Spring time can be a dreaded season for those who suffer pollen allergies and hay-fever, and whilst there are many over-the-counter "quick fix" medications, many subtle changes in diet can bring relief and improve general health and wellbeing for this time of year. Whether or not you suffer from hay fever, it is important to nourish the immune system at this time of year, to give the body strength and energy, and to avoid sickness.
Vitamins are essential for maintaining the immune system, so it is important to eat a wide range of fresh fruits and vegetables. The most important vitamins for immunity are thought to be A, C, and E. We need a constant supply of these vitamins, and one of the best ways to get them, is through fresh organic fruit and vegetables. We have made it easy with our quick reference list below of some of the best source foods:
Vitamin A: Carrots (the best way is to juice them) Kale, Sweet Potato, Spinach, Parsley, Rockmelon, Asparagus, Pumpkin, Lettuce, Cod liver Oil, Liver.
Vitamin C: Capsicum, Kiwifruit (esp. the yellow variety), Papaya, Strawberries, Broccoli, Lemon, Cauliflower. Remember, the vitamin C content will decrease when food is stored, fresh is best.
Vitamin D: There’s nothing better than sunshine!
Vitamin E: Wheatgerm Oil, Sesame Seeds, Tahini, Almonds, Hazelnuts, Rice, Cucumber, and cold-pressed oils: Almond, Sesame, Linseed, Safflower, and Olive oils.
Another important factor to consider when battling hay-fever, are the components in the diet that may be exacerbating the situation. Avoid mucous forming foods such as dairy, white flour, white sugar, refined, processed foods and drinks and sweets containing caffeine.