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I have hay fever – will probiotics help?

I have hay fever – will probiotics help?

Spring has sprung, the daffodils are blooming and many of us are hoping for a beautiful summer. But for the estimated 18 million hay fever sufferers in the UK, the season of sneezing, runny noses and itchy eyes is just around the corner. Seasonal allergic rhinitis, or “hay fever” occurs when your body identifies pollen as a threat and launches an inappropriate immune response to this normally harmless substance. While hay fever frequently begins at a young age, it can affect both adults and children, affecting an estimated 10-15% of children and 26% of adults in the UK.

What are prebiotics?

While the therapeutic use of probiotic bacteria is well publicised for their role in supporting the growth and diversity of the microbiome, and the subsequent health benefits received, an important adjuvant to probiotics is the practice of using prebiotics in both diet and supplements.

18 May 2022
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How can I support post-natal recovery?

In my previous “Ask the Expert” I have discussed the importance of adequate nutrition when breastfeeding, not only to nourish your baby but also to ensure your nutrient stores are replenished to support your own health and wellbeing. As such, a comprehensive prenatal supplement, or other suitable multivitamin and mineral formula, taken alongside a varied, nutrient-dense diet is recommended throughout breastfeeding.

5 May 2022
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What is Omega 3 and Omega 6?

There are only two fatty acids that are known to be essential to human health, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) an omega-3 fatty acid and linoleic acid (LA) an omega 6-fatty acid. Neither can be synthesised by the body, so adequate levels must be obtained from the diet. The long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which can exert several health benefits can be synthesized from ALA, although this conversion is often inefficient.

21 April 2022
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Is collagen just broken down in the body?

Collagen itself is a complex protein molecule with a quaternary structure, therefore it needs to go through several stages of digestion to be broken down into amino acids to be absorbed, this is why there has been conflicting opinions as to whether collagen supplements are effective.

14 April 2022
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What is CoQ10 and why should I take it?

Coenzyme Q10 (commonly referred to as CoQ10) is a potent antioxidant needed by every cell in the body to support growth and maintenance. It also plays a key role in energy production, and as such can help to support the body’s function in a wide range of areas.

14 April 2022
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Should I take extra supplements whilst breastfeeding?

You’ve spent the last nine months nourishing your body to prepare for a healthy birth and ensuring the optimal levels of nutrients to support the health of your growing baby, and now you have chosen to breastfeed, it is just as important to ensure you are getting great levels of nutrients to support both your and your baby’s health. Indeed, requirements of many micronutrients increase in breastfeeding when compared to pregnancy, which is unsurprising when you consider that your baby will double their birthweight in the first four to six months after birth.

14 April 2022
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I have hay fever – will probiotics help?

Spring has sprung, the daffodils are blooming and many of us are hoping for a beautiful summer. But for the estimated 18 million hay fever sufferers in the UK, the season of sneezing, runny noses and itchy eyes is just around the corner. Seasonal allergic rhinitis, or “hay fever” occurs when your body identifies pollen as a threat and launches an inappropriate immune response to this normally harmless substance. While hay fever frequently begins at a young age, it can affect both adults and children, affecting an estimated 10-15% of children and 26% of adults in the UK.

13 April 2022
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What can I do to improve my menopause symptoms?

The menopause is a natural part of ageing that typically affects women between the ages of 45 and 55 and is triggered as a woman’s oestrogen levels begin to decline. For many women this natural stage in life can become a time of physical and emotional discomfort, and the most common symptoms include hot flushes, night sweats, insomnia, anxiety, mood swings and weight gain.

6 April 2022
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Is there anything I can do about my dog’s bad breath?

Plaque is a sticky film that builds up in the mouths of dogs, just as in humans. Bacteria within plaque are constantly forming – it begins with your dog’s mealtime when particles of food remain on their teeth. This food, alongside saliva and the existing bacteria in their mouth can cause the build-up of plaque, which over time can calcify into tartar, and if left untreated, can result in bad breath, gum disease and tooth decay.

31 March 2022
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I’d like to support my heart health – could an omega-3 supplement help?

Looking after your heart health is very important in order to help protect against cardiovascular disease  (CVD); a variety of conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels, including stroke, heart attack and vascular dementia. An unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, tobacco use and the harmful use of alcohol can all contribute to CVD – but by implementing changes to ensure a healthy diet and lifestyle, you can greatly reduce the risk and support a healthy heart.

30 March 2022
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