Discover how you may be able to treat allergies with natural remedies and lifestyle changes.
It’s the time of year when allergies are a favourite topic of conversation in homes and offices but over-the-counter products aren't your only option for treating allergies. Here’s my take on some common alternatives which have been seen to have great results.
Supplement with ‘friendly bacteria’
Adding a probiotic to your diet is essential to overall health and can be a real benefit if you suffer from seasonal allergies, as this is often the result of an imbalance in the immune system causing the body to react too strongly to stimuli. Beyond the fact that all stomachs can benefit from the boost probiotics lend to digestion and immunity, they can also influence the immune system and potentially correct the root cause of allergic reactions.
What I do: I take probiotics in varying forms from fermented foods to Kefir and probiotics every day. I love the Arbonne Digestion Plus 30 days (£41/ Preferred clients cost: £32.80) as it gives me a pre and probiotic and enzyme which support overall digestive health. I also take a probiotic in my Power Packs for women (30 days £78/ PC £62.40). These multi-tasking multivitamins are a must. They are a multi-mineral, probiotic and calcium blend which I swear by. I’ve noticed that even after a few days of taking them my energy levels soar and I’m more awake throughout the day. As they have a high dose of magnesium too I’ve found them hugely beneficial to women going through the menopause. You should also follow any course of antibiotics with probiotics to replenish good bacteria so adding a combination of Digestion Plus and Power Packs to your day could really give you a boost.
Vitamin C for treating allergies
Allergens can cause certain cells in the body to produce histamine, which is responsible for common seasonal complaints like tearing, excess mucus and a runny nose. Increasing your vitamin C intake can help reduce allergies as it prevents the formation of histamine.
What I do: I get a good dose of Vitamin C, (188% of my daily requirement to be precise!), from my Arbonne Power Packs for Women (30 day supply £78/ PC £62.40). That’s less than a Starbucks every day! I often find a rehydration drink which is high in vitamin C and electrolytes can help too. The Arbonne Phytosport Rehydration Sachets have a unique combination of electrolytes and botanicals – cayenne, ginseng and turmeric along with high doses of Vitamin C which helps contribute to normal function of the immune system. I use Phytosport Rehydration which offer 20 servings per pack for only £27 or £21.60 for preferred clients.
Eat your onions
Ramping up your intake of quercetin, a bioflavonoid derived from onions, can not only benefit your diet, it can help minimize the occurrence of watery or itchy eyes, asthma and hay fever. Quercetin has been proven effective for allergies, asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, cold and flu, and has some promising research as an effective mast cell inhibitor for allergic conditions.
What I do: I cook with onions wherever possible and add raw onion to salads too!
Supplement with Healthy oils
We're starting to understand that not all fat is bad fat. Supplementing with healthy types of oils is necessary in the formation of every cell in the body, making essential fatty acids a must. As they are anti-inflammatory, they’re useful in treating and preventing heart disease, but they also have beneficial effects on cholesterol, skin moisturisation, bowel function and, some studies have found on hay fever.
What I do: I supplement with an Arbonne Omega 3 Plus oil (30 days £33/PC £26.40) which is Vegan and comes from Flax seed and algae so no nasty fishy aftertaste.
Look for adrenal support
Supplements that support the adrenal glands (stress glands) can be helpful in maintaining energy and reducing the effect of stress and allergies on the body. My teenage daughter has suffered with allergies and is an active sportswoman so her magnesium levels can become quite deficient. Coupled with that she loves sugar as a pick me up which puts added stress on the adrenal glands.
What I do: The Power packs for Women I mention above are a great source of vitamins and minerals to support the adrenal glands especially Magnesium, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, Zinc. Plus some of the top superfoods for adrenal health include:
- Cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, etc.)
- Fatty fish (e.g., wild-caught salmon)
- Chicken and turkey
- Nuts, such as walnuts and almonds
- Seeds, such as pumpkin, chia and flax
- Kelp and seaweed
- Celtic and Himalayan sea salt
Our diet is already rich in these things and I teach a 30 days to healthy living programme which helps you press reset on your adrenal glands as well as on your overall health.
Pay attention to your diet
Diet plays a role in our overall health, and allergies are no exception. Eat a healthy wholefoods diet which is rich in fruits and vegetables to support your health. To give your body the nutrients it needs, aim to follow a hypoallergenic, anti-inflammatory diet during allergy season, and keep a food diary to help pinpoint any flare-ups, which can worsen with environmental allergies.
What I do: I teach a 30 days to healthy living programme which enables you to pinpoint any allergens within your diet. It also kick starts a new healthy relationship with food which will set you on a track to improved health. Read my blog here.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple Cider Vinegar is an age old remedy that is often recommended for a variety of health conditions. I’ve found it useful for allergy and heartburn relief with great success. The theory is that its ability to reduce mucous production and cleanse the lymphatic system makes it useful for allergies. It is also said to help digestion, weight loss and more, so it is worth a try!
What I do: You are best to use the type of vinegar which still contains the mother or colony of beneficial bacteria found in organic vinegars. Mix a teaspoon of organic, apple cider vinegar into a glass of water and drink this three times a day.
Nettle leaf is another natural antihistamine that can be very effective as it naturally blocks the body’s ability to produce histamine. It grows in many places and can be made into a tincture or tea. Used in combination with other herbs it makes a soothing tea.
What I do: I make a pot of Arbonne detox tea (20 bags £17/ PC £13.60) every day and just keep sipping it through the day. It's also great as a chilled tea poured over ice. Containing more than just nettle it is a great tea to detox the whole system as its combination is designed to support the liver, lungs and kidney. Key ingredients are Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) root, Peppermint (Mentha piperita) leaf, Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) leaf, Elder (Sambucus nigra) flower, Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) fruit, Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) root.
There’s no real scientific evidence to back this one up, but there seems to be a lot of anecdotal evidence from people who have tried it. The theory is that consuming local honey from as close as possible to where you live will help your body adapt to the allergens in the environment. It’s supposed to work like a natural allergy “shot” and doesn’t seem to have a downside.
What I do: Consume a teaspoon or more of raw, unprocessed local honey from as close to where I live as possible. I do this one or more times a day to help relieve symptoms. It is often suggested to start this a month or so before allergy season.
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