Hello Spring (…and hayfever season)
With hayfever season is now fully upon us (sniffle); nothing says -Hello Spring' quite like an itchy throat and watery eyes that just won't budge. This spring, Fusion Health holistic nutritionist and naturopath, Erika Morvay is encouraging us to look to nature for ingredients to help manage allergies from forming.
Interview with Erika Morvay, Fusion Health Holistic Nutritionist and Naturopath
Erika is a qualified Naturopath and Holistic Nutritionist. She has over a decade of experience working within the natural therapies industry and continues to educate herself to grow her expertise. She is part of the technical services team at Fusion Health providing expert advice to consumers, practitioners and retailers alike. She is also a founder of an online natural fertility coaching business, educating and supporting couples on their fertility journey. She is especially passionate about empowering and supporting women to live a nourished, fulfilled life. She can be contacted at www.erikamorvay.com
Question: What symptoms are associated with hayfever?
Erika Morvay: When an allergen is encountered, the body responds by releasing antibodies, which initiates histamine production. The symptoms of hayfever are triggered by histamine release.
The symptoms may include a runny or stuffy nose, frequent sneezing, itching of the nose, throat or roof of the mouth. The eyes often become red and watery and the ears may feel congested or blocked.
Question: How can we manage these symptoms naturally?
Erika Morvay: There are several nutrients and traditional herbs which may assist with managing the symptoms of hayfever.
Vitamin C and quercetin may help reduce the histamine levels and reduce inflammation associated with symptoms of hayfever.
Traditional Chinese and Western herbs such as Bupleurum, Baical Skullcap, Panax Ginseng, Ginger and Licorice can be beneficial in managing hayfever symptoms.
I also recommend working with a qualified health care practitioner who can assist with underlying contributing factors including gut health, diet, lifestyle and your direct environment.
Question: What originally inspired you to look to natural products?
Erika Morvay: My mum, I grew up in Europe and we used to collect, dry and use traditional herbs for various ailments or as a preventative. I naturally gravitated towards holistic approach to health since then.
Question: What's involved in your role as a Holistic Nutritionist and Naturopath?
Erika Morvay: I take into account the whole person, evaluate what they eat, their lifestyle habits, the environment they live in, their emotional and spiritual health, but I also look at medical test results and often recommend specific functional tests depending on the presenting symptom picture. Any recommendations are then based on all the collected information with aim to relieve the symptoms, but also address the underlying causes and improve general wellbeing.
Question: What made you want to take the steps to become a Holistic Nutritionist and Naturopath?
Erika Morvay: I always cared about health and wellbeing of others and our future generations and wanted to make a difference in the world. I originally graduated and worked as a remedial massage therapist over a decade ago, but I also have a passion for real food and natural therapies, so I decided to pursue the studies in nutrition and naturopathy.
Question: Do you have a morning routine; can you share it with us?
Erika Morvay: Yes I do. It varies throughout the week, depending on my schedule, but I generally make myself a cup of herbal tea and meditate for 5-10 min, play with my cat and some mornings go for a walk along the beach.
Interview by Brooke Hunter