Do you suffer from allergies? If you do, this article is for you! by Dr. Lisa Leslie-Williams
For millions of Americans, even the thought of spring makes their eyes burn, itch, and water. If you suffer from seasonal eye allergies and are tired of the stinging medications that take control over your life because of their rebound effect, you may want to consider an alternative approach that stimulates your body’s natural ability to relieve symptoms.
Natural Eye Relief
Antihistamine eye drops or artificial tears may provide temporary relief but they don’t address the problem as well as homeopathic preparations that gently stimulate the body’s natural ability to relieve symptoms. Products such as Similasan Allergy Eye Relief contain natural active ingredients: no dyes, chemical vasoconstrictors, decongestants, or steroids. They can be used regularly without that annoying rebound effect. Moreover, they help to activate your body’s own defense mechanisms to address the underlying problem.
Support Your Immune System
The immune system plays an important role in your body’s reaction to allergens. By focusing on good nutrition, and taking steps to support your immune system, you may be able to say goodbye to itchy eyes, sneezing, nasal congestion, and other allergy symptoms. The great thing about natural and/or homeopathic remedies, such as Similasan, is that there are also kids’ formulas available so the whole family benefits.
To support your immune system consider doing the following…
Eat plenty of vibrantly colored fruits and vegetables:
These play important roles in balancing the immune system. There is now science to support the old adage: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Apples contain quercetin, an antioxidant that has antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties. Peppers, onions, and garlic contain compounds that help thin and reduce mucus. Drink plenty of water to clear your body of irritating pollen through secretions.
Use caution about eating potentially inflammatory foods:
The biggest culprits are foods like dairy, sugar, wheat, and even grain.
Sip on an anti-inflammatory cooler:
One of my family’s favorites is a pineapple ginger cooler. It contains pineapple peel and ginger, both of which are natural anti-inflammatory agents and a refreshing drink to have on a warm day.
Add local honey to your daily diet:
The mechanism by which honey helps to relieve allergy symptoms is three-fold. First, honey helps to soothe the throat. Second, honey is a natural cough suppressant. A study found 2 teaspoons of honey to be just as effective as dextromethorphan (the main ingredient in cough syrup). Third, the pollen that bees use to make honey is ingested when you eat local honey. The immune system then becomes sensitized over time, which may make you less sensitive to pollen.
Cleanse your nasal passages:
Neti pots have become very popular right now – and with good reason. Most people know that they are a safe and natural way to help your body’s natural mechanism for clearing your sinuses of bacteria and allergens. As well, use an air purifier to remove allergens from your home.
Capture the power of essential oils:
Make exercise part of your routine:
Regularly getting moderate-intensity exercise will help reduce your stress while boosting your immune system. It’s a win-win!
Make sleep a priority:
Your mind and bodywork better when they are well-rested, and that applies to your body’s defenses against allergens. Aim for at least seven or eight hours of uninterrupted sleep every night.
Live healthfully every single day:
Compliance is critical. If you are taking supplements or essential medications, take them as recommended to get the most benefits.
Try Something New to Help Your Allergies
If you try these strategies and you still aren’t getting symptom relief, try a bedbug-proof pillow cover. What some people think are seasonal allergies are actually not seasonal allergies at all. If you’re looking for nighttime allergy relief from sneezing, runny nose, and even a dry hacking cough, that could mean bed bugs and dust mites.
Taking better care of yourself will give you more time to stop and enjoy all of the good things that the season has to offer. Remember, if you are opting to use a natural or homeopathic approach to treat seasonal allergies or anything else for that matter, the effects will be more gradual. Consult your doctor, stick with it and adjust up or down as needed.
What do you do to take care of your seasonal allergies? Let us know in the comments at the bottom of this page!
About the author: Once a practicing pharmacist, Dr. Lisa Leslie-Williams is now writing prescriptions for healthy and whole living one post at a time. As the founder of The Domestic Life Stylist, a health and wellness blog, Leslie-Williams is a respected naturopathic healthy living expert, speaker, wellness blogger, Oprah Magazine Ambassador (O MagInsider), and media spokesperson.
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