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.
Should I Be Eating Gluten?
It feels as though we are constantly being bombarded with differing opinions about how/when/what we should be eating and in most cases, the information is coming from biased (i.e. someone is trying to sell you something) or from unqualified sources. Sure, freedom of speech is great and putting out your opinions is what the internet is for. But, when it comes to your health, that starts to get dangerous.
How To Detox Your Beauty Regimen
The skin is the largest organ in the body and the substances we put on our skin make their way into our system. Think about how a nicotine patch works; it is simply a patch on the skin but it’s contents get absorbed into the bloodstream. In our modern environments, we are exposed to some toxins which we can’t do anything about; things like air pollution. Fortunately, there are some things we can control like what beauty products we use.
Natural Options for Cleaning & Cleansing
A flannel with warm water and a natural soap or coconut oil is a relaxing and gentle way to remove makeup and wash your face.
Natural Options for Moisturising & Fragrance
Natural Oils; Coconut Oil, Olive Oil mixed with a few drops of your favourite essential oil; I love grapefruit, lavender and vetiver.
Natural/Low Additive Brands
Ingredients to avoid where possible:
Phytates – Sometimes called dibutyl phthalate in nail products. Particularly to be avoided in pregnancy
Fragrance – A loose term with no bound legal description meaning it can be hard to know what has been used to create it in the product.
Heavy Metals – Mostly found in hair dyes. Opt for organic or natural hair dyes
Words ending with ‘-thiazolinone’ – a preservative which is an irritant to skin and potentially neurotoxic
Have you tried lowering your toxic load and detoxing your beauty regimen? Let me know in the comments!
Check out my other lifestyle posts:
How to Improve Your Sleep Hygiene
Helpful Guides for Mental Health Support
How To Detox Your Beauty Regimen
And I’m not talking about how often you change your sheets.
When you’re battling with a chronic health illness like fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome often the last thing you feel like doing is preparing and cooking a meal. However, enjoying homemade food is so important, especially when your body could do with the helping hand that nutrient dense wholefoods have to offer.
Before I developed fibromyalgia, I really enjoyed cooking and baking. I had been baking cookies and cakes since I was a teenager and had developed a love for cooking in my early 20s. I didn’t want to stop being able to cook, not only for the nutrients, but for the joy and relaxation that cooking brought me.
Unfortunately, my energy levels don’t always see eye to eye with my intentions!
Over time, I figured out ways to make my time in the kitchen easier and how to maximise a good day when I have extra energy to spend on cooking. Here are my tips for cooking with a chronic illness
In this article, I have listed some of what I find to be the most helpful guides for mental health support and contact information to charities that can help you and your loved ones.
As with physical health, learning more about mental health and where to start with improving your own mental health, or that of a loved one, can be overwhelming. The internet is absolutely full of blogs, guides and resources and this list of helpful guides for mental health support will (hopefully) serve as a starting point.
You may have read that certain foods can trigger or contribute to fibromyalgia symptoms and flares. I myself have certainly found this to be true with sugar, dairy and nightshades. This article will explain a little into why that might be, some research about nightshades and fibromyalgia and what to do if you think you might be nightshade sensitive.
When I cut out refined sugar, I was shocked at commercial food that contains added and/or refined sugar.
In my first shop, I bought a bottle of ‘healthy’ salad dressing. The packaging looked wholesome, the word ‘healthy’ was proudly shining up at me, there was an illustration of a vegetable, you name it, this bottle had it and I thought I was on the right track.
Until I read the label.
So you’ve made the decision to reduce or cut out refined sugar from your diet. The decision itself is easy but sometimes the next steps to put in this positive change into motion can be a little harder, luckily it doesn’t have to be.
That’s where I come in.
I used to eat a huge amount of refined sugar every day so if I can do it, so can you. Here are the tips I wish I had been given when I cut out sugar.
A big part of cutting out or reducing refined sugars is learning how to read commercial food labels. To begin with, I thought that so long as the label didn’t have the word ‘sugar’ on it, I was good to go.
Unfortunately it’s not always that obvious.
Reading commercial food labels can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Use the below list of common sweeteners to help you when you do your next food shop.