Alternative and Natural Allergy relief
Spring is such a beautiful time of year, however, it can be a miserable time for some.
Here are some ways in which you can make this allergy season more tolerable. The natural way!
By working with the body as a network of systems, we can help it to function better as a unit, hopefully mitigating the overreaction that causes allergic symptoms.
Going with your gut – addressing the source of allergic reactions. For allergies, we need to look at the gut. We know that our bodies are filled with microbes. A weakened “army” of microbes, then, can lead to a weakened or inefficient immune system – one more likely to create allergic reactions. In addition to healthy dietary habits to protect our intestinal microbial life, supplementing with probiotics may be an important key in the treatment of allergies. I use Life 5 Probiotics and take Allerzyme, a digestive enzyme, produced by the Young Living Essential Oil Company.
Eating for allergies – improving your nutritional support of the immune system. Aside from protecting the gut with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and fermented foods and avoiding refined and processed grains and sugars, some specific dietary inclusions can improve our chances against allergies. Fruits high in vitamin C, and good sources of omega 3 oils are also important to include in the diet. I take Omegagize3 and add a nutritious supplemental drink packed full of antioxidants called NingXia Red. NingXia Red has helped both my son and I tremendously!
Foods that fight spring allergies
- Broccoli – This precious piece of produce serves two purposes in annihilating your allergy symptoms. It’s high in allergy-relieving vitamin C and it’s a member of the crucifer family, plants that have been shown to clear out blocked-up sinuses.
- Kale – This superfood packs a one-two punch against allergies; like broccoli, it’s a member of the crucifer family, but it’s also rich in the carotenoid department, pigments believed to aid in fighting allergy symptoms.
- Citrus fruits – To hit that 500-milligram vitamin C level from whole food sources, you can also turn to oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and limes.
- Collard greens – Their phytochemical content, mainly, carotenoids, eases allergy issues. To increase the amount of carotenoids your body absorbs, eat the veggie with some sort of fat source.
- Elderberries – Immune-strengthening elderberries are often hailed as a natural flu treatment, but the berries serve a purpose in natural allergy relief, too. Try elderberry syrup or juice for the beneficial flavonoids that reduce inflammation. (You can purchase elderberry syrup at stores such as Whole foods or Earth Fare)
- Onions and garlic – Quercetin is another secret weapon that helps fight allergies by acting like an antihistamine. Onions and garlic are packed with quercetin, as are apples. (If you go with eating apples, just make sure they don’t stimulate oral allergy syndrome.)
A Healthy Immune System
During the allergy season, we must be mindful in maintaining a healthy immune system. We can do this in eating healthy and allergy friendly foods, reducing stress, getting plenty of rest, drinking plenty of good water, and regular exercise.
Take the extra time this allergy season to reduce stress and boost your immune system!
- Get regular Massage | Bodywork – reduces stress and boosts the immune system!
- Acupuncture – Learn how to do a simple self-acupressure exercise to balance and strengthen the lungs and Qi energy!
- Spend time with friends
- Prepare whole food meals
- Oil Pulling – Read how oil pulling can be helpful for alleviating the symptoms of allergies!
- BioMat – Detoxify the body of harmful bacterial and toxins, boost the immune system, and reduce stress with the Far-Infrared BioMat! Read more on the Biomat here!
Therapeutic Grade Essential oils, used appropriately, are highly effective in improving allergy symptoms and boosting the immune system.
How to use Essential oils to improve the symptoms of allergies:
- Diffuse – Inhalation
- Topical – apply to skin
- Internal (must use high quality therapeutic grade essential oils only!)
- Add a few drops to a bowl of hot water and place face over the bowl with a towel over the head while inhaling the vapors.
One combination of oils, that is often used to help control the symptoms of allergies, are Peppermint, Lemon, and Lavender. These three oils can be diffused or added in equal parts, with a carrier oil and applied to the skin, diffused, or added to bowl of hot water, as mentioned above.
To Learn more about the benefits of Essential Oils, please visit my personal website.
A few last things to mention….
Take a shower – A quick rinse after spending time outdoors can help remove allergens from your skin and hair—and prevent them from spreading to clothes, furniture, pillowcases, and other surfaces.
Time your workouts
- The pollen count is highest between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. and again at dusk, so plan your workouts for other times of the day when pollen levels are lower.
- Avoid outdoor exercise on dry, warm, windy days, which bring the highest pollen levels.
- Check the pollen counts before heading out. A web site such as that of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, which tracks pollen counts for trees, mold, weeds, and grass across the U.S. is a good resource.
- High humidity can cause problems, as well. If the air feels heavy, it can make breathing feel difficult. The humidity also contributes to mold growth, which can trigger symptoms in some people.
Sinus Rinse/Neti Pot
- A sinus rinse or Neti Pot, effectively removes the allergens and other irritants that cause sinus problems.
- Breathe through your nose when outdoors. Your nose filters the air, which helps keep the allergens out.
To Surviving Spring Allergies