Seven ways to an avoid allergy blow-out this silly season




The festive season is well and truly upon us. And, while December can be a time to look back over the highs and lows of the year, it’s also a time to juggle a crazy number of social engagements. Don’t let your allergy symptoms get the better of you – here are seven simple ways to avoid an allergy blowout and safeguard your health this festive season.


  1. Get PAT top-up sessions


Whether it’s at the work Christmas party or Christmas lunch with the extended family, we’re all guilty of overdoing it at the end of the year. And this may mean consuming more of the types of foods that can trigger reactions. Keep an eye out for:

  • Sugar – found in Christmas cakes and biscuits, fresh and dried fruit, alcohol, chocolate, soft drink, and sauces
  • Food preservatives – found in alcohol, fruit cake, ham and packaged foods
  • Histamine – high in alcohol (especially champagne and cider), fruit (especially berries, citrus, mango), olives, some nuts, ham, smoked salmon, tea and chocolate
  • Gluten – found in pudding, Christmas cakes and biscuits, pasta, bread and turkey stuffing
  • Amines – found in alcohol, cheese, ham, chocolate, pate, salami, soft drinks and juice
  • Glutamates – found in alcohol, oysters, dried fruit, tomato, gravy, seasoned foods and cheese

It’s always best to get on top of minor reactions before you go all steam ahead! The last thing you need is extra inflammation in the body and allergy symptoms to go with that hangover.

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2. Think twice about the tree

Decorating the Christmas tree is a tradition that most people look forward to every year. But pines are a haven for moulds, which release spores that can trigger allergy symptoms in sensitive people. So, if you found yourself itching and sneezing last year, get yourself an artificial tree.

But remember, artificial trees, especially if they’ve been sitting in storage for years, can also contain their fair share of allergens (like dust and mould). So hose down your tree and let it dry fully before bringing it inside to decorate.


3. Mind the decorations

Baubles, tinsel and other Christmas gems, which sit in storage all year round, can also harbor dust and moulds. So make sure your decorations are wiped down well before they go up. And when it’s time to take them down again, save yourself the hassle next year by storing your decorations in air-tight containers, in a dry, cool place.


  1. Stay hydrated

Even mild dehydration can elevate histamine, the chemical responsible for your dreaded allergy symptoms. So avoid dehydration by:

  • Making your first drink something non-alcoholic like ginger beer or mineral water. This will help quench your thirst and may discourage you from over doing it later with the champers and beer.
  • Watering down your drinks, especially when it’s hot. A wine spritzer or beer shandy can help ensure you stay hydrated while drinking and may mean you consume less alcohol.
  • Drinking a glass of water between alcoholic drinks and again before going to bed.


  1. Seek advice

A naturopath or other health professional can help you manage your health during the silly season. You’ll be amazed at the simple yet effective lifestyle strategies that can help you keep your health in check this Christmas.


  1. Try herbs and supplements

Natural supplements are designed to improve our immunity. They can also help us adjust physically to the numerous demands this time of year. At Health & Wellness Australia & Auckland (HWA), we can prescribe a range of herbs and supplements to ensure you get all the right vitamins and minerals to stay healthy this silly season.


  1. De-stress

Christmas can be a pretty stressful time of year. And stress is a well-known trigger for many allergy related problems, including atopic conditions like hayfeverasthma and eczema. If you cannot avoid or eliminate stressors, try deep breathing techniques to help you relax. Place your left hand on your chest and your right on your belly. Breathe through your nose and concentrate on expanding your abdomen, not your chest.


Discover our natural allergy treatment

If you want to allergy symptoms over the festive season, try Positive Association Technique (PAT) – our natural allergy treatment!

PAT is a non-invasive holistic therapy, which:

  • draws on acupressure and kinesiology techniques
  • aims to re-train your body
  • may reduce your reactions to substances that may be causing or exacerbating your sensitivities.

Some cases can be complex, so our naturopaths may also recommend supplements, herbs, and lifestyle advice to help you achieve the best long-term results.


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This blog is intended as general information only. PAT cannot cure allergies – it is intended to decrease reactions and help manage symptoms. It is not intended to raise unrealistic expectations. If symptoms persist, consult your GP.



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