Do you suffer from hay fever? Apparently this very wet winter in Melbourne has led to the
worst hay fever season for many years. I constantly hear sneezing coming from my neighbours from every direction.
Symptoms of hay fever.
Repeated sneezing attacks, runny or itchy nose, nasal congestion, sleep troubles, itchy or sore palate and ear, loss of concentration, memory lapses, general feeling of being unwell. Respiratory problems, dizziness, depression, anxiety, muscle aches and pains, lethargy, eye irritation, headaches, wheezing, facial pressure or pain… and the list goes on. Hay fever is a seasonal allergy. An allergy is a hyperactive response of the immune system to certain substances. These substances are called allergens, and they can range from food and pollen to drugs and dust.
Treatment of hay fever.
Most allergy sufferers will take antihistamines, decongestants and inhaled steroids. These types of conventional treatments suppress the symptoms but do not address the cause. European research has shown this approach leads to more chronic, long term illness, such as asthma, skin rashes, arthritis and other autoimmune diseases.
Look to the liver.
Simply put, the liver is our filter for all the toxins we absorb. When the liver is overloaded, it cannot filter as well as we need it to. Then the immune system recognises the toxins as an allergen and produces antibodies against them. So we need the liver to function as an optimum filter to prevent the immune response known as hay fever.
Is it time for a liver detox?
Detoxing the liver and taking herbs to support the liver will help! Apples, beets, carrots, garlic, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, grapefruits and bitter vegetables, dandelion greens, all will help support and detox the liver. Sweating, physical activity, yoga and meditation all help to relieve stress, which will also help support the liver.