Itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing…and no I haven’t got a cold. Summer is ‘officially’ here which brings with it, my nemesis…HAYFEVER!!
Growing up in the countryside I never had a problem, but living in London, working in parks and add to that, pollution levels, my symptoms have definitely got worse over the last two years.
Most advice will point you in the direction of the chemist, but in my bid to beat the pollen attack this year, I decided to stay away from ‘traditional’ tablets and instead, opt for natural alternatives. With good nutrition you can make huge improvements…
If you spot me in the park snacking on capers and necking black coffee you will now understand my reasoning, even if I do look a little nuts! Girls gotta do what a girls gotta do…
Go forth and experiment the natural way…!
1. Black Coffee: Has to be caffeinated! Coffee is a natural anti histamine and helps to relieve some of the symptoms quickly while you’re on the go. Now it’s warmer I’ve been opting for an iced version but be sure to drink plenty of water as well so you don’t become dehydrated.
2. Capers: Yes, that’s right…Capers. Get your snack on as these bad boys are loaded with quercetin. They help to regulate the secretion of histamine which is what makes you sneezy and itchy. Quercetin is also an anti inflammatory and powerful antioxidant. I would opt for the less salty/vinegary version.
3. Onions: Also high in quercetin especially the first layer. Munch raw if you can bear it or just make sure there’s plenty in your meal.
4. Lemons/Apples/Garlic: Upping your intake of antioxidants and bioflavonoids help to improve your immune system. It is advised to start loading up a month before the time you suffer the most but it can’t hurt to keep good levels in your diet now. Homemade lemonade anyone?
5. Avoid: Dairy and grains – they aggravate hayfever as they stimulate the production of mucus. Dairy milk alternatives include almond milk (unsweetened), coconut milk or soya.
If all of the above fail, get yourself to the nearest shop and stand under the air con – yes, I was in a bad way the other day and dashed into Topshop for some relief…Maybe retail therapy helps as well? I’ll research that one and get back to you…
To all you sufferers, I hope this is helpful and if you know any other good natural remedies, please comment below as these are simply my top 5.
We can survive this!
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