If you have allergies, it could be that you've had other issues in the past.
Asthma as a child? Digestive woes? Food Allergies? These may all be puzzle pieces in the picture of your health. Let's address the root cause, shall we?
It may be that your intestinal tract is under functioning or even in duress due to too little water, poor diet, alcohol or coffee. When the lining of the gut has been abused or is producing problems, sometimes contents of the digestive tract can leak out into the blood through tiny perforations. It's commonly referred to as leaky gut syndrome. This can contributing to the irrational allergic response of the body. See my blog post "Heal the Lining of your Gut, Cure Your Allergies" for more information on that concept.
Avoid Excessive Pasteurized Dairy & Wheat
In the meantime, I'd recommend avoiding processed dairy such as pasteurized milk & ice cream, reduce or eliminate wheat consumption and begin consuming herbal teas daily. Stinging Nettle Herbal Tea for example can be used to combat the inflammatory response your body may have to those pesky floating proteins.
Drink 3 cups of Stinging Nettle Tea Daily
Iced or hot is delicious! Remember, that the body's inflammatory response mechanism is what is causing your misery. Lowering inflammation is very helpful.
Nettie Pot - Are You Brave Enough?
If you are brave, try using a netti pot. I love doing it, it's effective to cleanse the sinuses of pollen particles and dust that will cause you to get symptomatic. I wrote a blog post on this also called, "Got Allergies, This Neti Pot is Your New Best Friend." I'll tell you what you need to get you started! Check out the photo gallery below for a look at what a nettie pot is and check out my album on facebook for more photos.
Vitamin C - Take Big Doses for 1 Week!
Ingesting a good amount of daily non-acidic Vitamin C would be an excellent idea. Fruit like oranges and vegetables like ALL Greens! Many herbs contain a large amount of Vitamin C. Stinging Nettle and Purslane are but 2 herbs that are great examples, they are tasty and plentiful! Eat Purslane in salads or pop it into your blended smoothies. It's mild, rich in fats and delicious.
If you want to take a buffered Vitamin C in Capsules here's a brand I like. Take 2000-3000 mg per day for the first week then cut this in half until the allergies are dunzo!
Adhere to your herbal allergy regiment religiously for 7 days. After this you can slack off a bit on taking the herbs, tea and as I mention below, a digestive enzyme.
Take A Digestive Enzyme.
Taking a digestive enzyme is helpful for supporting a healthy response to inflammation. Many times I can just take alot of enzymes and I won't experience hay fever at all! I like Megazyme but there are alot of different brands. Look for one that has the digestive enzyme Bromelain in it.
How much do you take? I'll take 3-4 of these 2 times a day on an empty stomach at the beginning. Once I do this for a few days the allergies subside and I can take less. Everyone is different so you'll have to play around with what works for you. Today was the first day that I felt sneezy and tonight sitting here typing this my eyes are a little bit itchy. I'm on my way into the kitchen to make a little Stinging Nettle Tea.
If the symptoms are very mild and limited to itchy, watery eyes with a runny nose; Try the homeopathic remedy Allium Cepa 6C. I've had several friends tell me that this works great for them for these specific symptoms. Buy this in a blue tube (shown below) by Boiron Brand at any health food store. They are around $7. Learn how to take a homeopathic remedy here.
Try to avoid allergy medications completely. They are very harsh and often can cause side effects such as hives, dry mouth, medicine-head and not to mention it's one more thing for the ol' liver to contend with. More whole foods, less drugs is the way to go for allergy relief. It's the only way of trying to reverse the root problem, when drugs only mask the symptoms, essentially putting a band-aid on a broken leg.
How do you contend with your allergies? Join the conversation! I hope this blog posts helps you get through the season a little easier.
If your having asthmatic episodes due to allergies, consider taking a break from wheat. I've experienced (hand had clients experience) asthma, wheezing, shortness of breath and sleep apnea all but disappear with the removal of most wheat from the diet;)