I really hate complaining (especially about a non-serious health condition like hayfever), but I'm at a bit of a loss and don't know where to turn.
I've had hayfever all my life, but it's got much worse in the last couple of years, resulting in me being on doctor prescribed medication- fexofenadine (allegra in the US) 120mg. I hate being on these meds, as I just don't feel normal on them- spaced out, depressed and tired.
I've been vegetarian and semi-vegan for nearly 12 months now, and I really hoped it would help my allergies. I know in The Kind Diet Alicia says her allergies cleared up. This year I've also tried apple cider vinegar, which supposedly helps with allergies. While there has been an improvement (I feel much better than I did this time last year), my allergies are still very much present, and I'm scared they're just going to get worse as we go into June.
Does anybody have any advice? Has anybody else managed to eliminate or reduce their allergies through diet or other non-medication means?
I am a firm believer in the power of food, and I do believe there will be a way...I just don't know how!
Sorry to hear you are suffering with alleriges...I know how awful they can be sometimes! I can only speak for myself, but since I went vegan my lifelong allergies have been gone. I'm convinced it was the dairy! It's a minor miracle to me, since I always thought my allergies were genetic (my whole family has them). I don't know if you've been off dairy completely yet, but it is definitely worth a shot!
Hey Hannah, (like that name!) I too thought I would be in the 'safe and clear' zone. However, the ONE thing I can think of that Alicia is doing is that she is purchasing from the local farmers market (organic, etc.), which probably helps her amunity against the local pollen. Again, I'm JUST GUESSING. Also, I can see where dairy is not good for sinus' or asthma, and I thought exchanging everything to 'soy' would help. But people just have different allergies. Mine is dust and dander, and then going out side that has me corrupted! So I thought that this diet probably just didn't help in that department. THEN, it hit me recently, that MAYBE if we ate local food, from the local ground, that it would build up the tollerance. I myself have not done this just yet, again, the idea came to me AFTER the fact, in the middle of the season. But you have ALL year to help build your amunity again with local honey and local fruits and veggies and maybe by next year we can say, "My allergy suffering no longer exsists!"
Allergies are for the most part caused by adrenal gland dysfunction. Supporting the adrenal glands with foods rich in vitamin C, B vitamins(B5 in particular), selenium, zinc and magnesium can be a good start.