Natural Hayfever SolutionsPosted on: 23 May 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves
Ease the sneezes this summer with natural anti-allergy products.
As most of us eagerly await the warm summer months of basking in the sunshine and firing up the barbecue, a staggering 15 per cent of Britons struggle to cope with the misery of hay fever.
Blocked noses, constant tickly sneezing, watery itchy eyes, headaches, disturbed sleep, listlessness and depression - are all symptoms which can last for months.
Fortunately, there's help at hand with this advice for minimising hay fever misery:
- Keeping windows closed in the car and home to avoid exposure to pollens, especially on days when the pollen forecasts predict medium or high pollen levels.
- Limiting outdoor activities when pollen counts are highest - afternoon and early evening for summer grasses.
- Send out a fine spray on the hose sprinkler before you go in the garden to dampen down pollen in the air.
- Do not hang clothing outside to dry, instead, use a dryer or hang the clothes inside.
- Stay away from freshly mowed lawns.
- Keeping pets outside, because they can track pollen inside. If that is not possible, at least keep them out of rooms that you use most.
- Change your clothing after going outside and shower before bed to rinse off pollen.
According to Nutri Centre nutritionist Alex Shalet, a number of potent supplements and natural herbal remedies can prevent or alleviate seasonal allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever.
"Hay fever occurs when pollen particles are ingested and cause an allergic reaction," says Alex. "The pollens most likely to create problems are prevalent anytime from early spring to late autumn. However in the UK, around 95 per cent of hay fever sufferers are allergic to grass pollen, which is most potent during mid-summer. It is therefore essential to keeping an eye on the pollen count - symptoms usually begin when the pollen count exceeds 50 - and minimise exposure to pollen where practical, during these warmer months."
Histamine is a substance that contributes to allergy symptoms such as a runny nose, watery eyes, hives, and swelling of soft tissue including the face and lips.
Quercitin inhibits the production and release of histamine and other allergic/inflammatory substances and also works as an antioxidant by scavenging damaging particles in the body known as free radicals.
According to Alex, Quercitin is an abundant, naturally occurring flavonoid found in apples, onions, green leafy vegetables, beans and citrus fruits - so your diet should include plenty of these.
Quercitin-C by Cardiovascular Research Ltd is a powerful antioxidant formula with antihistamine properties. It contains a Quercitin - Catechin complex derived from blue green algae and vitamin C.
A traditional Chinese medical remedy for seasonal allergies is Reishi mushroom, renowned for its anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory properties that inhibit histamine release.
Planetary Formulas Reishi Mushroom Supreme contains a blend of Chinese herbs for supporting immune defences. The addition of adaptagen or immune boosting ingredients, such as Astragalus and the tonic Eleutherococcus senticosus, makes Reishi Mushroom Supreme an ancient treasure for modern health.
When the surface of the eyes is exposed to allergens such as pollen, dust mites, or even pet allergens, an allergic reaction can occur releasing histamines that causes characteristic red, itchy and watery eyes.
Sufferers can try a couple of drops of Potters Allerclear Eye Drops in each eye one or more times daily. Allerclear drops contain the herb Eyebright and are suitable for contact lens wearers, those with sensitive eyes and children.
For sufferers whose allergic symptoms include mild to moderate asthma, research has shown that Viridian Pycnogenol, a grape seed extract may provides natural relief from symptoms by improving pulmonary functions.
Three drops of Oralmat, three times a day taken sublingually - under the tongue - will bypass digestive acids to ensure that the therapeutic ingredients remain intact. Oralmat is a natural, herbal remedy that contains rye grass extract to help modulate the immune system and fight the allergens and irritants that trigger inflammatory and respiratory problems. Oralmat drops are rapidly absorbed into the mucous membranes of the mouth, giving fast relief from asthma, bronchitis, rhinitis, sinusitis and other inflammatory problems.
- Viridian Pycnogenol Pine Bark Extract - £20.75 for 30 veg capsules
- Quercetin-C by Cardiovascular Research - £11.95 for 90 capsules
- Oralmat Drops by The Rye Way - £24.99 for 10ml
- Planetary Formulas Reishi Mushroom Supreme - £14.29 for 50 tablets
- Potters Allerclear Eye Drops - £4.99 for 10 mls
You can shop online at www.nutricentre.com, or via the order line 0207 436 5122, where free nutritional advice is also available. Alternatively you can visit the Nutri Centre at the Hale Clinic, Park Crescent, London W1 and selected Tesco Extra stores across the UK - details of a store near you can be found at www.tesco.com/storelocator.
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