With a spring in our step and a change in the landscape comes one of the most magical times of year, where the confinements of home and the cold weather are released and we charge out into the open to enjoy the turning of the season.
This is a beautiful time but can also be a stressful time for many as the new pollens and flowers can bring with them irritants and allergies.
Allergies affect 4 out of 10 Brits throughout their lifetime, with the most common being tree and grass pollen, proteins from dust mites, moulds and bees and wasps.
An allergic reaction is defined “as a damaging immune response by the body to a substance, especially a particular food, pollen, fur, or dust, to which it has become hypersensitive”.
Meaning that your body does not act in the most appropriate way and more often overacts to the irritant or stimulant.
These allergies are normal short term reactions of the body that maintains or manifest greater than intended.
When a person comes into contact with a particular allergen they are allergic to, a reaction occurs. This begins when the allergen (for example, pollen) enters the body, triggering an antibody response. When the allergen comes into contact with the antibodies, these cells respond by releasing certain substances, one of which is called histamine. These substances cause swelling, inflammation and itching of the surrounding tissues, which is extremely irritating and uncomfortable.
Preventing allergies is not always possible but here are some tips you can use to help prevent or reduce the effects.
Here are Epoch Lincoln’s Top Three Allergy help tips:
1. Eat local food and especially local honey. – There are studies that show this will boost your tolerance to local pollen and allergens.
2. Exercise. – Shown to help regulate insulin and therefore reduce the allergic response.
3. Local organic meat. – Free from additives that can increase allergies and high in omega 3 that will help reduce allergy symptoms.