Hay Fever – the link with stress, sleep & nutrient deficiencies

Spring has sprung, the daffodils are blooming and many of us are hoping for a beautiful summer. But for numerous people, the season of sneezing, runny noses and itchy eyes is just around the corner.

A staggering 44% of British adults now suffer from at least one allergy and the number of sufferers is on the rise, growing by around two million between 2008 and 2009 alone. Almost half (48%) of sufferers have more than one allergy.(1)

Seasonal allergic rhinitis (hay fever) is the most common form of non-infectious rhinitis, affecting between 10% and 30% of all adults and as many as 40% of children.(2)

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A gluten-free diet – healthier or not?

In 2016, the global gluten-free foods market was worth $14.94 billion per year and was predicted to grow at an annual rate of 9.3% between 2017 and 2025.1 A study published this year concluded that gluten-free (GF) foods do not offer a nutritional advantage to regular foods and are not a healthier alternative. This was based on a comparison of more than 1700 products. GF foods were found, in general, to contain more fat, salt and sugar and have a lower fibre and protein content than their regular counterparts. GF foods were also found to be, on average, 159% more expensive2.

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In the news – health and nutrition research

In this week’s article, we provide a roundup of some of the most recent health and nutrition related articles in the news, five items comprising:

  • Gut bacteria has big impact on diet-related changes to blood pressure
  • Could beetroot juice slow key step in Alzheimer’s progression?
  • Tai Chi recommended to fight fibromyalgia
  • We learn nothing about nutrition, claim medical students
  • Why nutritional psychiatry is the future of mental health treatment

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Andropause – causes, symptoms & supportive interventions

The menopause has long been understood by the medical community, characterised by a relatively sudden drop in oestrogen production leading to significant symptoms in many women. Although the onset is far less sudden, men can have a similar experience with a, generally more gradual, drop in testosterone, which is often called the andropause or late onset hypogonadism (LOH). This reduction in testosterone can have a significant effect on quality of life, wellbeing and health in general.

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