When pollen allergies hit, consider trying these nutrients, and you just may say bye-bye to your symptoms:
Vitamin C Bromelain is an enzyme that may help relieve swelling, and some studies have found it can ease sinus congestion. Bromelain comes from the pineapple plant. So grab some pineapple chunks.
These also could help: magnesium, vitamin D, gingerol quercetin, EGCG, turmeric, omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics.
Allergies are the result of your immune system’s response to a substance. Your body or immune system can respond from mild coughing and a runny nose to a life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis.
A person becomes allergic when their body develops antigens against a substance. Antigens are toxins or something foreign to our bodies that make our bodies respond by producing antibodies, those things that fight off the foreign substance.
And antigens are any substance that causes our immune system to produce antibodies against it. This means your immune system does not recognize the substance and is trying to fight it off. An antigen may be a substance from the environment, such as chemicals, bacteria, viruses or pollen.
Sleep, exercise and eating healthy, as with most things, are key in combating allergies.
Studies show that people who don’t get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to something causing an allergic reaction. Sleep is different for all of us, but usually between six to eight hours is a good range.
Exercise can be good and bad, depending on the reaction your body has to the allergies.
Exercises that focus on breathing are helpful for those with seasonal allergies. Yoga and Pilates concentrate on deeper breathing, which may be helpful in strengthening your lungs.
For those with asthma, resistance training and exercise that involves stop-and-go are preferred.
Certain foods can worsen your seasonal allergies. Alcohol, peanuts, sugar, processed foods, wheat, chocolate and even coffee are known to exacerbate allergies.
If you are unsure of your reactions to these foods, try an elimination diet. According to WebMD, eating clean, fresh foods has been thought to help many respiratory allergies, including asthma.