Being in a desert where there is no real sign of Spring whatsoever I almost forgot about seasonal allergies. Actually that's not true the Spring is cool here at 97 degrees so when Summer hits you really feel the change of seasons when it goes up to 140 degrees!! Here are some useful websites to find out the pollen and mold count for the United States and Europe (if anyone has maps for other regions, please send them to me). Let's do a quick round up of the top 10 easy to obtain over the counter natural products which are effective against the fire and brimstone symptoms of nature's freshest season.
Imagine this. You're a bucket filled with water which represents all of life's many insults on your system. I don't mean the underhand comment from your boss. I mean the 8 krispy-kreme doughnuts by lunch, the polluted cities we live in and the generally low quality food and water we ingest. In essence, the bucket is full. Now when we are living our lives in this state, the addition of a single drop of water causes the bucket to overflow. The body is overloaded as it were, and the immune response is hyperactive, mediated by IgE immunoglobulins. The symptomatic relief is directed at both preventing the water from spilling out, and emptying the bucket.
I used to suffer from debilitating seasonal allergies which were 100% resolved with acupuncture ( heres the wonderful lady who helped me ) and homeopathy. The following over the counter products will help tame the reactive immune system and will often be needed on a continual basis during allergy season.
Quercetin - Antioxidant with antihistamine & anti-inflammatory properties found primarily in apples & onions. Difficult to absorb, so usually combined with bromelain.
Bromelain - Proteolytic enzyme found in pineapples, useful for reducing the sinus inflammation accompanying allergies (take on an empty stomach).
Vitamin C - Everyone's favorite everyday natural anti-histamine.
Fish oil - Powerful anti-inflammatory omega 3 fatty acids.
Air purifier - Y ou spend SO much time indoors, and a lot of that sleeping. At the least get one for the bedroom. Make sure it has a HEPA filter, a little more expensive but worth it to reduce the amount of allergenic pollen floating around
Probiotics - Almost 70% of your immune system resides in your gut. The correct bacterial balance will help to normalize your immune system and the subsequent immune reaction.