Simple Tips to Minimise your Allergies this Summer

Simple Tips to Minimise your Allergies this Summer


Simple Tips to Minimise your Allergies this Summer

If you suffer from allergies yourself or know someone who does, you’ll already be well aware that allergies can put a real damper on day-to-day life! And when it comes to hay fever, this seasonal allergy sends our immune systems into defence mode and our bodies respond with an array of reactions that result in the all too familiar bunged up, swollen and sometimes feeling completely miserable- that’s a lot to deal with when the sun is out! So it’s no wonder that people are in search of natural alternatives to help those hay fever symptoms buzz off. Here are a few simple tips that may help minimise your seasonal suffering this summer!

Keep pollen particles outdoors

Hay fever symptoms are triggered by pollen, a very fine powder that is released from plants as part of their natural reproductive cycle. When pollen is inhaled, the immune system responds to pollen as if it were a threat (similar to a virus or pathogenic bacteria) and mounts a rapid response triggering the release of histamine which is the root cause of hay fever symptoms. Since pollen is the trigger, try to do all that you can to avoid pollen particles from entering your home (and workplace). By keeping your doors and windows closed as much as possible and avoiding drying washing on the line outside can significantly reduce pollen particles from collecting.

Stay on top of your probiotic intake

Probiotics can help boost the immune system and soothe inflammation set off by the immune system in response to pollen particles. Interestingly, studies have shown a strong link between gut health and the presence of allergies, so probiotics may have a positive effect on hay fever symptoms.

Most other similar products on the market are not delayed release as their capsules dissolve in the stomach acid. Our Bio Complex 60 billion CFU capsules are resistant to stomach acid allowing them to travel to the intestine where the live bacteria can be the most effective. In addition, every capsule contains 100mg of Inulin which promotes the growth of the friendly bacteria.

Get plenty of antioxidants

Antioxidant vitamins such as vitamins A, C and E can help to support a healthy immune system. A range of research has shown that these antioxidants can help maintain the integrity of capillaries and fine blood vessels and also possess anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties - key for hay fever support (though you may need up to 3g per day for beneficial effects).

Vitamin E is a fat-soluble essential nutrient found in food sources such as sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach, avocados, wheatgerm and squash. It acts as an antioxidant in the body which contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Claim as substantiated by EFSA.

Include Quercetin

Quercetin (part of the polyphenol family) is another powerful antioxidant that may be particularly beneficial for hay fever sufferers due to its anti-allergic activity. It’s seen as a natural antihistamine because it can help stabilise the cells that release histamine in the first place and so help ease some of the unpleasant symptoms of allergies.

Our Quercetin Complex contains 80mg of Vitamin C. Vitamin C contributes to the maintenance of a normal immune system and it contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue as it increases iron absorption to help carry oxygen throughout the body.

Written by Riya Lakhani ANutr

Riya Lakhani ANutr is a registered nutritionist and health writer with a special interest in plant-based nutrition. She has completed a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Human Nutrition, and has developed a passion for writing about all things plant-based.