Natural Ways to Combat Seasonal Allergies

Natural Ways to Combat Seasonal Allergies

Natural Ways to Combat Seasonal Allergies

If you’re like millions of other Americans, you’re currently suffering from seasonal allergies. Itchy eyes, a runny nose, and sneezing are just some of the symptoms that can make life miserable for weeks or even months at a time. While over-the-counter medications can provide some relief, they often come with unwanted side effects. Luckily, several natural remedies that can help to ease your symptoms. Keep reading to learn more!

Clean up the nasal microbiome.


We all know how it feels when we get sick- congested tubes, sneezing fits, and a burning sensation in our nasal cavity. But did you also realize that this can be caused by an unhealthy microbiome? The best way to fix the problem is with some salt or even just normal seawater from any nearby beach! In addition, rinse out any foreign substances such as pollen which may have been trapped inside during the winter months due to high levels of several types of particulate matter found within urban environments today.


You can help to keep your nasal cavity-free from pollen and other irritants by rinsing it out regularly. You can do this using a salt or saline rinse that you can find in the store. Simply mix the solution according to the instructions and use it to rinse your nasal cavity. You may also want to use a mist or Neti Pot to help flush out your sinuses. You should do this once or twice a day, especially if you are allergic to pollen or if you have been exposed to irritants such as smoke or dust. By keeping your nasal cavity clean, you can help to reduce the symptoms of allergies and other respiratory conditions.


Refrain from eating higher histamine foods (especially before your period, ladies).


Some foods contain a lot of histamines, and these can combine with the estrogen in your body to create an inflammation storm. Some examples are any type of alcohol or dairy cheeses – especially sharp cheddar!


Chocolate, avocados, spinach, and tomatoes are also on the list of those foods. If you find that you’re eating any of those foods right before your cycle, ladies, and you’re dealing with allergies, that might put you over the top. This means you should probably avoid eating those foods before your cycle.


Practice fasting.


To give your digestive system a break, you can fast. When I work with patients who are struggling from mast cell activation syndrome and/or histamine intolerance it’s important for them not only to eat small amounts of food three times per day but also to avoid large meals that overwhelm their stomachs because this helps reduce inflammation in the body as well!


Fasting is an excellent way to cut back on how much stress we put our guts under all while giving ourselves plenty more time outdoors by taking walks or doing other physical activities without having any worries about not getting enough nourishment.


For more information on fasting, I have more content about that on our website.  


While you may not be able to avoid all of the triggers that set off your seasonal allergies, there are some things you can do to help lessen their effects. We’ve outlined three ways to combat seasonal allergies naturally- by cleaning up your nasal microbiome, avoiding histamine foods, and practicing fasting. If you want more personalized advice or need help implementing any of these strategies, don’t hesitate to reach out for a free discovery call with one of our experts. Together we can find the best way for you to breathe easy this allergy season!


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DISCLAIMERThe information in this email is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content is for general informational purposes only and does not replace a consultation with your own doctor/health professional 

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