When allergy season hits, many of us reach for a quick fix. Unfortunately, a lot of the over-the-counter medications can be harsh on the gut as well as decrease overall health and wellness. Here are a few things to consider avoiding (unless recommended by your doctor!) –
- Antihistamine’s and Allergy Medication
- Nasal Spray
- Advil and NSAID’s for sinus headaches
- Medicated eyedrops instead opt for natural tears and eyedrops that do not have harsh chemicals
Avoid over the counter allergy medicine whenever possible. They tend to have a negative impact on gut health, whereas natural anti-inflammatories and other natural remedies are often as helpful with much less negative side effects.
Here is our guide to improving your experience, reducing symptoms and increasing overall health when it comes to allergy season.
Natural anti-inflammatory foods & supplements –
Allergens that are present during the spring or ‘allergy season’ tend to lead to an increase inflammation. Here are a few natural foods, supplements and lifestyle choices you can make to help decrease inflammation and reduce your symptoms.
- Fermented Turmeric
- Homeopathic & natural allergy medicine
Other Supportive Foods & Supplements –
- Reishi mushrooms
- Vitamin C
- Manuka Honey
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Natural ways to reduce symptoms –
Steam – steaming can open up and help drain your sinuses. You can use a face steamer or simply turn your facet water on hot, hang a towel over your head and bed over the facet allowing the steam to rise towards your face. Be sure not to get too close to the hot water! You can hold or rest the towel in a tent like position to help catch and draw in the steam (see image below).
Stinging Nettle – stinging nettle has proven to be a natural antihistamine which can reduce congestion, sinus pressure and discomfort caused by allergies.
Neti Pot – the Neti Pot technique has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to open up the sinuses, flush out bacteria and reduce congestion.
Eucalyptus, Peppermint & Frankincense Essential Oil (organic and pure – no added fragrances) – essential oils can be a powerful way to both reduce inflammation as well as open up the sinuses. Be sure you use 100% pure organic oils that are properly sourced.
Ways to both protect yourself and decrease allergen exposure –
- Wash your hair more often
- Clean & dust often
- Wear a mask when you are out and about
Avoid things that deplete the immune system such as refined sugar and processed foods
More tips –
- Stay hydrated! Water, water, water!
- Limit or avoid dairy
- Get enough sleep
- Reduce stress
- Exercise indoors on days with higher pollen counts