Allergy symptoms are caused when our bodies release histamine in response to an allergen. A strong immune system is key to fighting seasonal allergies.

Foods to avoid:
• Alcohol
• Caffeine
• Conventional dairy
• Chocolate
• Peanuts
• Refined sugar
• Artificial sweeteners
• Processed foods
• Melons
• Shellfish
• Bottled citrus juice
• Echinacea
• Chamomile
• Wheat
• Soy

Foods to enjoy:
• Raw local honey
• Hot and spicy foods
• Bone broth
• Probiotic-rich foods
• Pineapple
• Apple cider vinegar
• Fresh organic vegetables
• Grass-fed meats
• Free-range poultry
• Wild-caught fish

In a randomised controlled study published in the International Archives of Allergy and Immunology, patients that consumed honey had significantly better control of their allergy symptoms than those on conventional allergy medications. Local honey works to relieve symptoms because it contains local pollen that is causing your allergies. A couple of tablespoons each day can relieve your itchy, watery eyes, congestion and the general symptoms of hay fever.

The enzyme bromelain found in pineapple, in addition to high levels of vitamins B, C and other essential nutrients can help to reduce your reaction to seasonal allergies. Be sure to eat the core of fresh ripe pineapples as it has the highest concentration of the essential nutrients you need during allergy season.

Apple cider vinegar helps to boost the immune system, helps to break up mucus and supports lymphatic drainage. Three times per day, mix 1 tablespoon of ACV with 1 tablespoon of fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and a half-tablespoon of local raw honey and drink.

Long term, focusing on the gut where 80% of your immune system lives, will help reduce your likelihood of suffering from hay fever. It’s especially important to avoid any of your food sensitivities as these will exacerbate symptoms.

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To health and happiness,

Jade, X