How to Survive Allergy Season Naturally
Sniffles, itchy eyes, foggy head, soar throat, headaches and fatigue; for seasonal allergy sufferers, the worst time of year is just starting. When millions of natural allergens circulate through the fresh spring air, your body’s natural defense mechanism triggers the secretion of histamine, causing inflammation that naturally protect the body. Unfortunately this defense also causes the well-known symptoms of an allergy attack.
While the common use of antihistamines alleviates momentary symptoms, natural and healthier ways to fight allergies from the source may benefit your health in the long run. Antihistamines block the reception of histamine, meaning only the symptoms and not the underlying cause of the issue, but alternative remedies can help naturally prevent histamine release and build a stronger immune system to prevent future reactions. Here are five natural remedies that will help you stay clear-headed and healthy without doctor visits, prescriptions and drowsy medications.
Local Raw Honey or Bee Pollen
When produced locally, pollen and raw honey contain a trace amount of the allergens naturally found in your environment. When you consuming a small amount daily, before allergy season, your body builds immunity to the exposed allergens. Raw Honey and bee pollen are naturally nurturing foods for the immune and inflammation systems and help build overall health and strength.
A fatty acid found exclusively in animal products plays a large role in the production of an airway-constricting agent in your body that can worsen allergy symptoms. Eating more fruits and vegetables is beneficial due to their high concentration of a group of flavonoids that help inhibit the release of histamine.
Due to its antioxidant, immune building and anti-inflammatory properties, vitamin C can help dramatically reduce allergy symptoms. Whole food sources include leafy greens, berries, peppers and citrus.
Antioxidant properties of vitamin E may help clear the system of harmful substances that can trigger allergic reactions. Vitamin E can have a calming effect on the immune system and inflammation caused by allergen exposure. Whole food sources include sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach, chard and mustard greens.
Omega 3 fatty acids
Due to their anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects Omega 3’s can help tame allergic reactions and inhibit the release of allergic response factors that cause allergy symptoms.
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