Tackling hay fever naturally

The sun is shining and we are spending more time outdoors. As it's National Allergy Awareness Week, we thought we'd give some tips to protect against hay fever.

Hay fever can affect up to one in four of us. Most sufferers (95%) are allergic to grass pollen, with 25% also allergic to tree pollen.

Pharma Nord's tips to stay sniffle free this summer:

  • While many people take anti-histamines to prevent allergic reactions, did you know there is a more natural way? Bio-Pycnogenol, a plant extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities. Beta 1,3/1,6 glucans can also help to reduce the allergenic response of the immune system. Try Pharma Nord's Bio-Glucan Plus. Remember you need to take both over a period of time to experience best results.
  • Try to reduce your stress levels. Research has shown a link between stress and the severity of hay fever symptoms.
  • Take regular exercise. People with hay fever who exercise have the mildest symptoms. Aim to do at least 2 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, such as cycling and fast walking, every week.
  • People with hay fever who eat a healthy diet are less likely to get severe symptoms. Eat a varied, balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables.
  • Try to reduce your alcohol intake. It can make you more sensitive to pollen and alcohol also dehydrates you, making symptoms seem worse.
  • Limit your exposure to pollen by keeping windows shut at night and first thing in the morning and staying indoors when the pollen count is high. Wash your hands and face regularly.

Call 0800 591 756 for free nutritional advice.

April 2015