Spring can be a tough time for those who are prone to allergies. Pollen, and mould in humid areas, can bring on sneezing, coughing, congestion, itchy eyes, and a runny nose.
Avoiding the allergen altogether is the best way to avoid allergic symptoms, however this can be incredibly difficult if the allergen is something like dust or pollen which you’re likely to come across in your day to day activities.
Doctors will usually prescribe an antihistamine, but there are some natural alternatives that can assist in boosting your resistance.
Vitamin C s a natural antihistamine. It reduces the level of histamine in the blood by destroying its cellular structure. In addition, it supports healthy immune function and helps protect the body from developing secondary respiratory conditions. Try a Vitamin C supplement of 1000 mg, ideally one that comes with bioflavonoids which support the anti-histamine action of Vitamin C and act as anti-inflammatories. Kiwi fruit is high in bioflavonoids and Vitamin C.
This is a cleansing practice for the sinuses that originated in India. It helps to thin the mucous, cleanse away bacteria, pollen and other irritants which might cause the sinuses to flare up. The Neti pot looks similar to a tea pot and you add water and salt to make a saline solution. You tilt the head forward and pour the salty water through one nostril at a time leaning over the basin. Ear Nose Throat specialists recommend this type of cleansing to assist in clearing sinus infections. You can buy specialised products in the pharmacy such as salt water mists or squeeze bottles.
A traditional Ayurvedic herb that’s used as an anti-allergic remedy. It can help alleviate symptoms of allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma and eczema by inhibiting histamine and destroying allergy causing pathogens in the respiratory tract. In addition to this, it is an anti-inflammatory and supportive of the adrenal glands (which regulate the stress response). Talk to a naturopath or herbalist about a prescription of Albizia.
These contain the friendly, beneficial bacteria that keep our gut health in top form. In turn, this bolsters the immune system and helps allergy sufferers to have a more balanced immune response to allergens. Exposure to antibiotics in the early stages of life can make the immune system more vulnerable to the development of allergies. When taking a course of antibiotics it’s important to also follow up with a good probiotic to restore the healthy bacteria in the gut. Take a high quality, broad spectrum probiotic. Eating fermented foods such as sauerkraut feed the good bacteria, supporting their proliferation and colonisation of the gut.
Reducing Mucous-Forming Foods
Dairy products can increase the production of mucous in the respiratory tract and increase nasal congestion. Limit or avoid foods such as milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream and butter. You can find a variety of milk alternatives at the supermarket and health stores such as rice, almond, soy, quinoa and coconut milks.
Yours in natural health,
Always consult your healthcare professional before commencing a new dietary or exercise regime, before using any supplements and before making any changes to prescribed medications.