Treating allergy symptoms
“Indoors, Outdoors…It Didn’t Matter – Wherever I Went, I Was Never Safe…”
By reading a title like that, you’d think I was the next victim on a merciless hit list for allergy problems.
And You’d Be Right.
Stealthy agents were hiding where you’d least expect them…Ready to pounce on me and follow me everywhere I went. The misery they caused me was unshakable. Every day I felt like I was fighting an uphill battle. My allergy problems were wearing me out.
But these agents weren’t what you’d expect. Instead, they were relentless rogues like pollen, pet dander, mold and smoke.
Allergies had me cornered!
Your sneezing, runny nose and itchy, watery eyes aren’t just caused by these few triggers though. These allergy symptoms could be caused by:
- Water – You cook with it, bathe in it and drink it. But did you know that chlorinated water can irritate the skin and can cause an increased risk of bladder and colon cancers over time?
- Fruits and Vegetables – Non-organic fruits and vegetables are grown in chemical-laden fertilizers and doused with toxic pesticides which can cause a whole host of illnesses and complications.
- Meat, Fish, Cheese and other Dairy Products – Many types of animal products contain high levels of growth hormones, steroids and antibiotics which can leach into our system and cause food allergies.
- Commercially Prepared and Processed Foods – Foods such as pastas, breads and cereals are rife with preservatives and additives, all of which plague your immune system and cause it to work twice as hard to evacuate these toxins out of your body.
- Household Cleaners and Furniture Polish – These harsh, abrasive chemicals can have the same effect on your body as they do on your sink and floor.
Allergy-Causing Products and Materials are Everywhere You Look!
But you don’t have to feel as if you’ve been “held hostage” inside your own home. There are a number of ways to safely treat your allergy symptoms – without expensive prescription drugs or worrisome side effects!
- Wash Your Hands – It may go without saying, but washing your hands frequently with warm water and antibacterial soap is not only a good way to prevent catching cold and flu germs, but it also destroys clingy pet dander and pollen spores, keeping you safe from accidentally inhaling them and setting off an allergic reaction.
- Use Natural Cleaners, Health and Beauty Aids – They’re just as safe as their chemically enhanced counterparts – with the same magnificent results! Antiseptic agents such as lavender, tea tree oil and citrus have terrific, long-lasting scents that are less likely to cause sneezing and runny noses.
- Eat Organically-Grown Foods – Foods grown in organic soil are some of the most nutritious and delicious products you can give your body. They have more of the nutrients your body needs, and less of the pesticide and fertilizer-laden toxins you don’t need. Many health food stores carry such products, and even larger chains have a “Healthy Eating” section where you can find organic foods.
- Certain Foods can Cause Allergies – If you think you may be susceptible to food allergies, try eliminating the following items from your diet to get relief: dairy products, wheat, peanuts, eggs, shellfish and citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, strawberries, etc.)
Keeping Allergies At Bay in Your Home
There are several ways you can take steps to minimize allergy symptoms in the home as well. And they don’t involve giving up your flowers or your pets!
- Install a Water Filtration System – Chlorine in the water can act as miniature daggers that irritate the lining of your nose, lungs and skin. As the main ingredient of bleach, chlorine kills germs effortlessly, but it can also break down your immune system’s natural germ-fighting ability as well. A water filtration system helps minimize chlorine intake while still keeping your water fresh and clean.
- Steam Clean Your Carpets and Drapes – Steam cleaning is a powerful way to get out ground-in dirt, pollens and pet hair. For allergy sufferers, a good steam cleaning is recommended every six months.
- Add a HEPA Filter – Many home and office building ventilation systems only re-circulate the air, throwing germs and allergens right back at you. Installing a HEPA filter in your home and workplace is an easy way to trap these symptom-causing triggers.
- Use Hypoallergenic Bedding – Pillowcases and mattress covers made of Ventflex (a synthetic anti-allergy material) are ideal. Do not use polyester coverings as they contain harsh chemicals which could trigger a reaction. Use 100% cotton sheets and wash them weekly in warm water. Run them through an extra rinse cycle to remove all traces of detergent, which could irritate the skin.
Is There a Way to Relieve My Allergies Naturally?
Yes! There are several ways to strengthen your immune system and prevent it from responding to an allergy trigger by “sounding the alarm” that releases those miserable allergy symptoms:
- Take a Multivitamin – Taking a high quality multivitamin every day can nourish your immune system with the nutrients it needs to keep you in top shape. You can find several of the highest-rated multivitamins by clicking here
- Take More Vitamin C – This natural antioxidant is one of the best at building your immune system and decreasing the severity of your allergy symptoms. You should take at least 1500-3500 mg each day, and at least part of it should be from natural citrus fruit (orange juice works well).
- Get More Magnesium – 200-400mg of Magnesium each day helps your lungs take in more air and relaxes your chest from irritation due to sneezing and coughing.
- Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids – These specialized immune system boosters keep your body from releasing the chemicals that cause your allergy symptoms. Good sources of these crucial nutrients include Hemp hearts and hemp seed oil – both of which are all-natural products and can be used for a variety of baking and cooking needs.
- Supplement Your Diet with Quercetin – Quercetin is a natural plant pigment found in apples, onions and black tea – all excellent ingredients of health tonics and teas. It naturally fights off the inflammatory effects of allergies (red eyes, runny nose and sneezing) and is a potent antihistamine, without all of the drowsy or foggy effects of over-the-counter medicines.