Sniff, sneeze, sniffle-yes, I am talking about those allergies that make your life miserable. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination survey,more than 20% of the U.S. population suffers from some form of allergy (I personally get the hideous teary, puffy eye look when mine hit). Seasonal allergy symptoms are a natural reaction , the result of an overreaction by the immune system. If you are looking for relief from seasonal allergies, natural remedies are a great place to start. They are generally less harsh on the system than conventional drugs and they do more than just cover up your symptoms. Nutritional strategies, Herbs and homeopathic remedies are all wonderful ways to get your allergies on the right track..
**Research shows that there is a DEFINITE LINK BETWEEN ALLERGIES AND DIET . When we become deficient in certain nutrients and binge on highly processed ingredients and sugar our allergy symptoms can worsen. Frequent use of antibiotics can also have a negative effect on allergies.
** PROBIOTICS - Like L. acidophilus and Bifidobacterium can help with some symptoms. Probiotic supplements provide billions of live organisms per capsule and they are beneficial forms of bacteria that support healthy immune function. They can also be found in yogurt, fermented foods and some probiotic fortified foods. I take a whole food supplement that has prebiotics and probiotics so I don't have to worry about finding it anywhere else.
**VITAMIN C- regulates the release of histamine. Can be found in citrus fruits, peppers, watermelon and dark leafy greens.
**VITAMIN E- is associated with lessening the risk of hay fever. Wheat germ, whole grains, nuts, seeds,eggs and dark leafy vegetables are a few sources.
**GRAPE SEED EXTRACT- rich in antioxidants, may support a healthy inflammation response in the body
**OMEGA-3 ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS- important for many functions in the body, including a healthy inflammation response. Fish, flaxseed , walnuts and dark leafy greens. I personally take flaxseed oil. Not the best tasting but you do what you gotta do.
HERBS THAT MAY HELP YOUR ALLERGIES
** BUTTERBUR - has been shown to support healthy membranes, and some studies have shown it to be helpful in decreasing the body's production of histamines and leukotrienes . Research indicates it works as well as many common conventional choices.
** EYEBRIGHT - Used for eye infections and respiratory conditions. Helps soothe flamed membranes
** STINGING NETTLE- C onsidered to be one of the best herbs to calm allergy symptoms )works great when paired with eyebright )
** ECHINACEA , GARLIC, CHAMOMILE, YARROW, AND LICORICE ROOT- These all support the respiratory and immune systems , and help sinus function.
Homeopathic medicines come in many forms, including nasal and throat sprays, eyedrops and tablets that dissolve. For a variety of allergy symptoms, homeopathic formulas with a combination of ingredients often work best. They are clinically tested and work by exposing the body to a highly diluted dose of an allergen which helps the immune system.
**NASAL CONGESTION- Recommended homeopathic remedy is Sabadilla .
**SINUS CONGESTION AND PRESSURE, DRYNESS- Recommended homeopathic remedy is Kali bichromium .
**RUNNY NOSE, SNEEZING AND SORE THROAT- Recommended homeopathic remedy is Sabadilla .
**VARIETY OF EYE SYMPTOMS- Recommended homeopathic remedy is Euphrasiaoffinalis
**LARGE VARIETY OF SYMPTOMS- Recommended homeopathic remedy is Histaminumhydrochloricum-
reference Whole Foods market March/April 2008
Now, to be honest with you (keep in mind I am a wanna be health nut and not a full fledged health nut-YET) I would have thought that I would have had no idea what to do or where to get any of these remedies because the names are so foreign to me. However, I went to my local health market and it was not difficult at all to find these items. If I can do it with two wild children running around screaming and me barely able to focus all you wanna be health nuts can too. As for you full fledged health nuts I am sure you probably have got it down. I really embrace trying natural remedies as they are easier on your system and have less side effects.
P.S. I am sorry to all those who have emailed health questions and comments that I have not answered. I will be doing that this weekend . I want to say how much I love all the comments and enjoy all the neat things I am learning from you!