Allergies are caused by a hypersensitive reaction to substances which are ordinarily harmless to others. These substances that make you overreact are known as allergens. There are a variety of allergens, namely pollen, pet dander, dust, house mites and a lot more. Allergies can be seasonal and chronic (all-year round). Most of the time doctors do two things when it comes to patients with allergies, one is to prescribe anti-histamine, and two, they tell you to stay away from allergens. But there are other ways to treat your allergies and one is through the use of natural remedies. Natural remedies can include a change in your diet, habit and utilization of herbs.
Natural remedies for allergies:
Nettle has natural antihistamine which suppresses the histamine produced by your body to induced swelling and a flare-up response by hindering or reducing the binding histamine receptors of your immune system. You may find this at health food stores. Another herb that works well with allergies is Gingko Biloba. Gingko Biloba has "ginkogolides". Gingko biloba is popularly known to fight viruses, bacteria and prevents or slows down the progression of Alzheimer disease but these are bonuses. Include in your diet foods that are rich in Quercetin. Quercetin is the color that gives grapes, green tea and pineapple their colorful shade. It stops your body from releasing histamine when it comes in contact with your allergens. The best sources of Quercetin are found in whole raw foods but you can also purchase Quercetin capsules at a health food store. Do not take this capsule if you are already taking Nettle because nestle has Quercetin. Increase the amount of Omega-3 in your diet. It counteracts your body's inflammatory reaction to your allergens. Omega-3 can be found in salmon and flaxseed. Honey. Honey has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. It is also an allergen to some people; some experts believe that if you slowly introduce your allergen into your body then your body will become immune to it. Simply take one teaspoon of raw, organic, unheated honey. Farmers markets usually carry the highest quality of honey.Probiotics. Probiotics provide good bacteria to your digestive system. Several naturopathic doctors say that the health of your digestive system is directly associated to the health of your immune system. Look for probiotic capsules in the refrigerated section at your local health food store. Remember to refrigerate your probiotics as soon as possible.
After being outdoors during allergy season, be sure to take a hot shower right away, to wash away an allergens that may have been obtained and also to wash the clothes you just wore right away. To be properly diagnosed for what allergies you are allergic to, please consult with a naturopathic doctor. They do much more extensive allergy testing compared to regular western doctors. Once you have found out what your allergens are then your naturopathic doctor can provide you with safe, natural and effective treatments without the use of drugs.