If you're one of the tens of millions of allergy sufferers in the U.S., please know there is plenty you can do depending on products from the pharmaceutical industry. Eating a wholesome diet based on unprocessed, ideally organic and locally grown foods, including fermented foods, along with optimizing your vitamin D levels and correcting your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio, will form the foundation upon which your immune system can function optimally.
For short-term relief of symptoms, you could give acupuncture a try, and irrigate your sinuses with a neti pot. For more long-term relief you want to get tested, find out the food you are reacting and works with a rotation/elimination diet.
Here are some - Tips If You Suffer From Allergies:
- Minimize your intake of sugars and grains: "Healing and sealing" your gut has been shown to help alleviate allergy symptoms, and the key to this is eliminating inflammatory foods like grains and processed foods and introduce healthier ones that will support a proper balance of bacteria in your gut.
- Increase your intake of animal-based omega-3 fats: The fats DHA and EPA found in krill oil are potent anti-inflammatories. A German study published in the journal Allergy found people who have diets rich in omega-3 fats suffer from fewer allergy symptoms.
- Reduce your intake of omega-6 fats: In addition to adding omega-3 fats to your diet, you also want to reduce the number of omega-6 fats (i.e., vegetable oils) you consume because the ratio between these two fats is very important. If you eat processed foods daily, the balance between omega-3 and omega-6 fats will become distorted, which can cause the type of inflammation that leads to asthma.
- Optimize your vitamin D levels: Research suggests that vitamin D deficiency may be a primary underlying cause of asthma. This means that many are needlessly suffering from a potentially life-threatening ailment since vitamin D deficiency is easily remedied. Vitamin D will also help to upregulate your immune system.
- Fermented vegetables and probiotics: A healthy gut may help to improve allergies of all kinds.
- Avoid pasteurized milk products, which are notorious for increasing phlegm and making asthma worse.
- Hot peppers: Hot chili peppers, horseradish, and hot mustards work as natural decongestants. In fact, a nasal spray containing capsaicin (derived from hot peppers) significantly reduced nasal allergy symptoms in a 2009 study.
- Quercetin: Quercetin is an antioxidant that belongs to a class of water-soluble plant substances called flavonoids. Although research is limited, many believe quercetin-rich foods (such as apples, berries, red grapes, red onions, capers and black tea) prevent histamine release — so they are "natural antihistamines." Quercetin is also available in supplement form — a typical dose for hay fever is between 200 and 400 mg per day.
- Butterbur (Petasites hybridus): Another natural antihistamine, butterbur was used to treat coughs and asthma as far back as the 17th century. Researchers have since identified the compounds in butterbur that help reduce symptoms in asthma by inhibiting leukotrienes and histamines, which are responsible for symptom aggravation in asthma.
- In a German study, 40 percent of patients taking butterbur root extract were able to reduce their intake of traditional asthma medications. A word of caution is needed, however. Butterbur is a member of the ragweed family, so if you are allergic to ragweed, marigold, daisy, or chrysanthemum, you should not use butterbur.
- Also, the raw herb should not be used because it contains substances called pyrrolizidine alkaloids that can be toxic to your liver and kidneys and may cause cancer. Commercial butterbur products have had a lot of these alkaloids removed.
- Goldenseal (Hydrastis Canadensis): Goldenseal may be helpful for seasonal allergies. Laboratory studies suggest that berberine, the active ingredient in goldenseal, has antibacterial and immune-enhancing properties.
- Eucalyptus oil: This pure essential oil can be healing to mucous membranes. You can apply a drop on a cotton ball and sniff it several times a day, and a few drops of water (or to a nebulizer, if you own one) for a steam treatment, or use a few drops in your bath water.
We have been very effective in helping our members, from 6 months of age to adults to identified via blood testing food allergies and working with their gut and lifestyle to help the body heal.
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