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Do you dread the hayfever season?

Do you suffer with allergic reactions or have other allergy-linked problems such as eczema, asthma, dermatitis, itchy eyes, chronic nasal congestion or catarrh?

These symptoms are miserable, but the good news is that there are a number of substances that can reduce your allergic potential which you can either eat or supplement.

Vitamin C is the most important anti-allergy vitamin. It is a powerful promoter of a strong immune system, immediately calms down allergic reactions and is also anti-inflammatory.

Omega-3 fish oils are one of nature’s best natural anti-inflammatory nutrients, with countless other benefits besides.

Quercetin is another bioflavonoid and is a potent antioxidant that promotes a healthy inflammatory response. The best food sources of quercetin are red onions, apples and berries, but you’ll be hard pushed to eat more than 20mg a day.

Allergy diet

• Avoid mucus-forming, pro-inflammatory foods such as dairy and meat.

• Further reduce your allergic potential by avoiding highly allergenic foods such as wheat, gluten (rich in wheat, rye and barley) and yeast.

• Get tested for food allergies so that you know if there are any other foods you need to avoid. And sort out any digestive problems. Disruption in the gut enhances allergic potential.

• Up your consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Have at least 3 servings of fruit, a large mixed salad and 3 portions of vegetables daily. Choose local, organic produce. Eat plenty of these foods raw.

• Increase omega-3 fats by eating plenty of unfried, unbreaded oily fish such as anchovies,mackerel, sardines, wild or organic salmon, kippers and fresh, not tinned, tuna. Also add plenty of freshly ground linseeds and pumpkin seeds to cereals, salads and soups every day.

• Avoid alcohol – it’s a major gut disruptor.

• Drink 2 litres of pure, filtered water a day.

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