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The Best Foods for Hay Fever and Allergies

Allergies are on the increase, they cause a great deal of discomfort and frustration, so here's some of the simple, natural steps you can take.
 
When an allergy or allergic reaction occurs, the immune system reacts to body tissues being injured and goes into “defence mode”. Cells react to allergens by releasing various chemicals, it's these that damage the surrounding tissues and cause the allergic reaction.

 

Hay Fever

Hay fever is horrible  It is caused by Airborne pollen (anemophile) causes hay fever, which is completely different to non-airborne pollen (entomophile) as in a Pollen supplement. This is one of the healthiest foods available, and can be a huge benefit for those who suffer from hayfever. Ideally begin a few weeks before the hayfever season for the best results.   Similarly sufferers often found that honey helps them at this tricky time - local honey is best - and what better than to buy some lovely fresh produce from your local beekeepers!

For mild to moderate symptoms, some people find that herbal teas such as chamomile, nettle, rooibos and ginger help. Certainly, keeping hydrated is essential whether that is with herbal teas, or just plain old water.
 
Many claim that spicy food seems to do the tick for mild hayfever symptoms, so if you’re suffering, try a curry, it might just help!
 
Wear sunglasses when outside, try and avoid late afternoon exposure when the pollen count is as it’s highest, a quick shower and change of clothes can really lower exposure to pollen picked up.

Foods

Packing your diet with fresh fruit and vegetables can help. The more natural antioxidants you can get into your system the better.  Vitamin C has natural antihistamine effects, so include lots of leafy greens, peppers, papaya, tomatoes and broccoli. Beta Carotene plays a role in healthy mucous membranes and foods particularly rich in this include broccoli, asparagus and apricots.

And use lots of garlic in your cooking if it’s to your taste! Alternatively take a garlic supplement, ours is additive free of course.
 
If you eat fish, now is a particularly good time to enjoy the natural anti-inflammatory properties as found in oily fish.
 
If there are any foods that you find you are sensitive to, avoid them like the plague during hayfever season to avoid placing any additional burden on your immune system. If you suffer from other environmental allergies, then it is helpful to avoid such foods at all times. For the same reasons, avoid foods containing additives which many people are sensitive to and will exacerbate any allergic reactions.
 
Hydrogenated fats should ideally be avoided at any time, but for these with allergies, removing these from your diet should be a priority.
 
Alcohol too may aggravate allergic reactions, so is best kept to a minimum, or indeed eliminated all together, especially if symptoms are severe.
 
Adding an all round, natural supplement in a broad spectrum form will enhance all the dietary steps you take to help control your allergies. In contrast to synthetic supplements, these are rich in easily absorbed nutrients, and are packed with antioxidants.

Elimination Diets

If you suspect you are allergic or intolerant to one or more foods, a simple elimination diet can provide you with answers. Cut out the suspect completely for two weeks or more, then introduce back in, perhaps even a little more than you would “normally” eat of the particular food; if you get a reaction, then you can be sure that this is a food that doesn’t suit you too well. Test only one food at a time for the best results. Keeping a symptom diary through this process will help you to keep track of what foods cause which reactions. For some people, it may be certain groups of foods that cause a reaction rather than one particular food.
 
If you do suffer from allergies, the medical charity Allergy UK is a useful source of information - http://www.allergyuk.org

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