Allergy Season is Here!

             I know, nothing to be excited about, and in fact, it starts right after the weather is changing and maybe you’re just healing from a fall or winter cold. While you may marvel at the beauty of the trees blooming, your physiology is slowly creating symptoms of stuffiness, headache, watery eyes, and sneezing, to protect you from allergens. 

              A quick run to the drugstore provides common drugs like Allegra, Claritin, and Benadryl, they can have side effects such as dry mouth, drowsiness, fatigue, restless, mental fog, and rebound effects (only brief relief) - the complete opposite when you’d like to enjoy the warm weather!


             What are the best ingredients to combat allergies? Start with a healthful diet, add in anti-allergy herbs and nutrients, lifestyle approaches, and combine together to create a super-shield for the season!

Here are your ingredients that can help you effectively ease your symptoms:

-Diet
         ~Avoid dairy, wheat, sugar (all contribute to the unwanted histamine response). Think
         of it as an experiment, however, clinically I've seen dairy as the ultimate offender.
         ~Consume foods high in vitamin C (dark leafy greens, kiwi, broccoli, papaya),
         quercetin (green tea, apples), omega 3's (wild fish like salmon, flax, avocado,
         almonds)

-Supplements
         ~Butterbur= works as well as leading over the counter drugs to relieve runny nose,
         itchy eyes, sneezing, asthma, & nasal congestion.
         ~Quercitin= enhances vitamin C absorption, blocks release of histamine, and anti
         inflammatory compounds. Good for onset of sneezing.
         ~Stinging nettle= one of the most effective supplements for relieving allergy
          symptoms. Drink as tea, or take as supplement

-Lifestyle 
        ~Wash your hair in the evening before bedtime= allergens settle in the hair during
         the day, then onto our pillows at night, exposing us to more allergens for longer
         periods of time
         ~Steam Inhalation= Place about 3-4 cups of water in pot, add about 15 drops
         eucalyptus oil, and bring to boil. Place towel over head, lean over pot, and inhale
        steam.