Do you have persistent inflammation or allergies?

Do you have persistent inflammation or allergies?
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Do you have persistent inflammation, perhaps with pain and discomfort e.g. in joints, skin or the gut, or perhaps you’ve had an injury that is taking a long time to heal? Or do you react to certain natural environmental substances like pollen, dust, fur, mould or even foods you eat?

You might need support to balance your immune response

How's your self-defence?

Perimenopause is the period that precedes menopause and can start a few years before a woman’s period stops completely. In this phase, hormone levels are gradually starting to decrease, and a number of symptoms can start to appear, including irregular menstrual cycles and hot flushes.

Menopause is the permanent cessation of menstruation, resulting from the loss of ovarian follicular activity and hence a significant drop in the primary female hormones – oestrogen and progesterone. In the UK, the average age for a woman to reach menopause is 51, although women can experience menopause in their 30s or 40s.

Post-menopause: This is the phase after menopause, where symptoms have subsided.

Biologically speaking, the ovaries are retiring from their hard work of producing sex hormones. This baton is passed on to the adrenal glands and adipose tissue, which take over the role of hormone production

Immune balance

Our immune system needs to be targeted so as not to react to harmless molecules and to be balanced in its response, reacting at the right level and for the right length of time. If the response is excessive or prolonged, it might result in inflammation or allergy.

Inflammation is a natural part of our immune response, it allows a specific area in our body where a potential threat is found to be identified and targeted by the immune system to fight against the threat. This inflammation should be temporary and resolve after the threat has been dealt with by the immune system. However, inflammation can become long lasting where it has difficulty “turning off” due to the cumulative effect of genetic and environmental factors including a typical Western diet, stress, poor sleep, lack of immune supporting nutrients, oxidative stress air pollution, cigarette smoke, rancid fats, and foods cooked to high temperatures.

If our immune response is too sensitive to immune challenges from our external environment (e.g. dust mites, pollen), we can become more susceptible to developing allergies. Symptoms can include: chronic inflammation, sneezing, runny/itchy nose, itchy, red or watery eyes, nasal/sinus congestion, cough, mouth or throat, postnasal drip, itchy skin and rashes, and aversive feeding behaviour.

Immunity can be affected by many things. The food we eat may not nourish it – vitamin C, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin D, and many others are key nutrients for the immune system. We may have a lack of antioxidant-containing foods (fruit, vegetables) which otherwise nourish and help to prevent damage. Stress and our lifestyle choices can also have a huge impact, both reducing immunity or driving an excessive response. The integrity of our skin, lung, and gut ‘barriers’ is important for good protection, as are the natural bacteria that live upon them.

What you can do with diet & lifestyle

How can we balance our immune system to prevent or reduce inflammation and allergies? How can immune supporting vitamins, plant extracts, live bacteria and other nutrients in supplements help?

The key to supporting your immune system is to reduce stress on the body by managing your diet and lifestyle and increasing your intake of the key nutrients.

Here are some useful tips to help you support your immune system balance.

Lifestyle recommendations

  • Ensure a good evening and sleep routine by reducing exposure to blue light in the evening (TV, phone, laptop etc.), and sleeping in a cool, dark room.
  • Build downtime into your daily routine, perhaps practising mindfulness or meditation or giving yourself dedicated ‘me time’ for something you really enjoy.
  • Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins by eating more organic food, avoiding plastic, and using natural skincare and cleaning products.
  • Incorporate daily movement and time in nature into your routine to promote healthy weight and stress management.

Dietary recommendations

  • Minimise pro-inflammatory foods such as processed food, gluten-containing grains, dairy, sugar and artificial sweeteners, alcohol.
  • Increase your intake of oily fish, berries, vegetables, nuts, and seeds for antioxidants and essential fatty acids.
  • Add anti-inflammatory herbs and spices to your meals such as turmeric, ginger, rosemary, cayenne pepper etc.
  • Enjoy a diet rich in a wide variety of plants of different colours to ensure a diverse daily intake of immune-supportive nutrients.
  • Include probiotic-rich foods: sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, kombucha to support your gut bacteria.

