Summer Sneezes

The hayfever season is now in full flow and coupled with mid-exam season, this can be a challenging time for us and our children.  Histamine is released in the body in reaction to pollen and causes those uncomfortable symptoms such as sneezing, itchy eyes and throat.  I often advise patients to reduce foods that add to this histamine response.  Histamine is high in certain foods such as alcohol (which is why patients often complain of sneezing after drinking), fermented foods (kimchi and sauerkraut not always good for you!), cheese, processed meats, smoked fish, spinach, tomatoes and dairy yogurt.  I also recommend reducing histamine releasing foods including:

  • Alcohol
  • Bananas
  • Chocolate
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Milk
  • Papayas
  • Pineapple
  • Raspberries
  • Red plums
  • Shellfish
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes

Along with reducing histamine, boosting the immune system will also help.  Gentle plant based fibre in our Morning Elixir helps to nourish the gut to support beneficial bacteria (two thirds of our immune system is housed here) and it delivers over 100% of your RDA of Vitamin C essential to the immune system, along with plant protein, protein being the building blocks of antibodies.   Add it to your smoothie using immune boosting foods such as citrus fruit, parsley, broccoli, berries and pumpkin seeds.

A few additional lifestyle changes can also help:

  • Closing windows at night and early mornings when the pollen count is at it’s highest
  • Take a shower after outdoor activities
  • Natural balms such as HayMax can help block pollen from around the nose

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