If you are one of the 35 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies, you may be feeling ambivalent about the coming of spring. Yes, the winter has been frightful, but the anticipation of watery eyes, runny nose, coughing, sneezing, and overall fatigue that accompanies pollen season is anything but delightful (Source: Best Health).
There are many over-the-counter medications that can offer temporary relief to the stuffy congestion, itchiness and irritation, but many antihistamines have side effects of drowsiness. There are also a range of prescription medicine for eye allergies that are more effective than over-the-counter medications. As an alternative to medication, several natural remedies can help alleviate spring allergies. Before the tree buds open and the pollen begins to spread, consider trying some natural remedies to help prevent spring allergy symptoms:
- Probiotics like acidophilus can influence the immune system and protect against allergic reactions. You can take BB536 all year round, which will benefit your digestion as well as your immunity.
- Adding more vitamin C to your diet helps prevent the formation of histamine, which is responsible for the production of excess mucus and tears. Vitamin C interferes with histamines after it is produced. About 2,000 mg per day is recommended for optimal immune support.
- Onions are rich in quercetin, a bioflavonoid. Quercetin helps reduce hay fever and itchy, watery eyes. Taken in conjunction with vitamin C, 2 grams of quercetin can help alleviate allergies, asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, cold and flu.
- Essential fatty acids, like those found in fish oil supplements, reduce inflammation. Take 2,000-6,000 mg of fish oil per day with a meal to help prevent hay fever. You will also be promoting healthy bowel function and a healthy heart!
- A healthy diet can impact allergic reactions. A recent study in Crete found that following a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits and vegetables had a positive effect on children suffering from asthma and allergies. Keeping a food journal can also be helpful in pinpointing foods that trigger flare-ups.