Beat Seasonal Allergies Naturally!

Canadians anticipate the beautiful spring/summer weather for months. Most people take every chance they get to be outside and enjoy the weather — except for the poor allergy sufferers.

My husband has seasonal allergies and this year we didn’t default to Benadryl or Claritin, since they can cause drowsiness, constipation, stomach upset, dry mouth, nose, eyes and more. Instead I decided to make him my guinea pig and go the natural route. To my surprise the natural supplements work!

If you’re a seasonal allergy sufferer and want to avoid taking serious meds, give these natural remedies a try!

Quercetin

– A natural, plant-based anti-histamine

– Take 1-2 per day on an empty stomach

– Available at health food/supplement stores

Plant Sterols

– Seasonal allergies are actually an autoimmune disease, which means your immune system works too well and identifies allergens such as pollen and ragweed as invaders. Your body then responds with symptoms such as mucous, sneezing and watery eyes to try and rid the body of the “invader.”

– Plant sterols down-regulate your immune system or cause it to stop working overtime, which helps prevent the unpleasant allergy symptoms. It may take a few days to kick in, but don’t give up!

– Take 3 per day on an empty stomach

– Available at health food/supplement stores

Stinging Nettle

– It sounds kind of scary, but it’s similar to quercetin in that it’s a natural, plant-based anti-histamine

– Available at health food/supplement stores (ask health store employee which brand is best, how much to take and when)

Omega-3

– Omega-3 is an anti-inflammatory, which can help relieve inflammation caused by seasonal allergies

– Available at health food/supplement stores and pharmacies

– Make sure the side of the bottle says: “Pharmaceutical Grade and Molecularly Distilled” to ensure it’s a good quality product

Pro-biotics

– Pro-biotics are healthy bacteria and important for proper digestion

– Improper digestion can cause a build-up of toxins, which can make allergy symptoms worse

– Available at health and supplement stores and at pharmacies

Neti Pot or Nasal irrigation device

– It sounds and looks kind of crazy, but if your sinuses are stuffed you will love this thing. It’s basically a water and saline solution that you use to flush out your sinuses

– It won’t prevent symptoms from occurring, but it’s all-natural, and provides relief for stuffed up sinuses

– Available at your local pharmacy

Enjoy the beautiful weather!

 

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