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Natural Remedies to Allergies

It’s that time of year, when you wake up with swollen eyes, sniffles, and dry coughs- it’s the time of year of allergies!  Since we never recommended you to develop dependencies to over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, we have made a list of natural ways to alleviate allergies:

  • Drink More Water:  Many allergy sufferers will feel some relief as soon as they drink 2 or more glasses of water at once.
  • Eat Simple:  Eat as minimally processed foods (in their most natural form) as often as possible.
  • Avoid Exercising Outside During Peak Pollen Times: It is often most high in the morning, so push that workout back to later in the day.
  • Eat More Omega-3 Foods:  A german study found that participants who ate  Omega-3 rich foods had less allergy symptoms.  Omega-3s help fight inflammation and can obtained by eating walnuts, cold-water fish, and flaxseed oil, as well as grass-fed meat and eggs.
  • Honey:  For centuries, the medicinal properties of honey has been used to alleviate allergy symptoms. Add to warm tea as warm liquids help with chest and nasal congestion. Make sure to purchase honey which is locally produced to get the best benefits of this amazing remedy!
  • Sleep:  Get 7-8 hours a night so that your body can heal itself and rest.  The more rest your body gets, the more efficient it becomes at fighting inflammation and mucus buildup from allergens.
  • Raw, Organic, Apple Cider Vinegar: Taking a tablespoon of raw, organic, apple cider vinegar (ACV) every morning (before going outside) blocks our body’s histamine reaction and it reduces inflammation.  For even more of a boost, mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar  in warm water with a tablespoon of raw honey.
  • Eat Probiotics: this will boost your immune system and make your body more efficient at combatting allergies.  Probiotics can be found in yogurt, kombucha, and supplements.
  • Essential Oils:  lavender, lemon balm (melissa), peppermint, blue tansy (or roman chamomile), lemongrass, and eucalyptus are great for relieving allergy symptoms.  They can either be diffused or mixed with coconut oil and applied to the body.
  • Don’t Line Dry Your Clothes: especially outside, this allows allergens and pollen to become imbedded in the fabric and worsens allergies.  If you need to line dry clothes, do so inside.
  • Sleep With Windows Closed: Placing in fan of an open windows pulls allergens and pollen into the house.
  • Invest In A Humidifier: Water droplets bind to the allergens, and they get heavy and fall to the floor so you don’t inhale them.
  • Netti Pot: Can be found in health food stores and is a natural way to cleanse your nasal passages from pollens, pollution, dust, and a variety of allergens.  Only for use in adults.

 

The Best Way To Avoid Peanut Allergies? Eat Peanuts.

Parents who have children with food allergies know all too well about the headaches to keep their lives “nut-free.”

But a new study suggests that peanut allergy can be prevented at a young age by embracing peanuts, not avoiding them.

Eating peanut products as a baby significantly reduces the risk of developing the allergy by 80 percent in high-risk infants, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests.

Peanuts are one of the leading causes of food allergy reaction and can be fatal.

An estimated 400,000 school-aged children in the United States have this allergy, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

So far, the research on the prevention of the peanut allergy is “without precedent,” according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

But allergy specialists also warn that peanut consumption in high-risk infants should only be done after medical assessment.

How it works

The research team, based on initial observations, found that Jewish children in Israel who started eating peanuts earlier were 10 times less likely to develop the allergy than those in England.

In a clinical trial, 628 babies assessed as being prone to developing peanut allergy, were either given small weekly doses of peanut-based products, or avoided them.

Skin-prick tests were used to examine whether babies were sensitive to peanut extracts.

For every 100 children that avoided peanuts, 14 would develop the allergy by the age of five.

In contrast, only two out of every 100 children on the peanut diet became allergic.

Infants as young as four months old were tested until the age of five.

Dr. Gideon Lack, head of the research team, says that the study excluded infants who had already showed early strong signs of developed peanut allergy.

Parents of infants and young children with eczema or egg allergy should consult with an allergist, pediatrician, or their general practitioner prior to feeding them peanut products.

Information gathered from CNN.