With Spring around the corner it is important to assist your body in fighting seasonal allergies. These 5 natural ways to survive allergy season are easy to implement in your daily routine and readily available to everyone.
It is finally beginning to warm up here in Milwaukee. This upcoming week we will be lucky enough to experience high 40’s and warm sunshine. As the snow melts it will allow for all the beautiful flora to bloom and flourish for Spring and Summer. Unfortunately, for many of us this includes dreaded allergies. When I lived in Arizona my allergies were kept at bay for the most part because the 115 degree weather burned everything in sight, including my will to go outside. However, after moving to Milwaukee and traveling to New York shortly after I have ben quickly reminded of how awful my allergies can be.
I’ve accumulated a list of my top 5 natural ways to survive allergy season. These are tried and true ways that I personally utilize. Many of these need to be implemented one to two months before allergy season is fully here but many can be used on a daily basis.
I will list the products that I use and recommend at the end of this post.
Let’s get started!
Vitamin C is incredible for so many reasons. I’m so passionate about this wonderful vitamin that I dedicated an entire post to it. I take Vitamin C on a daily basis and when I feel that slight tingle in my nose or my eyes start watering I megadose vitamin C. Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine and just 1000 mg of Vitamin C will reduce histamines by 40%. To receive the benefits of Vitamin C for allergies you must take Vitamin C in supplement form. Since it is water soluble you do not have to worry about it upsetting your stomach or experienced side effects because you consumed too much.
My advice: Purchase 500 mg supplement tablets and take two (1000 mg) when you are experiencing symptoms.
It is truly incredible how quickly Vitamin C relieves allergy symptoms. Try it for yourself and you will be amazed.
Bee pollen is a very homeopathic option for combatting allergies. The idea is that if you consume local bee pollen you will build an immunity to the pollen in your surrounding area thus preventing symptoms of allergies. There is not a lot of research to back these claims but there are plenty of individuals who can speak to the effectiveness, including myself.
Regardless of it’s impact on allergies, bee pollen is one of the most nutrient dense substances we can consume. It is precisely 40% protein and includes a wide array of vitamins and nutrients. Ounce for ounce, bee pollen contains more protein than protein from animal meats. Pretty amazing, right? If you do not have access to local bee pollen you may supplement local honey instead. The effect will not be as potent but you will still receive a lot of the benefits.
Bio-what?! Let me explain.Bioflavonoids are found in many fruits and vegetables. Tied with the Vitamin C benefits above, bioflavonoids are compounds that alter your body’s response to allergens. They protect your body form free radical damage and carcinogens and can be found in a variety of forms.
The form I recommend is Quercetin. Quercetin reduces cells inflammation and their ability to release histamines, and also protects the Vitamin C in your body. It is best to start consuming Quercetin one to two months before allergy season is at its worst. Although there are high amounts of Quercetin that are naturally found in foods such as the elderberries pictured above, it is difficult for your body to intake the correct amount to make a difference in your symptoms.
Nettles are best utilized for allergy symptoms in tea or powder form. The tea is more readily available than powder and still packs a pretty potent punch but I recommend the powdered form because it will act quickly and efficiently which is exactly what you want when you are experiencing uncomfortable symptoms. Nettles have the ability to reduce histamine levels that cells produce when an allergic reaction is present.
Astragalus is a plant that I take in supplement form. It is readily available and seemingly effective in reducing the side effects of allergies. Astragalus reduces inflammation and histamine production in your cells which limits your reaction to seasonal allergies. In addition, Astragalus has an antimicrobial quality to it and is effective in lowering blood pressure and protecting your liver.
Please note that Astragalus does interact with other medications and prescriptions so please consult your physician before implementing this supplement into your daily regimen.
Below is a list of the actual products that I have used for years. Please contact me if you have any questions.
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I would love to hear what methods or supplements you use to help you survive through allergy season!