by A. Grano on March 16th, 2011 at 10:16 am
For those who live in snow-covered areas, spring may seem like a long way off. However, when the legendary groundhog Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, we were put on the alert that spring is on its way.
For many, this is a joyous reprieve from the cold and being stuck indoors – but for others, it means the beginning of allergy and hay fever season. The good news is that there are many things you can do to naturally ease symptoms, such as sneezing and uncomfortable, itchy eyes.
First, identify your triggers. Tree, grass and weed pollens are the most common causes of eye, nose and throat irritation. Along with the daily weather, many sites can also help you keep an eye on allergen levels and pollen reports. While you may not want to postpone all of your outdoor plans, keeping windows closed on high count days and showering after spending time outside can help keep your home an allergy-free zone.
Watch what you eat. Some foods such as dairy can increase histamine levels in the body (and thus worsen allergy symptoms), so be sure to limit intake of these if you feel your allergies beginning to act up. Foods other that are likely to increase mucus and phlegm production include refined sugars, such as those in white flour and bread, soy, chocolate and salty foods.
Do try foods such as:
- Nuts are a great source of magnesium and vitamin E. Studies have shown that magnesium helps protect against wheezing, thus helping minimize lung inflammation. Vitamin E protects the body from free radicals, which have the potential of causing oxidative tissue damage, triggering inflammation and problems like allergies and asthma.
- Tomatoes, apples & oranges contain high levels of the antioxidant vitamin C, which is said to provide anti-inflammatory effects and offer protection against nasal allergies and wheezing.
- Grapes, particularly the skin of red grapes, is filled with antioxidants and resveratrol, which reduces overall inflammation in the body, providing support for allergies and wheezing.
Additional Allergy Support
In addition, natural remedies can be used to help manage allergy symptoms and are not only safe, but also gentle on the body. Herbs such as Urtica urens and Plantago lanceolata (also known as plantain) contain effective anti-inflammatory and astringent properties and have a long history of treating inflammation, allergies and respiratory complaints. Homeopathic ingredients such as Allium cepa and Ars. Iod helps to control allergy symptoms such as sneezing, wheezing, and eye inflammation.
HayFever Fighter™ is a homeopathic remedy that relieves symptoms of hay fever and other allergies – sneezing, itchy eyes and runny nose
AllergiClear™ is an herbal remedy that helps keep histamine levels in the normal range for optimal respiratory health