5 Great Tips for Dealing With Seasonal Allergies
While less common during the winter months, seasonal allergies exist year-round and can come out with a fiery force in the spring when plants begin to pollinate. Pollen travels through the air you breathe and can cause an allergic response, also called hay fever or allergic rhinitis.
Allergic responses happen when your immune system reacts excessively to what it considers a foreign invader. It produces a chemical called histamine, that creates an inflammatory response while it tries to fight off the allergen.
Symptoms can include a runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, coughing, wheezing, or a headache.
Many people turn to prescription and over the counter drugs to help battle allergy symptoms. However, there are great holistic ways to reduce your body’s allergic reactions, including homeopathic allergy medicines.
5 Natural Ways to Relieve Allergy Symptoms
When dealing with seasonal allergies, the following 5 natural and healthy tips are important to know to reduce your body’s overreactions to allergy triggers.
1. Eat Clean
Eat an anti-inflammatory diet to reduce your body’s inflammatory response. This includes healthy unprocessed foods like whole grains and organic fruits and vegetables.
2. Get the Nutrients Your Body Needs
Get the vitamins and minerals you need to build a healthy immune system. Here are some important nutrients, especially during seasonal allergies.
- Vitamin C is an antioxidant that has shown to reduce excessive inflammation. In a long-term study of 71 patients with respiratory allergy symptoms, taking vitamin C significantly reduced symptoms (1). Foods high in vitamin C include citrus fruits, mangos, and tomatoes.
- Vitamin D, which you obtain with sun exposure, is important to immune function (2). Many people don't get the recommended daily amount of vitamin D from the sun, and a supplement can come in handy specifically during winter and allergy season.
- Sodium Chloride is an important mineral salt you need for fluid and sodium balancing in the body. The Cell Salt Natrum Muriaticum can help lessen and soothe allergic reactions by helping your body maintain proper water and sodium levels and keeping your mucous membranes moist and protected. Start taking Nat Mur about 6 weeks before trees and flowers start to bloom. March and April and the spring overall are an excellent time to use Nat Mur regularly.
- Omega 3-fatty acids offer anti-inflammatory nutrients that can help curb allergies (3). Fish oil, flaxseed, hemp, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts are all good sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
3. Detox Your Liver
One of your liver’s key jobs is to take all that you absorb into your body, determine what is a toxin or waste, and expel those unwanted items. Allergies could be more troublesome when your liver is overloaded with toxins.
Cleansing your liver before spring allergy season starts can be very helpful to reducing the severity of symptoms. Detox Escort is a gentle homeopathic oral spray that can be taken twice a day for a period of 3-6 weeks beginning in early spring. Detoxing can help allergy sufferers prepare for a more agreeable allergy season and enjoy the spring.
4. Homeopathic and Herbal Allergy Supplements
Homeopathic allergy sprays made with herbs and minerals known to reduce hypersensitivities to pollen, dust, pet dander, and other tiny particles in our environment are a great natural way to reduce symptoms.
- Allergy Escape is a convenient, powerful homeopathic oral spray. It causes no side effects like nausea or drowsiness and can be taken on empty stomachs and while driving.
- Elderberries are high in anthocyanins, antioxidants that support a healthy immune system. They also contain quercetin, vitamin C, and more making Elderberry Liquid Extract an excellent supplement during allergy season.
- Allergy Defense Kit includes Allergy Escape, Elderberry Liquid Extract, and Detox Escort. Save $4 when buying the kit and get the herbs, nutrients, and liver cleanse you need for improving your immune function against allergens.
Allergy Defense Kit
5. Drink Plenty of Water & Get Some Exercise
Your body needs water to flush out toxins that can cause increased allergy issues. Plus, plenty of fluids help thin the mucus in your nose and sinuses when dealing with seasonal allergies.
Regular moderate exercise is good for your health. And it may also help reduce allergies! In a small study with 27 rhinitis patients, regular aerobic exercise really made a difference (4).
In summary, there are some great natural ways to help reduce seasonal allergies. Eat clean, get the nutrients your body needs, do a spring detox, drink plenty of water, and get regular exercise.
Check out homeopathic allergy medicines which provide an excellent, gentle, and effective way to stay strong during peak allergy months or year-round.
- Vollbracht, C., et al (2018). Intravenous vitamin C in the treatment of allergies: an interim subgroup analysis of a long-term observational study.
- Aranow, C. (2011). Vitamin D and the immune system.
- Miyata, J., & Arita, M. (2015). Role of omega-3 fatty acids and their metabolites in asthma and allergic diseases.
- Tongtako, W., Klaewsongkram, J., Mickleborough, T. & Suksom, D. (2018). Effects of aerobic exercise and vitamin C supplementation on rhinitis symptoms in allergic rhinitis patients.
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