February 7 2017
After a long, cold, and for some, depressing winter, one thing we can all definitely look forward to is spring, or at least, some of us can. For many, the idea of fresh grass, blooming flowers, pollen flying through the air is an exciting indicator that the warmer seasons are arriving. For many others, it’s a really messed up parade of stuffy noses, watery eyes and scratchy throats and sometimes even itchy skin…..hooray!! This is also known as seasonal allergies. When seasonal allergies aren’t impairing your senses, they are also getting in the way of you enjoying the warm weather! Allergy medication can be useful but is full of artificial chemicals and sometimes, even addictive substances. With so many different natural solutions for so many ailments, is it reasonable to believe that there are natural solutions for treating and even eliminating symptoms of seasonal allergies? The answer to that question is a resounding yes.
Allergies are basically hypersensitivity in the immune system towards something in your environment or the environment itself. The kinds of allergies we are discussing are seasonal allergies, or also commonly known as hay fever. This is an inflammation in the nose due to an overreaction of the immune system to airborne allergens. Symptoms include but are not limited to:
- Runny nose
- Red, itchy, swollen, watery eyes
- Scratchy throat
- Asthma attacks
The reason why seasonal allergies like this tends to be called hay fever is because back when farming was a main source of income for a large portion of the world’s population, pollen would go flying through the air during the haying season. Hay fever is triggered by the pollen from wind pollinated plants. When you have an allergic reaction, your body reacts to the unknown pathogens by producing an excess of histamine which is a natural chemical your body produces which acts as a neurotransmitter and is involved with inflammation of the nose, eyes and anywhere else in the body that would react to said pathogen. In order to counter your hay fever, you need something that will naturally reduce the production of histamine, boost your energy and keep you immune system healthy. It is known by a few that vitamin C is a natural histamine reducer. Unlike many store bought allergy medications, vitamin C also helps in preventing infections and helps for a fast recovery from allergies rather than just stop histamine production. Vitamin C is especially useful when paired with a bioflavonoid like Quercetin. Quercetin is the bioflavonoid found in onions which also helps to stop the production of histamine during an allergic reaction. It is also an anti-viral which can help slow down and even stop the rate of colds and herpes sores. Omega-3’s are known for their ability to counter inflammation throughout the body, including the skin. A regular dosage of Omega-3 fatty acids either as a supplement or in your everyday diet will reduce your chances of having hay fever and will protect your skin from histamine outbreaks in the body which can cause rashes, swelling and discoloration. Probiotics are also useful in helping you veer away from being sick throughout spring. Probiotics help reduce the severity of infections and reactions and helps to reduce swelling of the throat, skin and eyes. It is generally recommended to keep yourself hydrated and to eat a balanced diet in order for your body to be able to defend itself properly against pathogens. It is also recommended to do regular breathing exercises to keep your lungs in healthy shape and to help keep your mind calm; a calm mind usually equates to a calm body which will help you immensely in keeping a healthy immune system.