Well wipe your eyes and read on because here's a bit of good news...regular exercise can improve your hay fever and it's official! A survey undertaken by the National Pollen and Aerobiology Research Unit of more than 2,000 people with hay fever, found that lifestyle factors, such as stress and exercise, can have a major impact on hay fever. The survey found that people with hay fever who exercise most have the mildest symptoms. Exercise will help reduce your stress levels, too.
Aim to do 150 minutes (two and a half hours) of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise, such as cycling and fast walking, every week. However, during hay fever season, it's best to avoid exercising outdoors when the pollen count is high. This is generally first thing in the morning and early evening. Instead, exercise in late morning or afternoon when pollen counts tend to be lowest. Yeah I know...well if you go at your normal time..at least put some sunglasses on.
If pollen counts are really high, stick to indoor exercise - why not hit the gym or the local pool.
Try swapping your normal tea for peppermint or ginger, both of which are natural antihistamines.
Colourful fruits and vegetables such as blueberries (superstar), strawberries, tomatoes, sweet potatoes and bell peppers are rich in flavanoids which act like antihistamines and also contain carotenes, which promote anti-inflammatory activity. Apparently garlic and onions act in the same way to “retard the inflammatory reactions of allergies.”
Mum knew what she was doing when she sent you to school with an apple. This crisp red fruit has a wealth of good-for-you ingredients, including a specific one that can help seasonal allergies.
As a child and teenager I suffered terribly with hayfever but found much better ways to manage it into adulthood. I still get itchy eyes and I guess I always will but its minimal now and barely affects what I do. Good luck trying some new strategies...if exercise helps and gets you fit too...double bonus