This week is Allergy UK's Allergy Awareness Week, an annual event organised to get people talking about allergies.
With so many people affected by hay fever, our resident nutritional advisor Dr David Mantle shares his top tips for preventing hay fever this summer, including supplementing with Bio Pycnogenol (maritime pine bark extract).
- Limit your exposure to pollen
By keeping windows shut at night and first thing in the morning, staying indoors when the pollen count is high and wearing wraparound sunglasses. Wash your hands and face regularly.
- Take regular exercise
Research has shown that people with hay fever who exercise have the mildest symptoms. Exercise will help reduce your stress levels, too. Aim to do at least 2 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, such as cycling and fast walking, every week. However, during hay fever season, it's best to avoid exercising outdoors when the pollen count is high. This is generally first thing in the morning and early evening.
- Try to reduce your stress levels
Research has shown a link between stress and the severity of hay fever symptoms. Almost seven out of ten stressed hay fever sufferers rate their symptoms as unbearable or debilitating. As stress levels drop, symptoms become milder.
- Eat well
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.
- Reduce alcohol
Try to reduce your alcohol intake during the hay fever season. It can make you more sensitive to pollen and alcohol also dehydrates you, making symptoms seem worse.
- Sleep well.
Try to avoid too many late nights during the hay fever season. People with hay fever who get a good night’s sleep tend to have the mildest symptoms.
- Smear the inside of the nostrils
With vaseline or equivalent to form a barrier to prevent pollen from adhering to the nasal lining.
Supplement with Maritime Pine Bark Extract
Try taking Bio Pycnogenol pine bark extract at least one month before the hay fever season starts to help reduce symptoms. The season generally runs from April to October.
For more information on our Maritime Pine Bark extract supplement Bio-Pycnogenol please contact us on 01670 534900.