Eric BlairJuly 11th
2019

Struggling with the summer sniffles? Well, it turns out that getting a good ol’ curry down you could help solve some of your tissue issues… 

That’s right, an expert has revealed that a decent dose of spicy food could ease those runny noses and itchy eyes.

Pretty52 spoke to hay fever expert Dr Preethi, clinical director at the Private GP, London Doctor’s Clinic to find out what dietary changes we can make to help relieve hay fever symptoms this summer. 

Dr Preethi told Pretty52 that although there's not too much evidence to support ‘tried and tested’ foods boosting the immune system, staying energised and keeping hydrated will all aid in keeping hay fever at bay.

Dr Preethi said: “Include Omega fatty acids in your diet, found in oily fish, flax seeds, avocado and nuts, they will help to boost your immune system, as they have an anti-inflammatory advantage. Vitamin D, which is also responsible for a healthy immune system can be found in some vegetables, eggs, and soya milk.”

According to Dr Preethi we should also be adding more carotenoids (found in fruits and vegetables such as carrots, apricots, pumpkins and spinach) to our diet as they contain antioxidant properties.

"Sweet potato is an anti-inflammatory which can help reduce inflammation and irritation caused by hay fever,” added Dr Preethi.

Chamomile, ginger, green and peppermint teas all also have properties that could help lessen the effects of hay fever on our systems, providing energy boosts, natural decongestants and antihistamines.

But now for the fun part. Dr Preethi told Pretty52: “You may also find that eating a spicy curry can help ease your symptoms. Hot chilli peppers contain capsaicin, a component which is activated when consumed, this opens nasal passages and stimulates normal breathing.

"Turmeric, the common Indian spice, and cinnamon are considered good anti-inflammatories and natural immune system boosters which will help to combat the effects of pollen allergies!”

But as well as what we should be eating, Dr Preethi is also keen to point out which foods we should be avoiding: “Up to a quarter of asthma/hay fever sufferers report dietary sensitives and dairy often seems to be the culprit, amongst many other things.

"Dairy products increase production of mucus which worsens blocked and runny noses. Instead people with hay fever may want to opt for dairy-free alternatives, such as oat, soya or nut milks, as they will not aggravate your allergies further.”

So there you have it, it’s got to be worth a try, surely?

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