Does Climate Change have an affect on Allergies?

What Causes Hayfever?

Many people get hayfever every year. It’s frustrating. It affects your eyes, nose, and mouth. It’s caused by pollens from grass, flowers, trees, and weeds. You cannot escape these pollens that arrive every year. But what would you say if I told you that you can expect to see longer hayfever seasons? You wouldn’t be impressed would you.

Climate change may lead to longer hayfever seasons

I recently listened to a lecture given by Dr Ross Walton, an Immunologist and clinical researcher. He spoke about climate change and how we may see longer hayfever seasons. He said that increased CO2 levels leads to faster, larger growth of plants and trees and this can lead to a change in the total pollen burden with pollen being produced for longer. Where there is a warmer climate with milder winters it can also lead to prolonged flowering of native flora. We are all familiar with the changes in the weather. We are seeing more frequent forest fires, droughts, heatwaves, thunderstorms, floods, storms, and hurricanes. Some of you have already noticed that your symptoms last longer or are more severe in recent years.

Support your immune system

Dr. Walton suggested a healthy diet that includes probiotic and fermented foods as well as exercise, and stopping smoking can also help. You’ll need a good strong immune system to help protect you. When you inhale pollens, your immune system reacts inducing a release of histamine which causes the symptoms that you experience. Inadequate sleep and high levels of stress and external environmental pollutants can also have a negative impact on your immune system. Rather than avoiding going outside he surprisingly suggested the opposite, get out a little every day to help increase your resistance.

Supplements to help

Every year I talk about Hayfever, and I talk about taking supplements in advance of the season to help lessen the problem. One of my long time favourites is A.Vogel Pollinosan, this is because I see real results with it. Start it before the season even begins, now would be a great time. You can get A.Vogel Luffa Complex for young children, it's suitable from two years of age. Choose A.Vogel Pollinosan Spray to cleanse the nasal passageway of pollens and dust and to ease symptoms. The latest addition to the range is A.Vogel Pollinosan Hayfever Eye Drops with chamomile and HLA to soothe itchy, irritated eyes.
I love the fact that A.Vogel donates 50p from every sale of the new Pollinosan Hayfever Drops to the Bee Conservation Trust, it all adds up.

The Hay-Band is a another option you could try especially if you find it difficult to take supplements. It's worn on the arm and can be used by children over 3 years of age and adults. It can help to prevent the onset of symptoms and to help give relief if they have already started.

The benefit of these natural solutions is that they are non drowsy and you don't have side effects like you would from some antihistamines.

Enjoy your summer the natural way.

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