Runny nose, itchy eyes, difficulty breathing, tight chest, sneezing, fatigue, weakness, frustration… If you have or are experiencing any of these symptoms keep reading…
This has been my life the past few weeks. Yes, I have always suffered from hay fever, but once I was educated on the gut health link, and worked on my gut health, I thought all would be fine and dandy… That has not been the case. There have been days where I have wanted to cry as my symptoms have been that bad. What. Am. I. Doing. Wrong!?
As well as learning to surrender to this time of excessive abundant spring pollens (due to such a extremely wet winter and spring), I have also used the following 4 tips to help my gut health.
- Health: In particular gut health & food. See my blog here to get more information on gut health, which helps with allergies. But most importantly, focus on your diet to help with inflammation and the immune response hay fever can trigger:
– Choose a mainly raw food diet of fruit and vegetables to help reduce the inflammatory response.
– Include foods rich in calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, quercetin, amino acids and flavonoids. Eg, nuts, sunflower seeds, onions, garlic, horseradish, green leafy vegetables, cabbage, beans, lentils, turmeric, ginger, blackberries, kiwi fruit, pineapple and apples (peel on). Vitamin C is a natural anti-histamine, and quercetin is known to reduce the release of histamine and stabilise cells so they are less reactive to allergens such as pollen.
– Avoid dairy, sugar and a lot of starch (mucus-forming foods), meat (acid contributes to allergic/inflammatory reactions), wheat products (inflammatory food), caffeine and alcohol (a congested liver may increase symptoms), and tomatoes, oranges, cheese, red wine and chocolate as these all contain histamine.
- Help: Call on your support systems, whether it be using some medication to get you through the worst of it (hay fever can actually be really debilitating). I choose to use a nasal rinse, nasal spray and eye drops. The more natural the better. Also call on friends for advice. My beautiful friend Denise, yogi and nurse, helped me with the medicinal side of things (and yoga of course – see point 3 for more on that). Finally, learn to say no. Your body has gone into an immune response, you need to rest. Now, if you are anything like me the negative self-talk will be surfacing about this time – ‘you are a pansy’, ‘you are not dying, you only have hay fever’… Don’t listen to the voice and do what is right for you. Your body needs to heal, which brings me to point 3:
- Healing: While am a very much a science girl, I do believe in the mind-body connection. Louise Hay has a lot of work on this. In her book, ‘You can heal your life’, she speaks about what each health ailment is connected to mentally and affirmations to support this.
Emotional congestion. Fear of the calendar. A belief in persecution. Guilt.
Where are you holding in emotions? Where are you afraid of being controlled by your schedule? Where are you feeling guilty?
Irritation to one person, someone close.
Who is irritating you? Is it you? Someone you love?
Affirmations to help support hay fever and sinus issues:
I am one with all of life. I am safe at all times.
I declare peace and harmony indwell me and surround me at all times. All is well.
No one has the power to irritate me unless I allow it. Peace, Harmony. I deny any beliefs in calendars.
Finally, pull out your mat, even if you don’t consider yourself a Yogi. The following videos have helped me with clearing congestion and improving my breathing. Also if you are in the Yarrawonga/Mulwala/Corowa/Shepparton/Albury areas, get in touch with Denise at Green Tree Yoga, for some 1:1 yoga and allergy relief. She is the bomb!
Remember, it will take time, but after following these steps, not only will you be able to breathe easy, your body will also love you for it!
Yoga Videos for sinus/hay fever: