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This Spring, Allergy Awareness Week has a focus on hay fever – a condition which affects millions in the UK, making spring and summer an uncomfortable time for many, and can cause serious health conditions for some.

Hay fever, amongst other allergies can make for dismal days; itchy and watery eyes along with breathing irritation or nasal discomfort are the most common problems we are asked about in store. Thankfully there are plenty of natural options to choose from to help support your health and wellbeing through hay fever season.

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen.

The body’s immune system reacts by releasing huge amounts of histamine, causing inflammation. Natural products and ingredients with anti-inflammatory and or anti-histamine properties are key, and there are a number of supplements that will help support your overall immune system.

What natural options are there?

Hay fever can occur in all seasons, and our team are on hand to offer advice in store and online. In this article, registered Nutritional Therapist Alison Crowther talks us through the most popular products that our customers use to keep their hay fever symptoms in check.

Supporting the Immune System

Immune support is good for all areas of health, and you can ensure you look after yours with these top tips from Alison. 

Take a good quality probiotic, and ensure your Vitamin D levels are at ‘optimum level’. Vitamin C, echinacea, elderberry and zinc also support the immune system and are all available as supplements.

Not sure what your Vitamin D levels are?

We can get Vitamin D from sunshine but most of us don’t get enough in the UK. You can ask your GP for a Vitamin D test, or you can buy a simple test kit here in store to do yourself at home. Click on the sunshine for more details on the test available here.

What else can we do?

Here are some practical tips to minimise exposure to pollen:

  • Use a barrier balm under your nostrils to prevent pollen going in (remember to reapply it when you blow your nose!).
  • Avoid being out in the peak pollen times (check the MET office website for pollen count forecast).
  • Have a shower or change your clothes when you come in, to remove pollen.
  • Use sunglasses to completely cover your eyes (wrap around ones are a good option)
  • Don’t dry your washing outside
  • Don’t keep fresh flowers in the house
  • Keep windows and doors closed (draw curtains if need to keep the house cool)
  • Improve air quality in the home by using a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner on flooring and furniture, using a dehumidifier and a HEPA air purifier
  • Minimise synthetic clothes on your skin as they create an electrical charge which can make the pollen stick to your skin
  • Wash clothes at a hot temperature

What can I eat (or avoid) to help?

If you would like to find out more about the products and ingredients mentioned in this article, you can visit our Hay Fever & Allergy Support page on our website.

FREE Health Advice, with Nutritional Therapist Alison

Alison offers FREE Health Check-ins by phone which are available through the week. Book now to talk hay fever, allergies or any other area of health and wellbeing. Click on the green image to book your FREE 15 minute health chat.