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Naomi Murray of Botanica Health in Rusthall suggests nine ways to build hay fever resistance – now

Spring is in full swing with the appearance of buds and daffodils, birdsong and sunny days. A season of new life, growth and opportunity.

We welcome this seasonal change and look forward to enjoying all that a beautiful spring has to offer; detoxifying dandelion, blood-purifying cleavers and delicious, nutrient-packed wild garlic.

Unfortunately for many, spring can herald the onset of bouts of sneezing, itchy eyes, scratchy throats and feeling perpetually exhausted from the constant onslaught of allergens.

Hay fever can begin in early spring and continue throughout the summer. It can be difficult to enjoy sunny days if you suffer from unpleasant symptoms. The best strategy is to boost your immune system before symptoms appear…

Hay fever and chronic rhinitis are an overreaction to something the body should and can usually handle, so the key here is to have a strong immune system. When you encounter an allergen, be it food, pollen or a dusty room, an antibody is produced releasing histamine which causes itching, swelling and inflammation. It is important to start preparing and strengthening the immune system before hay fever symptoms appear.

HERE ARE MY BEST TIPS:

  • Consume foods rich in bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple and papaya, which is particularly effective in reducing inflammation, pain and allergies
  • Eat foods high in quercetin, a powerful antioxidant flavonoid that reduces inflammation, allergies and hay fever and supports the respiratory system. Foods include parsley, capers, onions, black plums, apples and berries. Quercetin also acts as a zinc ionophore, a compound that can transport zinc ions across a cell membrane, increasing intracellular zinc concentrations, thereby supporting immunity
  • Reduce or eliminate foods that you know you can’t tolerate well. Bread and wheat products can be particularly hard on the digestive system and can reduce immunity. You may also find that mucus-forming foods like milk and cheese make your symptoms worse, so listen to your body.
  • Research indicates that the gut is the seat of a healthy immune system, so it stands to reason that if you balance your gut bacterial immunity, it will improve and strengthen. Optibac’s Every Day Probiotic has been shown to benefit people with mild to moderate hay fever
  • Bee Prepared by Unbeelievable Health is a proven natural remedy for hay fever. I find it helpful to start before the season starts, and this is one of our best selling hay fever products.
  • For severe hay fever, allergies, and chronic rhinitis, black seed oil has been shown to be effective. In studies, “the cure-all” black seed oil has been shown to reduce nasal itching, runny nose, sneezing, and nasal congestion within the first two weeks.
  • Increase vitamin C through diet or supplement with whole food C as it is a natural antihistamine reducing the amount of histamine produced when you come into contact with an allergen
  • Drink nettle tea to reduce inflammation and relieve nasal congestion
  • The wonderful reishi medicinal mushroom can help control hay fever and acts as a natural antihistamine, reducing inflammation and boosting the immune system.

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