Are you suffering with Respiratory problems?

Problems breathing

We all catch common colds from time to time, causing us to experience a runny nose, bouts of sneezing or congested sinuses which can be uncomfortable until the cold clears and the airways return to normal.

However, when these symptoms persist, it can be the result of a different condition such as sinusitis (an inflammation of the lining of the sinuses) or rhinitis (recurrent runny nose). These conditions could cause shortness of breath, pain and headaches, leaving you feeling run down.

Congestion and swelling can be alleviated by the use of nasal steroid sprays whilst antibiotics can treat bacterial infection. Other drugs can reduce the risk of attacks and ease discomfort but these can often cause unwanted side effects and often do not tackle the root cause of the problem.

In one UK survey, over two thirds of asthma sufferers thought that various foods exacerbated their symptoms. Aside from common environmental allergens such as dust, pet hair and pollens, food and drink ingredients can often contribute to the presence and persistence of respiratory problems.

Respiratory Symptoms

Typical symptoms or respiratory problems include:

  • Persistent runny nose
  • Frequent colds and infections
  • Congestion of sinus, ears and/or nose

Respiration and Diet

If you find yourself experiencing breathing difficulties, without an obvious cause you should always visit your GP to rule out any underlying medical conditions which may be causing you to feel unwell.

If you are continuing to experience persistent rhinitis or sinusitis, it may be a good opportunity to take a closer look at your diet.

As individuals, our reactions to the foods and drinks we consume varies a great deal. An ingredient which may cause problems for one person could be completely acceptable for another. At YorkTest, we like to refer to this as our personal ‘food fingerprint’.

For those with respiratory problems, discovering and understanding your own personal food and drink intolerances, and the effects they have on your health and wellbeing is important to ensure you make the best possible choices to optimise your diet and quality of life.

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