Ahhh, a nice stroll down by the river and what do you see but piles of pollen gathered on the grass. All this hot weather has really brought out allergies in a lot of people. In fact, some 40 million people suffer from seasonal allergies according to allergist Dr. Cliff Bassett. 10% of those people suffer from allergies aggravated by pollen.
Allergies, simply put, are your bodies way of telling you something foreign has entered your body. This foreign substance can be from the environment such as pollen, from food or from chemicals. Your body, in turn, will react in a variety of ways including runny nose, headache, sneezing, rapid heart beat, skin reactions, intestinal issues or more.
Rather than reaching for drugs, many are seeking natural remedies. But listen to Dr. Bassett when he says, “natural” does not necessarily mean safe or effective, and people may have unintended side effects. Check with your doctor before trying any natural remedy, especially if you are pregnant or nursing”.
Some suggestion from Gayle Povis Alleman, M.S., R.D., who holds degrees in both alternative and conventional nutrition include:
1. Omega-3 Fatty Acids: A German study found that people who ate foods high in Omega-3 fatty acid had the least allergies. You can get this important supplement by eating fish like salmon or tuna or in nuts like walnuts or you can get the supplement at any health food store.
2. Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine. This helps to reduce nasal secretions and inflammation.
3. Flavonoids also have antihistamine properties and work well with vitamin C. Flavonoids and vitamin C can be found in berries, plums, citrus fruits, peppers, spinach, and broccoli.
4. CoQ10 is an immune booster and counters histamine.
5. Magnesium (Citrate) is known as the anti-stress mineral. Stress contributes to allergy symptoms.
6. Calcium (Citrate) helps to reduce histamine production.
7. And yes, Chili pepper, or cayenne, contains capsaicin. These will help desensitizes the nasal airways preventing inflammation when exposed to irritants.
No, this isn’t a snow storm, it’s pollen! For more information on allergies and natural remedies, check out Allergy Escape.