Natural Allergy Remedies To Keep On Hand
Written by: Brandi Monasco
Treating your allergies with products such as Benadryl is only a temporary solution. And even when the Benadryl wears off and is out of your system, your allergy symptoms return only to leave you feeling miserable once again.
The good news is that you CAN remedy and manage your allergies without the help of over-the-counter or prescription medications. And this is done through natural remedies.
Vitamin C: This vitamin is actually one of the best vitamins that you can take to help prevent allergies. It is an essential vitamin that many people do not get enough of in their daily diets.
Vitamin C lowers your body’s histamine levels and can actually help prevent the formation of histamine as well as support your adrenal glands that produce the allergy-fighting hormones.
The National Institutes of Health states that adult men should consume 90 milligrams of vitamin C per day while women should consume 75 milligrams per day. However, for vitamin C to combat allergies, you will need to increase this dosage. During allergy season, take between 1,000 milligrams to 2,000 milligrams throughout the day.
You can easily supplement vitamin C, or you can get it naturally from foods, such as papayas, bell peppers, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, strawberries, oranges, etc.
Quercetin: Quercetin is a flavonoid that is considered an antioxidant. It belongs in the ground of plant pigments that give fruits, vegetables and flowers their colors.
While quercetin is considered an antioxidant, it does amazing things to help control your allergies. Quercetin works as a natural antihistamine that helps in lowering the effects of seasonal and food allergies. It also works in helping against asthma flare-ups and skin reactions.
You can find quercetin in tablet form at your local pharmacy, but you can also find it in a lot of foods such as apples, peppers, tomatoes, citrus fruits, cranberries and asparagus.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: A diet that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids can help protect you against allergies and allergic reactions. It also helps in preventing any inflammation that goes along with those allergies; think: tight chest and stuffy nose.
Having between 1 and 3 grams of omega-3 fatty acids per day can help prevent the occurrence of inflammation, not with just allergies, but also with asthma and eczema.
Some natural sources of omega-3 fatty acids include: flax seeds, walnuts, sardines, salmon, shrimp, cauliflower, etc. You can also supplement it with fish oil.
Honey: Even though you may be allergic to pollen, bee pollen can actually help you. Buying fresh, organic, local honey can help in desensitizing your allergic reactions to pollen.
Eating local honey works a lot like an allergy shot. Your immune system becomes familiar with the pollen entering your body and therefore, your pollen allergy decreases.
You can use honey as a natural sweetener in teas or you can mix it into some warm lemon water. Honey is also great on oatmeal, with crackers or in your yogurt.
Do you have any experience with these natural allergy-fighting remedies? What tips do you have for combating allergies? Please feel free to share with us in the comments below!
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Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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