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Supporting Hay Fever Naturally

Supporting Hayfever Naturally 

An estimated 50 million people per year suffer from hay fever. Common symptoms include; watery, itchy eyes, post nasal drip, headache, congestion, excessive mucus production, asthma, sneezing and a runny nose. 

Luckily, there are things you can put in place to manage the nasty hay fever symptoms.

Food To Include

  • Local honey
  • Apple cider vinegar (2 tablespoons mixed with a large glass of water first thing in the morning)
  • Pineapple
  • Dark berries (blueberries, blackberries); contain anti-inflammatory flavonoids 
  • Apples; contain quercetin which inhibits the release of histamine 
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids; anti-inflammatory and support optimal functioning of the immune system. Sources include salmon, flax seeds.

Herbs and Teas

  • Nettle Tea (two cups per day)
  • Peppermint Tea
  • Turmeric and Ginger; use in cooking as well as daily in teas.

Foods To Avoid

Certain foods can increase the release of histamine which can aggravate hayfever symptoms. 

High histamine foods include;

  • Red wine and alcohol in general 
  • Cured meats; ham, salami, sausage  
  • Dairy products; cheese, milk, yogurt 
  • Highly processed foods with preservatives and additives 

Dairy, which promotes mucus formation can aggravate hayfever symptoms such as excessive mucus production, post nasal drip and congestion.

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