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Effective, Natural Hay Fever Relief for the Worst Allergy Season in Decades

The long winter and the late start to spring have resulted in the highest pollen counts in decades. These extraordinarily high levels of pollen are now wreaking havoc on hay fever sufferers throughout the UK, with urban area residents suffering the most.[1]

Antihistamines are the conventional treatment for managing hay fever symptoms, such as sneezing, itchy eyes and a runny nose. Seasonal allergy symptoms are the result of immunoglobulin E antibodies (IgE) detecting the pollen ‘antigens’ and activating mast cells and T helper cells (specifically type 2 or Th2 cells) [2] which is known as a histamine response. Antihistamine drugs focus on reducing the immune response to harmless pollen particles and eliminating the aggravating symptoms of hay fever.

There are natural alternatives to antihistamine drugs, which are often full of chemicals and may only offer a short-term solution for allergies. Various nutrients, which have antihistamine actions in the body, include Vitamin C [3] and Quercetin [4]. Cherries and dark berries, such as elderberries, have high concentrates of both vitamin C and quercetin. Other types of phytonutrients provide anti-histamine benefits as well. For example, oleic acid and cyclo octasulfur compounds are potent natural anti-histamines and are both found in reishi mushrooms. [5]

Lifestyle practices are helpful in reducing hay fever symptoms.  A few strategies include:

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Bee Prepared Daily Defence can help guard against the symptoms of Hay Fever
  • Closing windows at night and in early mornings when the pollen counts are high.
  • Using barrier methods such as balms to block pollen from around the nose.
  • Boosting immunity via diet or supplementation.
  • Using a nettie pot to clear nasal passages.

Finally, for long term management and to help prevent severity of seasonal allergies, it is best to start addressing immune imbalances months before the onset of allergy symptoms, if not year round. A great ingredient which helps support immune function and modulation is bee propolis.

Bee propolis, a resin which bees collect from buds of plants & trees, contains a broad spectrum of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients and is high in phenolic compounds, potent antioxidant substances which have anti-inflammatory properties [6]. Propolis has been found to effectively modulate the immune system without over stimulating it [7] and is a great natural remedy for hay fever.

Quality supplementation is key to help relieve allergy symptoms naturally. An effective combination for immune modulation and antihistamine supplementation would be Bee Prepared Immune Support Max Strength. Bee Prepared Max Strength contains therapeutic doses of bee propolis extract, elderberry extract and reishi mushroom extract and is a high quality source of natural antihistamine and immune supporting agents to help aid in the prevention and treatment of hay fever, naturally. The Bee Prepared Daily Defence is also helpful for helping manage seasonal allergies.

Why not try to manage your allergies the natural way this season? The combination of the above actions may be helpful in supporting long-term treatment for hay fever. Seasonal allergies can be managed naturally with quality foods, supplements as well as lifestyle changes.

References

1.  Dillner, L., 2013. Hay fever remedies: how to prepare for the worst season in decades. The Guardian, [online](Last updated 14:45 on 28th April 2013) Available at: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2013/apr/28/hay-fever-remedies-worst-season-decades [Accessed on 30 May 2013]

2.  Nauta, AJ., et al. 2008. Mechanism of allergy and asthma. European Journal of Pharmacology. May, 13:585(2-3), pp.354-60.

3.  Johnston, CS., Martin LJ, Cai, X., 1992. Anti Histamine effect of supplemental ascorbic acid and neutrophil chemotaxis. Journal of American Nutrition, Apr 11(2), pp. 172 – 6.

4.  Schwartz, A., Sutton, S.L., Middleton E., 1982. Quercetin inhibition of the induction and function of cytotoxic T lymphocytes. Immunopharmacology. April 4(2), pp.125-38.

5.  Trigos, A., Medellin, JS., 2011. Biologically active metabolites of genus Ganoderma: Three decades of myco-chemistry research. Revista Mexicana De Micologica, 34, pp. 63-83.

6.  Sulaiman, GM, et al., 2011. Chemical characterization of Iraqi propolis samples and assessing their antioxidant potentials. Food and Chemical Toxicology, an international journal published for the British Industrial Biological Research Association. September,49(9), pp.2415-21.

7. Bachiega, TF, et al., 2012. The effects of propolis and its isolated compounds on cytokine production by murine macrophages. Phytotherapy Research. September, 26(9), pp. 1308-13.

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Natural Immune Support for Children

Children frequently pick up and pass on common bacterial and viral infections, often through interaction with others at school which can manifest into sore throats, colds, flu, sinusitis and more. Unfortunately large numbers of these children are prescribed antibiotics repeatedly. With the current concern over antibiotic resistance, it is natural to want to avoid having your child take antibiotics if possible.

There are a number of natural ways to reduce the risk of your children picking up illnesses. The very best insurance to help prevent you and your children getting ill is to support the immune system through diet, nutrients and lifestyle.

Here are 5 ways to boost children’s immunity naturally:

1. Wash hands but don’t be a germaphobe: Good hygiene at school and at home is important to help reduce the spread of germs. Washing hands is particularly easy and effective. However, extreme hygiene practices may have a negative effect on your child’s maturing immunity.

Strawberry's, melons and berries are all high in Vitamin C
Strawberries, melons and berries are all high in Vitamin C

2. Eat foods packed with immune-boosting nutrients: Serve nutrient-dense foods to help boost your children’s immunity. A few nutrients can be essential to supporting a balanced immune system. Vitamin C can be found not only in citrus fruits, but also in broccoli, kale, green beans, berries, cantaloupe, strawberries, melons and zinc, which supports immune cell function. Foods such as pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds and seafood are all rich in zinc. Probiotic foods such as natural organic yogurt balance gut flora and are essential to a well functioning immune system.

3. Reduce refined carbohydrates and sugary foods: Refined carbohydrates like pasta, bread, biscuits and cakes and sugary foods like soda and candy can seriously tax the immune system. They feed bacterial growth and contribute to inflammation, which depletes and exhausts immune function.

4. Exercise: Research has shown that moderate exercise improves immune function for all ages. Turning off the TV, limiting the video games and getting the kids outdoors are great ways to boost children’s immunity naturally.

5. Try natural immune support nutrients and supplements: Bee Propolis is an immune boosting plant-based nutrient that is safe and effective for children. This resin is collected by bees, from tree and plant buds and has natural antibiotic, antiviral and antibacterial properties. Olive leaf extract and black elderberry are also full of antimicrobial nutrients and are also safe for all ages. Bee Prepared Immune Support Daily Defence combines these ingredients and other equally beneficial nutrients which support immune health. Capsules may be swallowed or broken open and put into juices, smoothies or yogurt.

A practical, delicious and child-friendly way to include a few of these recommendations into your daily routine is with an immune boosting smoothie.

Immunity Smoothie Ingredients:

  • 1 apple, cored, peeled and sliced
  • 1 orange, peeled and seeded
  • 1/2 cup filtered water or organic apple juice
  • 1/2 cup natural yogurt
  • 2 tsp manuka honey
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seed butter *optional
  • 1 (2-inch) piece of fresh ginger root, peeled
  • 1 capsule Bee Prepared Daily Defence (open capsule and use the powder)

Combine all of these ingredients in a blender, serve and enjoy!

References:
1. Image courtesy of Roger Kirby.

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