Spring has finally arrived, flower’s are blooming, it’s light in the evening and the trees are awakening from their slumber, but for an unfortunate few (15% of the UK population (1)) this also means a heightened immune response resulting in sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes, I am of course talking about pollen allergies or hay fever. Standard treatment from the GP is includes nasal spray and antihistamines which can be very effective in reducing the immune response. Antihistamines work by suppressing the immune response so that when pollen is encountered by the immune system, the reaction is less severe, reducing symptoms, unfortunately reducing the immune response means that other potential pathogens may enter the body unchecked, drowsiness is also a commonly reported side effect (2) resulting in many people seeking alternative treatments.
Exercise is one of the most important tools we have to lead a healthy and productive life. Every system of the body is benefits from exercise, the cardio vascular system becomes stronger and more efficient, blood flow is increased to the brain, the skeleton is reinforced and reformed, peristaltic action aids digestion and detoxification is increased. On the downside, waste products are created, muscle fibres are torn, cells become dehydrated and energy is expended. In order to gain lasting benefit, the body must recover and be replenished, so that its ready for the next time and able to be pushed harder in order to develop and grow.
Some people call it the white death, others believe it is completely natural, some think it’s addictive nature means it should be made illegal and other think it’s fine in moderation. One things for sure, sugar is definitely having an impact on almost every aspect of our health.
Sauerkraut is a great food for your gut health! its not everyones cup of tea but if you can include it in your diet it will certainly be beneficial to you gut health due to the probiotic content. The fermentation process allows a diverse population of beneficial bacteria to thrive. Its simple to make, inexpensive and doesn't require to much equipment although there is plenty of equipment out there if you would prefer it. Here we are starting off simple.
With the excesses of Christmas and New Year finally out of the way, now is the perfect time to go on a detox program and get back on track, right? Well maybe not. Celebrity detox programs are all the rage at this time of year, most are unnecessary, some are dangerous, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things you could be doing.