With horrendous Melbourne days like today its hard to believe that Spring is just around the corner, but it is. And with that comes hayfever.
Hay fever sufferers dread this time of year and for some its a case of taking anti-histamines almost every day for 3 months, which is not ideal.
However, there are a few natural remedies that you can do to take the pressure off and relieve symptoms. And with experts predicting a bad hay fever season, it’s time to take action now before Spring officially kicks in.
Local honey is a natural remedy that can help reduce the histamine response. The idea is based around immunotherapy; the honey can help you develop immunity to local pollen.
Generally with allergies, whether it be skin, digestive or nasal such hay fever, there is underlying gut issues. I know I bang on about the gut but it is just so important! That’s why probiotics and foods that feed the gut bacteria such as kefir, kombucha and yogurt can help. The strains of lactobacilli and bifido bacteria combined together particularly, can help reduce symptoms by actively boosting immunity and helping T-cells, which can suppress the immune response.
Vitamin C can also help as it’s a natural anti-histamine; it’s also great for collagen synthesis and good for the renewal of skin and cartilage, so its a winner all around.
Another way to reduce symptoms is to have a low gluten diet. Before you freak out and say no way, I just mean you to lower your gluten intake. Don’t have 4 pieces of bread per day and then pasta for dinner. Instead have some porridge or a smoothie for breakfast, a big protein and carb rich salad for lunch and then a rice dish for dinner….its not hard to do. Limiting dairy as well when having an actual hay fever attack, can help also as dairy can add mucus to the nasal passages.
Foods that are naturally anti-inflammatory such as pineapple, ginger and turmeric can help reduce the mucus also so try including these in your diet also, preferably daily.
Be consistent and vigilant with these natural remedies, don’t expect relief the very first day. By being consistent with the above natural therapies you should find that instead of chowing down on anti-histamines every for 3 months, you might find you only need antihistamines on those really windy days that have a high pollen count.