Free Soul Guide to: Hayfever

Free Soul Guide to: Hayfever

Runny nose? Itchy eyes? Sneezing fits? It’s hayfever season and experts say there are plenty of things you can be doing to reduce the effects on your body - from the conventional to the holistic, these are a few of our fave hacks to get on top of your allergies this spring.

Hay fever can really ruin your day at times but, with a little planning you don’t have to let it win. According to Kleenex 1 in 3 of us in the UK are living with hayfever. It tends to impact us between the months of March to September (a long stint for us sufferers!). This is because of the 3 different types of pollen: tree pollen, followed by grass (the most common allergen) and then weed, which is the most intense of them all. All of these produce light, fine pollen which is carried from one plant to another by the wind. Unfortunately, we’re caught right in the middle of this.

Although your hay fever symptoms can feel uncontrollable at times we’ve found the best advice to tackle your allergies. Hang in there!

Dry your clothes inside
We all love the summer sun so we can dry our clothes outside however, this really isn’t sensible if you have hay fever as the pollen can stick to your clothes.

Rinse your hair regularly
Your hair is another place for pollen to latch onto and therefore cause your symptoms to worsen. You don’t actually need to use any shampoo, water will do just fine.

Never forget your sunnies
your sunglasses will be your saving grace when the pollen count is high.

Defend your nose
Apply vaseline around your nostrils to trap the pollen - this is your lifesaver when you’re out and about.

Eat a spicy meal
If your hay fever gives you a blocked nose, a spicy meal could be the answer you’re looking for. Other spices like turmeric, are natural anti-inflammatories and will help relieve your symptoms.

Experiment with a Low-Histamine Diet
If you're experiencing hay fever symptoms then it means your body has had a histamine response, so select your cooking ingredients carefully and stay away from food that naturally produces histamine. These are foods such as pickles, cured and smoked meat and fish, cheese and nuts. Instead, choose green vegetables, berries, beans and apples that are high in the nutrient quercetin, which studies have shown can suppress histamine production.
There is also evidence to suggest omega-3 from oily fish can help improve allergy resistance. The fat found in the omega-3 are anti-inflammatories, meaning they can help support a healthy, balanced immune system.

Avoid alcohol
It’s unfortunately packed with histamine. Istead try having an allergy-busting smoothie:
2 Bananas
2 scoops of Free Soul Vegan Vegan Protein
1 Oranges
4 Dates
Half an avocado
120ml of almond milk
Squeeze of lemon

This smoothie provides you with plenty of quercetin and is also high in Vitamin C, which will also support your immune system. There is research to suggest oranges, lemons etc. may decrease the severity of hay fever symptoms caused by pollen.

Control your stress levels
Hay fever will come along when your immune system is somewhat overwhelmed by excess allergens. This will be a whole lot worse if you’re living a stressful life.

Find the right antihistamine for you
Antihistamines are the most common hay fever treatment. You should use them when you experience symptoms or, if you know which type of pollen you’re allergic to, you can take them during your hay fever season to stop symptoms before they happen. But, be aware that antihistamines can make you drowsy, so it’s important to see a doctor and make sure you’re getting an effective medicine that won’t disrupt your day.

Nasal sprays 
If your main hay fever symptom is having a blocked nose using an effective nasal spray might be the answer for you. It’s important to choose the correct spray for you. A simple decongestant may be all you need, while more severe symptoms may require a prescription for a corticosteroid spray.

Eye drops
On the flip side, some hay fever sufferers may experience more problems with their eyes and so, eye drops may be the one for you. They contain antihistamines and can help with symptoms such as itching, redness and watering.

Take a test
If you’re finding that you really cannot find a solution to manage your hay fever symptoms then you can take a blood test which will reveal what’s responsible for setting off your symptoms. Hay fever really can take over during the summer months but these ways can help to tackle your hayfever symptoms this year.