Wholesome Dwelling: Pure Allergy Treatments
Allergy sufferers know that spring was tough.
Many will reach for over-the-counter medications when itchy eyes and runny noses return, but natural alternatives can help get some relief, too.
Dr. Rachel Eva Dew, Co-Founder of ModiHealth, Certified Medical Practitioner in Natural and Integrative Medicine, says there are some natural foods, supplements, and lifestyles you can take to help reduce inflammation and ease your symptoms.
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During the allergy season, Dr. Dew suggest adding these to your diet:
- Fermented turmeric
- Homeopathic allergy medicine
Other supportive foods and supplements include:
- Reishi mushrooms
- vitamin C
- Manuka honey
- Apple Cider Vinegar
While decreasing the amount of dairy, refined sugars, and processed foods you consume.
Other natural ways to reduce symptoms like congestion are:
- Neti pot
Dr. Dew says essential oils like eucalyptus, peppermint, and frankincense can be an effective way to both reduce inflammation and open up your sinuses. However, be sure to use 100% pure organic oils that have been properly sourced.
Do I have allergies, a cold or COVID-19?
As you make lifestyle changes, you can protect yourself and reduce allergen exposure by doing the following:
- Wash your hair more often
- Clean and dust often
- Wear a mask when you are out and about
- Drink enough! Water, water, water!
- Avoid things that weaken your immune system, like refined sugars and processed foods
- Limit or avoid dairy products
- Get enough sleep
- Reduce stress
- Exercise indoors on days with higher pollen counts
When it comes to over-the-counter allergy medication, according to Dr. Dew to avoid these unless recommended by your doctor, as allergy medications tend to have a negative impact on intestinal health, while natural anti-inflammatories and other natural remedies are often so helpful with much fewer negative side effects.
Dr. Dew says this includes nasal spray, Advil, and NSAIDs for sinus headaches, and medicated eye drops.
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Lastly, spring cleaning can also help alleviate symptoms. Dr. Dew says a HIPPA air filter removes pollen, dust, and dust mites from the air, and frequent cleaning also helps keep these allergens out.