Sunday, 12 February 2017

Are trees making you sneeze?

hay fever, allergy, health, Spring
Winter bug or spring allergy?
If over the next couple of weeks you find yourself with the sniffles, you'd be forgiven for thinking that you've yet to shake off all those winter bugs. But if you're experiencing a runny nose, congestion, itchy eyes, nose and throat and sneezing you might actually be suffering from hay fever - an allergic reaction to pollen and other airborne allergens. And it's the trees that are making you sneeze!

One in four of us suffer from hay fever (or seasonal allergic rhinitis to give it it's proper name!) triggered by tree pollen, which can kick in as early as March. Unfortunately the tree pollen season generally lasts until May and early June, because each type of tree pollinates at different times, and then it overlaps with the start of the grass pollen season (groan). The two most important tree pollen types are the silver birch, which triggers hay fever in approximately 25 per cent of sufferers, and the oak, which affects around 20 per cent of hay fever sufferers. 

Around 15 to 20 percent of the UK population suffer from hay fever, with our bodies producing histamines in response to pollen in the air. But too many histamines in the body produce the symptoms hay fever sufferers know only too well, including sneezing, a runny nose, nasal congestion, itchy, watery, streaming and swollen eyes, an itchy nose and throat, an overall achy feeling, and pressure in the facial area. Not surprisingly the symptoms can end up causing sensitive and irritated skin and fatigue, even affecting sleep quality. Yuk. 

So what can you do?

Sunday, 5 February 2017

GOPO update: Rosehip vs joint pain

injury, knee pain, joint pain, arthritis
GOPO® was discovered over 20 years ago in Denmark

Way back in November (y'know, even before Christmas!) I started a 12-week trial of GOPO - a supplement made from the seeds and husks of a sub-species of the rather beautiful rosehip plant.

The GOPO® Joint Health product contains a high level of GOPO® - a key component of the rose-hip, which may play a valuable role in the care of joints and joint tissues.

Clinical trials involving hundreds of patients with joint pain and arthritis have already taken place. I was hoping the supplement would help with some knee pain I've been experiencing.


Did it work?