Consumables to avoid

It’s not just food you need to be wary of, but indeed anything that you put into your body.

Adverse effects from other medications and supplements is another reason why you should involve a doctor in your hay fever strategy.


Might not be helpful

Apples*, bean sauce, bread,  canned fish, cheese, chicken liver, chocolate, corn, cow’s milk, cream, eggplant (aubergine), egg white, ice cream, nuts, pickled herring, pineapple*, sauerkraut, spinach, smoked fish, soy sauce, strawberries*, tomatoes, wheat, Marmite/Promite/Vegemite
* though could be helpful for many individuals


Beer, cream, coffee, soft drinks, wine

Can you imagine trying to get through hay fever season without your early-morning double-strength latte? In a word – hard.

Well, you should know that caffeine puts stress on the adrenal glands which are already under stress from your hay fever, and it also reduces your ability to absorb nutrients from your food so cutting back could help.

More info on potentially unhelpful consumables

Gluten (wheat, oats, barley etc) and dairy foods should be reduced as they increases mucus, as does meat.

Omega-6 fatty acids (found in vegetable oils and some nuts and cereals) should be reduced in proportion to omega-3 fatty acids which are better for hay fever.

Basically, omega-6 and omega-3 compete for the same enzymes, so for the standard western diet with ratios as high as 30:1 the omega-6 level is so high that the omega-3 fats struggle to do their job, and the chance of sickness becomes greater.

Thus, any increase of omega-3 fatty acids will help even up this ratio and can thus be beneficial for hay fever sufferers, as has been shown in research on pro-inflammatory diseases including asthma.