Get Ready For the Hay Fever Season

Posted by HealthAid 21/03/2018 0 Comment(s) Conditions,

WHAT CAUSES HAY FEVER AND ARE THERE ANY LIFESTYLE FACTORS THAT CAN CONTRIBUTE TO IT?

 

Get Ready For Hay Fever Season
 
In people who do not suffer from hay fever, when a pollen enters their bodies their immune system recognises that there is no reason to start immune reaction because pollen is not a pathogen and can’t cause any major problem in the body. However, since the nature of the immune system of those who suffer from seasonal allergies is somewhat changed, and oversensitive, as soon as pollen grains enter their organisms, their immune system strangely treats them as something that may threaten the body. As a result white blood cells initiate immune reaction, and inflammation by producing antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE) to attack the threat (pollen), at the same time stimulating release of histamine which is responsible for the hay fever symptoms.
 
It is not clear why immune system behaves in such a strange and abnormal way yet there are many reasons to believe that it is associated with various genetic, lifestyle, nutritional, and environmental factors.
 
 

WHAT IS THE REASON HAY FEVER CASES SEEM TO BE ON THE RISE?

 
Spring allergy such as hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, is a very common problem and have increased substantially over recent decades. There are more than 12.5 million people over 20 in Britain suffering from hay fever and the number is expected to rise to 13 million by the end of 2020. Scientists are not sure how to explain the rise, but climate change, new types of infections, and the introduction of new species of exotic plants into the country, are believed to contribute to the fact. Some experts believe that increasing hygiene standards and spending too much time in more sterile internal environments make immune systems less able to tolerate possible irritants such as pollen. Other factors include the faster pace of the urban lifestyle and growing number of people deficient in essential nutrients such as vitamin D, zinc or magnesium, that lead tohigher levels of stress and increases oversensitivity of the immune system, making people more susceptible to allergies.
 
 
 
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IS THERE ANYTHING YOU CAN DO TO PREPARE FOR THE HAY FEVER SEASON?
 
The following lifestyle and dietary factors have been found to be very effective in reducing oversensitivity of the immune system and helping maintain its normal function thus eliminating or alleviating hay fever symptoms:
 
  • Spend more time outside in nature walking or cycling and practicing deep breathing.
  • There are reasons to believe that taking locally collected bee pollen for at least three months (beginning in January or earlier) before hay fever season starts may help alleviate symptoms. Ingesting local bee pollen long before allergy season starts may trick the immune system making it used to pollen and less sensitive thus preventing or reducing reactions to pollen from local plants. Unfortunately, there have been cases of severe allergic reactions to bee pollen too. For this reason if you decide to try this natural remedy start from few grains and if there is no allergic reaction increase slowly until you take 1 full teaspoon 3 times a day before meals. All adults who are allergic to bee products as well as children below 2 should not take it. It is very important to use only good quality pure bee pollen which was locally collected as bee pollen sourced from another environment may not be effective.
 
Bee pollen and its phenolic extract demonstrate anti-allergic effects >
 
  • Before season starts try going on healthier diet and lifestyle to eliminate any inflammations as they increase oversensitivity of the immune system and risk of hay fever. At the same time try avoid or at least significantly reduce consumption of products containing refined sugar, chocolate, gluten, high-fructose/glucose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners (you can use xylitol, erythritol, and stevia leaf), dairy products (especially cheese and pizza), margarines and refined oils (high in pro-inflammatory omega 6 fatty acids), and stimulants (including caffeine).
 
 

HOW CAN I MINIMISE SYMPTOMS DURING THE SEASON?

 
You can minimise the symptoms by implementing principles from the previous sections and add the following for better results:
 
 
 

WHAT LIFESTYLE FACTORS MAKE SYMPTOMS WORSE?

 
The following lifestyle factors may exacerbate the hay fever symptoms: Indoor life and lack of sufficient contact with nature, being overexposed to pollution, smoking or being exposed to cigarette smoke, toxic overload, sedentary lifestyle, shallow breathing leading to hypoxia (low levels of oxygen in the body), psychological stress, pessimism, fear, nervousness, low mood, and irritability, dehydration.
 
 

ARE THERE ANY NUTRITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS THAT HELP CONTROL HAY FEVER SYMPTOMS?

 
Any products that may impose negative influence on nervous and immune system or trigger allergic reaction should be completely eliminated from diet or at least avoided during and before hay fever season starts. That includes gluten, dairy products, foods containing refined sugar, stimulants (any alcohol, caffeine, etc.), chocolate, cheese, pizza, processed foods, spirit vinegar, or spicy foods.
 
  • Avoid trans-fats (margarines, etc.) and pro-inflammatory omega 6 fatty acids (most plant oils). Use only raw organic coconut oil (can be used also for cooking) and cold-pressed flax oil (for salad dressing, not for cooking).
 

 

WHAT HERBAL & NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS CAN BE USED BEFORE & DURING THE SEASON TO HELP ME COPE WITH HAY FEVER?

 
 
 
Written by Slawomir Gromadzki, MPH
 
 
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