Although the ground outside is covered in snow, the calendar says spring is here. And with that, I have to believe that spring allergy season is right around the corner. Flowers will bloom and trees will blossom, eventually, I'm sure. So with that, to help you prepare, some tips for combating allergies naturally.
- Take a fish oil (or other quality omega-3) supplement daily. The anti-inflammatory properties in the fish oil help to diminish symptoms and prevent allergy attacks.
- Try a quercetin supplement. This bioflavonoid is thought to support mast cells and prevent an excessive level of histamine from being released. It is best if you start taking this before your first allergy outbreak and continue throughout allergy season. This works even better when paired with a quality vitamin C supplement.
- If you suffer from rhinitis using saline to clear your nasal passages can be helpful. A neti pot may also be useful. Also, showering after returning from outdoors will help to remove allergens that may be stuck to your body and hair and the steam will help to open nasal passages.
- If you know what you're allergic to, watch out for other plants in the same family, which may also trigger an allergic response. For example, people who are allergic to ragweed may also react to dandelion or chamomile. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia provides a more comprehensive list of cross-reactive foods and plants.
- If you have food allergies keeping them in check will also help to reduce your body's overall histamine response. Avoiding highly allergenic foods such as peanuts, wheat and fermented or cured foods. Alcohol with high levels of histamine (beer, wine and champagne) should also be avoided.
If you have any other tried and true tricks for fighting allergies naturally, please feel free to leave a comment below or let me know and I'll try to add your tip to the list.
Further Reading and Resources:
Nutritional Support For Children With Asthma
Diet, wheeze and atopy in school children in Menorca, Spain.
Protective effect of fruits, vegetables, and the Mediterranean diet on asthma and allergies among children in Crete.