In a previous blog post we talked about what allergies really are, how our body reacts to common allergens and some ideas on how to deal with them. Today, we are going to dive a little deeper into some natural remedies that help with the symptoms of allergies. This is our top list of ways to feel better during the spring allergy season.
- Get adjusted. This is a first line of defense when it comes to allergies because as we have learned an allergic response is an issue with the immune system. One of the many benefits of getting a chiropractic adjustment is it increases the amount of white blood cells in the body. More white blood cells mean the immune system will have more fighting power to get rid of the allergens in your system.
- Take a natural allergy supplement like D-histamine (which happens to be Dr Megan’s go to during allergy season). It is a supplement that has a unique combination of ingredients that aids with immune balancing, supports the sinuses, and clears nasal passages. Histamine is the compound that rises in response to allergens. D-histamine aids in normalizing histamine in the body which allows common allergy symptoms to decrease.
- Eat an anti-inflammatory diet which includes lots of fiber, many vegetables including the green leafy kind, fruit with antioxidants, healthy oils, and fish. Avoiding things like trans-fats, simple carbohydrates, processed foods and sugars will also help to decrease inflammation (and is just a good idea for overall health).
- Eat raw local honey. The idea behind this is that by consuming honey from local bees you are getting exposed to small amounts of pollen from your area because bees are responsible for a lot of pollination. Much like how allergy shots work by exposing you to small amounts of pollen your body gets less irritated over time. Fresh and Natural here in Hudson carries several options. Combine that with warm water and lemon and it tastes great!
- Diffuse essential oils in your home. Peppermint, basil and tea tree oil have an anti-inflammatory effect. Eucalyptus improves circulation and can open the lungs and sinuses. To help with drainage of the lymphatic system lemon oil can be helpful, it is also antibacterial. One of my favorite combinations is thieves with citrus oil, which I diffuse in my house every night at bed during allergy season.
- Homeopathy. The idea behind this type of natural treatment is that like cures like. By taking an extremely diluted amount of the substance that is causing the symptoms your body learns how to build up a defense. When it comes to homeopathy you want to find a very specific medicine for your symptoms so talk to a provider who can help you find exactly what you need.
Give some of these natural ways to treat allergies a try in your life to see what might work for you. If you still want more information, we will be hosting an Allergy Webinar on Wednesday May 22nd at 6:15 via Facebook Live. Head over to the Croixview Family Chiropractic Facebook page and click on the event tab for event details. And as always ask questions, we will be more than happy to answer them.