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Feb 15, 2016 admin

HAYFEVER

Definition – a seasonal allergic reaction to airborne substances.

Symptoms :

  • Itchy nose, roof of mouth, back of throat, eyes
  • Runny nose (clear, watery discharge)
  • Stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes
  • Whites of eyes and eyelids red and swollen
  • Lining of nose swollen and bluish-red
  • Headache
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia

Causes:

  • Pollen
  • Grasses
  • Mould spores

Treatment:

Lifestyle Recommendations

  • Avoid allergens where possible
  • Eat more fruits (especially bananas – magnesium quells hay fever attacks), vegetables, grains and raw nuts and seeds
  • Eat horseradish regularly to help alleviate congestion and runny nose
  • Eat yoghurt (unless allergic to milk’s casein) or any soured products 3 x weekly
  • Avoid caffeine, chocolate, other dairy, packaged or canned foods, pies, soft drinks, sugar, tobacco, white flour products, junk food
  • Avoid alcohol – increases mucous production

 Supplement Recommendations

  • Bio-Rizin contains licorice extract, which improves energy levels and helps relieve allergy symptoms
  • Eucalyptus oil in a steam inhalation helps relieve congestion
  • Alcohol-free eyebright and lady’s mantle (yarrow) liquid extracts (20-30 drops daily used to make a tea or placed under the tongue for a few minutes) relieve symptoms
  • Turmeric reduces inflammation
  • Horehound, mullen leaf, stinging nettle and/or wild cherry bark help for severe allergic reactions
  • Bromelain (1 000 mg 3 x daily between meals) – reduces inflammation associated with hay fever
  • Quercetin (400 mg 2 x daily before meals) – stabilizes membranes of cells that release histamine, which triggers allergic symptoms
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