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10 Ways to Get Relief from Allergies without Medicine

1459559534321_allergiesYes, most (if not all) of us have been there, and can attest as to how seasonal allergies can be incredibly bothersome. So are the various antihistamine drugs we pop just to get relief from sneezing, itchy red eyes, and sniffling. I am sure you know how the meds are costly and how the allergic reaction tires us out! Now, although you cannot get rid of the pollen in the air, you definitely can limit the kinds of pills you take in response. Lucky for us, there are some ways to help you get through this hard-hitting allergy season naturally.

 

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar. This age-old remedy aids in reducing mucous production as well as in cleansing the lymphatic system.
  2. Neti Pot and Saline Rinse. Use a neti pot full of sterile saline solution in order to flush out the allergens and other irritations trapped in your sinuses.
  3. Quercetin. Known to be best used as a long term remedy, this component (which is a natural bio-flavanoid) is a common agent in stabilizing mast cells; thus; preventing them from discharging histamine. It is also a strong antioxidant that helps in reducing inflammation.
  4. Nettle Leaf. This is another natural antihistamine which can be especially useful in blocking the body’s ability to give off histamine which is a substance that plays a major role in many allergic reactions, in dilating blood vessels, and in making the vessel walls abnormally permeable.
  5. Probiotics. Recent studies show the correlation between the presence of friendly gut bacteria and reduced incidence of allergies. Fermented foods and drinks such as kimchi, kefir, and kombucha tea help in boosting gut bacteria, just like high quality probiotic capsules.
  6. Local Honey. This popular allergy “shot” contributes in enabling your body to adapt well to the allergens in your surroundings.
  7. Diet Changes. If everything else fails, perhaps changing your diet is the answer to your allergy issues. This includes avoiding spicy foods when pollen counts are high, passing up raw foods at the height of allergy season, eating low-calorie foods, losing weight, and some more.
  8. Relaxation. Through relaxation exercise like Yoga, your nervous system can signal the immune system to take it easy and stop attacking the foreign bodies. The moment your restless immune system slows down, allergic symptoms like inflammation and mucous production diminish.
  9. Acupuncture. This ancient Chinese alternative treatment involves a trained practitioner gently placing hair-thin needles underneath the patient’s skin at specific points in his/her body in order to reduce certain symptoms.
  10. Allergy-Proofing. Perhaps one of the proven ways to avoid allergic reactions is to get rid of things in your home that trigger the aversion. This includes vacuuming your rugs and furniture on a weekly basis, buying dust-proof mattress or pillowcase covers to prevent dust allergies, closing the doors and windows during the peak allergy season, taking off your shoes before entering your house, and washing clothes properly to get rid of pollen after being outdoors the entire day.

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