Hazel is a problem

I heard an article on the radio earlier this week about a group of people who every year, in January, go out in the countryside and monitor how many wild flowers they can find. I have been thinking about that since I took a long car journey last Sunday and noticed that the catkins were abundant in the trees.

Catkins or ‘lamb’s tails’ are usually one of the first signs of spring but there they are in January hanging in the sunshine. It only takes a little warmth for them to burst into life and to spread their pollen on the wind. As soon as we have some warm sunshine, nature recognises the warmth and responds with a release of pollen – as it should do.

I have been asked over the last week – ‘This feels like hay fever but it’s only January … what do you think?’ Well my answer is Hazel is the problem. Although it is ‘only January’ if you look closely you will see the tips of the spring bulbs poking through the ground and the catkins on the trees – all getting ready and making sure they are there for the spring warmth. For those sensitive to pollen from Spring flowers and shrubs this can mean itchy eyes, running nose and headaches.

So you aren’t imagining it – you can get hay fever in Spring or even at the end of Winter.

Rather than take anti-histamine, desensitise with kinesiology

Simple protection from colds and flu

Although it’s not officially Winter yet (December 21st and the Winter Solstice is the official start of Winter apparently) – remember immune support is really important at this time of year especially with the winter vomitting bug around, but mostly to avoid colds and flu.
Vitamin C  is a great anti-oxidant – it fights free radicals.  Zinc also fights free radicals and helps immune cells reproduce.  Vitamin D (especially needed at this time of year) strengthens the immune cells.  You can get vitamins from food of course but at this time of year you would have to eat a great deal of oranges for instance to get enough Vitamin C for adequate protection.  We make Vitamin D from exposure to sunlight – that’s sunlight not sunshine – being outdoors with hands and face exposed for around 20 minutes every day will top up your vitamin D reserves but at this time of year most people are inside with the heating turned up or toasting marsh mallows on an open fire – or is that just my romatic side coming out :-)).  You can also top up your Vitamin D from egg yolks but again you need much more than that.
//gallery.foreverliving.com/gallery/GBR/image/products/Forever-immublend---200x200.gifSo supplementation is a great idea at this time of the year.  I recommend Immublend – it has protected me when I have been exposed to sneezing and wheezing people on the train and when sitting at a conference.  I don’t leave home without taking it in the Winter months.
You can also support your immune system by making your own Rosehip Syrup – it’s not too late – you can still find hips in the hedgerows.  Some people have asked me about the sugar content of the syrup – sugar being an anti-immune substance.  Well I don’t have an answer for that.  Maybe the Vitamin C content cancels out the negative impact of the sugar.  All I know is that it seems to work.