DIET AND LIFESTYLE SUGGESTIONS FOR REDUCING YOUR HAY FEVER SYMPTOMS
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What if there were natural hay fever remedies that not only worked to treat the symptoms but prevented the condition appearing? Natural hay fever remedies based on 5 Flavours of Health principles may be an effective way to gain control of your health.

WHAT IS HAY FEVER
Hay fever is a common respiratory condition effectively.  Hay fever is an allergic reaction to allergens in our environment, affecting the nose, eyes, lungs and sinus cavities causing very uncomfortable and frustrating symptoms. Typical hay fever symptoms include:

  • itchy eyes & throat
  • runny nose
  • sneezing
  • sinus congestion
  • headaches
  • irritability
  • depression
  • insomnia
  • loss of appetite

From a 5 Flavours of Health perspective hay fever is seen as an inability to produce enough energy from the digestive system for a healthy immune response to wind and allergens.

HAY FEVER FROM A 5 Flavours of Health PERSPECTIVE
In 5 Flavours of Health the digestive system is responsible for converting energy from food to produce defensive energy.  When the digestive energy is depleted through poor diet, worry, stress and lack of exercise, it cannot produce enough energy  which is important to defend against outside wind and pollen. Without healthy energy,  wind penetrates the body to produces hay fever systems of sneezing, itchy eyes, coughing, running nose etc.

To strengthen that energy, the main idea is to eat foods that will take very little to digest. By eating easily digestible foods your can produce defensive energy with minimal effort. By eating difficult foods to digest the spleen will consume more energy and instead of producing healthy energy, will produce phlegm and dampness, often resulting in fatigue, bloating and reduced immune function.

In 5 Flavours of Health philosophy a diet that avoids cold and raw foods and increases warm nourishing foods is recommended to prevent hay fever.

FOODS TO AVOID TO REDUCE HAY FEVER SYMPTOMS
Some foods are difficult to digest and actually weaken the digestive system. These foods are considered cold and damp in nature. Cold damp foods weaken the spleen energy and instead of creating energy and blood they produce phlegm in the body, predisposing you to hay fever. Simply avoiding the following foods that damage digestion and weaken your defensive energy can be the best hay fever remedies :

  • Alcohol:beer, wine, spirits
  • Dairy:milk, cheeses, butter, ice-cream, milk chocolate, yoghurt
  • Nuts: excessive nuts are damp in nature
  • Raw food: salads, fruit
  • Sweet foods:excessive fruit, dried fruits, lollies, cakes, fruit juice, soft drinks
  • Wheat: bread, pasta, baked goods

FOODS TO ADD TO REDUCE HAY FEVER SYMPTOMS
Warming foods are natural hay fever remedies. Warm easily digested foods reduces the amount of energy your body is required to digest them which will build your own body’s energy. In 5 Flavours of Health you’ll often find a combination of hot dishes at any meal from soup, starters, rice, vegetables and meat. Aim to eat warm foods at each meal such as:

  • vegetable soups
  • broth
  • porridge


WARM WATER FOR HAY FEVER
Following the idea of adding warming substances into your body, water can also be taken warm to hot. Drinking warm water or a cup of herbal tea such as liquorice or giner tea after a meal is an excellent digestive aid, therefore helping to produce more defensive energy.

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