Natural hayfever relief and how diet could help or worsen your hay fever

Natural hayfever relief and how diet could help or worsen your hay fever

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

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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

Natural hayfever relief and how diet could help or worsen your hay fever

Quercitin: onions, leeks and apples

Bromelain: fresh pineapple

Non Dairy milk: hemp, almond or coconut milk.

Menu plan

Breakfast

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.

Snack

Apple

Lunch

Hummus with oatcakes and green salad or

Sweet potato soup with butterbeans

Snack 2

Oatcakes with almond nut butter

Dinner

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