Holistic Ways To Deal With Allergies
Seasonal allergies are a common cause of discomfort for many humans. Studies suggest that as many as a quarter of the population suffers from more seasonal allergies, and the number seems to be growing. Now while there are numerous pharmaceutical solutions to these allergic disorders, it’s awesome to know that there are natural remedies to explore if you choose to.
Before we explore these natural remedies let’s examine the causes of these allergies
Major Causes of Allergies
Allergic remedies address the symptoms of the allergies but fail to affect the root cause of the allergy. Addressing the root of the allergic disorder is your best chance for a long term solution. Major causes include
- Poor Nutrition: a lot of the illnesses that befall us could be avoided by simply eating right. Having the required nutrients in the right proportions enhance our immunity and therefore reduces our susceptibility to allergies. One such important nutrient is vitamin D which is mostly deficient in most Americans.
- Intestinal Problems: within the intestines, there are naturally occurring “bad bacteria” and “good bacteria” that need to be in constant balance for you to remain in good health. But sometimes there is an imbalance and the “bad bacteria” outnumbers the “good bacteria” hence resulting in a weakened immune system.
- Chronic Stress: stress can affect immune response by stretching the immune system making it difficult for the body to withstand allergies.
Natural Remedies for Allergies
- Apple cider vinegar: mixing a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with lemon juice and a glass of water three times a day is a trusted way to relieve allergy symptoms. Apple cider vinegar contains high amounts of antioxidants that boost immunity.
- Tibetan Baicao Tea: One of our fan-favorites - this all-natural herbal supplement tea has helped many suffering from allergies. With its proprietary blend of natural herbs, Baicao Tea detoxes your body and gives your immune system a boost.
- Quercetin: Quercetin found in cruciferous vegetables, apples, black tea, and berries, is said to prevent the production of histamine. Histamine is the chemical released by your body in an attempt to allergens; it’s the chemical responsible for inflammation during allergic attacks. Quercetin can also be consumed from dietary supplements to balance regular meals.
- Probiotics: an imbalance in the immune system that causes the immune system to overreact to the entrance of an allergen is a major cause of allergic reactions. The intake of probiotics which are simply “good bacteria” helps to balance the excess “bad bacteria” in the intestinal microflora, hence resulting in a strengthened immune system.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids: scientists have bemoaned the presence of excess omega-6 fatty acids in most diets. Consciously taking in omega-3 fatty acids will help balance the presence of omega-6 acids and hence reduce your body’s sensitivity to allergens. Omega-3 fatty acids can be obtained from free-range chicken eggs as well as meats and possess high inflammatory properties that counter allergic reactions.
- Vitamin C: I’m pretty sure you know vitamin C as a natural immunity booster but what you probably didn’t know is that it also is a natural antihistamine. It helps to reduce discharge and swelling in the nasal cavity during allergic reactions.
In addition to the above remedies, when trying to prevent allergies or dealing with an allergic reaction you can detox your body, try acupuncture, wash your nostrils with a neti pot and change your diet in general.