Friday focus: Seasonal allergies and nutrition


This is a very timely blog as I have started suffering from my first seasonal allergy (hayfever) symptoms these past few weeks.




So I immersed myself in my study books to find out how nutrition can help alleviate these symptoms that can make people thoroughly miserable.
According to the NHS, it is estimated that there are more than 10 million people suffering from hayfever in England. Symptoms can include: blocked or runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, sore or tickly throat, etc.

Hayfever can be controlled by over-the-counter treatments such as antihistamin tablets or steroid nasal sprays.


However if you would like to try a more natural approach to controlling your symptoms, then please, read the following advice:




Foods to avoid:


          Dairy products (increase mucus production)


          Meat (inflammatory)


          Pasta, bread, noodles


          Caffeine and alcohol


          Tomatoes, oranges, red wine and chocolate (as they contain histamins)




Foods to eat:


          Alternatives to dairy products (such as soya milk, yogurt…)




          All vegetables (no tomatoes)


          All fruits (no oranges)


          Raw, unsalted seeds and nuts


          Garlic and onion


          Natural sweeteners (honey, pure maple syrup…)


          Beans, lentils and tofu


          Herbal teas




Here is a little round-up of a few recipes I posted in the past that might help you (make sure to replace all dairy products with dairy-free alternatives.)


Onion Soup:



Butternut Squash Soup:



Beetroot Salads from River Cottage Veg Every Day:



Mixed Salads (minus the tomatoes):



Almond Butter:



Blueberry Smoothie or Blueberry Muffins:




I hope the above information will help you over the next few weeks during which, we, hayfever sufferers will wage war against the dreaded pollen!

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