Hay fever: Nutritionist reveals 5 drinks that are useful for helping with irritating symptoms

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With pollen season around the corner, registered nutritionist Dr Frankie Phillips has highlighted teas and fruit juices that hay fever sufferers can drink to help alleviate their symptoms

A nutrition expert has shared five drinks that can help fight hay fever.

As the days get sunnier and warmer, many people have to deal with the condition. Dr Frankie Phillips, a registered nutritionist, says there are teas and 100 per cent fruit juices that can make you feel better if you suffer from hay fever. In the UK, lots of children and adults get hay fever, which is also called allergic rhinitis. Allergy UK says about 10-15 per cent of children and 25 per cent of adults have it, reports Bristol Live.

That’s one of the highest rates in the world, similar to in Australia and New Zealand, says the World Allergy Organisation. Dr Phillips explains why these drinks are good for people with bad hay fever:

Orange juice

Vitamin C is a natural anti-inflammatory, and few drinks can provide you with as much bang for your buck as 100% orange juice.

Camomile tea

Studies show that drinking camomile tea can lead to higher levels of the anti-inflammatory hippurat, which may help with inflammation caused by the immune system’s response to allergens.

Peppermint tea

The production of histamine can cause swelling as the body attempts to wash out allergens. Peppermint tea can act as a decongestant, thinning mucus to allow it to flow more easily from the nose. The steam produced by hot beverages can also help loosen mucus to further ease congestion.

Pineapple juice

Another juice rich in vitamin C, plus the juice and the core of the fruit also contain bromelain — an enzyme with natural anti-inflammatory properties- which is particularly useful for allergies. Bromelain produces substances in the body that help fight inflammation, swelling, nasal congestion, and respiratory problems, boosting resistance to the worst hay fever symptoms.

Ginger shot

Ingredients such as ginger can lessen symptoms of sinusitis – and may also be helpful in alleviating symptoms of allergic rhinitis. It helps alleviate symptoms through acting as an anti-inflammatory, whilst supporting immunity, helping to reduce inflammation.

Dr Phillips added: “Allergic rhinitis is linked with raised levels of inflammatory markers. Since evidence from scientific reviews suggests that drinking 100% fruit juice reduces the concentration of some inflammatory markers, it makes sense to include 100% fruit juice in the diet is a tasty and enjoyable way to help keep inflammation in check.”

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