A new season is here and so is an increase in allergies. With blooming flowers, lush grass and trees that are coming back to live, there is an increase of allergens in the air that cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms for a majority of people. In this article, we will be sharing our top 3 tips for fighting allergies naturally.
Taking a high quality pro-biotic supplement is a great way to fight allergies by giving your body the health bacteria that it needs. In the GI tract, probiotics help with the breakdown of histamine, which can accumulate when a person has an allergic response to a substance or environmental factor, hence an OTC "anti-histamine" medication, like Benadryl, which is medication that stops an allergic reaction by counteracting a histamine overload.
2. Quercetin, Bromelin, and Vitamin C
Quercetin, which is a flavonoid found in many plants and vegetables that stops histamine reactions. Bromelin is an enzyme that is found in pineapple that is anti-inflammatory and helps stop allergies. These are two useful supplements for combating allergens. Vitamin C is also useful due to it's antioxidant properties and its ability to slow down histamine production, so taking all 3 supplements together makes for powerful trio in an attempt to combating allergies.
3. Acupuncture or Acupressure
Acupuncture for allergies is one of the most ancient and effective remedies out there. By activating certain meridian points, especially ones that correlate to the sinuses and lungs, acupuncture enables the entire body to heal and to be in alignment. Finding a specialist that specializes in traditional Chinese medicine (or TCM, for short) is the first step to trying acupuncture. If acupuncture is not within your budget or you are hesitant to try this modality, then acupressure is a great alternative. The three best allergies points are shown below.