Anyone that suffers from Allergies knows the misery that they can cause you. So today we are going to discuss the some ways to naturally relieve some of the symptoms. If you have itchy eyes and skin, are sneezing and wheezing, or multitude of other symptoms that allergies can cause I would like to help you find some natural ways to reduce or eliminate those symptoms. Allergies come in many forms and types whether they are seasonal, environmental, or many other factors the one thing common denominator is that they can cause havoc in your life. Since this is the holiday season and that itself can cause your allergies to flare up from Christmas trees to just being around more people. There are preventative and natural ways to help reduce or your misery. So take a load off your feet and listen up, you just might learn some useful information.
Allergies are affecting by different factors, one is the winter’s temperature, the amount of rain we have, and other environmental triggers indoors and outdoors. If the winter is warmer than the pollen from the trees, grass, and numerous weeds such as ragweed, tends to be worse. The pollen count is going to be higher since it doesn’t freeze out many of the pollutants and more than usual rain can cause extra mold pollutants. Unfortunately, allergies for some individuals are all year long–just different triggers for different seasons. Such as in the winter season their triggers have a lot to do with poor indoor air quality, dust, mold, pets, and list goes on and on. There are numerous natural remedies that actually work very well for many people.
1. Increase you intake of anti-inflammatory foods such as ground flaxseed, walnuts, hempseeds. Also take fish oil which is great for reducing inflammation. All of these have loads of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is a omega-3 fatty acid. This will help reduce inflammation in your nasal passages, sinus, or in your bronchial tubes.
2. Irrigate your nostrils using a neti pot 2 times per day with a one teaspoon of non-iodized sea salt per pint of water. This will help wash out trapped pollen or dust in your nose.
3. If you are outside working in your garden or yard or just out for play change your clothes as soon as you enter your house (put them in the washer as soon as possible so that the pollen doesn’t spread to other items and pollute your inside air). Take a shower and wash your hair immediately so that mold spores and other pollen are washed away.
4. Make sure you have a good air cleaner with a True Hepa Filter and one that filters mold, pollen, dust, and even environmental pollutants.
5. Try some homeopathic or herbal remedies that are specialty formulated for anti-allergy agents and supports the immune system.
6. Minimize eating mucus-forming foods such as dairy products, red meats, fried and processed foods, wheat, eggs, and chocolate. These foods have a tensity to promote inflammation a and to negatively the immune system which is already on overdrive.
7. Apply a pinch of non-petroleum jelly just inside the opening of your nostrils to catch and neutralize the effects of pollen.
8. Try quercetin, this is a natural remedy found in onions, grapefruit, and red wine. It controls the release of histamines, which will help stop the runny nose, watery eyes, and itchy skin or eyes.
9. Try Stinging Nettle a herb that helps reduce allergy symptoms with great results for many people. At one time nettles were among the most commonly eaten late winter or early spring greens, due to their high content of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Stinging nettle are also a rich source of flavonoids and chlorophyll.
10. Drink lots of water which helps cleanse the body of all impurities, will thin mucous secretions, and hydrate your mucous membrane tissues. The recommended amount of water is half of your body weight in ounces. eg. if you weight 150 pounds, drink at least 75 ounces of water.
Managing and controlling allergies is never easy, but it is possible with the right treatment and proper care. One of the first steps is keeping your immune system healthy, and it would be a good idea to start treatment before your allergy season starts. Getting ahead of your symptoms can be very beneficial. My suggestion is to use natural remedies before using over the counter drugs. I believe it is essential to have a good air cleaner that allows you to breathe clean refreshing air especially in your bedroom. OTC (over the counter) can have side effects such as depleting essential nutrients from your body or making you drowsy. Seeing a naturopathic doctor or a homeopathic health-care provider for the proper guidance is a very positive step in the right direction. So think about it and talk to your friends and family to figure out what is the best treatment for you!
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Quote of the Day: Instead of being a time of unusual behavior, Christmas is perhaps the only time in the year when people can obey their natural impulses and express their true sentiments without feeling self-conscious and, perhaps, foolish. Christmas, in short, is about the only chance a man has to be himself! – Francis C. Farley