Ditch pharma and try a more natural solution.
If you suffer from allergies, you’re familiar with the itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing and scratchy throat caused by a range of environmental predators. The medications used to ward off these symptoms are called “antihistamines” because histamines cause allergy symptoms. When the body detects an allergen through its mucus membranes, it releases the protein histamine as a protective reaction, which subsequently causes irritation.
This spring, ditch the over-the-counter medications and try a new approach by incorporating these natural antihistamines into your lifestyle.
Quercetin is a flavonol that helps to relieve allergies by reducing the inflammatory response in respiratory airways. Quercetin can be incorporated into your diet by taking supplements or eating onions, capers, cilantro, kale, cranberry, sweet potato, apples, among other sources. Quercetin is also being studied for its possible capacity to help repair human DNA.
Nettle (or stinging nettle) a perennial flowering plant, which can be found in every single state in the continental United States. Nettle is an anti-inflammatory with many therapeutic uses and may help joint pain and kidney problems. In one study, the majority of participants found that 300mg daily of stinging nettle supplement relieved allergy symptoms. Alternatively, if you are able to correctly identify a stinging nettle plant in the forest, you can brew the leaves in a tea.
3. Vitamin C
Allergy relief is among the many miraculous uses of vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that stops histamine from forming. It also helps balance the immune system by functioning as an anti-inflammatory. Good sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, red pepper, raspberries, strawberries, kale, kiwi, guava, and broccoli. Although whole foods are preferable, you can also find vitamin C in tasty chewable tablets.
Bromelain is an enzyme that functions as an anti-inflammatory and is also commonly used to lower swelling in the respiratory system post-surgery. The best natural source of bromelain is pineapple— but bromelain supplements are also available. Take 400-500mg every day to reduce mucous production and inflammation.
There is evidence that a small amount of salt may help alleviate allergy symptoms. This comes from the theory that the histamine response signals for water or salt intake. Natural Health 365 recommends placing a pinch of salt on the tip of your tongue and letting it slowly absorb. Apparently, this can also help congestion or if you’re feeling the constant need to clear your throat.