Here are some simple behaviors you can incorporate during the allergy months to reduce you hay fever symptoms:
- Drink plenty of water to flush your system
- Consume foods high in bioflavonoids such as green tea, citrus zest, red onions, red grapes, red berries (raspberries, cranberries, strawberries), spinach, broccoli, red bell peppers, tomatoes, and Brussels sprouts.
- Anti-inflammatory diet Consider cutting out foods that create inflammation during the allergy season. These would include dairy, wheat, sugar, and red meat.
- Nutritional supplements Consider supplementing your diet with 1000 mg vitamin C, 500 mg of Quercetin, and 1 g of fish oil (with EPA and DHA) daily.
- Propolis is a resin produced by bees, and evidence suggests that it reduces allergic reactions. I sell this as an oral liquid spray, so it is easy to take, and it is tasty too. This product may not appropriate for those with bee allergies.
- Sinus flush with neti pot: Wash your sinuses 1-2x daily when you have nasal congestion. Mix 1 cup of lukewarm water with ½ teaspoon of sea salt (or any non-iodized salt) and ½ teaspoon of baking soda.
- Air filtration. Although this isn’t cheap, it may be worth the cost of investing in a HEPA air filter to remove allergens from your home.
- Take frequent showers, including each night and any time you’ve been outside around potential allergens
- Keep an exceptionally clean house during the allergy season
- Wash bedding more often, especially pillows and pillowcases. Replace your pillows every year, and avoid feather bedding.
- Keep windows closed both in your home and in your car
- Alternate hot and cold packs to the face for sinus headaches
- Chinese herbs and acupuncture Acupuncture and herbs can do a lot for managing allergies. Oriental medicine can reduce the severity, duration, and type of symptoms you experience.
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