When spring-time hits, so do the allergies. While that's an indicator something is wrong in your gut, a fast working remedy is local honey!
I would always suggest working to heal your gut as a first priority. But if you haven't done that, go straight for the local honey! Local honey is raw and unpasteurized, therefore it has the pollen intact. The theory is that by ingesting the pollen (either through local honey or actual pollen granules) over time, you build an immunity to it.
More studies are needed on this and there doesn't seem to be a consensus on how much honey/pollen should be consumed daily. This study out of Malaysia shows that improvements were seen from ingesting honey daily.
My personal experience has been that I've tried just about every over-the-counter medication out there for allergies, and nothing helped me. So I finally tried local honey after reading about it, and the results were so quick and powerful! I was amazed and wished I tried it sooner. It didn't completely stop my symptoms, but it came pretty close.
Here I've put together a simple, 4 ingredient recipe that uses both local honey and bee pollen. I've also included berries, since they are immune boosters and high in vitamin C. Enjoy!
Very-berry Allergy Fighting Smoothie
- 1 Cup Frozen mixed berries
- 1 Cup Full-fat coconut milk mix the liquid and fat before measuring for an even consistency.
- 1 teaspoon Bee pollen
- 2 teaspoon Local honey
- Add all ingredients to a high speed blender.
- Blend together until desired consistency is reached.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
We tried this recipe this morning with our local honey, and I added some Greek vanilla yogurt for a protein boost, and it was delicious!