7 Ways to Survive Allergy Season Naturally
It’s April and allergies are in full force as spring is upon us. Do you have a stuffy nose, itchy and watery eyes or are sneezing and wheezing?
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 that millions of Americans suffer from 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.
There are several physically notable signs of allergies. Most often you see skin rashes, or swollen and itchy eyes. Then there are the traditional symptoms like a sore throat, or runny nose.
Many of us can be quick to grab Benadryl, Claritin or other over the counter allergy medications. However, they tend to come with undesirable side effects including dry mouth, drowsiness, dizziness, nausea and vomiting.
If you are looking for long-term relief you want to start using natural remedies to manager or even alleviate all of your allergy symptoms.
7 Natural Allergy Relief Remedies:
1. Eat an anti-inflammatory, alkaline diet. Start eating an anti-inflammatory diet to reduce your risk of 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. For example, ginger has been used for centuries to alleviate the symptoms of allergies, including sneezing and congestion. In a 2016 study, the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found that giving mice ginger reduced sneezing and congestion. It also lowered mast cell response.
2. Rinse with saline before symptoms strike. A regular nasal saline rinse, just a spritz for your nose, 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 than those who didn’t.
3. Vitamin C. Practitioners of natural medication suggest taking 2,000 milligrams of vitamin C daily to reduce histamine levels.
4. 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.
5. Try acupuncture. Underlying imbalances within the body can be addressed with acupuncture. That includes allergies. You and your acupuncturist can develop a treatment plan to relieve the acute symptoms of allergies.
6. 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. The lower your stress, the more efficiently your nervous system will function.
7. Take probiotics. Many studies link the presence of good bacteria in the gut with reduced incidence of allergies. A high-quality probiotic can help stimulate production of immune enhancing substances, hinder growth of pathogenic and boost the immune system.
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