When it comes to allergies, the summer months are often the time when we suffer the most. This can be due to an increase in exposure to pollen, insects, and heat which can aggravate the immune system and result in a wide variety of symptoms. Common summer allergy symptoms can include rashes, inflammation, bloating, digestive complaints, including diarrhoea and acid reflux, sneezing, coughing, headaches, fatigue, anxiety, insomnia and many more.
Reduce Histamine Production
There are many natural ways to relieve allergies and to reduce histamine production, which is responsible for the majority of allergic reactions. A general alkaline diet is naturally anti-inflammatory, promoting healing and general wellbeing. There are lots of foods that have a natural anti-histamine affect, such as oily fish which is rich in Omega 3. I would also recommend a diet rich in nutrients including Quercetin, which inhibits the production of histamine. Opt for foods such as berries, parsley, onions and peppers.
Hay fever is perhaps the most common summer allergy and can be extremely distressing, especially for children. Some people recommend consuming local honey, to build up a resistance to your local pollen which can help relieve hay fever symptoms. You can also look at including garlic, quercetin, apple cider vinegar, omega 3, and biotin in your diet or take as supplements, but these aren’t quick fixes, so plan in advance and start taking them early to boost a natural anti-histamine response. Thankfully there are some great natural hay fever remedies to take whilst having an attack, such as New Era H. These ‘FastMelt’ mineral cell salts contain Biotin, which helps ensure good health in your sinus and nasal membranes. They dissolve under the tongue instantly and get to work faster than other hay fever remedies thanks to their rapid absorption into the bloodstream. You can also opt for pollen barrier balms and also klarify me allergen blockers as well as nasal irrigation.
This is an eye inflammation caused by an allergic reaction to pollen or even mould spores. Foods rich in biotin such as offal, egg yolks, fish, green vegetables and avocados could help to combat this allergy and garlic is known to help reduce histamine production whilst at the same time soothing symptoms.
If you are travelling overseas and worried about bites, I would strongly advise a Multi-B vitamin supplement. Vitamin B5 and B6 help to calm down the adrenal response to bites and stings. Some people find that Brewer’s Yeast supplements act as a deterrent to flies and insects.
Aloe Vera is one of my absolute summer must-haves, and a saviour for your skin, keeping it cool and acting as an anti-inflammatory. It is also really hydrating, so as well as applying topically, add a liquid version to your hydrating fruit and vegetable juice, helping to keep your body cool. Other cooling and hydrating foods are cucumbers, melon, green leafy vegetables, fruit, coconut water and herbal teas.
There are many options available for common allergies but also remember it can be an indication your immune system or gut health can need supporting. We can also look at allergy testing and food intolerance testing, helping to identify common causes. To book a consultation, contact me on my FB page or visit my website www.sarahflower.co.uk
By Nutritionist Sarah Flower– www.sarahflower.co.uk