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Hello Spring, Hello Hay Fever!

Hay Fever - Naturopathy BrisbaneSpring has arrived - the days are getting warmer and sunnier, lambs are gamboling, birds are singing and flowers are blooming.  Along with all these beautiful colours, sights and smells can come something not so joyful... Hay Fever!

Hay Fever is an allergic reaction to pollens, especially those that are windborne, and is a seasonal reaction occurring mainly in the Spring to Summer months. 

Symptoms of Hay Fever include sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose, itching nose and eyes, red and teary eyes.  These symptoms are cumulative and increase the more we have the allergic reaction.  During this reaction histamine is released, which stimulates more histamine to be released, starting a cascade effect and causing the symptoms to get worse.

What can I do to reduce these annoying Hay Fever symptoms?

By making some simple adjustments to your diet, you will be able to start to reduce the body's allergic response mechanism and begin to enjoy Spring more.

~  Increase consumption of Bioflavonoids
Bioflavonoids are found in brightly coloured fruits and vegetables and are full of natural anti-oxidants.  They help to inhibit the release of histamine by the body, in response to allergens, and boost the immune system.  Increase consumption of citrus fruits, berries, apples, grapes, green tea, capsicum and tomatoes.

~  Use ginger, garlic and horseradish in cooking
Ginger makes a great addition to stir-fries, teas and fresh fruit and vegetables juices.  It has a powerful anti-inflammatory action which can help to reduce Hay Fever.
Garlic and horseradish help to break down mucus or catarrh in the body and are known in herbal medicine as having an 'anti-catarrhal' action.  Garlic has anti-bacterial properties, which will assist if there is a low-grade sinus infection present.

~  Increase consumption of Essential Fatty Acids
While it is well known that fish oils help to improve inflammatory conditions and reduce heart disease - did you know that the anti-inflammatory effect helps to reduce allergic responses in the body by down regulating inflammatory pathways?
Try to eat oily fish, such as sardines, mackerel, tuna, herring, trout and salmon, a minimum of three times per week; increase consumption of walnuts and Brazil nuts and add flax or chia seeds to your cereal, as well as increasing your intake of dark green, leafy vegetables.

~  Herbal Teas
Try drinking at least 2 cups per day of fenugreek, elderflower or ginger teas to help reduce the symptoms of mild Hay Fever.

How can Naturopathy help?

Your Naturopath can work with you and provide a tailored treatment prescription, which may include nutritional supplements to improve your immune system and reduce the allergic response of Hay Fever, as well as providing anti-inflammatory support.  There are a number of herbs specific for the treatment of Hay Fever and your Naturopath can provide you with a custom herbal liquid blend to help reduce those annoying symptoms. 
Food intolerances and allergies are very often associated with Hay Fever, especially dairy sensitivity, so try keeping a food diary to see if you notice any changes to your symptoms in relation to what you have been eating.  There are blood tests available to test for food sensitivity and allergy markers and these can be arranged through your Naturopath, who will ascertain if any dietary modifications are needed and work with you to help implement any changes to your diet.

Thanks for reading!