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Natural Allergy Therapy
Over 60 million Americans suffer from allergies or asthma- that’s more than 20% of the population! Allergies were once defined as immune overreactions to common items like cat dander, dust, pollen or spores.
Today, there is evidence that the dramatic increase in allergies is related to substances that are harmful, like GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms), environmental pollutants, and second hand smoke. Climate change also appears to be factor as shorter, warmer winters sadly make for longer, more intense allergy seasons in some parts of the country.
As much as we try to avoid exposure, most of us are still affected. If you’re looking for relief, drugstore medicines for allergies only mask symptoms, cause drowsiness and have a rebound effect. The more you use them, the more you need them.
Do you have seasonal allergies? Signs to watch for:
• Do you have chronic lung, bronchial or sinus inflammation?
• Do you have itchy, watery eyes; chronic runny nose; or a sore, scratchy throat?
• Do you experience frequent headaches, sneezing, or coughing attacks?
• Do you have itchy skin or facial swelling?
• Do you have trouble sleeping?
• Do you have dark circles under your eyes that don’t go away with sleep?
Natural Foods Diet for Allergies
1. Focus on a plant based diet. Animal fats produce inflammatory leukotrienes linked to allergies.
2. Try 3 to 7 day juice fast to get rid of mucous build-up, and release allergens. Drink plenty of water during your cleanse.
3. After your detox, have a cup of thyme tea each morning (and at lunchtime) to thin mucous. Take hot miso or chicken soup daily to release mucous.
4. For your ongoing diet, focus on non-mucous-forming foods: fresh veggies and fruits for enzymes, cultured foods like yogurt, high vitamin C foods like citrus and berries, and high sulfur foods like cabbage, onions and garlic. Omega-3 oils from fish or flax are excellent in an allergy relief diet.
5. Have cruciferous veggies like broccoli and cauliflower three times a week to metabolize toxins from hormone mimicking chemicals. Eat a daily apple if you’re in a polluted area. Apple pectin removes metals.
6. Avoid preserved foods, sugary foods, caffeine, high fat dairy and gluten foods during healing.
Choose 2-3 of the following supplements:
• Herbal formulas with green tea, marshmallow and mullein ease allergy inflammation and help clear congestion. Relief can begin in 20 minutes or less.
• Vitamin C or Ester C with bioflavonoids 5000mg daily during allergy season acts as a natural antihistamine. Need faster relief? Try a vitamin C flush. A Vitamin C flush can neutralize and release allergens. Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine. For some people, vitamin C provides relief when everything else has failed. The usual dose is 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. powdered Vitamin C every three hours, or until the stool becomes loose.
• Try freeze-dried nettles caps for relief of chronic runny nose.
•Aromatherapy is one of the oldest, most effective allergy relief techniques. Inhaling the essential oil of eucalyptus can help clear up congestion fast. I like an aromatherapy diffuser; or simply add 1-3 drops of eucalyptus oil to a small bowl of hot water, close your eyes (this is important as the oil can be very strong), and cover head with a towel. Breathe in for 5 minutes for relief.
A natural approach works well to curb allergies, largely, in modern times, because they are a result of the chemical assault on our air, food and water. Gentle detoxification therapies, diet changes and herbs ease symptoms and promote long-term recovery.