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.
Certain medications, such as antibiotics (e.g., penicillin), nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and anticonvulsants, can cause allergic reactions in some individuals. These reactions can vary in severity and may range from skin rashes and itching to more severe symptoms like difficulty breathing or anaphylaxis.
- Dust Mites:
Dust mites are tiny, microscopic insects that thrive in warm and humid environments. They are commonly found in bedding, upholstery, and carpets. Allergic reactions to dust mites can lead to symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, itching, and a stuffy or runny nose.
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.
- Local Honey:
Consuming locally sourced honey may help reduce allergy symptoms, particularly those caused by pollen allergies. The theory is that by exposing your body to small amounts of local pollen through honey, your immune system becomes desensitized over time. However, more research is needed to support this claim.
Certain essential oils have natural anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties that can provide relief from allergy symptoms. Peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender, and tea tree oil are commonly used. However, essential oils are highly concentrated, so it's crucial to dilute them properly and use them cautiously. Inhalation through diffusers or steam inhalation is generally safer than direct skin application.
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.
Remember, while these natural remedies may provide relief for some individuals, they may not work for everyone. It's important to listen to your body and consult with a healthcare professional before starting any new treatments, especially if you have severe allergies or underlying medical conditions.
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