Natural hayfever relief and how diet could help or worsen your hay fever
We are now full swing into the hayfever season and if you are a regular sufferer you probably will be taking your daily anti- histamine, which may still only give intermittent relief to swollen eyes, sneezing and runny nose.
Hayfever can be unfortunately in your genes. However your diet could be making it worse!
A diet high in vitamin C may help manage your symptoms
Vitamin C is a natural anti histamine which helps control inflammation but we are often very low in it for the following reasons:
After a long cold winter when you may have suffered a couple of colds your vitamin C reserves are probably very low.
Stress hormones need vitamin C to function so adding in some relax time daily is important and have at least one day off a week.
Skin needs vitamin C and the rda of 6omg no longer reflects the way we live now. So taking 500mg of vitamin twice a day throughout the winter until the end of the pollen season should help dampen down the effects. Try a effervescent form which you can make into a drink.
Vitamin C Zappers:
Tea, coffee and alcohol, as vitamin C is water soluble.
Other foods which may aggravate hayfever are:
Dairy, which is inflammatory: milk, cheese, yoghurt and ice cream
Sugar, which is also inflammatory: fizzy drinks, sweets , cakes, biscuits and chocolate
So an anti- inflammatory diet is best recommended to help manage hayfever symptoms which includes a diet rich in:
Oily fish: salmon, mackerel and sardines
Nuts and seeds: almonds, brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds
Fruit and vegetables for vitamin C: kiwi fruit, 60mg each, berries, raw greens, tomatoes and peppers
Quercitin: onions, leeks and apples
Bromelain: fresh pineapple
Non Dairy milk: hemp, almond or coconut milk.
Hot water with fresh mint and lemon on rising
Kiwi fruit, pineapple with coconut yoghurt and 1 tablespoon of seeds OR
Green smoothie with a handful of kale, ¼ cucumber, celery, apple and blitz with 200ml of coconut water.
Hummus with oatcakes and green salad or
Sweet potato soup with butterbeans
Oatcakes with almond nut butter
Salmon or mackerel with stir fry of leeks or onions, with celery, courgette and kale cooked in coconut oil
Baked apple with pinenuts, and local honey
Hot water with mint and lemon after dinner