Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Seasonal Allergy Busters
Everyone loves Spring, but no one loves allergies…Itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, scratchy throat. Yuck! They sure can be the buzz kill to an otherwise beautiful and fun season, and those over the counter meds often come with a list of pesky side effects that leave us feeling drowsy. Instead of wishing the next couple of months away, try these holistic remedies and get back outside!
1 - Try a neti pot - These can be purchased at most pharmacies and health food stores. They work to wash out nasal irritants that cause allergy symptoms.
2 - Drink lots of purified water – This will help to flush out allergens. Add lemon juice to a few of those glasses to help the detoxification process.
3 - Increase your intake of Omega 3 Fatty Acids – These have anti inflammatory properties which will help calm down inflammation in the sinuses caused by the histamine response. I’d recommend taking a dietary supplement in addition to adding wild caught salmon, avocado, extra virgin olive oil, and walnuts into your diet.
4 - Decrease your intake of processed foods and refined sugars - These weaken the immune system which makes it harder for our body to combat allergens.
5 - Practice yoga - Practicing yoga strengthens our immune system. Certain poses in conjunction with breathing exercises will expand your lungs and chest, helping to clear your nasal passage.
6 - Ditch the red wine - Although I find it difficult to pass up a good cabernet when out to dinner, red wines contain the most sulfites and histamines. Opt for white instead!
7 - Up your intake of greens - They are very alkalizing to the body and will not only build up your immune system, but will help to flush allergens out of your system.
8 - Drink green tea or dandelion root tea – Both will help to soothe any symptoms you may be experiencing.
9 - Avoid dairy products - Dairy is highly mucous forming and can lead to more congestion and phlegm.