- Feb 9, 2007
The symptoms of seasonal allergies can put a real damper on your spring, summer or fall.
Although 40 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergy symptoms, many also suffer from the side effects of allergy medications.
But there is effective natural allergy relief for seasonal allergy symptoms.
After all, the symptoms of seasonal allergies are the result of a faulty immune reaction. And by naturally healing a poorly functioning immune system, you can get highly effective natural allergy relief.
Pollen Allergy and Seasonal Allergy Symptoms
Springtime is generally the main season for seasonal allergies, when pollen counts are at the highest. Symptoms of seasonal allergies include:
- Runny nose,
- Watering eyes,
- Tired or irritable,
- Nasal congestion,
- Itchy eyes or throat,
- Coughing, wheezing,
- Or difficulty breathing,
- Sinus pain, headaches,
- Skin rashes and itching.
- Spring trees (alder, birch, elm, juniper, maple, oak and olive),
- Summer grasses (Bermuda, June, orchard, sweet vernal and timothy grass) and weeds (English plantain and Russian thistle),
- Fall ragweed.
Natural Allergy Relief for Seasonal Allergy Symptoms
It's not necessary to live your life in a seasonal allergy hypoallergenic bubble. Begin your healing allergy cure by following these 10 steps.
- Eat a super healthy diet. Allergies are the result of a faulty immune response, so the first step is to heal your immune system. Include plenty of antioxidant fruits and vegetables and omega 3 fish.
- Take health supplements. A full spectrum of natural nutrients can strengthen immunity. Especially focus on antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, which have been shown to lower levels of histamine in the blood and help prevent seasonal allergies.
- Reduce inflammation. Inflammatory diseases end in "itis", such as arthritis, bursitis and allergic "rhinitis". By upping your anti-inflammatory foods, like fresh fruits, vegetables and oily fish, you'll greatly reduce your inflammation seasonal allergy symptoms.
- Increase flavonoids. Flavonoids, from quality supplements or foods, such as berries, red grapes and apples (with the skin), have been shown to reduce inflammation, sinus pain and congestion.
- Choose more carotenoids. Carotenoids have also been shown to decrease inflammation, especially in air passageways. Good food sources include yellow and green fruits and vegetables, such as apricots, carrots, sweet potato, spinach, kale, and collard greens.
- Add Omega 3 fish oil. Studies show people who get the most omega 3 from oily fish, such as salmon or tuna, have the least amount of inflammation and the fewest allergies. You can eat more omega 3 fish and also include fish oil supplements in your diet.
- Reduce or eliminate red meat. Red meat has been found to increase inflammation and make allergy symptoms worse.
- Take natural digestive aids. People with allergies generally have poor digestion especially of protein. By including enzymes with meals and getting more probiotic foods you can both boost your immune system and greatly improve your digestion.
- Identify food sensitivities. People with seasonal allergies are often also sensitive to certain foods, especially sugar, wheat and dairy. Food sensitivity can make airborne allergy symptoms much worse. Eliminate suspected foods during the allergy season and/or include more digestive aids, such as papaya enzymes.
- Exercise 30 minutes a day. Upping daily physical activity can improve immunity, increase circulation and clear sinus passages.