It wasn’t until I was 25 years old that I started to experience seasonal allergies: head pressure, exhaustion…yuck. I had no idea what it was and didn’t know why I was sneezing and having a runny nose like a faucet. Well, leave it to allergies! Every fall and spring they come out full bloom- but I’ve learned a few tips n’ tricks along the way and learned to embrace natural allergy remedies that have helped me when allergy season approaches.
Natural Allergy Relief: What to avoid during allergy season (and what I avoid year-round):
Gluten and Wheat.
- These foods bring stress onto our body and if you are like me with a gluten allergy or sensitivity, celiac disease or an autoimmune disease- you surely want to kick gluten to the curb and ban it from your pantry. Wheat and gluten can make us more sensitive to other substances such as pollen.
- I’ve been lactose intolerant my whole life but there were a few years in my 20′s where I could handle a bit of Greek yogurt and cheese. Then, I got Candida and had to toss it all out- and boy oh boy did I see a big difference. Dairy is acid forming in our bodies and just like sugar; it creates a breeding ground for those bad bugs- leaving us with more bad bacteria than we want or need. I’m sure you’ve all heard or experienced the fact that dairy gives us that mucous-feeling, too which doesn’t help congestion or seasonal allergies- it actually makes them much worse. Check out my Dairy-Free Page for more information.
- We all know sugar is acidic and welcomes bacteria, viruses and fungus. Since I have Candida, I have to avoid sugar at all times because it just causes more bacteria build-up and inflammation in our guts. Also, Vitamin C is a natural anti-histamine but glucose (sugar) takes over and tries to compete against Vitamin C in our bodies. So, the more sugar we eat, the less Vitamin C we absorb, which leaves us with a weak immune system and a sick ‘gut’. Not a fun or pretty picture. Check out my How to Live a Sugar Free Lifestyle Page for more tips.
- Your body doesn’t need the extra stress during allergy season- or during any season for that matter to try to identify these random processed foods and make something out of them in your gut. Chances are-processed foods are not doing you any good. They are just wasted calories that turn into fat and cause inflammation.
Natural Allergy Remedies for Seasonal Allergies from my Integrative M.D.’s:
- Nettles (Stinging Nettle): A great herb that can alleviate allergies. Nettle tea is a great option if you don’t like swallowing supplements. Check out my Supplements Page for brands that my Integrative M.D.’s recommend.
- Vitamin C: A great immune booster and natural antihistamine that can be taken under the care of a doctor for the correct dosages.
- Quercetin: A natural antihistamine that has anti-inflammatory properties and can be taken under the care of a doctor.
- Neti Pot: Just a simple item that is inexpensive and can be used daily by adding warm salt water to flush your nasal passages. It can also be quite helpful with preventing sinus infections.
- Sauna’s: This will bring steam into your lungs and will allow you to relax!
- Air Purifier: My doctor recommended I get a HEPA filter air purifier. I haven’t tried this yet, but I’ve heard it does wonders for many of my clients. It removes spores and pollen from the air so it can be quite helpful when you are indoors!
- Humidifier: I use a humidifier every night when I go to sleep. It has helped me tremendously by bringing moisture into the air, allowing me to breathe easier. It gives my nose a nice ‘moist’ barrier.
- Organic Turmeric: This is a wonderful anti-inflammatory root that contains curcumin, which helps bring down inflammation in the body. I use fresh turmeric and dried turmeric in my teas, salad dressings, soups and smoothies.
- Organic Ginger: I use fresh and dried organic ginger in the same ways I use turmeric. It stimulates the parts of our immune system that produce antibodies, which amps up our body’s natural defense against foreign invaders such as viruses and the irritants that cause allergies.
- Cayenne Pepper: Just a simple shake of this spicy dried pepper increases circulation throughout our bodies and can help heal intestinal inflammation.
- Organic Lemon Juice: My powerful vitamin C antioxidant that helps white blood cells keep you healthy and works as a natural antihistamine.
It is essential to work with a nutritionist and an Integrative M.D. because I am sharing general information that is not intended to be medical advice. This information is only given for informational purposes.