Spring is officially here. In addition to the birds, flowers, and sweet-smelling air, spring is also the season for allergies. If you suffer from the wide array of seasonal allergy symptoms such as fatigue; sinus congestion; itchy eyes, nose or throat; or watery eyes, donít let a high pollen count get you down this season.† Here are 10 natural ways to beat allergies from my book, Allergy-Proof:† Over 60 All-Natural, Drug-Free Ways to Beat Allergies.
Build Your Defences with Bacteria
Research by scientists at the Osaka University School of Medicine found that certain probiotics were effective in the treatment of nasal and sinus symptoms linked to allergies.† According to their study published in the International Archives of Allergy and Immunology, the specific strains that are effective include:† Lactobacilli casei, Lactobacillus paracasei, L. acidophilus, and Bifidobacterium longum. Supplement your diet with a high-quality probiotic taken on an empty stomach.
Drink More Alkaline Water
Drink at least 8 to 10 cups of pure water daily to support the natural cleansing systems in your body.† Research even shows that staying well hydrated helps 38% of women relieve allergy symptoms.† Most tap or bottled water is acidic.† Acidity has been linked to allergies (The Ultimate pH Solution).† By switching to alkaline water youíre helping to further reduce allergies.† While there are many costly water alkalizing systems, Iíve found some excellent and affordable ones through Santevia (ranging from a $15 alkalizing stick to a $200 filtration and alkalizing system, and lots of options in between).† Read The Healing Power of Alkaline Water to learn more.
Supplement with Sea Buckthorn
If spring pollens aggravate asthmatic symptoms, you might want to supplement with sea buckthorn. Sea buckthorn has been used extensively in Traditional Chinese Medicine for lung conditions and asthma. Its use for asthma and chronic coughing are recorded in the Tibetan and Mongolian Pharmacopoeia. Learn more about sea buckthorn on my website.
Drink Green Tea
Green tea is packed with a powerful antioxidant phytonutrient called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) that blocks histamine and immunoglobulin E (IgE). Both of these naturally-produced chemicals are linked with uncomfortable allergy-symptoms.† Because EGCG blocks their production, allergy symptoms are reduced. Donít like the taste of green tea, add matcha powder to your dairy-free fruit smoothies. (Dairy products are mucus-forming and can aggravate allergies). Matcha is simply powdered green tea. Drink two to three cups of green tea daily for the best results.
Take Quercetin to Quell Allergy Symptoms
Quercetin is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-histamine phytonutrient.† Quercetin has an excellent ability to reduce allergy symptoms and to improve lung function.† Apples and onions are excellent sources of quercetin.† Some studies show that people who eat a lot of apples have improved lung function and reduced risk of lung conditions. Other good sources include:† berries, cabbage, cauliflower, nuts, and black, green, or white tea.
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