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)
- 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.