Conquering allergies once and for all

Is it just allergies or is it a cold? Health is a top concern for most of us right now, and with summer bringing the dreaded seasonal allergies, it’s the perfect time to distinguish what it is causing your symptoms and hear our top tips for boosting health…

Allergies are extremely common and are said to affect more than 1 in 4 people in the UK at some point in their lives.

The difficulty is that symptoms clash with those of a common cold. For example, allergic rhinitis results in sneezing, itchiness and a blocked or runny nose; pretty much all the same signs as a common cold.

 

One of the quickest and easiest ways to understand what is causing your symptoms is home allergy tests. For example, the klarify.me Home Allergy Test uses enhanced technology to test for 294 allergens allowing you to discover exactly what your body reacts to. Results take only two weeks and all you have to do is take a small blood sample at home with the kit provided.

 

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With or without allergies, as we start spending more time out and about this summer, it’s more important than ever to take steps to prevent illness, so here’s our tops tips for upping your immunity this summer:

1. Sleep
During sleep, your immune system releases proteins called cytokines. These cytokines are needed even more when you have an infection or inflammation, or when you’re under stress so aim for at least 7-8 hours of good quality sleep each night to give your body the best fighting chance against bugs and illness.

2. Chill out
As with sleep deprivation, being under long term psychological stress lowers your immunity. In fact, studies have shown that the stress of bereavement, a trauma, or day-to-day pressures such as caring for a sick relative can lower the immune response. To keep your immune system at the top of its game, it’s important to control long term stressors and find time to relax.

3. Up the anti (oxidants)
The main immunity vitamins C, A and D will help to protect the body against colds, gastric infections, and other symptoms of low immunity!

4. Decrease the intensity of your training
While exercise can boost the immune system to a certain extent, it’s a J-shaped curve, meaning that exercising at a moderate intensity can boost immunity but over a certain threshold, intense exercise can compromise your ability to fight infection. The key message here is to listen to your body to find your balance.

5. Smile
Happiness is one of the biggest natural immune boosters there is – all very well in theory, right? But even if you’re not feeling particularly upbeat, evidence suggests that the simple act of smiling releases substances linked to increasing immunity cells in the bod! So do what makes you most happy this summer – your immune system will be thankful for it.

 

References:

NHS: www.nhs.uk/conditions/allergic-rhinitis/