YOUR HEALTH - Hay Fever
Posted on May 07 2020
Spring is a wonderful time of year when plants, trees and flowers burst into life, but if you're one of the millions of people who suffer from hay fever, it can be a time of discomfort that can seriously affect daily wellbeing and quality of life.
Hay fever (AKA allergic rhinitis) is caused by sensitivity to the pollen released by plants and trees. The immune system is excessively sensitive to these particles, and when exposed to the irritant the immune system triggers the release of histamine which produces an inflammatory reaction. This causes a host of symptoms, but most commonly sneezing; sore runny nose; itchy, watery eyes and sore, irritated throat.
The body needs water to create tears and mucus to help wash away the irritants, so it’s a good idea to stay well hydrated throughout the day. Also, include a little natural salt with the water as this can help to hydrate the body. Use natural salt, not table salt as this has been depleted of important trace minerals.
NATURAL NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT
Vitamin C is an important antioxidant vitamin and a key player in maintaining a healthy immune system that can be useful in helping the body to naturally control allergic reactions. Vitamin C 1000mg timed release supplies a steady release of vitamin C throughout the day.
Bioflavonoids also help to reduce histamine release, and Vitamin C Citrus Bioflavonoids combines natural nutritional compounds in a unique base containing 50mg each of lemon, orange, and grapefruit bioflavonoids, hesperidin complex, rutin and rose hips extract.
Turmeric contains curcumin, a phytochemical with powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Studies show that turmeric helps to limit the release of histamine from mast cells, helping to alleviate allergic reaction. Lily & Loaf’s Turmeric Root & Extract is a blend of turmeric and turmeric root extract which provides 95% curcuminoids - the highest concentration available - along with Black Pepper (piperine) which greatly enhances the absorption of curcumin.
Fenugreek & Fennel is the Key System Product for the respiratory system and is one of Nature’s Sunshine’s long-standing herbal combinations. Healthy lung function helps protect the body from seasonal airborne substances, and Nature’s Sunshine developed this formula with that in mind. Each capsule contains a blend of boneset aerial parts, fennel seed, fenugreek seed, horseradish root, mullein leaf. Mullein has a high mucilage content and the mild saponins in mullein make it a soothing support for the respiratory system.
NATURAL ESSENTIAL OILS
When it comes to hay fever, Chamomile is the essential oil of choice. Its natural anti-inflammatory, anti-allergen affects can help to sooth nasal passages and airway and relieve symptoms. Its sweet, fruity aroma offers a relaxing, calming effect on mind, body and spirit. Diffuse to create a soothing atmosphere, dilute and massage feet and wrists, or add a few drops to a warm bath before bedtime. Add 3 drops to 10ml of carrier oil and put the blend into a rollerball bottle. Apply to wrists throughout the day.
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