Itchy, Scratchy, Sneezy and Watery!
Do these symptoms sound familiar? Hayfever is a common illness that embodies all of these symptoms. Itchy skin, hives, sneezing and a runny nose are all quite unpleasant.
Hayfever and Histamine – They can ruin your summer!
Histamine is the chemical responsible and is released in our bodies as part of the inflammatory process. Traditional medicine uses anti-histamines to try and control the symptoms. However your body can have generalised raised histamine levels.
Are your histamine levels raised all year?
Certain foods can increase these levels: alcohol/ cured meats/ shellfish/ chocolate
Some foods actively release stored histamine into the bloodstream: citrus fruit/ strawberries/ kiwi/ pineapple/ food additives like nitrates, sulphites and sulphur dioxide
Some foods block DAO (Diamine Oxidase). This removes excess histamine from the system: alcohol/ black tea/ Rooibos tea/ green tea
Some foods decrease histamine levels: capers/ radish greens/ watercress/ dill/ coriander/ fennel tops/ carob/ kale/ red pepper/ red onion/ radicchio/ apples
Homeopathic remedies can help alleviate the symptoms of hayfever as well as balancing the whole system. Get in touch if you want to know more about my hayfever prophylaxis programme. This starts in the winter months to help for the following summer symptoms.