Managing Seasonal Allergies Naturally

Treat your allergies at their source

Are you reliant on your daily dose of antihistamine? Do your symptoms recur quickly if you miss even a single dose?

That's because antihistamines, although helpful, merely control allergy symptoms; they don't actually address the problem.

There is an alternative: Natural remedies can help boost your immune system and actually reduce the number and severity of allergy symptoms you experience. Thus, you can live with your allergies more comfortably and without relying so heavily on medication.

Your first step is to make sure your liver is working well. Your liver helps filter toxins, including histamine, from your body, and the more efficiently it does this, the less histamine builds up, and the less time your body has to react to it. Milk thistle can help your liver to do its job efficiently.

Your next stop is the adrenal glands. These glands help you to deal with stress. A good multivitamin can help to make sure that your adrenal glands are getting what they need. Also add in some immune-supporting herbs like Echinacea.

Your diet can help in the fight against allergies, too. A diet of organic fruits and vegetables, with whole grains, legumes and lots of cold-water fish can reduce inflammation in your body. In other words, you can reduce your response to allergens!

If you make sure that you get Omega-3 essential fatty acids, you can take it one step further and actually reduce your likelihood of allergies.

In the same way, you can use your diet to decrease your reactivity. Avoid foods that increase inflammation or histamines, including animal fats, hydrogenated oils, trans-fats, shellfish, strawberries, chocolate, sausage and alcohol. Instead, go for the onions and garlic. These two foods contain quercetin, which can help to fight your allergy symptoms.

Another natural remedy for allergies can be found in the vitamin aisle. Vitamin C actually works like a mild antihistamine, without any of the undesirable side effects. Some allergies can be completely controlled by taking between 2,000 and 10,000 milligrams of vitamin C per day. Divide the amount in regular doses throughout the day because vitamin C will leave the body in 4 to 6 hours. Also, it will help increase your immune system's response to the vitamin C if you take both a multivitamin and a multimineral, as well as a couple of tablespoons of flaxseed oil.

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New Possibilities 2007

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