
Remember if you are personally struggling, it is NOT a weakness to talk about why. No one should suffer silently. We live in a world of 7 billion people, it’s time we had life-changing and life-saving conversations 🤒😵😰🤬😧😊😫 •
Modern life is bustling with innovative technologies for a convenient living; online access to news and information, timesaving transport, fast foods and cosmetics that leave us feeling ‘our best selves’. This improved way of living, however, is accompanied by increased exposure to a multitude of chemicals, pesticides and electromagnetic fields, which have the capacity to cause tissue damage and disturb our delicate hormonal balance.
Fortunately, these effects can be offset using the superhero nutrient sulforaphane! 🌱
A build-up of these toxins can overburden the body, leading to
fatigue, weight gain, digestive disturbances, and hormonal disorders.
Fortunately, these effects can be offset using the superhero nutrient
sulforaphane, which stimulates toxin elimination and reduces the
fall-out from toxic exposure by strengthening antioxidant defences.
The War Against Toxins
The battle between antioxidants and toxins is much like a war between
good and evil. Toxins create molecules known as free radicals, which
cause damage to our cells: a process known as oxidative stress.
Conversely, antioxidants are substances that can neutralise free
radicals, thereby protecting our cells and tissues from damage.
Our body also neutralises and eliminates toxic substances via
detoxification, with the liver primarily responsible for eliminating the
toxins we are exposed to. Whilst the liver is an efficient organ, it
can benefit greatly from detoxification support to prevent it from
becoming overburdened by constant toxin exposure (to read more about
detoxification, click here.)
This is where sulforaphane plays a key role, enhancing the body’s
detoxification processes and reducing damage caused by free radical
Sulforaphane is an ingredient made by the body from nutrients found
within cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage and kale.
Sulforaphane increases antioxidant protection by stimulating the
antioxidant defence system within the body that protects against the
effects of oxidative stress.
enhances detoxification activity in the body by inducing enzymes
involved in metabolism of harmful toxins by the liver, promoting their
The Elusive Hero
Providing your body with
sulforaphane is not as simple as adding a few extra spoonfuls of broccoli to
your dinner plate; you need to provide your body with the right ingredients to
make it. The main ingredient is glucoraphanin, found primarily in broccoli seeds,
however you also need myrosinase, found in high concentration in broccoli
sprouts, to ‘activate’ it (Figure 1).
Although broccoli does contain
both glucoraphanin and myrosinase, you would need to consume almost two cups of
raw broccoli each day to attain enough for a beneficial amount of sulforaphane.
For those who prefer cooked broccoli, the heating process destroys myrosinase, so
while cooked broccoli can give you glucoraphanin, there is not enough
myrosinase to convert it into sulforaphane in the body.
Additionally, vitamin C is needed
to turn on myrosinase, making it a vital ingredient for sulforaphane production.,Therefore, whilst this hero ingredient is formidable in the face of its
toxin foe, its strength can remain elusive given the wrong circumstances. A
carefully crafted supplement derived from seed and sprout, containing
glucoraphanin, myrosinase and vitamin C, provides the building blocks for
sulforaphane production, ensuring your antioxidant superhero steps out of the
shadows and shines!
Sulforaphane…More Like Sulfora-gain
If you suffer from fatigue, stubborn weight gain, digestive
disturbances or hormonal conditions, you may need detoxification and
antioxidant support from the superhero sulforaphane. To give your body
the best chance of making enough, look for a supplement derived from
broccoli seed and broccoli sprout with added vitamin C.
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We have all become a little snack-happy at a party, eaten too much cake, and had to undo the top button of our jeans to make room for the food baby. However, if you feel and look bloated regularly without overindulging, your gut microbiome might be trying to tell you something!
What is Your Gut Trying to Tell You?
We have all become a little snack-happy at a party, eaten too much
cake, and had to undo the top button of our jeans to make room for the
food baby. However, if you feel and look bloated regularly without
overindulging, your gut microbiome might be trying to tell you something!
