Allergies occur when the body mistakes a generally harmless substance like flower pollen for a dangerous element and produces antibodies. They can cause symptoms such as red or itchy skin, congestion, coughing, sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, scratchy throat, and in severe cases, they might lead to anaphylaxis and shortness of breath.
Although over-the-counter and prescription medications can help you ease these distressing allergy symptoms, the adverse side effects can sometimes outweigh the benefits. Fortunately, there are natural ways to prevent and combat allergies.
How To Keep Allergies At Bay Naturally
A nutritious diet goes a long way in easing allergy symptoms and boosting your overall immunity. For instance, an anti-oxidant in nuts, oranges, apples, and tomatoes supports the health of upper respiratory tract and consequently eases nasal allergies. Essential fatty acids from hemp seed oil or organic flax seed can also cut down allergy symptoms. However, you should avoid mucous and congestion-causing foods such as processed wheat, sugar, and dairy products.
Drink Plenty of Water
Water is vital in breaking down and rinsing out harmful allergens. However, you should drink purified water since contaminants and chemicals can build up over time and put stress on your immune system. That can ultimately lower your aptitude to handle allergens.
When the body is exposed to allergens, it releases histamines that attack your body cells, triggering them to swell and leak fluids. Consuming natural antihistamines such as Vitamin C, Quercetin, Stinging nettle, and Bromelain can prevent such attacks.
Eat Local Raw Honey
Bees carry small amounts of nectar and pollen from flowers to the beehives. Eating local, unprocessed honey (a couple of teaspoons daily), will introduce minute pollen quantities in the body. Over time, this helps the body to develop a resistance to these allergens.
Rinse It Out
A nasal rinse can ease allergies, clean mucus from your nose, flush away bacteria, and purge postnasal drip. You can purchase a rinse kit or make one using a nasal bulb or a Neti pot by blending a pinch of baking soda and ½-teaspoon salt in 8 ounces of sterilized or distilled water. Then, lean over a sink and carefully flush one nostril at a time.
Your clothes, skin, hair, and shoes might be covered with allergens after being outside. Thus, always change your clothes and take a shower once you get home. Also, consider removing your shoes before getting in the house.
Go Natural When Cleaning Your House
Keeping your house clean is a great way to avoid indoor allergens such as molds. However, harsh cleaning chemicals can worsen allergy symptoms. Therefore, use natural cleaners like vinegar or baking soda and use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to trap allergens.
Wear a Mask
A mask can limit allergens from getting into your respiratory system when you are working in places with allergy triggers such as the yard. Keep in mind that pollen counts are highest in the early morning and thus it’s best to leave some outside chores for the evening.
Get A Massage
A massage reduces allergy symptoms by lowering your heart rate and blood pressure while enhancing your circulation
. This eases the overall stress levels and keeps allergies under control.
Avoid smoke and fumes such as aerosol sprays as it can worsen your allergy symptoms.
If you are one of the thousands of individuals who suffer allergy trepidation, relief is closer than you think. Observing one or more of the above natural ways has proven effective in easing allergic symptoms. Some of these methods can help you create an allergy-free life without putting your health at risks linked with prescriptions.