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Is Medication the only Answer to your Allergies?

Do you have a runny, stuffy and itchy nose? Of course you do, it’s Spring! Unless you’re one of the lucky few who don’t suffer spring allergies, I would recommend that you keep reading to learn more about allergies and the many different causes; some that you may not even be thinking of!

When you flip on the news every morning, you hear the local weatherman talking about the pollen and ragweed counts so you know what to expect from your allergies for the day. But, did you know that your runny nose may not have anything to do with what’s going on outside your body? Instead, it may have everything to do with what’s going on inside your body. For many people, food allergies or sensitivities can cause allergic reactions very similar to your common seasonal allergy. If this is the case, instead of resorting to allergy medication, simply adjusting the foods that you eat could cure the allergy symptoms that keep you inside on these beautiful spring days.

Here are a couple of clues that you may be suffering from food allergies: If you feel like you’re constantly taking medication and never feeling better, this is usually a sign that your allergies may be food related. Also, keep in mind that you shouldn’t discount food allergies if they only show up during this time of year. For many, eating habits change when spring arrives because of the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables, which are sometimes the cause of food allergies. If this is you, we recommended speaking with a dietitian to decide what’s right for you. With their expertise in this field, your dietitian can point you in the right direction and help you enjoy an allergy free life no matter the season! For more information, you can also check out The Total Food Allergy Health & Diet Guide at the NCES website. As always, our products are hand selected and approved by dietitians, so you’re sure to get the best information available!

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Take the Work out of Selecting Nutrition Products

How do you provide your clients with the best resources possible? You could take the time to review thousands upon thousands of products in order to select the best ones that will help your clients live the healthy lifestyle that you’re teaching them about. Or, you can let us do it for you! As an NCES blog reader, HealthLinks newsletter subscriber or HealthBeat blog reader, you already know that NCES does all the work by selecting the best professional products for you. Now, we’ve created an all new website, www.NCESmarketplace, especially for the everyday consumer.

Filled with portion control tools, exercise equipment, nutrition for kids and even gifts for the ‘healthy giver’, NCES Marketplace is a great place to send your clients family and friends. Need a little more incentive? We’ve got a coupon to get you on over to visit our site! Use code ‘Health30’ to take 30% off your first order. Plus, share the coupon with your clients so they can take 30% off their first orders as well.

Learn more in this video! Or, just head on over to the site to start browsing now!

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National Celiac Awareness Day

Tomorrow is Celiac Awareness Day. Celiac Disease is a condition that many of us are unaware of. But, research suggests that 3 million Americans suffer from Celiac Disease, and about 95% of people are completely undiagnosed. So, the first question is ‘What is Celiac Disease’? According to www.celiaccentral.org, Celiac Disease is “an autoimmune disorder triggered by the consumption of gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley and rye“. Can you think of the foods that you eat every day that contain gluten? Bread, pasta, cookies, muffins, oats… these are all the main things we think of when we think of gluten. But, gluten is also found in many dressings, gravy’s and other sauces. This disease definitely requires a change in lifestyle for those who are diagnosed.

Are you concerned that you may have Celiac Disease? Getting diagnosed is the first step in getting help! In order to be sure, you’ll need to talk to your doctor about a celiac blood test. But, you can start by going through CeliacCentral.org’s Celiac Disease Symptoms Checklist. Keep in mind, it’s always possible that you feel like you have Celiac Disease but your test comes back negative. You may have non-celiac gluten sensitivity. Whatever level of sensitivity you may have, it’s important to know that there are answers. There are things you can change within your life to stop suffering.

Have you already been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, or know someone who has? Living with Celiac Disease or a gluten allergy can be difficult, expensive and time consuming. But, NCES offers a line of books aimed at helping you live with Celiac Disease. As more and more people are diagnosed with Celiac Disease, more resources have become available. So, always talk to your health care professional about resources that are available to you.

To celebrate National Celiac Awareness Day, we’re taking 20% off the books in our Celiac/IBS & Gluten Free section for the rest of the week. Simply enter code ‘celiac’ upon checkout on the NCES website.

Do you know of any other great resources for Celiac Disease or Gluten Allergies that we haven’t included? Be sure to leave it in the comments section for everyone to share! Or, you can visit us on Facebook or Twitter to share your thoughts with all of our friends and fans!