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The Met Office have cheered us up with the rather cryptic announcement that “hot weather is twice as likely as a below-par summer this year”. This is fantastic news for sun lovers, but combined with the mild winter and warm spring, there has been an earlier than usual start to the hay fever season, and 2014 looks set to be one of the worst seasons on record.
The charity Allergy UK states that a third of the population are now hay fever sufferers, 60% of whom say their current medication only makes their condition ‘bearable’, with very few people reporting that their prescribed medication is fully effective.
The number of hay fever sufferers is increasing year on year, and this trend is broadly attributed to increases in air pollution and a lack of micro-nutrients in the diet.
Here are some top tips from Nutritional Benefits on the best foods to look out for this summer:
Here’s a recipe for a refreshing, delicious juice, to help manage your hay fever symptoms. This recipe is adapted from “Juices: Nature’s Cure-all for Health and Vitality”, by Jan Castorina and Dimitra Stais
Notes on recipe
Chopped onion and honey is an age-old remedy to help break up and expel mucous. Onions contain quercetin, which is anti-inflammatory. Bromelain, the enzyme in pineapple, helps inhibit histamines, thereby reducing the allergy response. Chilli helps desensitize airways to irritants.
If you would like more help to get through the hay fever season by making changes to your diet, do get in touch.
Laura de la Harpe is a qualified, professional nutritional therapist, and one of only a limited number of qualified Metabolic Balance® coaches in the UK. Through the application of nutrition science, and an understanding of how the body works, Laura supports her clients through a nutritional change programme that brings improved health, weight loss and relief from a range of symptoms. Change your life… one mouthful at a time.
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