How Food Choices Can Help Seasonal Allergies
Hayfever season has started early this year and pollen levels are set to rise further in the coming weeks.
As with many areas of health management, making the right food and choices can be helpful in managing the condition, reducing the risks and severity.
Dr Khaled Sadek, GP at The Smart Clinics, provides an insight into the role nutrition can play:
“While many of us are aware of common over-the-counter products such as eye drops, tablets and nasal sprays; few are aware of the role diet plays.
“The latest research has demonstrated interactions between diet and allergies; and the results aren’t surprising.
“Fat is the biggest culprit, with a strong association between high fat & low veg diets and hay fever symptoms. In particular, polyunsaturated fats, like those found in margarine, result in aero-allergen sensitivity and hence symptoms.
“However, fruits, nuts and vegetables, particular those high in anti-oxidant properties like tomatoes, play a central protective role. Adding these into the diet can be very helpful in building resistance to hay fever.
“Even more compelling data points at the crucial role of maternal diets during pregnancy in preventing the development of hay fever in subsequent adult off-spring. Mums with normal Vitamin D levels during pregnancy are more likely to pass on a protective benefit to their children. Vitamin D is commonly referred to as the ‘Sunshine Vitamin’, and has been found to reduce the incidence of hay fever. Which isn’t surprising given the vitamin’s role in controlling our immune system.”
However, changing nutrition is not something which will have an immediate impact, as it takes time to build up.
Dr Sadek explains:
“Starting treatment early helps prevent the ‘break-up’ of Mast cells, and their release of histamines which are responsible for reactions in our airways, nostrils and the conjunctiva of our eyes.”
The earlier the better.
London Nutritionists & Dietitians
For further information about nutrition and diet, The Smart Clinics in London have a team of nutritionists and dietitians who can provide individual professional help and advice on diet. As well as improving allergies, diet can play a role in a variety of health issues, from weight loss to sleep, improved immunity and even extending life expectancy.
Private consultations are available.
Hay Fever Testing and Treatment
To establish the nature of the hay fever allergy, The Smart Clinics offer hay fever testing as well as advice and medication to help sufferers manage the condition over the summer months. Book an appointment with private London GPs .
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The Smart Clinics was founded in 2013 and is an independent and doctor-managed company with a genuine commitment to quality healthcare at the heart of the business.
The facilities are designed to be family-friendly and welcoming to children with play areas and toys to keep little ones amused.
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In addition to doctors, The Smart Clinics works with an extensive group of healthcare professionals from dentists and osteopaths to dermatologists, helping their patients to take control of their healthcare issues and access early treatment and assistance.