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What To Eat And Drink To Curb Your Hay Fever Woes

27.05.2015

Spring into Summer is a time of year that almost all of us look forward to. More sunshine and daylight is uplifting for both the mind and body - encouraging you to get out into the fresh air and make the most of your day. 

However, hay fever can often leave you feeling frustrated and down in the dumps as what was originally thought to be a gentle stroll through a field, turned into a what felt like a stinking cold and the sofa enticing you back inside - sounds like Winter!

 

So here we have 5 food and drink tips about how to curb your hay fever so that you don't have to spend a fortune at the chemist or your weekend watching tv!

 

1. Ensure you get your full dose of Vitamin C

Vitamin C acts as a natural antihistamine but it's something your body can't produce or store - this means that you require a steady drip feed of Vitamin C throughout the day in order to keep yourself nicely topped up: It will also support your nasal lining. You simply need to incorporate plenty of fresh fruit and veg throughout your meals and snacks each day. 

 

2. Stock up on anti-inflammatory foods

There's a huge list for you to pick and choose from which means this array of variation won't leave you feeling bored!

  • salmon, sardines, herring, pilchards
  • blueberries, blackberries, purple grapes, blackcurrants, figs, avocados, mangoes, apricots, peaches, nectarines, papaya, pears, pineapples, prunes, plums, raisins
  • carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, butternut squash

3. Cut down your caffeine intake

Caffeine triggers histamine release which can bring the skin up in a red, itchy rash and dilate your blood vessels until everything feels inflamed. Instead, perhaps opt for caffeine free fruit teas. Or you could simply have a mug of hot water with a slice of lemon and a sprig of fresh mint. This combination will unblock you and leave you feeling fresh and decongested. 

 

4. Be wary of dairy products

If you suffer from hay fever, you are more likely to struggle to digest dairy - leading to further mucus production. Perhaps investigate dairy alternatives that you could try throughout the heavy pollen season. 

 

5. Reduce sugar

Refined sugar wreaks havoc with your blood sugar level, sending into a surge followed by a quick plummet. This rollercoaster will also cause an andrenaline surge that activates histamine release, leaving you feeling bunged up and lethargic. Instead, opt for natural sugars in delicious fruit. 

Would you like to eat seasonaly?  Here are the seasonal foods to eat in May - here.

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