How Your Diet Could Cure Hay Fever?

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Now it might seem quite a bold statement, that you can cure Hay Fever literally with your diet as the link between what we put in our mouths and our reaction to pollen is not really an obvious one. However it’s a one I discovered, by accident really a few years ago – it wasn’t until after I’d researched things a little more that I realised what I found was true!

Lets go back 5 or 6 years or so, I wasn’t following the nutrition plan that I do now, yes I was eating what I thought was a ‘healthy diet’ …at least one that all of the big magazines told me was healthy but it wasn’t what it is now!

Every summer the same thing would happen, my nose would stream more and more as the pollen count increased, my eyes would water and I’d be constantly sneezing. If you’re a hay fever sufferer you know exactly what I mean right?! Even some of the hay fever relief capsules didn’t work, never mind how much it cost in antihistamines!

Anyway, I started training with this trainer (Paul Mort, for you guys who know him) and started following his nutrition plan. Like I said, I thought I was following a healthy diet until then! Literally after only a few weeks my hay fever symptoms lessened quite dramatically. I only really suffered when the pollen was particularly high. At this point I kinda put it down to my diet, but never really made the true connection.

The following summer I noticed that I didn’t suffer at all! This time I started looking at why, and quite simply it was down to my diet!

I’ve gone on to try this with clients over the last few years and in my experience, the elimination or reduction of certain foods in your diet can be very effective in bringing hay fever symptoms under control.

Let me explain more….

The symptoms of hay fever are largely attributable to a chemical in your body called histamine …this is why antihistamines are a very common treatment for hay fever. However, release of histamine in your body can also be reduced naturally, through diet.

One of the biggest promoters of hay fever is dairy!

Dairy products, milk, cheese etc.  promote the formation of mucus and can encourage inflammation of the delicate tissues around the nose and eyes, essentially making them more likely to react to airborne pollen. Other symptoms that are common of dairy sensitivity include a tendency towards a blocked nose, snoring, catarrh, or a history of sinus problems – very similar to hay fever symptoms right?!

It was only by eliminating dairy from my diet that I was able to alleviate and ultimately ‘cure’ my hay fever suffering!

I actually put this to the test just last week!

I’d never suffered any hay fever symptoms at all this year, well not until last week anyway! You see last week I ended up eating Greek yoghurt, now it was the full fat natural stuff that I allow my clients to eat from time to time, but all the same it was dairy plus I’d eaten it a couple of days in a row! So guess what? The very next day I rocked up to teach Bootcamp in Exhibition Park Newcastle and the grass had been cut! My nose, and eyes were streaming throughout the session and I can’t remember how many times I sneezed. I decided I’d test my theory out once again and for the next few days I made sure I ate no Greek yoghurt – 2 days later and my hay fever symptoms were gone!

I decided once again to test out my theory this weekend, on Friday night I’d planned a ‘treat’ in to my nutrition plan, some Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ice Cream – I’d been looking forward to this all week!

I think I must have only eaten it an hour before my nose started running! By Saturday (the weather was great and I had the top down in the car) my nose and eyes were running once again and the regular sneezes started up! Since then I’ve had no more dairy, I know the pollen count hasn’t been that high but I’m confident my hay fever is ‘cured’ at least until I next introduce dairy to my diet!

So there you have it, my top tip if you’re like me and suffer from hay fever this time of year – eliminate or at least reduce the amount of dairy you consume and watch your symptoms disappear! Don’t believe me? Then I challenge you to try it and let me know!


PS – there are a lot of other things that can contribute to hay fever, such as a high omega 6 intake. One other thing to look out for your red meat intake,  make sure that it is organic and grass fed that way it’s free from hormones, antibiotics and pesticides that can aggravate hay fever!


PPS – Have you downloaded your FREE Healthy Eating Recipe Book yet?



Photograph from ForestWander Nature Photography


If you are taking any prescribed medication or have any medical conditions always consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking vitamins or supplements. If pregnant or lactating, consult your doctor before use.

Food supplements must not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.

My recommendations are in no way medical advice, they are based on own personal experiences while working with 1-2-1 and group clients and also from extensive research.


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