4 (or 5) ways to help hayfever

I remember every time the babies used to sneeze, I would go into “panic parent” mode:

 “Has she got a cold?” “Is she unwell?” Is it an allergy?”.

The reality? They are probably just clearing their airways. After all, babies don’t blow their nose…​​​

Anyway,  I used to get really bad hayfever. 

And..

You might have noticed a bit of hayfever recently

I have a bit this past few weeks. 

And I get it is a bit of a pain. Makes you feel tired and run down. 

I guess at least it stops some people going out so much 😉 

But even with that 

Sleeping is a nightmare with my itchy throat waking you up every 10 minutes…

^^^ although the babies can take care of that sometimes haha

Anyway..

with current hayfever medication potentially giving you a dry mouth and / or making you drowsy, an alternative would be welcome, right?

Well, good news! 

Because a recent study has – once again – shown why the bacteria in your gut could be the key to boosting your immune system and health. 

People given probiotics suffered fewer allergy related nose symptoms and reported improvements in their quality of life

^ ^^ sleep, productivity, work, mood, ability to think clearly (all the things which will probably help you manage stress and lose fat)

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Anyway, here are  4 more tips to help you get your energy back and take back control of these seasonal allergies:

1. Manage stress – stress is linked to the severity of your symptoms. Prioritise your day or someone else will prioritise it for you.  

2. Get moving! – exercise can reduce stress and the severity of your symptoms. If you can get out for that walk? Great. If not? Indoor exercise can still change the way you feel. 

3.Good eating – a balanced diet high in anti inflammatory foods like omega 3 fats, oily fish, and fruit and veggies can help reduce symptoms

And – some – have reported that reducing mucus-forming foods such as milk products and added sugar COULD help

4. Prioritise SLEEP –  Only 13% of people who had 7 hours or more sleep a night reported severe symptoms, compared with 21% who regularly had 5 hours or less. Not to mention, you’re more likely to eat more if you lack sleep (22% more in fact) and perceive foods as more rewarding than they actually are..

​​And I get sleep can be difficult right now.

Perhaps moreso than normal.

But here’s 3 quick tips for that:

😃 Try reading and meditation (deep breathing 10 breaths in and out ) before bed- if you you struggle to  get back to sleep, meditation is a great thing to do to simply relax. We had a lovely meditation last night with Caroline from Calm Quiet Space for the ladies inside our Kickstart programme

😃Have a bath / warm shower before bed 

😃Get to bed before 11…the later you stay up, the harder you may find it to get into a deep sleep 

Failing all of this ?

Although there is little evidence that local honey 🍯 can help (as it contains a different type of pollen than the one that sets your nose off)

If you eat honey anyway?

May as well make it local 😉

Matt “letting his nose do the running for him” Fruci

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