Are you one of the millions of Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies or what is also referred to as Hay Fever? If you don’t suffer from this I am sure you know somebody who is feeling miserable because of seasonal allergies. Those who suffer are the people walking around with stuffed up heads, red eyes, runny noses and in a fog wishing they could skip to the next season.
Seasonal allergies occur when your immune system treats what would normally be a harmless substance as something dangerous and releases chemicals into the blood stream to fight it. Common triggers vary depending on the season. Common triggers are grass and tree pollen. More common symptoms include sneezing, stuffy and runny nose, watery and itchy red eyes, ear congestion and postnasal drainage. Less common symptoms include headache, shortness of breath and coughing.
Here are five tips that might help you get some relief from the dreaded seasonal allergies:
- You are probably laughing at me when I say avoid them because you have a life to live and can’t just put it on hold for seasonal allergies. What I mean is while hay fever is more active in your area try to stay indoors more, keep your windows closed and use air conditioning.
- Eliminate mucus forming foods such as dairy, sugar, wheat, alcohol and caffeine.
- Avoid inflammatory foods such as sugar, vegetable oils, fried foods, refined flours and dairy.
- Eat foods rich in calcium, magnesium, methionine and flavonoids such as nuts, seeds, onions, cabbage, blackberries, and apples. Increase your Vitamin C intake, which is a natural anti-histamine.
- Stay hydrated. You are most likely losing a lot of fluid while you are suffering from hay fever for all of the nose blowing, sneezing and watery eyes make sure you are drinking plenty of water.
Here are five things to add into your diet that might help alleviate your seasonal allergies:
- Raw local honey
- Bone broth
- Apple cider vinegar
- Probiotic rich foods and/or probiotics
- Omega-3 fatty acids
I also recommend figuring out what is the underlying cause to your seasonal allergies. Your risk of suffering from hay fever increases if you are have a weakened immune system, increased stress, a recent trauma or illness, food allergies, leaky gut, etc. A great place to start is by improving your nutrition, removing sugar and processed foods from your diet and make sure your digestion is working properly. As always if you’re interested in diving deeper into your health and nutrition please contact me for a one-on-one consultation.