And so it starts, along with this glorious weather for some of us comes the misery of hay fever, an allergic reaction to pollen in the air. At this time of the year it tends to be tree pollen that's the culprit, if your symptoms don't start until June then grass is the problem for you.
From a naturopathic point of view, hay fever is associated with weak adrenal, immune and digestive functions. Plus there is a lot of research linking hay fever to high stress levels and a lack of exercise. You may also find that you have food sensitivities as well and find it beneficial to eliminate certain foods from your diet these include, alcohol, caffeine, dairy products, bananas, citrus fruits, chocolate, peanuts, red meat, sugar and wheat.It is important to eat lots of foods that contain bioflavonoids these include red bell peppers, strawberries, tropical fruits such as papaya and mango, spinach and garlic bioflavonoids are natural antihistamines and strongly anti-allergenic.
Taking Bromelain and Vitamin C supplements can also enhance anti-histamine action. At Total Wellness we recommend Quercetin complex from Solgar as this contains a combination of bioflavonoids and quercetin, a natural anti-histamine. Quercetin is found in onions but eating them raw is best so not always practical. A herbal remedy that we have found to be of benefit is the A.Vogel Luffa complex or Polinosan, another natural anti-histamine without drowsy side effects.
We would also recommend taking 30mg of zinc picolinate as it is the zinc in our mast cells that switches off the histamine release when it is too high. Therefore if we are lacking in zinc our symptoms are worse. Lamberts do 'Zincatest' which is zinc in a solution that enables you to check the levels for yourself.
As with most natural remedies it is best to start taking them at least 2-3 months before your symptoms start, so for those of you with grass pollen hay fever it is really important that you start taking something now. There are many over the counter remedies to choose from as well and it can be an absolute minefield trying to work out which one will suit an individual. There is not just one type of antihistamine. The main difference seems to be how often you need to take it and also whether it has other drugs included. For example if you have a stuffy nose you may want to take one with pseudoephedrine added, although this can make you feel as though you have just drunk 3 espressos and most will stop you sneezing but at the same time you are left with a very dry mouth, so it is always best to make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day.
In reality, as with all allergies it is the underlying cause that really needs to be addressed and worked with to gain a long term solution which is something Kim does in clinic. The sneezing, itchy throat and eyes etc. are the outward signs and symptoms of a body that is just not functioning as it should, small changes in diet and lifestyle can have good results.
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And so it starts, along with this glorious weather for some of us comes the misery of hay fever