Itchy, sore, watery eyes, runny or blocked noses, sore throats, sneezing and coughs – sound familiar? These the main symptoms of hay fever triggered by excess histamine being released in response to immune reactions to the pollens.

Hay fever can begin to cause problems for sufferers in early spring with the arrival of various grass, weed, flower and tree pollens; if it develops in spring, it is usually due to tree pollens then in late spring and early summer grass and weed pollens are usually the culprits. 

Here are some treatment tips to help you through the hay fever season.

  • Try to avoid airborne allergens by using hypoallergenic materials in the house, particularly where you sleep; maybe think of installing an air purifier
  • Use natural cleaning products.
  • Look at your diet and keep a food diary. Try cutting out common food allergens like wheat, dairy, citrus.
  • Avoid food additives.
  • A mostly vegan diet can be effective in reducing symptoms with the exception of oily fish and probiotic yoghurt.
  • Avoid adding salt to food and all processed foods which contain a lot of salt.

Nutritional Support.

  • Increase levels of Magnesium and Vitamin C. Magnesium can help open up the airways and Vitamin C is very important for the health of the lungs. Recommended foods: Cherries, pineapples, strawberries, sweet potatoes, dark leafy vegetables, brown rice, seeds, nuts.
  • Increase levels of Omega 3 fatty acids. This improves airways responsiveness to allergens and respiratory function Recommended Foods: Wild Salmon, Flaxseeds oil (Linseeds), pumpkin seeds, walnuts, avocados.
  • Increase anti-oxidant intake. These include Vitamins A, C and E as well as minerals such as Zinc, Selenium and Copper. Inflammatory and allergic responses are greatly influenced by antioxidant mechanisms. Recommended Foods: Nuts, seeds, whole grains, leafy vegetables, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, courgettes, olive oil, green tea.
  • Include Probiotics. Beneficial bacteria effects our immune systems and greatly influences immune responses. Recommended Foods: Miso, Kefir, yoghurt, raw honey, tempeh, fermented cabbage, onions, bananas, leeks, onions, garlic.

 Recommended Supplements.