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Beat Hay Fever Naturally With A 3 Point Plan

May 23, 2008
While most of us enjoy the warmer weather of spring and summer it can bring misery for millions of hay fever sufferers. Hay fever or allergic rhinitis is caused by the pollen of specific seasonal plants, airborne chemicals and dust particles. Constant sneezing, red, watery and itchy eyes, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat and wheezing are the symptoms of hay fever that ruin their summers.

Hay fever, once thought to be caused by hay or dried grass, is one of the most common allergies and is caused by an abnormal reaction to pollens of trees and grasses although house dust mite and animal fur can also trigger it. This abnormal reaction of the immune system causes the release of histamine which results in swelling and inflammation in the tissues and the distressing symptoms.

The current mainstream approach suppresses the symptoms with antihistamines, steroids and decongestants. Drugs all carry the risk of side effects and others seek out more natural treatments and use many of the herbal and homeopathic remedies available.

The best way to cure your hay fever is to reduce the total load of pollutants which affect your immune system through avoidance and detoxification, eat an anti-allergy diet and support your body with anti-allergy supplements.

1.Reduce your total load.

A healthy body should be able to cope with pollen, dust and other potential allergens. But the immune system can malfunction if your body is overloaded with toxins. Although your body is constantly detoxifying the chemicals you are bombarded with on a daily basis researchers have found that we all carry toxic chemicals that have overwhelmed our detox capacity.

A good detox program that includes supplements that support liver detox can help reduce these chemicals. A number of cleanses are usually needed to see real improvement but you may notice a lessening of symptoms with several good cleanses.

Colon cleansing with herbs and fiber can help prevent toxins being absorbed from the bowel. Many people with candida yeast overgrowth have found that their hay fever is significantly improved once it is treated.

Avoid chemicals in your home including household cleaning products, paints, solvents, glue, scents, scented cosmetics and cigarette smoke.

Keep all flowers outside, keep windows closed, ban pets from the bedroom, keep house dust free and use vacuum cleaner with a filter.

Consider covering mattress and pillows with dust mite proof fabric.

2.Anti-Allergy Diet

a) Avoid gluten grains ( wheat, rye, barley and oats) and yeast.
b) Avoid dairy products and fatty meat as these will make the inflammatory reaction worse.
c) Fight inflammation with plenty of Omega 3 fats from oily fish, pumpkin seeds, linseeds and walnuts.
d) Increase your intake of fruit and vegetables, and eat more raw to maximize their nutrient content.
e) Avoid any foods you know you are sensitive too
f) Drink plenty of water to help flush out your system.
g) Avoid alcohol, which interferes with digestion and makes allergies more likely and strains the liver to slow down the removal of waste and toxins.
h) Avoid foods and drinks that contain artificial additives

3.Anti-Allergy Supplement Program

Take the following daily to reduce the severity of reactions.

A good multivitamin/mineral that contains approx 15 mg zinc
1-3grams of Vitamin C:
Vitamin B5 -500mg

Improving your general health with regular detox, enough rest and good sleep, exercise, a healthy diet and ensuring your body has all the right nutrients can in time cure your hayfever.
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Sandy Halliday is a nutritionist and health researcher who is passionate about detox and nutritional therapy for the prevention of disease and aging and the improvement of many health conditions.
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