I pride myself on rarely being ill (touch wood) and genuinely being a healthy boy, but it pains me to say that my biggest weakness, my Achilles Heel if you will, is pollen.
It’s such a pathetic weakness to have. Pollen. Bloody plant sperm. Plant sperm getting all up in my nose and sinuses wreaking havoc and causing untold amounts of discomfort and sneezing.
We’ve all heard about the hundreds of ‘miracle’ cures for said ailment, but few rarely work.
This Vaseline trick is said to be a good solution, but apparently there are certain foods we could be eating which can help too. Delicious foods, primarily, curry.
A curry is the perfect dish for any occasion, except before a night-out because it’s likely to repeat on you throughout the night. Another occasion where it’d be good to eat a hot one would be going to the park, or Wimbledon for example, as Capsicin, the stuff that gives chilies their heat, is known to help open up the nasal passages and relieve that bunged up feeling.
Furthermore, turmeric, a spice widely used in curries and South Asian cuisine, can reduce inflammation caused by the enzyme phospholipase A2, which is triggered into action by pollen in hay fever sufferers, the Express reports.
Another top tip is to stock up on vitamin A-rich foods like carrots and sweet tatties. They’ll help to keep your mucous membranes nice and healthy rather than dry and irritated, while stocking up on brightly coloured veg is also great for boosting your immune system.
Additionally, oat milk can also help, as dairy products can aggravate allergies so switching to plant-based alternatives may help to reduce catarrh.
Nutritional Therapist, Marcelle Rose, says: “Dairy products like milk and cheese stimulate the body to produce more mucus, making blocked noses or ears much worse.
“Matured cheeses also tend to contain high levels of histamine.
“And sugar, which causes your body to produce more histamine, can further exacerbate your symptoms.”
Yogurt also contains a lot of good bacteria which nutritionists believe can lessen the impact of hay fever on your body while red grapes are an excellent source of quercetin, an antioxidant with antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties.
Other great foods to help with hay fever include fish, herbal tea and citrus fruits – so there’s enough there to be going off and doing a big shop with.
I’m usually against faddy dietry advice, but if this is going to prevent my symptoms I think it’s worth experimenting with.
Does the curry have to be hot though? Because I’m a Korma kid at heart.
Trading a snotty nose and streaming eyes for a burning mouth and tongue because I’ve had to scoff a Vindaloo before a day out seems like a pointless exercise.
I’ll meet in the middle and start with a Dhansak.
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Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent writer, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over the course of several sex-related articles, bringing a very public shame to his family's good name.