Anyone with pollen sensitivities will know that the hay fever season is upon us. Hay fever, like other allergic reactions, is caused by your bodies immune system overreacting. It thinks that something harmful, like the common cold, is attacking your body.
Symptoms of hay fever include;
- a blocked or runny nose
- itchy eyes, nose, throat and roof of your mouth
These symptoms can be very annoying, and sometimes frustrating. Asthma may be triggered from pollen as well. Usually hay fever is seasonal, but in some cases it can last all year round. In this case you are likely to be allergic to house mites, pet hair, and certain moulds or fungi.
Luckily, Good nutrition can help our body’s defences and may help minimize any allergic reactions. Here are a few tips to help fight back-
1) Eat more onions, garlics, leeks, and cabbage
2) Drink at least 2 litres of water a day to help you flush pollen out of your system.
3) Blackberries, cherries and blueberries are all rich in bioflavonoids which help protect the mucus membrane.
4) Nettle tea helps to ease the symptoms of hay fever. Ginger can help reduce congestion.
5) Support your local bee keeper. Eating honey from local bees where you live can help the symptoms
6) Avoid dairy foods such as milk, cheese and yoghurts, which produce more mucus in our bodies
7) Wash your hands more as this and avoid rubbing your eyes.