Can gin really ease hayfever symptoms?

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For many, summer and drinking go hand-in-hand – it’s the season for pints in beer gardens and wine in the park.

The problem is, a lot of us are stuck ‘enjoying’ these drinks with red, puffy eyes and our noses streaming into our glasses, thanks to the ultimate killjoy, hay fever.

The seasoned hay fever sufferer will make sure they’re stocked up on anti-histamines way before pollen starts to fill the spring breeze, but what you might not know is how alcohol can affect hay fever, and which types are best for it.

How does alcohol affect hay fever?

It’s not actually the alcohol itself that affects your allergies, but rather different substances found in alcoholic drinks, containing histamine and sulphites, which cause the symptoms of hay fever.

According to Livestrong, histamine tightens lung muscles, relaxes muscles in blood vessels and speeds up muscle movement in the intestines, while also increasing mucus production and causing inflammation. Sound familiar?

High levels of histamine tend to be found in darker, fermented alcoholic drinks, like wine and beer, which means that for some sufferers as much as a few sips can bring on these symptoms.

Stay in the clear

While no alcohol is going to make your hay fever actively better, Asthma UK say there are drinks you can choose which will stop you from suffering more, namely clear alcohols like gin and vodka.

Gin does not naturally  contain any sulphites, and many vodkas are also clear of them, meaning a G&T or a vodka lemonade might be your best bet for a rooftop tipple. Given gin and tonic is practically the perfect summer drink, we can’t really complain.

Conversely, beer and wine both develop high levels of histamine in the fermentation process. A 2001 study conducted by the Auckland Allergy Clinic found that 22 out of 28 participants developed allergy-like symptoms after drinking a glass of wine.

Which drinks are particularly bad?

If you’re a champagne-loving hay fever sufferer, we’ve got some very bad news for you – there’s nothing as bad for your allergies in the world of food and drink than a glass of bubbly.

Champagne contains around 84mg of histamine per 125ml glass. When you compare that with the next worst, red wine, at 15mg for a large glass, you’ve got a pretty strong argument for saving the Moët for the winter months.

Beer varies significantly by type, but a typical lager is around 14mg, while white is significantly better for you.

Champagne is unfortunately the worse type of booze for hay fever sufferers
Champagne is unfortunately the worst type of booze for hay fever sufferers 

Will food affect my hay fever too?

Unfortunately the answer here is yes. Tofu, sauerkraut and cured meats are all particularly high in histamine, as well as blue cheese and parmesan.

Canned fish, aubergine, citrus fruits and ketchup are also all worth avoiding if you’re a particularly bad sufferer.

How’s the pollen count this year?

Not to bombard you with yet more bad news but, well, here’s some more bad news: Professor Stephen Durham, a professor of Allergy and Respiratory Medicine at Imperial College London told LBC earlier today that we can expect a particularly rough year when it comes to sneezing our brains out through our noses.

“The tree pollen season is starting later this season after the cold spring delayed germination. The warm weather is going to bring on high pollen counts,” he said.

“It seems that there’s been a sudden burst due to the warm weather and we get this late germination and pollen release at once.”

The foods that can ease hayfever symptoms

If you’re looking for foods and drinks that can actually help to soothe hayfever symptoms, then you’re in luck, as there are several – just not gin unfortunately!

Rather than simply being low in histamine, some foods are actually rich in antihistamines, which help to block or disrupt histamine receptors – this is why many people take antihistamine tablets for hayfever. Foods that are rich in flavonoids such as quercetin, vitamin C or beta-carotene can help to block histamine and reduce inflammation.

Our top anti-histamine foods include:

Garlic – this is a rich source of quercitin and helps to support the immune system

Ginger – this is a popular choice for reducing hayfever symptoms, whether as a tea or added to foods and smoothies

Onions – these are another good source of quercetin and vitamin C

Blueberries – this superfood is packed full of vitamin Cand quercetin

Nettle – you can buy this as a powder to add to smoothies or you could try nettle tea

A smoothie is a great way to get more of these natural anti-histamine foods into your diet. Try a delicious hayfever-blasting smoothie, containing blueberries, strawberries, honey and ginger.

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Could Drinking Alcohol Be Better Than Exercise For Living A Longer Life ?

When you hear the term alcohol, you automatically associate it with negative aspects. I can’t fault you for this since alcohol has been proven to have many adverse health effects on the human body. But what if I told you that new research has surfaced that would suggest that moderate consumption of alcohol could lead to a longer life? (The keywords being moderate consumption). The Time has released an article which states that drinking alcohol can lead to a longer, more prosperous life.

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual conference is where this research was presented. The individual behind these findings is neurologist Claudia Kawas, who states that drinking two glasses of beer or wine a day can reduce the risk of premature death. In fact, she adds that it has even better statistics than those who exercise on a daily basis.

