Allergies can be a real nuisance in the spring and summertime when all you’d like to do is shake off the winter cobwebs and enjoy the warm, sunny climate. Runny noses, sneezing, cramping and itchy, teary eyes are just a few of the discomforts that plague seasonal allergy sufferers. To help out, we put together a simple list of natural remedies for seasonal allergy relief so you can get on with enjoying your summer.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
You might not know it, but apple cider vinegar is one of the most versatile ingredients in your kitchen. As a cleaning agent, food preservative, odor eliminator, salad vinaigrette and skin tonic, apple cider vinegar can be a solution (quite literally) to many of your day-to-day problems, including allergies.
Apple cider vinegar can help with allergy relief by cleaning out your lymphatic system and reducing mucus production. Simply ingest a tablespoon directly or mix it in hot, honeyed lemon water.
Working out might be a challenging allergy remedy to employ, as exercise can seem impossible when your body isn’t feeling up to par. However, research shows that just 30 minutes a day of vigorous exercise can help relieve allergy symptoms. Physical activity can help naturally relieve allergies by directing blood flow to your nasal passages, thereby easing congestion.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. It’s a given that dehydration is bad for your physical well-being. A lack of water can cause fatigue, bloating and mood swings. So it should come as no surprise that dehydration can increase and heighten your allergy symptoms! For natural allergy relief, try to drink at least 8, 8 ounce glasses of water per day.
4. A Healthy Diet
The healthier you are, the better positioned your body will be to fight off allergy symptoms. Include probiotics and natural honey in your regular eating habits. A balanced, healthy diet will keep your immune system strong against environmental and airborne stimuli like grass, pollen and dust.
You should also be on the lookout for foods that trigger your allergy symptoms. Studies show that people who are allergic to pollen exhibit sensitivity to foods like peanuts, tomatoes, celery, wheat and more.
5. Saline Rinses
Saline rinses are an easy, natural remedy for sufferers of nasal congestion. In the springtime, the elaborate system of tiny channels in your nasal passages can get clogged with dirt and pollen. Your body reacts to these trapped particles by producing mucus, thereby triggering sneezing and coughing fits. A simple way to flush out your nasal passages and ease all of those annoying symptoms is through a saline solution. Neti pots and homemade nasal washes of baking soda, salt and warm distilled water are popular methods for relieving congestion.
6. Natural Allergy Relief Supplements
Supplements containing quercetin, stinging nettles, bromelain, Vitamin C and N acetyl cysteine can be helpful. N acetyl cysteine decreases the thickness of mucus and serves as a precursor to a potent antioxidant and detoxifying compound called glutathione. These are best taken at the start of the allergy season and take some time to work. The combination decreases inflammation, balances the immune system and stabilize mast cells that release histamine.
Put An End To Seasonal Allergies!
Before you hit the drug store, try fending off your seasonal allergies with some of the natural remedies we discussed. These simple, all natural treatments will have you feeling better and ready for the great outdoors in no time!
Need help fighting your allergy symptoms with all natural remedies? Dr. Lorraine Maita is a recognized and award-winning holistic, functional, and anti-aging physician and author. She transforms people’s lives by getting to the root cause of illness using the best of science and nature. Her approach is personalized, precision medicine where you are treated as the unique individual you are. If you’re ready to start your journey to a healthier, happier life, schedule your visit today!