Hayfever can strike any time of year, but springtime is the most problematic season for many pollen allergy sufferers. Over-the-counter anti-histamines can help keep symptoms at bay, but as with any medication, side effects can occur and over the long term these drugs may impact the health of your gut.
There are some natural solutions you can try for symptomatic relief of allergy symptoms including:
- 1 teaspoon of local honey per day
- Eat foods high in vitamin C (raw red capsicum, kiwi fruit, strawberries, papaya, raw parsley, lightly steamed broccoli) or supplement with vitamin C (vitamin C is a natural anti-histamine)
- Increase water intake – helps to thin mucus for more effective removal
- Eat mucolytic foods: garlic, horseradish, wasabi, onions, chilli – help to dissolve mucus and ease breathing
- Reduce mucus forming foods: dairy, wheat, soy, banana
- Daily use of a neti pot to help clear nasal passages
More severe symptoms which do not resolve easily require more thorough treatment. Natural approaches to this include looking after your gut health, as a healthy gut helps reduce an over-active immune response. There are also a range of anti-histamine herbs and nutrients which are a natural alternative to medications.
I’d love to mix you up a remedy to ease your hayfever sniffles and help you address the underlying cause as well. Contact me now