Fight Allergies…Naturally!

I have never suffered from allergies…until now!  I have had uncontrollable itchy watery eyes and there seems to be no particular rhyme or reason to when or how long these symptoms will last.  I have taken allergy medication, but to be honest, it makes me feel drugged out, light-headed, and loopy.  I do not like feeling like that!  So I have been doing research on natural ways to provide relief for my allergy symptoms.  If you also suffer from allergies, hopefully these all natural tips will help you too.

An Orange a Day Keeps the Dr. Away:  I have always known that vitamin C is one way to fight off cold symptoms, but I never knew why exactly.  The vitamin C found in orange juice and other citrus is a proven antihistamine.  Doctors recommend taking 1,000 to 2,000 milligrams of vitamin C daily during allergy season (an average size orange has about 100 mg).  Also, taking a vitamin C supplement all year round could help prevent allergy symptoms all together.

Garlic Scares Vampires and Allergies Away!
Both garlic and onions are high in quercetin which is an antioxidant that prevents cells from releasing histamine.  Eating both of these vegetables daily will not only flavor your foods, but they could prevent allergy symptoms.  If you are not a fan of these flavors, or if you don’t want to stock up on breath mints, you can invest in a quercetin supplement, like Natural D-Hist.                                                          

                                    

When in Doubt, Put  Green Tea on it!  Not only do the EGCG’s found in green tea fight wrinkles making you look younger, they also block histamines and IgE.  Green Tea is officially a natural miracle brew!  For the most EGCG rich tea, only steep the tea for three minutes, any longer and you could risk breaking down these powerful antioxidants too much.

 

 

Clean Up! Clean Up!  Everybody Clean Up! 
Every time you open up your front door, you are bringing in pollen and dust into your home.  Take off your shoes as soon as you enter your home to prevent tracking in unwanted dirt, dust, and pollen.  Also, you should sweep and mop your floors at least once a week as well as vacuuming and dusting your home.  Doing these chores will not only make your home look wonderful, but it will eliminate allergy causing spores in your home.  

 

K-I-S-S-I-N-G!  Not only is kissing fun, but it reduces inflammation caused by stress.  Also, a resent study showed that allergy sufferesr had lower levels of immunoglobulin E (IgE) after kissing a loved one.  IgE is a marker of allergic reactions.  So, get busy and get kissing to relieve allergies!

                               

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Veronica Crescioni on September 24, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    As far as garlic…our family takes Solgar Garlic Oil Perles. They are small enough for the kids to swallow and as long as you take them with V8 or food we dont have a problem with bad breath or burping:) At least we dont think so…hahahaha. And thanks for the kissing info Sarah:)

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  2. Posted by livingtoxicfree on September 26, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Great information Sarah. Garlic is a super life-saver. Good advice about cleaning often. When we wait too long before vacuuming, allergy triggers can fill the indoor air. I also change out my air filters more often than suggested.

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  3. this is annother awesome post Sarah!! thank you for the amazing information!

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  4. Posted by lindseytinsey on October 2, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Thank you for this! It’s like you read my mind. It’s spring over here and I usually get hay fever and even as I type this there is a box of tissues on my desk. My parents even got rid of the carpet in my room because of the dust. Now I have wooden floors and sweep out my room once a week. These extra tips will really help me. Thank you!

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