SINUS/HAYFEVER

July 28, 2019

 

 

 

 

Over three million Australians  suffer  from allergic   rhinitis,   or hay fever  as it's  most commonly known.  So with spring  now  upon us,  many  of us will have  felt our  noses starting   to twitch  and  our  eyes  Itch.

 

Karina Francois, a leading naturopath  and author of Clean Fond, Clear Thinking.  says that whilst  many  are quick to reach for antihistamine  medicines, there are a number of foods they should also be trialing that act as natural remedies  for building up the Immune system  and/or alleviating  symptoms. There are also some allergy-aggravating foods of which  they should be steering  clear!

 

The  top natural remedies for hay fever include

 

•Vitamin  C and bioflavonoids:    This is an effective, natural  antihistamine that supports

immune function and inflammation.   Great sources of vitamin C and bioflavonoids include kiwi fruit, citrus fruits,  strawberries,   red capsicum and broccoli.

 

•Probiotics:  Probiotics contain beneficial bacteria and taking them helps to boost our immunity by restoring a balanced response to pollen. With a proper balance of good bacteria in our gut, we are less susceptible to develop allergies. Consuming pickled vegetables, sauerkraut  and miso is the best way to increase levels of good gut flora.

 

• Bromelain: Bromelain has a strong anti-inflammatory effect, decreasing  inflammation of the mucous membranes and any congestion caused by hay fever symptoms. Bromelain enzymes are usually found in pineapples.

 

•Vitamin A: Vitamin A helps to promote immune function and reduce inflammation.

 

Increase your vitamin A intake by eating carrots, pumpkins and leafy greens.

 

•Curcumin: Curcumin is found in turmeric. Curcum.in is a powerful antioxidant and anti• inflammatory  that inhibits the release of histamine. The recommended dose is two teaspoons daily (preferably take an organic variety).

 

•Garlic:  Garlic is a potent  antibiotic and natural antihistamine,  and luckily it's easy to use in cooking!

 

•Horseradish:  Horseradish acts as a natural decongestant. Use in cooking.

 

•Ginger: Ginger is a powerful  anti-inflammatory, and helps to reduce the swelling  in the nose. Use in cooking or add to  juices.

 

•Quericitin: This powerful  antioxidant, anti-inflammatory    and antihistamine is found in onions,  apples, kale, berries,  parsley and garlic.

 

•Herbal   teas: Licorice  tea soothes the swollen   and jnflammed mucous membranes when you have hayfever, and nettle tea helps to reduce inflammation.

 

Foods to avoid

• Cow's milk: Products containing cow's milk thicken mucous in your body. Allergens become trapped in thick mucus and this becomes a predisposition  for hayfever. Eliminating    or  reducing your dairy intake will lessen the amount of mucous produced.

 

• Histamine promoting foods : Foods such as processed  meats, smoked products, cheese,

 

Dried fruits, foods containing vinegar,  mushrooms, chocolate,  oranges, coffee, eggplants.

 

Alcohol and beer all tend to promote histamine release, which is what causes sneezing, wheezing and itchiness  in your nose and eyes. Avoiding these foods can help to reduce theamount of histamine  in your body.

 

Raw fruits and vegetables : unfortunately sometimes your body can mistake the proteins in raw fruit and vegetables for pollen that triggers an allergic reaction, resulting in an itchy throat, mouth and lips,. Its best to eat cooked vegetables and fruits over the allergy season, as this helps break down the proteins that trigger these reactions

 

 

See your local naturopath for herbal tonic formulas that work  0397075745

 

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