Hayfever time is here! Although the best time to prepare your body is over the winter months, there are still a number of things you can do to manage your symptoms.
Probiotics are top of the list. These super “friendly” bacteria help to balance your immune system so if you have a healthy population of them in your gut then your body is less likely to over-react to pollen and other irritants. A daily supplement of a good brand of beneficial bacteria (e.g. Biokult, Opti-bac, Symprove, Culturelle) will help boost the good bacteria population in your digestive system. Fermented foods such as kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha all help to keep your gut topped up with the good guys.
Vitamin C can reduce histamine levels, help reduce sinus congestion and limit sneezing. Berries, citrus fruit, kiwi fruit, peppers and pineapple are rich sources of Vitamin C.
Bioflavanoids are powerful antioxidants found in fruits and vegetables, particularly those that are rich in vitamin C as well, such as red peppers, citrus fruits, strawberries and broccoli.
Quercetin is also a potent natural antihistamine which has been shown to inhibit histamine release and reduce allergic immune responses. It can be found in foods such as apples, red grapes, citrus fruits, and tomatoes, and is often included in supplements to help manage hayfever.
Bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple, has been shown to relieve hay fever or sinusitis in a number of human clinical studies by working as a natural anti-histamine, anti-inflammatory and decongestant. It also supports healthy nasal and respiratory airways, and may help to increase absorption of quercetin and supports balanced inflammation responses and histamine processes.
Green tea helps to reduce histamine and other inflammatory chemicals (called cytokines).
Nettle tea or nettle soup – nettles are thought to help reduce inflammation in the body and reduce discomfort and blockages in the sinuses. Now is the time to pick the tender top leaves before they start to flower – remember to wear your marigolds when gathering them, and be sure to cook them so you don’t get stung!
Many people find a daily teaspoon of locally produced honey (made from local pollens) helps keep symptoms at bay.
Limit or eliminate dairy in your diet as it
HayMax is a natural organic balm that acts as a pollen barrier when applied to the base of the nostrils to stop pollen entering the body thus reducing the allergic reaction.
Aller-C by Nutri Advanced is a supplement in tablet form that contains quercetin, vitamin C, bioflavonoids and bromelain.
A study by a team of Dutch scientists suggests French kissing evolved to help share bacteria in order to boost our immune systems! #getkissing