It’s springtime! But what if you’re not so quick to celebrate if you suffer with seasonal allergies this time of year? Did you know there are many safe, natural homeopathic treatments and small dietary changes you can make to help with your seasonal allergies?
While so many of us jump for joy when we see the arrival of the first robin or the blossoming of new buds on a tree, unfortunately there are those that find this season a bit more challenging. More than 50 millions of Americans suffer from nasal allergies each year. As many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion and the numbers keep going up. Most people suffer with runny noses, sneezing, stuffiness, itchy watery eyes, rashes all the way to breathlessness. Beside immunotherapy- allergy shots and antihistamines, there are several natural and safer options that could alleviate the symptoms and make this season more enjoyable.
Seasonal Allergies – What Can We Do to Ease The Suffering?
When you suffer from allergies, things like dust, pollen, pets like cats, birds and others that are harmless to most people, will trigger a reaction from the immune system. A chemical signal is sent to the mast cells to release histamines. Histamines are like “body guards” that are protecting us, meanwhile these histamines start their chain reaction in overprotecting our bodies producing the all familiar symptoms of allergies. Certain foods, supplements, herbs and homeopathic remedies can help your immune response in reducing the symptoms and act as natural antihistamines. As Hippocrates famously noted: ” Let thy food be thy medicine”.
**Please Note: Consult with your physician before taking over-the-counter antihistamines.
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Here are some recommendations that will help you with those pesky allergies:
- Apples – rich of Quercetin calming the mast cells and the release of histamines.
- Capers – packed with Quercetin and Vitamin C.
- Ginger – histamine blocker and immune-booster.
- Local Honey – helps develop a tolerance to local allergens.
- Pineapple – Full of bromelain reduces allergy sensitivity and is a great anti-inflammatory (Try in a smoothie with apples, ginger, and honey).
- Stinging Nettle – (Urtica dioica) is a known allergy relief taken as an herbal tea.
- Butterbur – (Petasites hybridus) as effective as Zyrtec for allergic rhinitis. **
- Eliminate Chemical Triggers – avoiding perfumes, scented detergent/fabric softeners, room deodorants, etc. can decrease reactions to a variety of culprits.
- Elimination Diets – some known dietary culprits include: gluten, dairy, soy, sugar, and nightshades. Supplement with probiotics to aid in digestion.
- Homeopathy – safe and effective methods to improve many symptoms by carefully matching the symptoms with the appropriate remedy. Known remedies include: Allium cepa, Kali phos., Natrum mur. and others.
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*American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
** British Medical Journal 2002 Jan. 19 (144-6)