Welcome to spring: How To Tackle Hay Fever This Spring By Merril Bowater

Naturopathic Nutritionist at Getting Well Naturally

Warm windy days are a definite positive change from the cold dreary winter weather we have been experiencing over the past few months, but with the changing of the seasons comes another health challenge for many people to deal with – seasonal hay fever!


Seasonal hay fever is beginning to ramp up as we enter Australian Springtime. Pollens and grass chemicals floating in the air trigger the unwanted and unpleasant symptoms of sneezing, watery eyes, tickling throat, mucous congestion and fatigue.


If you suffer from these seasonal symptoms, now is the time to learn how you can protect yourself from hay fever-induced misery and help prevent it from coming back.


The body’s allergic reaction to pollens is not a normal, healthy response. It is an immune system over reaction to an everyday substance. While almost all of the symptoms of hay fever are in the upper respiratory area, the root cause actually lies in the gut.


From a naturopathic and nutritional point of view, healing the gut and providing the body with tailored nutrition, is the key to successfully resolving hay fever symptoms, not just for this season but for eliminating it altogether.


Diet as always, can have a significant impact on our quality of life. Some foods, like dairy products, can make hay fever ten times worse. Consuming dairy increases mucous production and adds fuel to the fire. Reducing this fuel load by reducing your consumption of dairy products can have a dramatic impact on hay fever symptoms.


Nutrients such as Zinc and Omega 3’s are also beneficial in supporting the immune system and decreasing inflammation. You can add more of these nutrients to your diet, as well as incorporating therapeutic doses of these nutrients into your daily routine through supplements if needed.


From a nutritional perspective, eliminating hay fever symptoms comes down to reducing foods which are known to exacerbate symptoms and increasing foods which are beneficial to fortifying the body against over reactions to airborne triggers.


From a lifestyle point of view, getting a daily dose of sunshine is about the best thing you could do to improve your hay fever. The irony of this is that going ‘outside’ is deemed to be too risky for many people who suffer with severe hay fever. If this is the case for you, Vitamin D also comes in liquid form or capsules so therapeutic doses can be taken in lieu of actual sunshine until symptoms subside.


Vitamin D has many benefits but it this instance, it helps with modulating the immune system by dampening down the overreaction to airborne triggers. It also acts as a very powerful anti-inflammatory agent which helps to considerably reduce symptoms.


Vitamin D can also assist in improving mental health which can be impacted by repeatedly dealing with hay fever symptoms.


A word of caution. You should always consult with your Naturopath or Nutritionist before self-prescribing any nutrients. Doses will depend on your unique circumstances, so always follow the prescription given to you by and accredited practitioner.


While all of these nutrients will help to reduce your hay fever symptoms, they only do half the job. Really knocking hay fever on the head comes from working through your health history with an accredited practitioner and applying a functional medicine approach to addressing the root cause of your allergies or gut issues.


As a Naturopathic Nutritionist who has consulted with hundreds of clients, I can attest to the vast improvements my clients make when they address all of the underlying drivers of this condition.


As an added bonus, when the gut and immune system are healthy, so too is the rest of the body. Many clients report feeling better, once they follow the provided advice and recommendations.


Things change, when we change. If you’re ready to tackle hay fever head on, seek out an accredited Naturopath or Nutritionist who can assist you.

About The Author

Merril Bowater ND

Naturopathic Nutritionist at Getting Well Naturally


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Merril has been a clinical practitioner since 2007 and currently sees clients in Melbourne’s western suburbs and Northcote. She empowers her clients to make the connection between how their diet is affecting their health and through the use of food as medicine, a healthy outcome can be achieved.

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