Controlling Hay Fever Using Nutritional Supplements And Diet
Welcome to the third blog in this series of hay fever articles. Previous publications talked about recognising when you have hay fever and outlined practical tips to reduce the pollen around you. In this article, I will outline some of the best supplements and diet adjustments to consider for hay fever relief.
This is a homeopathic remedy, safe for adults and children over 12 years. It acts like a sponge, absorbing excess pollen before it gets into the blood-stream. Pollinosan is your supplemental first line of defence against hay fever. Other remedies will control your allergic reaction, but Pollinosan actually reduces how much pollen can get into your system. Pollinosan comes in tablet, liquid and nasal spray form.
Quercetin is one of the supplements that can control the severity of your allergic reaction. If you normally use anti-histamines, but don’t like the side effects, why not try quercetin as a natural alternative? Terranova Quercetin capsules have added ingredients, bromelain and turmeric. These ingredients have anti-inflammatory properties, so can reduce swelling in sinuses and headaches.
This is an important one for those who suffer badly and feel very tired from hay fever. If your allergies are ongoing for several weeks or months, there will be pressure put on your adrenals. Adrenal pressure from hay fever can cause severe tiredness and irritabilty. Overall taking B vitamins will support your system and help you to recover once you are away from the pollen.
If you’re thinking long-term, taking Irish honey regularly throughout the year can ultimately reduce hay fever. Honey contains small particles of pollen. Because it is encased in the honey, it is unlikely to cause a reaction when you eat it. Taking small amounts of honey over time can acclimatise your body to the pollen, therefore, you may not react as badly come summertime. Please note! Don't try this if you have suffered anaphylactic shock due to honey products before!
There is some really exciting research out there regarding probiotics. Studies show that individuals with a high amount and range of probiotics are less prone to allergies overall. Research also shows that young children who have a good amount of probiotics grow up with less allergies altogether. This can stand to them for their whole lives. If you take probiotics anyway, when restocking, try a different brand with different strains to get a better variety.
Nettle tea is cleansing and it is caffeine free. As mentioned above, hay fever can put stress on your adrenal glands causing tiredness. Caffeine consumption can do this too. In cases of hay fever, it would be beneficial to limit caffeine intake replacing it with teas such as nettle. The cleansing properties of nettle tea can be particularly good at helping to soothe and reduce hay fever skin rashes.
Reduce Your Sugar Intake
There are three main reasons why you should reduce your sugar intake if you are suffering from hay fever. Firstly, sugar is inflammatory, if you have hay fever, you are already fighting inflammation. Extra sugar could make inflammatory sinus pain or headaches worse. Secondly, sugar compromises your immune system. In the case of hay fever, your immune system is already working overtime. Thirdly, remember how hay fever can put stress on your adrenal glands which are related to energy? Sugar does the same. Overall, if you are trying to feel better by drinking sugary drinks for energy, it won't work long term.
There are lots of uses for Apple cider vinegar, and it can also be used for hay fever symptoms too. Similar to nettle tea, it can be cleansing and anti-inflammatory. It is good for sinus inflammation and skin rashes in particular. If you take apple cider vinegar every morning- keep it up and maybe even take a little extra.
Eat The Best Diet Possible And Be Sure To Include Oils
However you feel about your hay fever, remember that the healthier and more supported you are, the better you will cope. By eating a range of fruit, vegetables and omega-rich foods you are feeding your bodies healthy immune response system. If your diet is compromised, think about multi-vitamin and omega-3 supplementation as a base level from which to work. Thank you for reading.