In order to determine this conclusion, Kawas and her colleagues took data from a long-term study that was conducted at the UC Irvine’s Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders and analyzed it. The study was called the 90+ study, which has been following elderly individuals who lived to be historic landmarks since 2003. The reason this study exists was to see which lifestyle practices gave people the best longevity.

After her team analyzed the data from the study, they concluded that individuals who consumed two glasses of wine or beer per day reduced their risk of an early death by an astonishing 18%. To compare that statement, individuals who exercised between 15 to 45 minutes per day cut the exact same risk, but only by 11%.

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This new found research suggests that consuming alcohol could be the secret to living a longer life. But this study isn’t the first to link alcohol to a longer life though. A 2015 study published in the journal BMJ Open found that those suffering from mild Alzheimer’s and moderately drank were less likely to die. In addition, a 2017 study that’s published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that moderate drinkers reduced the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease compared to those who didn’t drink.

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For the 2017 study, over 333,000 people were surveyed about their alcohol consumption and the type of lifestyle they lived. They were tracked for an average of eight years. Those who were light and moderate drinkers reduced their risk of dying from a cardiovascular disease by 25 to 30%.

Although research does suggest that moderate drinking could contribute to a longer life, we still need to remember that consuming large quantities of alcohol has consequences. If you are trying to lose weight, alcohol contains empty calories that will contribute to weight gain. I would also like to mention that if you are drinking alcohol, always make sure that you have the proper transportation home. Never drink and drive.

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Honey with Turmeric: The Most Potent Antibiotic That not even Doctors Can Explain

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Turmeric is one of the most beneficial spices on Earth, as it offers countless culinary and medicinal properties. Due to its immense potential, it has been commonly used in Ayurvedic, Indian, and Chinese medicine for millennia.

This deep yellow spice can be a potent natural remedy for numerous health problems, as it treats skin issues, wounds and cuts, respiratory issues, liver diseases, muscle sprains, and gastric issues. It supports digestion, treats inflammations, relieves infections, and fights malignant tumors.

Its strong antioxidant, anti-microbial, and anti-inflammatory characteristics are due to its active ingredient, curcumin.

Studies have shown its positive effects in the treatment of microbes, gastritis, peptic, gastric ulcers, H. pylori, cell survival, the DNA, and on the inflammation molecules.

Moreover, the regular intake of 200 mg of turmeric soothes osteoarthritis symptoms.

Turmerone, another active ingredient it contains, is a bioactive element that improves the function of the brain and repairs the brain cells, thus treating Alzheimer’s.

Here is how to prepare a potent natural antibiotic with this incredibly beneficial spice and reap its numerous benefits:

Ingredient:

  • 1 tablespoon of turmeric spice
  • 100 grams of organic honey

Instructions:

In a glass jar, simply mix the ingredients well.

In the case of a cold or flu, take half a tablespoon of this remedy every hour. Make sure it melts in the mouth before swallowing. You can also add it to your cup of tea or milk.

Then, the next day, take the same amount on every 2 hours. Take it three times daily on the third day. You will experience relief in a very short time!

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Source: justherbalmedicine.com 

Can Magic mushrooms ‘reset’ a depressed brain?

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A hallucinogen found in magic mushrooms can “reset” the brains of people with untreatable depression, raising hopes of a future treatment, scans suggest.

The small study gave 19 patients a single dose of the psychedelic ingredient psilocybin.

Half of patients ceased to be depressed and experienced changes in their brain activity that lasted about five weeks.

However, the team at Imperial College London says people should not self-medicate.

There has been a series of small studies suggesting psilocybin could have a role in depression by acting as a “lubricant for the mind” that allows people to escape a cycle of depressive symptoms.

But the precise impact it might be having on brain activity was not known.

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The team at Imperial performed fMRI brain scans before treatment with psilocybin and then the day after (when the patients were “sober” again).

The study, published in the journal Scientific Reports, showed psilocybin affected two key areas of the brain.

  • The amygdala – which is heavily involved in how we process emotions such as fear and anxiety – became less active. The greater the reduction, the greater the improvement in reported symptoms.
  • The default-mode network – a collaboration of different brain regions – became more stable after taking psilocybin.

Dr Robin Carhart-Harris, head of psychedelic research at Imperial, said the depressed brain was being “clammed up” and the psychedelic experience “reset” it.

He told the BBC News website: “Patients were very ready to use this analogy. Without any priming they would say, ‘I’ve been reset, reborn, rebooted’, and one patient said his brain had been defragged and cleaned up.”

However, this remains a small study and had no “control” group of healthy people with whom to compare the brain scans.

Further, larger studies are still needed before psilocybin could be accepted as a treatment for depression.

However, there is no doubt new approaches to treatment are desperately needed.

Prof Mitul Mehta, from the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, said: “What is impressive about these preliminary findings is that brain changes occurred in the networks we know are involved in depression, after just a single dose of psilocybin.

