We are now on the verge of hay fever season and it won’t be long before I begin to see the early hay fever sufferers in my clinic. As I am sure you are aware, if you are a sufferer that is, that the itchy eyes, blocked and runny nose, sneezing, headaches, blocked sinuses, to name just a few of the symptoms, are very annoying. This is a great time to begin preparing yourself and to really take a look at your health and wellbeing.
It would be so useful to take a look at what you eat and how strong your immune system is not to mention the health of your gut and if you are nutritionally deficient. Finding ways to manage stress and ensuring you have a good night’s sleep is also really important as they also have an impact on hay fever.
It seems to me that every year there is an increasing number of people suffering from hay fever. This great article by Cytoplan https://bit.ly/2HAJpxe explaining why.
What can you do to help reduce the symptoms of hay fever? Well, you can:
Strengthen your immune system.
This can be done by making sure you have sufficient good bacteria in the gut, taking probiotics will increase the good bacteria. You can make sure you are eating nutrient-rich foods and ensure you are having sufficient Vitamin C, zinc and B6. Click here to take you to a blog I wrote a while ago which will give you information on how to support your immune system
Strengthening your digestive system
Strengthening your digestive can help enormously. When we have an impaired digestive system this has a huge impact on us. So what do you need to do to improve yours?
Again a good probiotic will improve your good bacteria. Taking digestive enzymes is fabulous for improving gut health and Bromelain, found in pineapples is a great source and also a natural antihistamine. Discovering foods you are sensitive to and eliminating them until your digestive system strengthens will also help reduce digestive problems and in turn strengthen your immune system.
Did you know that there are foods that contain high levels of histamine which can make your symptoms worse? This includes citrus fruit, bananas, avocados, spinach, red wine, aged cheeses, some fish (i.e. tuna) and smoked meat. These are just an example of histamine loaded foods. Low histamine foods include eggs, rice, quinoa, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables. A number of my clients have shown to be sensitive to dairy and once removed their hay fever symptoms have greatly improved, if not gone altogether.
Foods such as dairy, wheat can be irritants so for you might be best avoided.
Foods to support you
There are also foods that support the immune system and which are also anti-inflammatory.
Fruit and veg:
Blueberries, raspberries and blackcurrants are great because they are full of antioxidants. Onions, garlic
Found in salmon, mackerel, sardines,
Seeds and nuts:
Walnuts, flax seeds and chia seeds. These are a fabulous source of Omega 3 and a great anti-inflammatory.
Why not give some of these a go and take a look at my blog mentioned above and also the fabulous Cytoplan article also mentioned as they can really make a difference to the effects of hay fever.
Vitamin B 5 and B6
Multivitamin and mineral
Antioxidants ( Protandin, which is a hugely beneficial product that enables the body to make it own antioxidants) Please contact me for more information on this product.
What appears to be hay fever symptoms can, in fact, be due to environmental factors like pollutants. Exhaust fumes (petrol and diesel fumes) are a particular problem making this a greater issue in towns and cities. I don’t suffer from hay fever but was hugely affected by exhaust fumes for a while because I walked to work and part of my walk took me on busy main roads. Luckily as a kinesiologist, I was able to deal with the problem and have not suffered since.
Kinesiology is a fabulous therapy for helping to get to the bottom of hay fever, the triggers and the symptoms you are suffering from. Better still kinesiology works to improve your digestive and immune systems, tests to see which foods are causing you problems, along with helping you to reduce stress and improve your sleep. Click here to find out about Kinesiology
So if you would like to book in for a free 20-minute telephone discovery session or book for some allergy/hay fever testing which will identify the key allergens for you. Or if you are unsure which supplements would be most beneficial to you then please complete the form below with your request.
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