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Seasonal Sniffles: Treating Hay Fever the Natural Way

written by Guest Blogger July 8, 2014

I’m lucky enough to be allergy-free; but some of my friends aren’t as fortunate. They tell me that they need to take allergy medication on a constant basis, and not only that, they have to mix it up after awhile because their bodies get used to the same meds! One even takes shots to alleviate her allergy symptoms. If you’re an all-natural kinda person, though, you may enjoy today’s guest post by Steve Tucker. 

The flowers are blooming and the weather is warm; it’s that time of the year again, the time when hay fever flares up, causing itchy eyes and sneezing. While most people are unaffected by dust, pollen, and outside spores, a select few dread the spring and summer despite the pleasant tidings they bring.

If you’re ready to spring to action to stop a pending hay fever attack, consider the following:

Symptoms

Usually, the spring season coincides with blooming hay fever, yet exposure to certain elements, such as pet dander, make symptoms persist all year. Notice the persistence of sneezing, watery eyes, itchy or irritated skin, as well as a running nose.

Consult a physician as well as online literature regarding the topic. Often, recognizing symptoms and knowing what to avoid keeps exacerbation to a minimum.

Nutrition

Professionals and body gurus throughout the ages agree to the connection between what goes in the body and subsequent health. A low fat, high-complex carb diet curbs symptoms of hay fever. Include the following foods in your ongoing diet: deep orange and yellow fruits and vegetables, leafy veggies, carrots, yams, and ginger.

Conversely, a number of foods help expedite or aid symptoms. Exclude the following foods from your diet: Bananas, chocolate, peanuts, wheat, sugar, and red meat.

Homemade Remedies

Some consult age-old or ‘home’ remedies passed down from generations. In supplement to contacting certified professionals, taking hot baths with eucalyptus oil or just placing oil in a steaming bowl helps temporarily relieve nasal stress and hay fever symptoms.

Also, boiling cups of water with grape fruit added helps relieve symptoms; only use the fruit portion, discarding the rind. Seek other homeopathic remedies to complement physician-provided consultation.

Acupuncture

In addition to the food-body connection, professionals can’t deny the mind-body connection. Natural solutions to ensure the body is relaxed and feeling at peace, keeps internal organs and systems healthy; it’s the reason professionals suggest at least eight hours per sleep each night as well as periods of meditation to escape the anxieties and stresses of life.

In addition, rest and relaxation affects the adrenal glands and the immune systems, making us feel healthier, heal quicker, and increasingly resistant to disease and health issues. Finally, in addition to third-party assisted acupuncture, some consult physical fitness trainers for exercise; sometimes, devoting several hours toward exercising per week helps alleviate nasal pressure and subsequent congestion.

Vitamins

Take a visit to the local drugstore, asking pharmacists and in-house professionals about vitamins and minerals that support the immune system and help keep hay fever and reactions to outside elements to a minimum.

Vitamins such as A, C, and E as well as the mineral, zinc, help build healthier bodies and immune systems. Additionally, several herbs emulate the benefits of vitamins and minerals. Ginko is used as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Red clover helps build the body’s resistance to allergies.

Don’t cry about the pending bloom of hay fever; be proactive, using a variety of natural remedies to curb symptoms and breathe easier.

About the Author

Steve Tucker is a passionate allergist with a deep interest in holistic medicine. With control of one’s diet and fitness, he believes many allergies and other health issues may be alleviated. Visit the non12step-drugrehabs.org site for more information on how to make some lifestyle changes.

Do you have any natural allergy remedies to share with us?

 

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