Spring is in the air: Allergies
We know that spring is coming, which may mean better weather, but also allergies for those who suffer. Being someone who has suffered from near debilitating allergies in the past, here are some natural health tips to help you stay proactive, or even bounce back from allergies this season and for the rest of your life!
Our immune system over the last 100 years has been overwhelmed with chemicals, pollution, and stress, and because of these factors our immune systems have become oversensitive. Allergies are our immune systems’ overreaction to a perceived particle or pathogen.
Diet: Diet is the cornerstone to your health. It is the base of the pyramid on which your health is built. Work on eating a proper diet, such as a Mediterranean or plant based one. If you are allergic or sensitive to some foods, try an elimination diet to find the foods responsible for your symptoms, then avoid them.
Spinach, kale and broccoli all help strengthen your immune system. Ginger, onions, turmeric, and garlic will help with inflammation. Avoid excess dairy, greasy foods, white sugar, and bleached flour which produce mucus.
Drink half of your body weight in room temperature water a day to keep your body hydrated.
Exercise: Exercise has been shown to fight depression, strengthen the body against infection and illness, and help regulate the immune system. Be sure you’re exercising daily to stay healthy.
Green/chamomile tea- contains natural antihistamines and can help balance the immune system.
Local, unprocessed, unfiltered Honey- may help with seasonal allergies.
Vitamins A, B, C, D, and E- help maintain a healthy immune system.
Probiotics- help the intestinal flora. It is said that most of your immunity is in your gut. Keep it strong with a good diet, and pre/probiotics.
Mint, Echinacea, licorice- help your immune system.
Magnolia flowers and dandelion- have allergy reducing properties.
Omega-3 and 6- Help with inflammation
Acupuncture: Acupuncture can boost your immunity and keep your body functioning properly. Seeing an acupuncturist is one thing that helps me when I get an allergy attack (which is luckily not very often anymore). When the attack is at its worst, I go in for acupuncture treatment and usually get herbs to help me through the next couple of days. The formula I most often receive (and now love) is Bi Yan Pian. It is said to help allergic rhinitis, and will help drain/dry up any congestion. For every person and condition the acupuncture treatment is specialized based on how your overall health is at that point in time. Also, different herbal companies have different ingredients in their formulas. Be sure you see a licensed acupuncturist who will give you the proper treatment.
Chiropractic: Chiropractic care on a regular basis will keep your body properly functioning. Chiropractic care has been shown to help the body stay stress free and boost the immune system.
Avoid: Remember to avoid your allergy triggers when possible. Smoking, alcohol, certain foods, dust, pollen, and pollution can all be triggers.
Remember that this information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.
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