Supplement support

Quercetin Complex

  • Quercetin Complex is a unique combination of powerful nutrients including quercetin, bromelain and vitamin C for immune and antioxidant support.
  • Advanced - providing powerful nutrients including quercetin, bromelain, vitamin C and nettle leaf extract
  • Effective – quercetin is a powerful flavonoid with potent antioxidant properties
  • Optimum support – vitamin C supports the immune system and protects cells from oxidative stress
  • Advanced – also includes the enzyme, bromelain, from pineapple, as well has a highly concentrated nettle extract
  • Health properties – nettle is a rich source of micronutrients and also supports circulation
  • No unnecessary additives
  • Environmentally friendly – recyclable packaging
  • Trusted – we’ve been helping to shape a healthier society for over 30 years
  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans
  • 30 days’ supply at 3 capsules per day

Microcell® Curcumin Turmeric Complex

  • Microcell® Curcumin Turmeric Complex is a potent and synergistic blend of curcumin, turmeric, ginger, and pine bark to support inflammation and immune balance, as well as circulation, joint and lung function.
  • Specific solution – One of our edited range of go-to specific solution products for your health concerns
  • Effective – Curcumin, turmeric and ginger provide powerful immune support, helping to manage allergies, inflammation, and joint health. Pine bark contains potent antioxidants – proanthocyanidins, and promotes good circulation
  • Comprehensive – Provides the perfect balance between the specific, potent activity of curcumin, with the synergy of other key plant extracts
  • Advanced – Emulsified with UltraSOL® technology to make it 46 times better absorbed than standard curcumin and with a longer-lasting effect in the body, with high blood levels even after 12 hours
  • Flexible – Easy to swallow capsules allowing convenience and splitting dose throughout the day ensures maximum efficacy
  • No unnecessary additives or allergens
  • Environmentally friendly – Recyclable packaging
  • Trusted – We’ve been helping to shape a healthier society for over 30 years
  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans
  • 30 days’ supply at 2 capsules per day 

 

Prefer a powder? Try Vitamin C Rosehip Complex

Advanced multinutrient in a convenient powder, for all-round support including energy, immunity and mental health and wellbeing

  • Vitamin C with flavonoids and berry extracts in a convenient powder form, for immune, energy and collagen support
  • Effective - Vitamin C contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system, reduction of tiredness and fatigue, and skin and collagen formation
  • Optimum support - Providing 1g of vitamin C per daily dose with flavonoids rutin, hesperidin, bilberry, rosehip and minerals such as zinc and manganese
  • Advanced - Rosehip has traditionally been used as a nutrient dense and therapeutic food. It is a rich source of vitamin C, B vitamins, micronutrients and phytochemicals
  • Flexible - only use what you need, easily mixed into liquids
  • No unnecessary additives
  • Environmentally friendly – recyclable packaging
  • Trusted – we’ve been helping to shape a healthier society for over 30 years
  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans
  • 30 days’ supply at 5 grams per day

 

Prefer a liquid? Try Nutrisorb Biomulsion® D 

High potency vitamin D3 in a great tasting natural lemon flavoured liquid, providing 1000iu vitamin D per drop for optimum support

  • Essentials range - One of our edited range of go-to essential products for everyday needs
  • Effective - Vitamin D helps form and maintain strong bones, helps maintain blood levels of calcium and phosphorus and is required for the normal functioning of the immune system
  • Optimum support - Ensuring vitamin D is properly absorbed is essential. BioMulsion technology creates an emulsion, just like our digestive system does, making the liquid vitamin D easy to absorb and use by the body
  • Flexible - Only use what you need, easily mixed into liquids or under the tongue, and convenient to use on the go. An alternative to tablets or capsules or for those with digestive and absorption difficulties
  • The Department of Health recommends everyone (including pregnant and breastfeeding women) to supplement with 10 micrograms (400iu) of vitamin D during the autumn and winter
    Studies show that many individuals don't have sufficient blood levels of vitamin D3, so a higher supplemental dose may be recommended to increase and maintain blood levels
  • No unnecessary additives or allergens
  • Environmentally friendly - Recyclable packaging
  • Trusted - We've been helping to shape a healthier society for over 30 years
  • Suitable for vegetarians
  • Approximately 186 days' supply at 2 drops per day

Supporting your immune system is key to overall health and wellbeing and implementing new habits can be challenging, try adding in 1-2 of the suggestions per week and adding additional suggestions once you have mastered the first ones.

May 22, 2022
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