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Hayfever – Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis

July 7, 2014


For millions of people the summer now brings sneezing, coughing and itching.

Hayfever, or seasonal allergic rhinitis, is a common immune reaction to pollen that is triggered by Immunoglobulin E (IgE) – a type of antibody that is present in minute amounts in the body but plays a major role in allergic diseases. IgE binds to allergens (ie pollen) and triggers the release of inflammatory substances such as histamine from mast cells. This creates the difficult symptoms that people experience as hayfever.

Obviously there are many antihistamine medications that can be purchased from a pharmacy or chemist, but it is much less commonly known that you can reduce your overall histamine load by avoiding the following:

Fermented and cured foods
Food additives
Ready meals
Refrigerated leftovers

You can also assist the liver to flush out histamines by considering:

Regular exercise
Sufficient water intake (ie 6 – 8 glasses per day)
Supplements such as CoQ10, Omega 3 Oils, Vitamin C and Quercetin
Good quality sleep
Acupuncture and massage

Many people also suggest that a spoonful of local honey taken daily creates an effective remedy because bees collect a non-irritating form of pollen that reduces sensitivity to pollen in general.


Spencer Joseph


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