(Health Secrets) Spring is here and ready to wreak havoc with allergy suffers. This year instead of the usual irritating symptoms, the side effects from over-the-counter meds, and worst of all the prescribed medications or allergy shots, discover the relief that natural remedies can bring.
What triggers spring allergies
An allergy occurs when an individual breathes in certain triggers (such as pollen). The body sees this as a foreign invader, much like a bacteria or virus, and sends out its defenses, releasing antibodies to attack these allergens. This leads to the release of chemicals (histamines) which result in a runny nose, sneezing, watering eyes, inflammation and congestion.
We generally don’t consider allergies to be as serious an issue as an infection. However, a severe allergy can result in infection, from prolonged or severe blockage of sinus drainage sites. Congestion can also drain to the chest, causing respiratory infections that can result in asthma or even pneumonia.
A primary allergy cause is an impaired immune system due to toxic overload.
Pollen is a common spring and fall allergy trigger. Male plants pollinate in prolific fashion during the spring and early summer months, and some continue this process into the fall season. A great number of people allergic to spring pollen. The wind can carry pollen for hundreds of miles, so your offender may not necessarily come from your own neighborhood.
Another offender not to be overlooked is mold. Mold spores can easily become airborne, putting us at risk. Mold grows in damp areas, indoors and outdoors, and it can flourish during a rainy spring. The mulch used to keep down garden weeds and hold in moisture is a source of several varieties of mole spores.
Dust mites are another problem. Dust mites are mostly present during humid spring and summer months, but they can be stirred up and become airborne when the furnace is first used on a cool fall night.
Some of the worst triggers of spring allergies are common trees, such as cedar, elm, oak, poplar and willow. Common grasses such as fescue and rye also trigger allergies.
Allergy symptoms tend to be higher on days with breeze or wind, because they are being blown through the air. Rainy days can bring some relief because rain makes pollen granules fall back to earth.
How to gain the upper hand on spring allergies
*Avoid contact with allergens as much as possible. Keep your house well ventilated, making sure that your filtration system is up to date.
*Be sure to rake up any left over leaf debris from last year that probably harbors mold.
*Eat a diet containing antioxidants and omega-3 essential fatty acids to help detoxify the body, thereby strengthening the immune system.
*Many people find significant allergy relief by consuming locally produced raw organic honey.
Nutrients, herbs and supplements can support your immune system to minimize allergies
*Colloidal silver provides immune support to the body, lessening or eliminating allergic reaction. It is also instrumental in preventing infections that can occur with prolonged or severe allergies.
*Butterbur taken four times a day is as effective as over-the-counter medications, without any adverse side effects.
*Quercetin stabilizes cells and prevents the release of histamines.
*People who consume Omega-3 fatty acids are more likely to resist allergy symptoms.
*Probiotics helps support the body’s natural terrain and strengthens the immune system.
*Cayenne, ginger, onions, and garlic are effective allergy treatments.
*Use stinging nettle leaf at the first sign of an allergy.
*Fortify your body with vitamins C and E to strengthen your immune system.
Lastly, keep your body hydrated with plenty of water. It is important to replace those fluids that are being expelled from the body.
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Published with permission from Alignlife. Original article link is here.