While massage can help you feel great any time of the year, this is the season when allergies are often a topic of conversation with my clients. Spring and summer allergies can be overwhelming and make life incredibly uncomfortable. There are dozens of prescriptions as well as OTC remedies for them. Some work and some don’t. So I wanted to take an opportunity to talk about some natural solutions as well.
Apple cider vinegar has so many uses, I don’t have space to name them all — from cleaning showers and sinks to making salad dressing and marinades. It’s also an amazing natural allergy remedy, reducing mucous production and cleansing your lymphatic system. Just swallow a tablespoon or add it to a cup of hot water with a small bit of honey.
Believe it or not, exercise helps with allergy symptoms. Okay, so the the last thing you feel like doing when you feel crummy is workout. But, Thai researchers found that moderate to intense activity for just 30 minutes can bring substantial allergy relief due to its anti-inflammatory effect in your nasal passages. If the pollen counts are extremely high, exercise indoors to reduce re-exposure.
Honey is a natural food that has been around for centuries, Bees create their honey from whatever happens to be around. So their honey contains trace amounts of the very pollen that could be making you feel sick. While a tablespoon or more won’t bring immediate relief, it can help naturally reduce your allergy symptoms over time. Start taking it at the first sign of allergy symptoms.
Dirt and pollen can easily become trapped in your nasal passages — a vast array of elaborate passageways. Until whatever is foreign in there is expelled, your body keep trying toflush it from your system by causing you to blow your nose, cough, and sneeze. Use a neti pot using saline to flush your nasal passages and help relieve your allergy symptoms.
If flushing liquid through your nasal passages is not as option, nasal sprays are a close second. Spritzing saline solution in your nose once a day will help flush those same harmful irritants from your nasal passage.
Acupuncture treats a wide variety of health issues, including depression, digestive issues, pain, muscle weakness, and immune deficiency. Believe it or not, it studies say it can alsohelp to naturally reduce allergy symptoms.
Don’t underestimate the power of probiotics to help your immune system. They give it a boost by introducing beneficial bacteria into your digestive tract. A good source of probiotics can be found in fermented foods, like kimchi. Kombucha is another great source of probiotics.
Diet plays a huge role in overall health, contributing to your mood as well as your ability to get a full night’s rest. It’s a major factor in energy levels, skin appearance, and weight balance. But it also plays a big role in allergy symptoms. Consider doing an IV Drip Therapy as it bypasses your digestive system so you can easily and quickly get 100% of the key vitamins and nutrients you need. We are lucky to have this service available locally at Revolutions Naturopathic
Drink water like there is no tomorrow. Few people have a handle on just how dehydrated they really are and the side effects are notable.Dehydration can cause you to be moody, make you hungrier, and make it harder to lose weight. Aside from fatigue, it can cause headaches, breakouts, and bloating. And, it can heighten any allergy symptoms you’re experiencing.
And of course, I will mention massage. Whileit can’t stopallergic reactions, it can help modify and dissipate the symptoms. It helps with stress reduction, improved circulation and improved immunity, naturally improving your tolerance of allergy symptoms.