Dr Khaled Sadek, GP at The Smart Clinics, says that the food we eat can influence our susceptibility to hayfever. The right nutritional choices can reduce the incidence and severity of hayfever symptoms.
“Seasonal allergic rhinitis, to give it its official title, affects 10 million Brits every year, who complain of symptoms including runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing. It belongs to a group of allergies responsible for eczema and asthma. It’s no longer fun in the sun with hayfever!
“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 hayfever symptoms. In particular, polyunsaturated fats, like those found in margarine, result in aeroallergen sensitivity and hence symptoms.
“However, fruits, nuts and vegetables, particular those high in antioxidant properties like tomatoes, play a central protective role. Adding these into the diet can be very helpful in building resistance to hayfever.”
“Even more compelling data points at the crucial role of maternal diets during pregnancy in preventing the development of hayfever in subsequent adult offspring. 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 hayfever. Which isn’t surprising given the Vitamins role in controlling our immune system.”
So as with so many areas of health management, diet plays a crucial role in prevention. However, while a healthy diet is to be praised for many reasons, unfortunately it is no quick fix, as it takes time to build up the benefit of a reduced fat and high fresh veg diet.
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.”
It’s never too late to embrace a healthy diet as the benefits are numerous, but it needs to be a long term lifestyle choice.
Professional Help for Hayfever
GPs – Allergen Testing & Treatment
The Smart Clinics offer hayfever testing to help establish the nature of the condition and the allergens involved; from which their London GPs can offer a well-informed treatment programme to relieve the symptoms – the most appropriate medication and/or lifestyle advice.
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 food choices. 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.
The Smart Clinics
Private GPs London
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 company is best known for its unique membership based private GP service with access to a friendly team of experienced doctors, which entitles individuals, families and corporate members to unlimited GP access for a monthly fee.
The Smart Clinics brings together a host of medical professionals offering patients high quality health services in a choice of accessible London clinic locations – Brompton Cross in North London and Wandsworth South of the river. Private dentistry is also available in the North London centre.
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