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Laura's Blog: It's hay fever season!

Did you know that food can help you manage your hay fever?

Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, is a common allergic reaction that affects many people during allergy season. Symptoms can be uncomfortable and interfere with daily activities. However, there are ways to support your immune system, nutrition, and histamine clearance to reduce the severity of hay fever.

The immune system plays a crucial role in hay fever, as it is responsible for the allergic reaction that causes the symptoms. Supporting the immunity can help reduce the severity and duration of hay fever symptoms, improve quality of life, avoid complications, and improve sleep quality.

Nutrition is closely linked to the immune system, and certain nutrients can help support it:

  • Berries are very high in antioxidants and can give your immune system a boost.

  • Omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish, nuts and seeds can help reduce inflammation that is linked to hay fever.

  • Vitamin C found in citrus fruits, strawberries, and bell peppers is essential for immune system. It is well documented that higher doses of Vitamin C can be helpful in managing hay fever.

  • Vitamin D, found in fatty fish and fortified foods, plays a role in immune function and may be useful in managing symptoms.

Histamine is a chemical released by the immune system during an allergic reaction and often contributes to hay fever symptoms. Supporting histamine clearance can help reduce the severity of symptoms.

  • Quercetin found in apples, berries, onions, and green tea is a natural antihistamine that can help reduce histamine release into the body and improve histamine clearance.

  • Vitamin B6 found in bananas, potatoes, and chicken is involved in the metabolism of histamine, and a deficiency can lead to increased histamine levels.

  • DAO (diamine oxidase) is an enzyme that breaks down histamine in the gut. Foods rich in DAO include kidney beans, lentils, and spinach.

In conclusion, by supporting your immune system, adjusting your nutrition and supporting histamine clearance, you can reduce the severity of hay fever symptoms. It's important to speak with a healthcare professional before making any significant changes to your diet or supplement regimen, especially if you have a medical condition or are taking medications.

By taking a proactive approach, you can enjoy outdoor activities without discomfort and improve your quality of life during allergy season.

For further advice, please get in touch.


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