The planet is our home; we need to be more responsible. Here's what I do.
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.
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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