A healthy microbiome is
a flourishing and diverse ecosystem containing a wide variety of beneficial
bacteria and microorganisms, with minimal potentially harmful or disease-producing
bacteria. When the microbiome is balanced, you are able to create and absorb
important vitamins, your immune system functions well, and you clear waste
products effectively (yes, I mean poo!). However, if your gut ecosystem needs a
little TLC, life and your belt buckle may be quite uncomfortable.
Bugs Out of Balance
An imbalance in your gut microbiome is known as ‘dysbiosis’, which is
a reduction in both the number and/or diversity of the beneficial
microorganisms within your gut, with an increase in less beneficial
bacteria as a result. Dysbiosis disrupts the healthy functioning of your
gut, leading to a plethora of uncomfortable symptoms, including
digestive pain, bloating, nutritional deficiencies, or even a
compromised immune system.
What causes it? Poor dietary choices, frequent antibiotic use, a lack
of exercise or unmanaged stress. (To read more about the causes of
microbiome disruption, click here).
Dysbiosis and bloating have also been linked with digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS),
and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). SIBO is a type of
chronic infection in which bacteria that usually reside in the large
bowel reproduce in large numbers and migrate to the small intestine,
somewhere they should not be. This can cause excessive bloating, flatulence and digestive discomfort.,If you suffer from a digestive disorder, you could have an imbalance in your gut microbiome that needs addressing.
Meet the Methanogens
If you have dysbiosis, ‘methanogens’ may be lurking in your gut.
These bacteria release methane gas as they break down fibre from your
food, which can cause bloating, sluggish digestion, slow transit time
(the amount of time food takes to travel from your mouth, through your
gut, and out the other end), constipation, bloating, flatulence and gut
discomfort. As excess methane production is connected with chronic
constipation, it may be worth finding out if methanogens are making you
feel stopped up.
Bad Bugs Take You For A Ride
By disrupting your internal gut microbiome, dysbiosis can create an
environment where disease-causing organisms have the opportunity to
flourish. We pick up little gut hitchhikers in the way of potentially
harmful bacteria and stubborn yeasts in our daily activities. If our gut
microbiome is fighting fit, it is able to kill off and dispose of these
critters very effectively, however, if our gut microbiome is
struggling, disease-causing bugs can take over.
Can you perhaps trace
your gut issues back to a nasty bout of gastro or even Bali belly? Lingering symptoms
can include bouts of nausea, gut pain, loose bowels, constipation (or both),
brain fog and severe bloating. Even after an infection is identified and
successfully treated, dysbiosis can persist, leaving you vulnerable to further
There are multiple
reasons why you could be chronically bloated, so how do you find out what’s
going on in your gut? The best way is with a microbiome test.
Introducing the Metabiome™ Test
Based on cutting-edge science,
the Metabiome™ stool test uses innovative, accurate and comprehensive testing
methods to provide you with an in-depth understanding of your gut microbiome.
It also measures how well your microbiome is able to function to keep you
healthy, for example by helping you create vitamins and digest your food.
The test is able to identify
all the microorganisms living in your gut, good and bad, showing you the types
and amounts of beneficial bugs and the functions they are able to perform for
you. It also measures the type and number of potentially harmful microorganisms
(including methanogens) in your gut, and how they might lead to your bloating,
constipation or other gut symptoms. Once you have the ‘why’, you can begin to
address the cause of your issue and improve your symptoms.
If you’re curious to
know how your gut measures up, the Metabiome™ test also scores your microbiome
out of 100, based on 11 key signs of a healthy microbiome. The closer your
score is to 100, the happier your gut microbiome is, and the greater your
potential for fabulous health.
The stool sample is easily collected in the comfort of your own home,
and can be mailed in the supplied reply-paid envelope. There is no
awkward, tiny sample jar; all that’s needed is a swab from your toilet
paper after wiping. It couldn’t be easier!
It’s Best to Test
If your skinny jeans have not seen the light of day for a while and your microbiome is yelling at you with symptoms of bloating or discomfort, dysbiosis may be the cause. The results of the Metabiome™ test can help you bring balance back to your gut microbiome and reduce those uncomfortable gut symptoms. Make an appointment withme to access this simple test and get some answers. https://bit.ly/2HmiMOA