Hay fever Relief : WHEN HAY FEVER PACKS A PUNCH…

Did you know Hay fever affects one in four people (around 16 million people) in the UK?

Let’s take a look at some tips to manage your hay fever…

Hay fever, or seasonal rhinitis, is a common allergic reaction to tree and grass pollen. It can cause immense discomfort and irritation due to typical symptoms like itchy eyes, throat, sneezing, blocked, runny nose, watery eyes, blocked sinuses or headaches.

At this time of year, grass pollen is an issue. Many also suffer from tree pollen which is prevalent between February and June. Then, we have weed pollen later in the year, typically between June and September. 

Most people only think to take action to relieve current symptoms. Still, a longer-term preparatory approach well ahead of the season is recommended as it can help reduce the body’s response to pollen in the future.

What causes Hay fever?

Hay fever Relief  WHEN HAY FEVER PACKS A PUNCH…

Hay fever is an immune response, where cells in the respiratory tract release a compound called histamine in response to antibodies. This causes the mucus membranes that line the inside of the airway to react, affecting the nose, eyes, throat and ears. The body does this as a protective mechanism.

Tips for Hay fever Relief

Hay fever Relief  WHEN HAY FEVER PACKS A PUNCH…

Here are some easy ways to help find relief through the current season.

1.     Add grated or ground ginger and turmeric to your meals as they help to inhibit the inflammatory compounds that cause the respiratory airways to swell.
2.    Eat citrus fruits, peppers, berries and kiwi fruit. These foods are rich in vitamin C which helps to break down and excrete histamine circulating in the body. Vitamin C also protects respiratory cells from the excess inflammatory damage that is created. 
3.    Have two to three portions of oily fish every week like salmon, mackerel and sardines. Research has shown it helps to reduce the narrowing of airways, most likely due to the anti-inflammatory properties in the fats. 
4.    Eat more onions, cooked or raw. Onions contain a plant compound called quercetin which has been found to act as a natural anti-histamine. 
5.    Drink nettle tea. It is rich in vitamin C and can help lower histamine that is triggered in response to pollen.

Start your Hay fever Relief routine early

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Rather than wait for the hay fever season to begin, the best approach is to support your body well before the start of the season.

Seventy per cent of the body’s immunity starts in the gut and the gut bacteria (the microbiome) play a significant part in supporting and regulating the immune system.

Not all of the trillions of gut bacteria are healthy. Pathogenic ones can start to multiply and upset the delicate balance. So, having a healthy balanced gut really helps in minimising symptoms.

Create a balanced gut

Hay fever Relief  WHEN HAY FEVER PACKS A PUNCH…

The following can help create a healthy balanced gut:

1.    Minimise processed foods, saturated fats and sugars in your diet. These feed pathogenic bacteria which we need to keep in check.
2.    Eat unsweetened stewed apple. Apple is rich in a soluble fibre called pectin which acts as a prebiotic which feeds beneficial gut bacteria. It also has an anti-inflammatory action in the gut too.
3.    Eat foods rich in polyphenols like raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, pomegranate, flaxseeds, olives and green tea. These not only support the growth of beneficial bacteria but help lower pathogenic strains. They also support a healthy gut barrier.
4.    Consider making bone broth from your meat carcass. Bone broth is rich in vitamins, minerals and collagen, helping to keep the gut wall strong and healthy.

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Caroline

Caroline is a Professional Nutritionist, Naturopath based in Wiltshire.

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