7 nutritional tips to help you survive the hayfever season

What should you be eating this hayfever season?


Rachel Berlandi
@AVogelUK


24 May 2016

My 7 simple hayfever nutrition tips include:

1. Cut your coffee intake

Curb caffeine and opt for anti-inflammatory green, white or nettle tea if your nasal passages are pouring. Caffeine triggers histamine release, which can bring the skin up in a red, itchy, angry looking rash and dilate your blood vessels until everything feels inflamed.

2. Avoid dairy products

Be wary of mucus-inducing dairy products such as milk and cheese. People prone to allergic reactions often struggle with dairy so instead investigate the dairy free offerings at your local supermarket and health food store.

3. Add some spice to your life

Add some fresh ginger to your diet. It acts as a natural decongestant by calming inflammation. Drinking ginger tea is a great way to add this spice to your daily diet. To make ginger tea add 3 to 4 slices of fresh, peeled ginger (or more, depending on how strong you want it) to 1 cup of hot water, then add 1 tbsp of honey (optional).

4. Reduce the sugar

Refined sugar triggers a dramatic rise and fall in blood sugar levels, which causes an adrenalin surge that activates histamine release. Opt for sweet dried or fresh fruit for a natural sugar fix instead.

5. Top up on vitamin C



Fill your diet with fresh fruit and vegetables to ensure a steady intake throughout the day. Your body can’t make or store vitamin C, so it has to be available in low, consistent doses to support your nasal lining and reduce the amount of histamine in blood.

Some fruit and vegetables which are rich in vitamin C include:

TIP: Smoothies are a good way to include several vitamin C-rich foods in your daily diet. Try our delicious and refreshing Hayfever Blasting Smoothie or explore our selection of tasty nutrient-packed smoothie recipes.

6. Eat anti-inflammatory foods

Fill your diet with tasty anti-inflammatory foods to help counter inflammation, including:

  • Blueberries, blackberries, purple grapes, blackcurrants
  • Carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, butternut squash
  • Mangoes, apricots, peaches, nectarines, papaya, pears, pineapples
  • Prunes, plums, raisins, figs, avocados,
  • Fish such as herring, pilchards, sardines, salmon
  • Oils such as pumpkinseed oil and flaxseed oil

Many of these contain beta-carotene which is excellent for the respiratory tract.

7. Reduce alcohol intake



A glass of wine (or two!) increases your likelihood of allergic rhinitis all year round, not just during hayfever season.

What else can help?

Using natural remedies and keeping an eye on the pollen levels in your area can also help you keep your hayfever symptoms under control.

I recommend…

A.Vogel Pollinosan Hayfever tablets, a natural remedy containing seven tropical herbs that work on all the symptoms of hayfever and allergic rhinitis, without the drowsy side effects associated with some antihistamine medication.

You can use other hayfever medication along with these tablets if necessary. For extra support, top up with natural remedies such as A.Vogel Pollinosan Luffa Nasal Spray, A.Vogel Eye Drops and A.Vogel Sinuforce Nasal Spray.

How to keep a track of pollen levels in your area

Pollen counts are great for measuring the amount of pollen in the air, which will allow you to determine how bad your symptoms might be on any given day. To find pollen information visit our 5 Day UK Pollen Forecast, which is updated daily.

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  • Helen 's photo avatar
    Helen — 13.04.2018 11:44
    I bought Pollinosan Hayfever Tablets a week ago from Holland & Barret and have taken 2 tablets 3 times a day as instructed. My hayfever symptoms have gone completely so I am very impressed with them, also no side effects. Should I now stop taking them and see if symptoms occur again or would it be better to continue taking them through the summer?

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    • Mandy's photo avatar
      Mandy — 16.04.2018 07:39
      Hello Helen, That is wonderful! If you find that the Pollinosan Hayfever tablets are helping you. The best advice is to continue to take them over the hayfever season to help.

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  • Tricia's photo avatar
    Tricia — 09.04.2018 17:47
    Where can we obtain your allergy products in the US?

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    • Mandy's photo avatar
      Mandy — 10.04.2018 09:48
      Hiya Tricia, Check out Bioforce USA, however, the different countries do not stock all of our products. A Vogel UK now take international orders, via the website plus any shipping costs, if this is an option for you.

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  • Esra's photo avatar
    Esra — 18.03.2018 00:43
    Suffer with very itchy swollen eyes and runny nose as well as sneezing several times at night.

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    • rachel's photo avatar
      rachel — 22.03.2018 13:42
      Hi Esra You could try our Pollinosan Tablets to see if they can help to ease your symptoms. It is also a good idea just to check with your doctor to make sure it is hay fever and not any other health issue.

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What you eat can have a dramatic effect on your hayfever symptoms. While anti-inflammatory and natural anti-histamine foods can help control your symptoms, foods containing dairy and foods rich in sugar can actually make them worse.

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