With a change of season around the corner, we are coming into the summer while some of us are looking forward to the sunshine and holidays for people who suffer from hay fever it can be a dreaded time of the year. Hay fever is an allergic response to different allergens including pollen, cigarette smoke, chemicals, dust, food and chlorine. The allergens start an immune response in the body leading to too produce antibodies.
The last few years in Ireland could be considered one long stress period for many people. The causes of stress are individual to each person; common ones can include: unemployment, money worries, relationship worries, longer working hours and having to travel further to reach work. Having less free time to unwind and spend time with family and friends have become an everyday problem and it’s not surprising it is impacting on people’s health
Acupuncture is a technique that involves the insertion of fine, disposable needles into specific points within the body. Acupuncture works by stimulating specific points within the body to stimulate the nervous system to produce chemicals and reactions in the body to promote wellbeing and good health. In the body energy called ‘Qi’ runs through the body in lines called meridians.
We all know sugar is bad for us and recent WHO (World Health Organisation) recommendations now state we should reduce our sugar consumption from 12 Teaspoons per day to 6 Teaspoons approximately 50% to maintain good health. The impact of sugar on our health is starting to rapidly emerge and the long-term effects are becoming apparent such as obesity, diabetes, fertility issues, heart attacks and strokes. Giving up sugar is now an essential goal for any health conscious person.