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Dozen Top Tips to Help Reduce Your Hayfever Naturally by Naturopath Sara Canney
Hayfever – be gone!!  Spring has finally sprung! Yay!! So have the number of our clients complaining of hayfever & allergy response…. Not so yay…

As the weather warms up, the days are longer & we want to be out & about enjoying ourselves after the winter of hibernation… however watery, itchy eyes, a streaming nose & sneezing kind of detracts from the enjoyment of the day – yes?

Yes indeed! What to do about it??

Well, there is much that your naturopath can do to assist you during this time – we have access to wonderful herbal remedies & nutritional supplements that will easily reduce & control the allergic response quickly & naturally…

However you can implement some changes or additions to your daily routine to help reduce the hold of hayfever

Chamomile tea – is a wonderful anti-inflammatory & contains flavonoids which can exert an anti-histamine effect (please note if you are allergic to ragweed pollens – then chamomile is not the herbs for you!) – drink it as a tea of steep & the soak a compress in the tea & place it over your eyes to reduce irritation.

Fenugreek tea – while traditionally used as a detoxifier, wonderful for digestive disturbances – gas, bloating, colic, dyspepsia (& with a mild laxative effect) & as a support for breastfeeding – among its many other uses fenugreek is a mucolytic – this means that it helps to break down mucous & its anti-inflammatory which makes it helpful for hayfever relief… 1tsp of seeds steeped in boiling water for 5-10mins drink 2-4cups/day… it’s a pungent herb & the flavour may take a little getting used to, a little honey may sweeten & ease your introduction to it

Honey – studies have shown that exposure to the bee pollen content in honey may help reduce sensitivity to pollens… ideally the introduction of a small amount of honey daily should start pre-hayfever season & use local honey as then you’re eating honey made from local pollens (again caution for those with bee pollen allergies) – 1tsp in your fenugreek tea perhaps?

Quercetin – a powerful natural antihistamine is found in many foods & by including those in your diet daily you can reduce the allergic response to pollens, grasses etc

Foods rich in quercetin include – garlic, onions, capers, dark berries – blueberries, cranberries, blackberries etc, plums, citrus fruits, parsley, sage & red wine… that medicinal glass of red wine at the end of a long day ;)

Bromelain – a natural enzyme found in pineapples its anti-inflammatory in action & will reduce mucous membrane inflammation (think nasal passages) & congestion, its also anti-allergic & a great digestive enzyme

Vit C – a fantastic anti-oxidant & immune system support Vit C also exerts an antihistamine effect & is best consumed/taken in combination with bioflavonoids (these include quercetin, citrus bioflavonoids, PCO’s, green tea polyphenols) so while eating citrus fruits, kiwi fruit, papaya, berries, broccoli, green leafy veg & drinking rosehip tea will be helpful a good Vit C supplement with bioflavonoids can be an easy way to top up

Vit A – again a great immune supporting nutrient & anti-oxidant Vit A is a mucous membrane restorer & mucolytic – this simply means it’ll heal mucous membranes & cut through the mucous… found in blueberries, red chillies (which also contain capsaicin – great for reducing congestion, opening sinus passages & reducing hayfever symptoms…so if you like it spicy – get into the chilli this hayfever season), corn, yellow fruits & veggies & dark green veg

Carotenoids – the naturally occurring pigments found in plants, algae & photosynthetic bacteria – think yellow, red & orange fruits & veggies… some of your carotenoids are pre-cursors to Vit A… see above – so eat all those brightly coloured beauties that are in season – eat a rainbow & feel better inside & out (plus virtuous & beach ready! ;-)…)

Reduce dairy – dairy is mucous forming – so reducing dietary intake will help reduce mucous formation which when you’re feeling mucousy with the allergic response this can only be a good thing - yes?

Probiotics & fermented foods – supporting digestion probiotics are essential for a healthy gut & assist with the actual breakdown & digestion of your food & they also have an important role is supporting the immune system, so taking a probiotic daily will not only assist with digestion but help modulate your immune system response. Fermented foods are a great source of probiotics & a delicious addition to your diet – think miso, kefir, plain yoghurt, kombucha, sauerkraut, kim chi…

Ginger – a wonderful anti-inflammatory & delicious digestive adding fresh ginger to your meals, salads or fresh ginger tea is an easy addition to your day

Acupuncture – a wonderful modality that has been used for hundreds of years its extremely helpful in managing & reducing/negating hayfever symptoms – we have an excellent acupuncturist at Brunswick Health & a couple of treatments with Chris would be a welcome addition to your hayfever management plan



So while hayfever can be annoying & problematic its not something that can’t be managed relatively easily either by implementing some of the above or seeing your naturopath for a consultation & personalised program…
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A lot of people ask “but why would people get colonics done?” ...“do you really need them?”... " what are the health benefits of colonics" ...these are the most common questions I get after “you really do that??” and “is that a weird thing for you to do?” 

To view our Naturopath Sara Canney's Post on  "What are the Benefits of Colonics" go to  http://brunswickhealth.com.au/what-are-the-benefits-of-colonics.html
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View our Post - Low Testosterone Levels Can Effect Energy Levels & Libido in both Men and Women written by our Naturopath Dom Pisanelli

http://brunswickhealth.com.au/low-testosterone-levels-can-effect-energy-levels-libido-men-women.html
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A question was asked by one of our patients at Brunswick Health.
“Would love to hear the resident Naturopath’s opinion on LCHF or Paleo ‘diets’, in terms of physiology & the mechanism of carb utilisation”.
To view our post go to the link below

http://brunswickhealth.com.au/naturopaths-opinion-lchf-low-carb-high-fat-paleo-diets.html
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New research using MRI technology suggests Chiropractic Adjustments has an immediate effect on the brain regions involved in processing pain. It also measured significant changes to other parts of the brain that controls :

Emotional Formation & Processing, Learning, Memory, Motivation (Cingulate Cortex, also known as the Limbic Cortex)

Consciousness, Regulates Homeostasis, Perception, Motor Control, Self-Awareness, Cognitive Function & Interpersonal Experience. (Insular Cortex)

Planning, Controlling & Executing Voluntary Movement (Motor Cortex)
Processing Memory, Decision Making & Emotional Reactions (Amygdala Cortex)

Processing sensations from our skin, muscles, bones, joints, internal organs and cardiovascular (heart) system. It achieves this through a number of different types of specialised sensors that are designed to detect touch, pressure, stretch, vibration, temperature, pain, and movement. (Somatosensory Cortex-Complex Sensory System)

More research is obviously needed to exam these areas more closely and it certainly helps to explain why elite athletes seek regular Chiro care and why parents with children that have motor (movement) and learning disabilities are reporting positive changes.

These are all exciting possibilities that have life changing potential!

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25284739
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Despite its prevalence, migraines are still one of the most poorly understood disorders predominantly because experiences of those suffering from migraines vary greatly.
Some describe throbbing, searing pain, “auras” prior to onset, bizarre visual disturbances, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, sweating, and/or sensitivity to light, sound, and smells. Most Chiropractors have seen a variety of symptoms over their careers and the most importantly a thorough examination must take place to exclude other conditions that can mimic Migraines. Chiropractors are trained to diagnose and treat migraines.
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