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The Pizza that Can Help Your Hay Fever!

What you eat can affect your hay fever positively or negatively, says airborne allergies expert and creator of the HayMax organic allergen barrier balm, Max Wiseberg. “Certain foods can exacerbate the symptoms of hay fever whilst others can ease them,” says Max. “Here’s a healthy pizza recipe that my partner Christine created to help with my hay fever symptoms.”

“The pizza contains tomatoes, a super source of antioxidant vitamin C that researchers have found give protection against allergies and asthma [1]. Yellow pepper contains beta carotene which is high in vitamin C and bioflavonoids and is said to be good for preparing your body and fighting off hay fever symptoms. Red onions contain high amounts of the natural antihistamine quercetin, whilst pineapple contains bromelain which helps the body absorb quercetin. The garlic may help to clear your nasal passages, has natural decongestant effects and can help to reduce excess catarrh.

“There are no processed meats or foods, or dairy cheese, as they can stimulate mucus, which can build up in the throat and make your hay fever symptoms worse. Instead use a dairy free ‘cheese’, tofu or a cashew nut based ‘cheese’. Tofu contains zinc which is antibacterial and antiviral, whilst nuts are a great source of magnesium and vitamin E. As an antioxidant, vitamin E protects the body from damaging free radicals. Free radicals can cause oxidative tissue damage, which triggers inflammation that contributes to problems like allergies and asthma. (Of course, avoid nuts if you’re allergic to them.)

If you have a wheat allergy this may make your hay fever symptoms worse, so use a gluten-free flour for the base. Use whole grain flour for the base, or a ready-made whole grain base, as whole grains contain zinc, an antibacterial and antiviral. And top with rocket or baby spinach leaves, which also contain zinc.”

Dairy-free Red Onion, Pepper, Pineapple and Spinach Pizza
350g strong wholemeal bread flour
7g sachet of dried yeast
2tbsp olive oil
200ml warm water
Method: Preheat oven to 200°C. Mix the ingredients together. Tip the dough on to a floured board and knead for about 5 minutes. Put in a clean bowl, cover and leave to rest until it doubles in size (about an hour). Divide the dough into 3 pieces and roll each into a round pizza shape, approximately 20cm in diameter. Put on a baking tray and cook in the oven for 10-15 minutes, until the edges start to brown.

6 tablespoons tomato passata
150g dairy-free ‘cheese’ or tofu
1 large red onion
1 yellow pepper
3 slices pineapple (fresh or tinned)
3 cloves of garlic
Fresh basil leaves
Baby spinach leaves to decorate
Method: Spread 2 tablespoons of tomato passata on each pizza base. Remove the outer skin of the onion and de-seed the yellow pepper. Chop the red onion, yellow pepper and pineapple to desired size and divide evenly between the 3 pizzas. Crush the garlic and sprinkle over each pizza. Sprinkle a few fresh basil leaves on to each and put in the oven for about 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile grate the ‘cheese’ or chop the tofu. Remove the pizzas from the oven and sprinkle over the ‘cheese’ or tofu. Return to the oven for 2-3 minutes until the ‘cheese’ begins to melt. To serve, add some freshly ground black pepper and a handful of fresh baby spinach leaves.

Recipe courtesy of HayMax, the creators of HayMax organic, drug-free allergen barrier balms, www.haymax.biz

HayMax organic drug-free allergen barrier balms retail at £6.99 per pot and are available from Holland & Barrett; selected Morrisons, Waitrose and Boots; independent chemists, pharmacists and health stores; on 01525 406600 and from haymax.biz.


About Max Wiseberg
Max Wiseberg is an expert in airborne allergies (including hay fever and dust and pet allergies) and is a hay fever sufferer himself. He regularly writes in the press, for publications including The Sunday Mirror, Running Fitness, Health Food Business, The Practicing Midwife, Pharmacy magazines and Your Healthy Living and has appeared on BBC radio, many local radio stations, as well as The Chrissy B Show, Fitness TV and the Holiday & Cruise channel.


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Further information
For interview requests with Max Wiseberg or images, or for more information about HayMax allergen barrier balms, please contact:
Ian & Jenny Liddle, Excellart, 01450 219 246,
info@excellart.co.uk, www.facebook.com/Excellart, www.twitter.com/excellart

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