• Michelle Sanders, JOYVIAL

8 Ways to Survive Allergy Season Naturally

It’s March…allergies are in FULL force as spring is upon us…are you suffering with a stuffy nose, sneezing, wheezing, itchy and watery eyes? Most of us suffer with an occasional blocked up nose, mild cough or hay fever as the leaves and plants start to bloom and the pollen appears. However, allergies can be a chronic (on-going) health condition and millions of Americans suffer daily. According to the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America, 1 in 5 people or an estimated 50 million Americans suffer from some type of allergy.

Top Signs of an Allergic Reaction:

1. Skin Rashes. Areas of skin are irritated, red, or swollen, and can be painful or itchy. This includes eczema, hives and contact dermatitis.

2. Sore throat. Pharynx or throat is irritated or inflamed.

3. Runny Nose. Runny, stuffy nose and sneezing.

4. Swollen and itchy eyes. Eyes may be watery or itchy and look “puffy.”

5. Burning. Skin inflammation leads to discomfort and stinging sensations on the skin.

Many of us can be quick to grab the Benadryl, Claritin or other over the counter allergy medicine. However, they tend to come with undesirable side effects including dry mouth, drowsiness, dizziness, nausea and vomiting. Here’s our top list of natural remedies for allergy relief.

Top 8 Natural Allergy Relief Remedies:

1. Eat an Anti-Inflammatory, Alkaline Diet. Start eating an anti-inflammatory diet to reduce your risk for allergies and many other health problems. Caring for your body with nutrient-dense foods gives your immune system the ability to repair itself, and therefore fight off common allergies in your environment. Foods, teas, and spices with known anti-inflammatory benefits play a role in reducing unpleasant allergy symptoms. In a 2016 study, the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found that ginger given orally to mice reduced sneezing and congestion as well as lowered mast cell response.

2. Rinse with saline before symptoms strike. A regular saline rinse, just a spritz for your nose, daily can wash away pollen and other irritants. This is such an easy holistic treatment for nasal congestion. In one study, participants who rinsed their sinuses twice a day for 3-6 weeks reported less nasal congestion that those who didn’t.

3. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers. Air conditioners and dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air. Simply pulling that moisture down and away limits the growth of mildew and mold. Keeping mildew and mold at bay can greatly impact allergies.

4. Vitamin C. Practitioners of natural medication suggest taking 2,000 milligrams of vitamin C daily to reduce histamine levels.

5. Manage stress. Stress hormones wreak havoc in the body and especially in the immune system, making seasonal allergies even worse. Consider methods of stress management such as meditation, taking time out for self-care and avoid overcommitting your schedule.

6. Try acupuncture. Underlying imbalances within the body are addressed with acupuncture, including allergies. You and your acupuncturist can develop a treatment plan to relieve the acute symptoms of allergies. In addition, this plan will also treat the root problems that are contributing to the body’s reaction to allergens.

7. Visit a chiropractor. Chiropractic care releases stress on the nervous system. This release permits the immune system to function more effectively— something all allergy sufferers need. A nervous system without stress functions more efficiently.

8. Take probiotics. Many studies link the presence of good bacteria in the gut with reduced incidence of allergies. A high quality probiotics can help stimulate production of immune enhancing substances, hinder growth of pathogenic and boost the immune system.

What Actually Happens Inside Your Body when you have an allergic reaction?

According to John Hopkins Medicine, allergic disease is one of the most common chronic health conditions in the world. People with a family history of allergies have an increased risk of developing allergic disease. Hay fever, eczema, hives, asthma, and food allergy are some types of allergic diseases. Allergy symptoms can range from mild to a serious, life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).

Allergic reactions begin in your immune system. To many people, dust, mold and pollen are harmless. However, when encountered by a person who is allergic to it, the immune system overreacts. The person’s immune system produces antibodies that "attack" the allergen. This can cause wheezing, itching, runny nose, watery or itchy eyes, and other symptoms.

Common types of allergens include:

Animal products. These include pet dander, dust mite waste, and cockroaches.

Drugs. Penicillin and sulfa drugs are common triggers.

Foods. Wheat, nuts, milk, shellfish, and egg allergies are common.

Insect stings. These include bees, wasps, and mosquitoes.

Mold. Airborne spores from mold can trigger a reaction.

Plants. Pollens from grass, weeds, and trees, as well as resin from plants such as poison ivy and poison oak, are very common plant allergens.

Other allergens. Latex, often found in latex gloves and condoms, and metals like nickel are also common allergens.

What are Food Allergies?

A food allergy is a condition in which certain foods trigger an abnormal immune response. It's caused by your immune system wrongly recognizing some of the proteins in a food as harmful. Your body then launches a range of protective measures, including releasing chemicals like histamine, which causes inflammation. For people who have a food allergy, even exposure to very small amounts of the problem food can cause an allergic reaction.

9 Foods that Account for 90 Percent of all Allergies:

1. Eggs

2. Milk

3. Peanuts

4. Tree Nuts

5. Fish

6. Shellfish

7. Wheat

8. Soy

9. Chocolate

At JOYVIAL we can help you manage your allergy symptoms and have dedicated health coaches ready to assist you with creating greater health and wellness.

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