Hayfever – natural solutions to reducing your symptoms.
If you are reading this, you probably suffer with hayfever and, have taken anti-histamines. You may already know a lot about what can trigger your symptoms? but, there are many different reasons why you could have developed this condition in the first place.
Hayfever – natural solutions to reducing your symptoms by Evienutrition. DipION, mBANT, CNHC Registered Nutritonal Therapist.
Hayfever is caused by an exaggerated immune response where histamine is released in response to airborne pollen that gets stuck on our skin, into our airways and irritates our mucus membranes. This is why you may experience symptoms such as; sneezing, itchy, water eyes, runny nose, tickly throat and a cough as your body tries to expel these “foreign” proteins. This is a natural response although highly irritating and uncomfortable, however, did you know that the health of your gut may be a factor?
Typically, those who suffer Hayfever in the springtime are reacting to tree pollen, and in the summer months more likely to be a reaction to grass and weed pollens. During Autumn time reactions to weed pollen and fungal spores may be more common, although fungus can be present throughout the year.
I see lots of people with allergy-type symptoms, and I would say that in the majority of cases, they have experienced a history of “events” that disturb the gut microbiome, upsetting the balance of bacteria that live in our gut where 70% of our immune system resides!
These “events” even go back to the way you were delivered into the world, for example, C-section babies are not exposed to bacteria in the vaginal tract as such are born with less bacterial diversity in their gut. This can manifest later in life as a series of immune related issues such as; eczema, asthma, Hayfever, seasonal allergies and even autoimmunity as the immune system becomes more and more reactive. Futhermore, repeated antibiotic use disrupts the delicate balance of gut bacteria that we now understand have a huge part to play in regulating our immune system.
Food of course can exacerbate symptoms if you pick foods that are inflammatory or foods that increase mucus such as conventional dairy i.e. cow milk, cream, cheese.
As a Nutritional Therapist my job is to dig down to the root cause and remove triggers for these immune responses by looking at what you eat and your environment.
Leaky Gut syndrome is often a contributing factor, therefore restoring gut lining integrity and supporting a balanced gut microbiome can help reduce symptoms. Having Leaky gut syndrome results in increased histamine production within the gut, further worsening hayfever symptoms. This combined with a diet containing histamine-rich foods overloads your immune system and results in many of the symptoms you are familiar with.
“HEALTHY GUT – HEALTHY IMMUNE”
Here are my top tips to help you reduce symptoms and get to the root cause of your immune responses
- Keep a food/symptom diary to watch for triggers that make symptoms worse.
- Try avoiding conventional dairy for 3-4 days entirely and see if your symptoms improve (remove: butter, cream, ice-cream, chocolate, milk, cheese).
- Avoid alcohol (beer and wine especially, as they are fermented and aged which can trigger histamine release).
- Use local, unpasteurized honey from bees which feed from local clover and flowers to you. Farmers markets are usually a good bet!
- Try Haymax or Vaseline around nostrils to block pollen out.
- Keep a food/symptom diary for a few days and contact me
What can I do next?
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