How to deal with hayfever naturally

Good morning everyone,

It's looking like it's going to be a warm and cloudy day today-make sure you enjoy it, because it looks like we'll be getting rained on every day for the next few days. So, it's finally warm enough to do stuff outside and now it starts to rain...sigh...

If the summertime for you means continual sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, a runny nose and endless misery, you might want to try boosting your diet with these 7 hayfever fighting foods…

1. Local honey

By introducing a small amount of allergen into your body, you're activating your immune system and over time you can build up a natural immunity against it. Make sure you always choose raw, unprocessed honey produced by local bees.

2. Garlic

<p><strong>Why should I eat it?</strong> Hormones have a lot to answer for – not least a switch in mood – but when they're balanced, the body is calm and working at its best. Garlic does just that and it really shows in hair and skin, helping it look plumper, clearer and feel much firmer, too.</p><p><strong>The science bit:</strong> As well as balancing hormones, which in turn calms out-of-whack skin, garlic is helps strengthen fibroblasts – the cells that maintain your skin's structure. These fibroblasts live longer and reproduce more healthily, which means much better quality of skin as it gains a plumped-up feel.</p><p><strong>Serve it up:</strong> It's easy to add garlic to food in almost any dish, but what's trickier is ditching bad breath when you've munched the pungent food. Chase it with a glass of milk and chew on some sprigs of mint, and then you can eat all the garlic you'd like without scaring RPattz off.</p>

These little bulbs are bursting with anti-viral and antibiotic properties, and can help boost your body's immune system, while also acting as a natural decongestant. In addition, garlic has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is a good source of quercetin, a natural antihistamine.

Garlic is most effective when crushed, left to sit for 15 minutes to release the active ingredients, and then eaten raw. If the idea of raw garlic sounds terrifying, add to a salad dressing or make a pesto, and it's absolutely delicious.

3. Pineapple

A rich source of bromelain, an enzyme that has strong anti-inflammatory properties, which may help to break down mucus and ease the nasal congestion associated with hayfever.

Make sure you eat the core of the pineapple (so not pineapple rings, sorry), as this contains the highest amount of bromelain.

4. Mackerel

<p>Serves 4</p><p><strong>Ingredients</strong> <br /><em>For the sauce</em><br />Large handful of parsley leaves<br />Handful of mint leaves<br />2 tbsp capers, rinsed<br />1 tbsp Dijon mustard<br />6 anchovies<br />200ml extra virgin olive oil</p><p><em>For the butterflied mackerel</em><br />4 large mackerel fillets, gutted<br />4 tbsp olive oil<br />Salt and pepper</p><p><em>For the couscous</em><br />400g couscous<br />Seeds from one pomegranate<br />2 tbsp olive oil<br />2 tbsp lime juice<br />500ml boiling chicken or vegetable stock<br />4 tbsp pistachio nuts (shelled), toasted<br />2 tbsp chopped coriander</p><p><strong>Method</strong><br />1. First make the sauce. Place everything but the olive oil in a food processor and whiz for 3-4 minutes until the herbs are finely chopped. Then add the olive oil to mix. Set aside until needed or place in a jar in the fridge. If storing for more than a few hours cover your sauce with a good layer (about half a centimetre) of olive oil. It will keep in the fridge for about a month.<br />2. Place the couscous and pomegranate seeds in a bowl and mix in the olive oil and lime juice. Pour in boiling stock or water and season. Allow to sit in a warm place for 5-10 minutes until the liquid is absorbed. To serve, stir in the toasted pistachios and chopped herbs and season to taste.<br />3. Meanwhile, place a cast iron griddle pan on a high heat - if you don't have a griddle pan you can use a frying pan. Brush with oil (or put 2 tbsp oil in the frying pan) and allow it to get quite hot.<br />4. Season the skin side of the mackerel with salt and pepper and place on the griddle skin side down. Season the other side and cook for 2 - 4 minutes until the skin is golden and crisp, turn over and cook for a further 1 - 2 minutes.<br />5. Put on plates and serve immediately, drizzled with the parsley, mint and anchovy sauce and the lime and pomegranate couscous.</p><p> </p><p><a title="" href="COMFORT%20FOOD%20RECIPES%20UNDER%20300%20CALS" target="_blank">COMFORT FOOD RECIPES UNDER 300 CALS</a></p><p><a title="EASY FOOD SWAPS FOR A HEALTHY DIET" href="" target="_blank">EASY FOOD SWAPS FOR A HEALTHIER DIET</a></p><p><a title="GOOD FOR YOU PUDDING RECIPES" href="" target="_blank">GOOD FOR YOU PUDDING RECIPES</a></p><p> </p>
Omega 3 fats possess anti-inflammatory properties, which are known to help reduce the risk of allergies occurring. For veggies and vegans, flaxseeds and chia seeds are the best source of these essential fats. Alternatively, for non-fish eaters, an omega-3 supplement may be recommended.

5. Lemons

Full of vitamin C and bioflavonoids, which in combination act as a natural antihistamine and natural decongestant, and possess strong anti-allergy properties.

Drink freshly squeezed lemon water (with a squeeze of local honey) throughout the day to give your immune system some much needed support both in the lead up to, and during, the hayfever season.

6. Onions

A staple ingredient in every kitchen cupboard, the humble onion, often overlooked nutritionally in favour of more trendy/ glamorous superfoods, is in fact packed with powerful health properties.

In particular, onions are a rich source of quercetin, an antioxidant and natural anti-inflammatory thought to help fight the symptoms of hayfever. Quercetin can also be found in apples, kale, grapes, berries and parsley.

7. Turmeric

<p><strong>Why should I eat it?</strong> This soothes out inflammation, which can contribute to ageing pores, so eat it to keep swelling down or when skin needs a quick de-puff.</p><p><strong>The science bit:</strong> The key contender is curcumin, its main ingredient, which gives the spice its orange-gold colour and calms skin-swelling down. Great for repairing cell destruction and even healing scars, it also interacts with collagen to increase its viscosity.</p><p><strong>Serve it up:</strong> We all have this spice sitting in the cupboard, so perk your dishes up; sprinkle it into a chicken soup or stir-fry with vegetables. You can even make an easy salad dressing with a host of other treats; we love it with oil and lemon juice to amp up a healthy lunch.</p>
Put an extra teaspoon into your curry, because this bright yellow spice possesses a wealth of therapeutic properties. The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has been shown to prevent the release of histamine in the body (which causes hayfever symptoms).

It also has anti-inflammatory effects, and may help to ease inflamed airways associated with hayfever.

So, if you've got allergies and you don't like taking medicine-like me, you might want to make some seafood curry with lots of onion, garlic and...pineapple and wash it down with some freshly squeezed lemon juice sweetened with honey.

Have a great day!

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