It can be difficult to enjoy the beauty of spring, when you are suffering from seasonal allergies. To make matters worse, some experts predict that 2013 may be a very robust allergy season because precipitation during late winter combined with warmer temperatures can fuel pollen production. So what can you do to protect yourself from seasonal allergies? Check out some of our favorite natural products and make sure to tune into Daybreak this Thursday to see us chat about them.
Simply put, antihistamines are substances that help your body from releasing histamines, which can trigger runny noses, congestion, red eyes and hives. Research has shown that various supplements and even items from around your kitchen work as natural antihistamines. For instance, vitamin C combined with Vitamin E has shown positive effects when it comes to helping with spring allergies. Also, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, taking 600 mg of stinging nettle each day for a week can help ease symptoms of nasal allergies. (source: Livestrong) Furthermore, everyday items from your kitchen like garlic, apples and broccoli contain beneficial flavonoids that help prevent both the manufacture and release of histamine. Finally, one simple remedy that we have used with success for many years is placing red potato slices over the eyes to help with allergy irritation. Simply slice an organic red potato, place over the eyes and relax. Red potatoes contain a variety of nutrients including Vitamin C.
Homeopathy for Allergy Relief
Many folks have found success with homeopathic products for spring allergies. For instance, Allergena is formulated to treat allergies in the place that you live and has become a trusted leader in homeopathic allergy relief products for tree, weed and grass allergies as well as mold, dust, fragrances and pet dander.
Liver Toxicity and Allergies
Researchers have made a compelling connection between liver toxicity and allergies. Through the filtering process, the liver plays a substantial role in reducing the effect an established or potential allergen will have on the body.When the liver gets backed up with toxins, it can send out hyperactive signals for the body to produce histamines. Thus, some people have found consistent and long term allergy relief by cleansing and building the liver. Foods such as apples and grapefruits have shown to be effective in liver cleansing as well as bitter herbs.
Onion Allergy-Fighting Soup
Onions contain Quercetin, which is a compound that works to naturally fight spring allergies. Making a quick, onion soup can help to thwart off allergies and provide a delicious meal. Simply cut up one onion (leave the skin on) and boil with two cloves of garlic for about 15 minutes. At the same time, boil and prepare some Brown Rice Pasta. Note: You MUST use brown rice pasta and not wheat pasta as wheat can trigger more allergies. Drain the broth, add the brown rice pasta and season with parsley, salt and pepper. Enjoy hot and inhale the nourishing qualities of the onion and garlic deep into your nostrils. Feels great!
Make sure to consult your doctor before starting any new supplement.