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Natural Relief for Seasonal Allergies

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Seasonal allergies can be downright terrible, and billions of people worldwide struggle through this never-ending cycle. Even when symptoms are minor, such as itchy eyes and a runny nose, it can become relentless, and sometimes there seems there is no sanctuary from the offending allergens. Sure, there are medications that can help, but these usually carry with them unwanted side effects. Sometimes the side effects are worse than the symptoms themselves, like getting drowsy in the middle of the workday. Fortunately there are all-natural techniques that have no side effects at all. Here are seventeen of them:

  1. Relax- Stress is a complex issue, and it affects everybody differently. However, it’s never a bad idea to reduce stress and to deal with it properly. If stress does exacerbate your symptoms, then just relaxing can make you feel significantly better.

  2. Stay Hydrated- Most of us don’t drink enough water, and this is especially true for allergy sufferers. In fact, you may be so used to light dehydration that you may not even feel it directly, but you will feel it in terms of more severe allergy symptoms. It is very important to keep one's body properly hydrated by drinking adequate amounts of water throughout the day. The greatest benefit is that it will flush the mucus trapping those airborne allergens, like dust and pollen.

  3. Drink Tea- During an allergic reaction, our body releases histamines, which trigger inflammatory responses. Chamomile and green tea both have natural antihistamines that greatly help the immune system and decrease allergy symptoms.

  4. Local Honey- In theory, locally produced honey acts like a vaccine, and although there is no hard scientific evidence supporting it yet, many have great success eating 1-3 spoonfuls per day for 1-2 months prior to the start of allergy season. Make sure it’s local; the idea is that the pollen from the local flowers and plants is what is helping to build the immunity.

  5. Eat Immunity-Boosting Foods- As an allergy sufferer, you’ll want to integrate many leafy vegetables into your diet year round. Berries and cherries are also very good, especially during the allergy season; they help to minimize inflammatory responses. Eat foods with Omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild salmon, flaxseed oil and fish oil supplements. Opt for whole grains rather than processed grains and sprouted-grain breads over flour-based. Instead of wheat, eat amaranth, millet, quinoa and spelt, and east spices such as basil, garlic, horseradish, oregano and white pepper.

  6. Avoid Immune System Irritators- According to some theories, foods that produce mucus, such as simple sugars, cold raw foods and milk, can exacerbate allergies. Milk also causes problems because it is very high in protein, which can make the immune system overactive. Other potential irritants—this varies greatly between individuals—include citrus, corn, eggplants, peanuts, peppers, shellfish, soy, wheat and nightshade vegetables, like tomatoes. Don’t necessarily avoid these foods, but monitor your reaction to them, and then limit or increase the amount you eat accordingly.

  7. Quercetin- Quercetin is a naturally occurring bioflavonoid, which helps control the release of histamines and reduces inflammation. Many foods, such as apples, berries, black tea, grapes and red onions, contain quercetin, but allergy sufferers cannot possibly eat enough of these items to get as much quercetin as their body can use. In addition to a Vitamin C supplement, recommended dosage is 1,000 milligrams per day, taken between meals. Typically, sufferers want to start taking the quercetin six weeks prior to allergy season, and it is possible to build up enough of the quercetin in the body to defend against severe allergy attacks.

  8. Maintain Digestive Health- Probiotics are live microorganisms that are helpful to the host. In the case of humans, probiotics are beneficial bacteria primarily in our digestive system. If our digestive system is healthy, our body’s response to allergies will be better. We can introduce probiotics to our bodies, such as through yogurts, but we really want to take a comprehensive approach to digestive and colon health.

  9. Rinse Nasal Passages with A Neti Pot- Rinsing with a neti pot is an excellent way to get immediate relief. Using a neti pot twice or more a day is an excellent way to maintain proper nasal functioning, especially when dealing with allergy symptoms. Think of the nose like a filter. When it clogs, it no longer works efficiently, and then our allergy symptoms worsen. The neti pot, however, is a safe and highly effective way to unclog those nasal passages. For high quality ceramic neti pots that are handcrafted in the U.S., check out the www.sinussupport.com website.

  10. Self-Administered Acupressure- Wash your hands thoroughly to avoid introducing more allergens near you nose. Next, place your thumb and index finger at the points where the nose meets the cheekbone. They call this the “Welcome Fragrance” position. Now, put pressure on those two points for 2-3 minutes, while taking slow, deep, regulated breaths. Exhale as long as you inhale.

  11. Acupuncture- Many severe allergy sufferers find their greatest relief through acupuncture. The concept behind acupuncture is that by accessing the correct external points, we can influence specific internal points. In this case, the goal is to influence the immune system to behave more efficiently. Although there is no hard scientific evidence yet, clinical studies clearly demonstrate that acupuncture has an effect on a great number of allergy sufferers.

  12. Hypnotherapy- In many cases, we have developed bad subconscious habits associated with our allergic reactions, and these habits exacerbate the symptoms. Hypnotherapy cannot remove a physiological reaction, but it can remove inappropriate responses to pollen, dust, mold and so forth. In fact, many people who suffer from pet allergies are able to overcome it via hypnotherapy.

  13. Moderate Humidity Levels in the Home- Relative humidity in the home should not be much higher than 60 percent, and many allergy and asthma sufferers get a great deal of a relief from humidity well below that level. Depending on where you live, a well-functioning air conditioner may not be enough to maintain a 60-percent relative humidity. In that case, you will have to augment it with a dehumidifier.

  14. Clean Thoroughly- Clean your home thoroughly on a regular basis. What seems clean to the average person can be quite irritable to the allergy and asthma sufferer. Try to dust and then vacuum daily. Vacuum using a HEPA filter as this will prevent many of the irritants that a conventional vacuum would just redistribute. It is also important to wash bedding and curtains regularly.

  15. Dust-Proof the Home- The more dust-proof your home is, the easier it is to keep clean and the less severe your seasonal allergies will be. If possible, avoid wall-to-wall carpets and rugs, and replace curtains and plastic blinds with wooden blinds that are easy to clean. Avoid cluttered counters and shelves filled with knickknacks. Cover your mattress and pillows in zippered dust-proof covers because these are otherwise impossible to keep dust-free.

  16. Allergen-Proof the Home- Most of the allergens in our home we introduce without even realizing we’re doing it. For instance, we track a great deal in on the soles of our shoes, so place brush-off mats inside and outside the entryways, and always remove shoes when you enter the home. If you’ve been outdoors for an extended period, immediately shower and place your clothes in the washer. Keep doors and windows closed. Instead, rely on proper ventilation and filtration. For more information about minimizing allergy triggers in the home, look at this article: Getting the Upper Hand on Indoor Allergens.

  17. Purchase a Portable HEPA Air Purifier- As an allergy or asthma sufferer, the best investment you can make is a HEPA air purifier from a high-quality brand. HEPA filtration traps 99.97% of airborne particles down to 0.3 microns in size, and some allergy sufferers even have their symptoms disappear completely. For best effect, most people place the portable unit in their bedroom because breathing clean air allows the body to rest better and promotes rejuvenation. Avoid alternatives that emit ozone, such as ionizers, because the ozone can actually exacerbate the allergy and asthma symptoms.

If you’re ready to change your life, then come to Clean Air Plus. We know how to provide you that individual attention and attention to detail that you want and deserve. Don’t suffer any more than you have to. Get a high-quality HEPA air purifier today and start enjoying the clear air that can change your life forever.

 

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