It’s that time of year again! Are your allergy symptoms acting up? Are you miserable with sneezing, red and itchy watery eyes, headaches, sinus drainage, sinus infections and more? Do you see yellow pollen all over your car and patio table? Yes, that pollen could very well be the culprit. Before you resort to antihistamines and decongestants that only mask your symptoms, discover some things you can do, naturally, to help prevent having those allergy symptoms in the first place.
taking action today to help prevent your allergy symptoms:
Neti Pot or Nasal Wash – Rinse your nose and sinuses of
pollen daily with a Neti Pot or nasal wash spray to decrease your exposure to
2. Clean Air Filters and Air Vents – Clean all air vents of dust and mold. Change air filters regularly and use a HEPA air filter for your home. Airing out your house is not recommended because the pollen will come inside. If you do air out the house, be sure to change the filter when you are finished.
Dust Mite Covers – The presence of dust mites increases
the allergy load on allergic individuals. Dust mites are insects that live in
our bedding, crawl on our skin and eat our dead skin. The average bed has
1,000,000 dust mites. Use dust mite covers for your pillows, mattress and box
spring to decrease contact with dust mites and keep them from aggravating your
allergies at night. This material is so tightly bound that dust mites cannot
4. Cleanse Yourself (and Your Pets!) of Pollen – If you have been outside, change your clothes and shoes when you walk through the door so you don’t bring allergens into your home and wash them. Also take a shower to help remove excess pollen from your hair and body. Pets bring in pollen on their fur, so be sure to wipe them down with a damp cloth when they come indoors. Keep pets out of bedrooms and replace carpets with hardwood floors, if possible.
5. Reduce Exposure to Allergens – You want to reduce your exposure to the allergens when they’re at their peak and remove them from your environment as much as possible. Stay inside on dry and windy days and keep your windows closed. Avoid outside activities such as gardening and mowing the grass that can stir up pollen.
Eat Healthy – Eat lots of fruits and vegetables daily.
They help reduce inflammation. The less junk and processed food you eat, the
better off you and your immune system will be. Remember, sugar can depress your
immune system, so avoid sugar and high carbohydrate foods such as bread, pizza,
pasta, chips, cookies and so on.
Drink Clean, Filtered Water – Pollutants, pesticides and
plastics in tap water have xenoestrogens which mimic estrogen and disrupt
hormones. When your hormones are out of balance, your immune system can become
unstable making you more susceptible to allergies.
Find Out What’s Making You React – Learn what you’re
allergic to. A food elimination eating plan can help you narrow down what’s
making you sick. Try keeping a journal so you can pinpoint your allergy
triggers, whether it’s food or something in your environment that you are
Vitamins and Supplements to Help Allergies
9. Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine. Research shows that vitamin C relieves the signs and symptoms of allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, such as sneezing, congestion, itchy nose and sore throat. (1)
10. Colostrum is known as mother’s first milk and contains many nutrients, antibodies and antioxidants to help build a baby’s immune system. Bovine colostrum is commonly used in colostrum supplements. It works by providing beneficial antibodies that give your immune system the blueprints for attacking lots of different viruses and bacteria.
that bovine milk contains many components that have immunomodulatory and
antimicrobial properties. Bovine IgG immunoglobulins found in colostrum can not
only bind to a wide range of pathogenic bacteria and viruses, but also to many
allergens, including airborne and some food allergens. (2)
11. Vitamin D deficiency is
prevalent worldwide and may partly explain the increases in asthma and allergic
diseases that have occurred over the last 50–60 years. Vitamin D has immunomodulatory
effects on allergen-induced inflammatory pathways by acting on a variety of
immune cells. (3)
12. Curcumin is the yellow, main active ingredient in turmeric. Curcumin’s immunomodulatory action mainly arises from its interactions with an extensive collection of immune cells. Clinically, curcumin has been found to have the potential therapeutic efficacy in treating several allergic diseases like asthma. (4)
13. Probiotic Blend is a superior, high-quality blend of good bacteria that helps improve immune function and restore gut health. Probiotic Blend is gluten-free and dairy-free, and tends to help with both seasonal and food allergies. Probiotics are a safe and natural solution to help with allergy prevention and treatment. They have beneficial effects on allergies and have been shown to be efficient in decreasing the IgE immunoglobulin, as well as in alleviating allergy symptoms. (5)
Would you like to have an easy way to take all of the above mentioned natural allergy supplements together in one easy-to-take pack? We have created the Allergy Relief Pak just for you. It contains Vitamin C, Colostrum, Vitamin D, Curcumin Ultimate and Probiotic Blend. Having these vitamins preorganized and packeted makes it very convenient for you! Just grab an allergy relief pack on your way out the door and you have your allergy vitamins for the day!