Sneezing, itchy eyes, congestion and fatigue. Welcome back, Allergies! ‘Tis the season yet again.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Allergies occur when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance — such as pollen, bee venom or pet dander — or a food that doesn’t cause a reaction in most people.
Your immune system produces substances known as antibodies. When you have allergies, your immune system makes antibodies that identify a particular allergen as harmful, even though it isn’t. When you come into contact with the allergen, your immune system’s reaction can inflame your skin, sinuses, airways or digestive system.”
Fortunately, there are things that can be done and are effective. They are as follows:
- Butterbur. This herb is at least as good if not better than antihistamines AND will not make you sleepy or drowsy. Inexpensive and easy to find also.
- Bump up the intake of Omega 3s in the form of salmon, flax seeds, chia seeds or supplement with fish oils. This will reduce the overall inflammation in the body and elevate the immune system too.
- Increase citrus foods. These will provide ample amounts of Vitamin C which as with #2, will elevate immunity and reduce inflammation. Also, Vitamin C (along with NAC) will reduce the amount of mucus.
- Salt Therapy (Halotherapy). It may be THE most effective treatment for allergies. Salt is a natural anti-microbial which has an affinity for the lungs and respiratory system. It will both heal and prevent allergies along with other respiratory ailments.