August 26, 2016

Allergic to pollen? Cross-reactivity may be causing your food allergy symptoms too!

  Spring, with its flowering trees and aromatic blossoms, is just around the corner – which, for many, means the start of dreaded hay fever season. But pollen isn’t the only thing allergy sufferers need to worry about … Cross reactivity can happen when the immune system reacts to the proteins found in one substance because they are structurally similar to the proteins found in another. As a result, the immune system sees them as identical and reacts to them in the same way. So, for example, if you’re allergic to pollen, you may also find that eating certain fruits or […]
August 19, 2016

From sulphites to benzoates…could food additives be causing your allergy symptoms?

Food preservatives are the chemicals that are added to your food to keep it from spoiling. They inhibit the growth of bacteria, yeasts and moulds and are found in nearly all canned and processed foods – from fast and frozen foods, to deli meats and dairy products. Some people argue that certain food preservatives and other additives spark allergies in sensitive people and can lead to chronic health conditions. Watch out for … Sulphites Sulphites (220-228) are naturally occurring minerals that are added to foods to help prevent bacterial growth, and to preserve flavour and colour. But a sensitivity to […]
August 11, 2016

Do you know what it’s in your personal care products? They could be causing your reactions!

It’s not uncommon for women, in particular, to use over 200 chemicals on their skin in just one day[1]! So it’s not surprising that some people develop reactions to their skincare products over time. What are the symptoms? Reactions to the chemicals found in skin care products will vary depending on the product and the person, but may include: red/itchy/flaky skin and scalp hives headaches runny nose eye irritation These chemical ingredients may be especially problematic for people with existing allergic conditions – such as eczema, hay fever and migraines – who already suffer from increased inflammation in their bodies. […]
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