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Natural Solutions
                           June 2007




Nutri Centre’s Q & A section 


Suppliers of complementary medicine, Nutri Centre (now offering their range of products in a number of larger Tesco stores), are providing laterlife visitors with the opportunity to ask questions on health issues.  

The Q & As are produced by Paul Joseph in conjunction with the Nutri Centre.



Wheat Intolerance

Q: I love eating bread but it bloats me and makes me feel tired. I don’t want to have to eliminate it from my diet as I have sandwiches every day for lunch. I love pizza and pastries and everything that contains wheat. I might have an intolerance to bread though, can anything help without having to cut it out my diet?

A: It is estimated that there are between 6 – 15 million people who suffer from wheat intolerance in Britain. Wheat is often a culprit when bloating is a symptom. The very high gluten content in modern wheat makes it hard to digest and it is most likely that you have intolerance to wheat. Gluten is found in wheat, rye, oats and barley. It is a sticky substance with a consistency like glue. It is difficult to digest and in some people this can have a disruptive effect on the digestive system, producing toxins, gas and bloating.

A wheat or gluten intolerance can be difficult to diagnose. As it is such a common food, the body adapts to coping with it, hiding the intolerance. Some of the symptoms which a wheat or gluten intolerance produces are: aches and stiffness, depression and mood swings, anxiety, asthma, fatigue/tiredness, sneezing, runny eyes, runny nose, nausea, bloating, stomach cramps, sweating, sore/itchy throat, skin rashes, swollen stomach. Diagnosis can be difficult.

Excluding wheat or gluten from the diet to see if there is any improvement in health is the most effective way to diagnose an intolerance. The food item can be reintroduced after a few weeks to observe any reaction. I would recommend that you are also tested for celiac disease (a serious gluten intolerance), as well as switching to a wheat/gluten free bread. This does not taste as bad as some people think.

Also, it is very important to correct any bacterial imbalance that may be present with probiotics (beneficial bacteria). Probiotics such as Bio Care Acidophilus should help ease bloating, as they improve the overall functioning and health of the digestive tract. Sometimes probiotics can initially make matters worse, things should settle down once the friendly bacteria have established themselves.

Hay Fever

Q: I am having a horrible time suffering from hay fever at the moment. Benadryl does not agree with me and can cause me to feel dizzy and a little drowsy. Can you suggest a range of natural remedies which I can try to ward off the worst symptoms this year? I need to find a miracle worker!

A: It’s that time of year again when hay fever makes so many of us miserable. Hay fever is now recognised as the most common form of allergy in the UK, affecting up to 25% of the population, and making summer a misery for at least 15 million people. Most are sensitive to grass pollens. The allergic reaction to pollen causes inflammation and irritation to the lining of the eyes, nose and throat.

Global warming means that summer is now starting earlier, and may end later, which means allergy sufferers must endure the condition for longer. As well as causing itchy eyes, runny or stuffed-up nose, sneezing and sore throat, it can exacerbate other atopic conditions such as eczema or asthma, and cause difficulty sleeping.

  • You can minimise exposure to allergens by taking some simple measures:
  • Keep windows closed in the car and home to avoid exposure to pollens, especially on days of medium/high level pollen forecasts.
  • Limit outdoor activities when pollen counts are highest (early morning for spring time tree pollens, afternoon and early evening for summer grasses)
  • Don’t hang clothes outside to dry, use a dryer or hang them inside instead.
  • A daily bath at bedtime may help to wash off allergens and prevent night-time allergy problems.
  • Keep off freshly mowed lawns.
  • Keep pets (they can track pollen inside) outside. Certainly, keep them out of bedrooms.
  • Change clothes after being outside.

There are many products available to ease allergy symptoms including nasal sprays and antihistamines, although some people can react negatively to the latter.

Good nutrition, as always, is your best defence and will help to make your immune system stronger so that the body can more easily deal with what it perceives as invaders (in this case, pollen). The easiest way to strengthen the immune system is to eat plenty of antioxidant-rich foodstuffs: beans, green leafy vegetables, and fruits – in particular, blueberries, cranberries and blackberries.

There are two powerful natural supplements and a natural remedy that can prevent or alleviate allergic reactions that cause hay fever. Quercitin-C by Cardiovascular Research is a powerful antihistamine formulation containing quercitin, catechin and vitamin C which all quench free radicals and reduce the release of histamine.

Histamine is a substance that contributes to allergy symptoms such as a runny nose, watery eyes, hives, and swelling of soft tissue including the face and lips. Quercetin inhibits the production and release of histamine and other allergic/ inflammatory substances and also works as an antioxidant by scavenging damaging particles in the body known as free radicals.

Another beneficial supplement for hay fever is Reishi Mushrooms, this has anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties that inhibit histamine release. The product works as an antioxidant against free radicals.

Last but not least to battle hay fever is Oralmat drops which are taken under the tongue. This natural, herbal remedy contains a rye grass extract to help boost and modulate your immune system and fight allergens and irritants that trigger inflammatory and respiratory problems. Oralmat drops are rapidly absorbed into the mucous membranes of the mouth, giving fast relief from asthma, bronchitis, rhinitis, sinusitis and other inflammatory problems.


Bio Acidophilus by Biocare - ?17.95 for 60 capsules
Quercitin-C by Cardiovascular Research - ?11.95 for 90 Capsules
Reishi Mushrooms by Mycology Research Laboratories (MRL) - ?18.95 for 90 tablets
Oralmat Drops by The Rye Way - ?24.99 for 10ml

Paul Joseph studied at the University of Leeds where he took a course in Broadcasting and Advertising. He has worked in the West Indies at a leading spa resort where he developed a keen interest in complementary therapies. He currently writes about a wide range of natural health topics as part his work providing information to the media on behalf of The Nutri Centre.


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