Immunity in Spring Time
Support your immune system
Spring and Summer are key times of the year for allergies. Grass pollen is the most common allergen, affecting suffered at the specific times of the year when grass pollen is released (May-July). Along with the beautiful dry days and sunshine, these months can bring new challenges to the immune system of hay fever sufferers. Hayfever, one of the most common allergies begins as the trees start to bloom and the grass gets cut. The grass pollen triggers symptoms such as sneezing, watery and itchy eyes and nasal congestion.
Vitamin C is a powerful antihistamine, but in large doses can cause diarrhea in some people. If you’d like to use vitamin C, cut back on the amount if you develop a loose bowel.
Top up on the sunshine vitamin
Natural sunlight does generally boost immunity and one major reason for this is that sunlight stimulates the synthesis of vitamin D on the skin, so now is the time to get active outdoors and start topping up on the sunshine vitamin.
Clean up your diet
In winter, with our cold and damp climate we tend to consume comfort food to provide us with the body with insulation and fuel. As we move through Spring and eating with the seasons, our diet should become lighter. Fresh vegetables, especially the cruciferous family of vegetables should be included every day. These provide us with magnesium, which contributes improved energy, and supports nervous system function.