Hay fever

Hay fever happens when our immune system mistakes a normally harmless airborne substance as a threat. The body produces an antibody to attack the threat as well as releasing histamine. Histamine causes the symptoms of hay fever, it’s not the actual airborne substance.

Here’s somethings we can do to help reduce the symptoms

Reduce foods with high amounts of histamine in them.
Alcohol, coffee, aubergine, pickled & canned foods, mature cheeses, smoked meat products, citrus fruits, chocolate, bananas, strawberries, tomatoes – go to http://www.histamineintolerance.org.uk for an extensive list
This only needs to be done for a few months during hayfever season and it’s low histamine not no histamine, so don’t stress.

Increase your quercetin food intake.
Such as apples, honey, raspberries, onions, red grapes, cherries and green leafy vegetables.
Quercetin has anti-histamine effects.

Use lemon, peppermint and lavender essential oils.
Lemon essential oil works as a natural antihistamine, peppermint & lavender essential oils reduce inflammation and help make breathing easier. Add it to your diffuser at home or use a few drops with some coconut oil and rub onto your chest.

Consider using a probiotic supplement.
Probiotics have been studied to potentially decrease the symptoms of hay fever through their ability to improve immune health. But as always with supplements everyone is individual and supplementation may not be right for all. Check this out with a healthcare professional (such as a nutritional therapist 😉) beforehand.

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