I am getting a lot of questions about allergies and allergy relief. Many of my clients and co-workers are complaining about their allergies, and the symptoms that come with their allergies or come with this time of year.
I myself have struggled with allergies and sometimes still do. It all depends on what I am doing or what I am not doing as preventative measures. What I don’t do is take prescription medications or over the counter medications for my allergies. They can be controlled without those things, and in fact they are not helping your body at all, they are merely masking your symptoms, and this is what I had to find out the hard way. When I was younger I couldn’t cut the grass, or even smell fresh cut grass. I would start sneezing, my eyes would swell up and that would be the end of my day until the symptoms subsided.
Allergies are reactions by your immune system in response to contact with allergens. Allergens are actually harmless in themselves. Scientists do agree that there are genetic components to allergies, however, ion order to develop allergies there must be an environmental trigger. They might start out with symptoms such as a runny nose, nasal congestion, coughing, or a skin rash which are some of the most typical allergic responses to an allergen. Allergens are the foreign substances such as dust, pollen, metals, some cosmetics animal hair that cause an estimated 50 million people to suffer from allergy symptoms (AAAAI).
Researchers have discovered that our society’s improved hygiene, vaccinations, and use of antimicrobial medications have all altered the way our bodies develop natural resistance to every day allergens and there for we suffer form allergies that can be mild to extreme.
So what should you do? That is the is what you are asking, right? Solutions.. what are some solutions. You have tried everything, you are going crazy with sneezing, runny nose, and puffed up eyes.
Here are a few suggestions that I am doing and continue to do everyday.
- I stopped drinking Milk. Now, I am not completely off of dairy, which I would suggest you do but that helped my allergies tremendously. I know more and more people are using Almond milk which is what my family uses for our cereal and shakes.
- I take an Immune Booster from Shaklee everyday
- I irrigate/ or rinse out my nose with saline solution/ sea salt at least twice a day and making sure I do it before I go to bed. This helps soothe upper respiratory allergies by removing irritants that become lodged in the nose and that causes inflammation. I use something similar to this picture…… to clean my nose out, or you can use a Neti Pot.
- Breathing steam with Peppermint Essential Oil’s helps as a decongestant and contains anti-inflammatory and mild antibacterial constituents. This also helps rid the passages of mucus.
- Consume Apple Cider Vinegar. This is an age old remedy that is suggested for many health conditions. I consume an 8 oz glass of cold water with about 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar each mooring. It helps reduce mucous production and helps cleanse the lymphatic system. As a plus it helps with digestion, weight loss and so many other health conditions.
- Supplements such as Probiotics have scientifically shown to
- Improve function of mucosal lining of the intestines
- Hinder growth of pathogenic (bad) bacteria
- Stimulate production of immune enhancing substancesDirect influence on immune response
Finding alternatives that are healthy and better for you is not hard. Each person is different and I encourage you to find healthy alternatives other than taking over the counter med’s that only mask your symptoms and don’t truly help you in the long run.
Are there any other suggestions that you have tried that I have not listed? Please Share.