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Miracle

That sounds extreme. Thirty years ago give or take a few weeks. I was behind the netball courts in a thin strip of land at school. The freshly mown grass was too tempting to a bunch of teenagers and great for throwing.

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It marked the start of a significant bout of nasty hayfever and I’ve considered myself a sufferer ever since.

In the last four years, it’s got particularly bad. I spend a lot if time getting antihistamine and taking them religiously for at least four months. I also may need decongestant to help me scuba dive at this time of year.

Ever since, that is till now.

Five weeks ago, I stopped drinking dairy milk. I’d previously been a hot chocolate-aholic. But I’ve switched to drinking nut and soya milks with my breakfast cereal, tea and started making soya yoghurt.

I did it because I was always congested and being anti antibiotics I wanted to try and improve the congestion.

Now over the last two weeks I’ve realised something very odd. I’ve had practically zero hayfever symptoms. I’ve sneezed about twice. I’ve had itchy eyes for around two minutes.

Meanwhile, I’ve cycled around the local area, past trees and mowers and flowers. The blossom this season has also been record breaking. Still nothing.

Today this very fluffy tree in the grounds of my work has started it’s annual cotton wool deluge. Still nothing.

So rather than being completed bonkers, I thought I’d look it up. And low and behold. the hayfever site has some commentary on this very topic.

It suggests that omega 3 also has a beneficial impact. It happens that I’m taking a flaxseed based omega 3 every day as well.

Now I’m not saying this is definitely proof but I have had hayfever of a pretty major level for thirty years.

I think I can do without the hot chocolate.

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23 comments on “Miracle

  1. lindaswildlifegarden
    May 21, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Lovely post Liz and thank you for sharing I think I need to do something over the last couple of weeks my head hurts not sure if I need a hair cut as I have long hair or my eyes need seeing too but I am getting fed up with it

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  2. jannersmugs
    May 21, 2014

    Good News indeed.

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  3. jannersmugs
    May 21, 2014

    Nearly forgot….Good morning.

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  4. jannersmugs
    May 21, 2014

    Reblogged this on Janners Mugs Customised Mugs Specialist and commented:
    Suffering from hay fever? Worth a read.

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  5. Sarah
    May 21, 2014

    Hi Liz, glad it’s working out for you. Should just say that I went dairy-free in 1999, and I still get hayfever. However, it is much more manageable than it was when I was younger. I have always put it down to living in North Yorkshire, which is largely used for livestock grazing, rather than the arable south-west/west mids / borders area I spent much of my teenage years, plus a sprinkling of age πŸ˜‰ I don’t think I made the connection with milk products and hayfever – very interesting!

    I’m sure you are aware already, but your switch to soy and nut milk products has enormous environmental benefits. There are different stats around and I can’t quickly find the ones I usually quote, but check this:

    “A recent Dutch study comparing the water footprints of soybean and equivalent animal products found that soy milk and the soy burger have much smaller water footprints than cow milk and the average beef burger. The water footprint of the soy milk products analysed in this study was 28% of the water footprint of the global average cow milk” http://theconversation.com/soy-versus-dairy-whats-the-footprint-of-milk-8498

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    • lizard100
      May 21, 2014

      Thanks Sarah. The footprint stuff is crucial. It’s actually I’ve if my key reasons for being vegetarian. If 19% of emissions are from the meat and dairy industry then it’s so important.
      I’ve had the odd sniffle but it’s no where near the snivelling, weeping, medication dependent experience I’ve had before.

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  6. Laurin Lindsey
    May 21, 2014

    Isn’t it great when you discover a real cure! I drink almond milk because soy doesn’t agree with me.

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    • lizard100
      May 21, 2014

      Almond is one we also have. We’ve tried rice milk too. It is great.

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  7. wscottling
    May 21, 2014

    I’m so glad that worked for you! πŸ™‚ I have a chronic sinus infection and going dairy and gluten free so didn’t work for me. Can’t do soy because of my thyroid. But yanno what? Different things work for different people, and that’s just the way the world goes ’round. ^_^ Makes life interesting, dontcha think?

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    • lizard100
      May 21, 2014

      Keep trying. I’m gluten free pretty much too. My breathing has really improved.

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      • wscottling
        May 21, 2014

        ^_^ I have other issues that gluten free didn’t play well with. And I like dairy. I’m off to something else. But as long as it works for you, then it’s great for you.

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  8. quarteracrelifestyle
    May 21, 2014

    My husband cured really bad excema by adding more orange foods to his diet and cutting out sugar as he read to do in a book. He suffered it all his childhood through to his early 30’s and now has not one tiny patch. I am glad you have found your cure, my son gets hayfever so I shall tell him this (probably won’t heed it though) πŸ™‚

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    • lizard100
      May 21, 2014

      Orange foods that’s interesting. So carrots and oranges for example?

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      • quarteracrelifestyle
        May 21, 2014

        Yes…carrots, oranges, pumpkin etc and more dark greens too. When he thinks now of all the steroid creams etc that he had to use over his childhood rather than just find out these simple corrections to his diet – it just makes him sad for other kids really.

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      • lizard100
        May 21, 2014

        That’s been my focus realising about this hayfever. Thirty years of prescriptions and over the counter medicines with varying effects but no one ever said ‘consider reducing your dairy intake.’

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      • quarteracrelifestyle
        May 21, 2014

        Crazy ay, we like to think our doctors would know this stuff but noooo. When Roger told his doctor why his excema had cleared up he replied “That doesn’t surprise me”.

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      • lizard100
        May 21, 2014

        Brilliant!

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