“This provides a clear rationale to now look at the longer-term mechanisms in controlled studies.”

8 Beneficial facts about consuming honey on a daily basis.

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With the recent news of the declining population of bees, it is no wonder that more people are creating awareness and looking for ways to conserve honey. Around the world, there is estimated to be more than 25,000 species of bees. An average bee colony will have about 30,000 to 60,000 bees with each worker bee estimated to live to about 45 days during the summer months.

At about 64 calories per one tablespoon, honey is not only great in tea and on waffles but they are also chock full of a lot of hidden benefits.

Here are 8 little known but beneficial facts about consuming honey on a daily basis.

1. Honey is considered to be a terrific antioxidant. Because of this, a regular consumption of honey will result in the body continually cleansing itself of toxins.

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Furthermore, honey has plenty of antibacterial properties that can help with keeping the skin clear and clean.

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2. The sugar that is found in honey is made of a different composition than that of other sweeteners and as such, it can help in boosting your metabolism and helping in weight loss.

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3. Honey helps to decrease levels of cholesterol because honey contains so many antioxidant properties that it can help fight off excess cholesterol.

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4. Drinking some honey with warm water can help protect your heart. The antioxidants found in honey have been shown to help prevent arteries from narrowing.

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Depending on the place where the arteries are narrowing, this can lead to a heart attack, memory deterioration and also headaches.

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5. Research has shown that honey can help stave off stress, rejuvenate the cellular antioxidant defense system and help improve memory.

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6. Honey has also been shown to help in the functioning of the brain since it is chock full of calcium which is easily processed and used by the brain.

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7. Honey can help with sleep as well because it will increase the level of insulin in the blood which will then release serotonin.

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Serotonin then forces the release of melatonin which is a hormone that helps one get into deep, sound sleep.

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8. Honey is great on an empty stomach not only for its strong antiseptic properties but also because it can destroy germs and heal small wounds in the membrane as it passes through the digestive system.

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Bonus: Combining honey with another food full of antiseptic and healing properties such as garlic will greatly enhance each other’s benefits. A garlic-infused honey remedy consumed on an empty stomach can result in some great energy and longevity.

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What Would Happen If You Replace All Drinks with Water ?

We all know about the harm drinks other than water can cause us, but what if we replace them with it completely? Chris Bailey, a popular blogger and lecturer, carried out some month-long research, which we have decided to summarize for you in illustrated form.

Illustrated by Dinara Galieva for BrightSide.me

The wines you CAN drink on a diet!

Good news for slimmers: budget supermarket Aldi has launched a new range of low-calorie wines that contain as little as 55 calories a glass.

The new collection – called  ‘Featherweight’ – features bottles with only half the calories and a lower alcohol percentage than regular wines.

The diet tipples are available in red, white, and rosé, and varieties include favourites such as Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot.

The Featherweight Collection by Aldi features wines that have half the calories of regular tipples. Included are two whites, a rosé and a red

The Featherweight Collection by Aldi features wines that have half the calories of regular tipples. Included are two whites, a rosé and a red

The four bottles in the range all cost £2.99 and have an alcohol percentage of 5.5, making it less than half as strong as typical wines, which typically have a percentage of 11.6.

The range includes a Sauvignon Blanc, an Italian Pinot Grigio, a Merlot, and a White Zinfandel.

A 125ml glass of Aldi’s Featherweight Pinot Grigio contains just 55 calories, while a standard glass has double at 104.

The lighter White Zinfandel has 57 calories in a 125ml glass compared with a standard Zinfandel which has 113.

The White Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc are only available in certain regions.

Both can be bought in Swindon, Bathgate, Chelmsford, Neston, and Goldthorpe

The White Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc are only available in certain regions. Both can be bought in Swindon, Bathgate, Chelmsford, Neston, and Goldthorpe

 

The Merlot is available nationwide

The Pinot Grigio is only available in Atherstone, Bolton, Darlington and Cardiff

The Merlot is available nationwide, while the Pinot Grigio is only available in Atherstone, Bolton, Darlington and Cardiff

Aldi’s Featherweight Sauvignon Blanc meanwhile has 55 calories while the Merlot has 59.

However there is a small catch.

Only the Merlot is available nationwide, while the others are only available at certain regional locations.

The Sauvignon Blanc and White Zinfandel are only available in Swindon, Bathgate, Chelmsford, Neston, and Goldthorpe; while the Pinot Grigio can only be bought in Atherstone, Bolton, Darlington and Cardiff.

Tony Baines, joint managing director of corporate buying at Aldi UK, said: ‘We have seen over the last year a real appetite from wine drinkers in the UK for lower calorie and ABV wines to moderate their alcohol intake.

‘We ensure we’re offering our customers the products they want and so have introduced our Featherweight wines as a lighter choice for our shoppers.

  • All the tipples cost £2.99 but some are only available in certain parts of the UK