Yes, it’s here! Seasonal allergies aren’t much fun but there are a few things that can help make it less stressful. One thing you can do is to de-stress! Easier said than done sometimes but pretty helpful on many levels. Stress hormones may stimulate the production of blood proteins that cause allergic reactions. Better sleep helps both allergies and stress.
Lessen alcohol; bacteria and yeast in alcohol produce histamines that cause allergy symptoms; itchy eyes, stuffy-runny nose, etc…
Natural helpers are:
Neti Pot- a neti pot is a small vessel shaped like Aladdin’s lamp and has been used in India for thousands of years to flush the sinuses and keep them clear.
Quercetin- a natural plant-derived compound. It helps stabilize mast cells and prevents them from releasing histamine. Citrus fruits, apples, onions, tomatoes, parsley, tea, broccoli, lettuce and wine are naturally high in quercetin. Some allergy sufferers may need the boost of a supplement to build up enough of this compound to prevent attacks.
Stinging Nettle – Nettle inhibits the body ability to produce histamine.
Omega 3’s- as they help fight inflammation.
If you need allergy medications, take them before you’re exposed to allergens-that’s when they work best. Begin allergy medications a few weeks before the season begins or before you know you’ll be exposed to them such as at the soccer fields, ball fields, and especially if you’re an outdoor worker.