Asthma and Hay fever sufferers are being advised to keep windows and doors closed, wash their pets regularly and avoid mowing the lawn themselves to cope with pollen levels as a perfect storm of conditions threatens sustained high pollen levels in the UK.
Dr Jean Emberlin, Scientific Director at Allergy UK, said: “The season is likely to be more severe this year than last. Very high birch pollen counts will occur on warm, dry days with wind.”
Grass-triggered hay fever is also expected to be extremely severe this year, thanks to the wet and warm winter which has yielded an abundance of grass.
It’s estimated that there are more than 10 million people with hay fever in England, with the NHS describing it as “one of the most common allergic conditions”.
Hay fever usually begins in childhood or during the teenage years, you can get it at any age. People with a family history of allergies, particularly asthma or eczema are more likely to develop hay fever.
The NHS advice for hay fever sufferers includes wearing wraparound sunglasses to stop pollen getting in your eyes, taking a shower and changing your clothes after being outdoors and staying indoors when the pollen count is high (over 50 grains per cubic metre of air).
So can juicing help?
Here’s the thing… I suffered with hay fever for my entire life until I started juicing.
From childhood onwards I would find myself taking antihistamine tablets to combat this allergy and always believed this was my only option. I had never even considered the idea that I may be able to resolve it through nutrition, but it turns out there are foods high in natural antihistamine.
Several herbs are natural antihistamines including ginger, thyme, fennel, basil and stinging nettles. In one study, 58 percent of participants found their symptoms were relieved by using freeze-dried nettles.
Other plant based foods (including apples, red grapes, raspberries, cranberries, red onions and many green leafy vegetables) contain another natural antihistamine called quercetin.
Since I started juicing I have been consuming the juice from lots of these foods and in particular I have been drinking daily Ginger Slammers for some years now.
With a combination of ginger and apple, the Ginger Slammer is an antihistamine power house and my hay fever symptoms are long gone!
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