Do you dread this time of year because of your allergies? What can you do naturally to deal with your allergies? Are there ways to prevent allergies?
What is an allergy? It is the body’s response by the immune system to a substance that is not normally harmful. In some people, the immune system assumes a nontoxic substance is an invader, causing white blood cells to overreact. There are many different kinds of allergic responses, such as nasal congestion, coughing, wheezing, itching, shortness of breath, headaches, fatigue, and hives.
The kinds of food we eat is highly associated with how our immune system functions. For example, years ago, I had terrible sinus infections that would last several weeks at a time. After studying food and the immune system, I discovered what my body is sensitive to and realized the cause of my sinus infections. It’s about trial and error and getting to know your body. Everyone is unique and no one person has the same set of problems or conditions.
It is important to remember that your body did not become ill overnight and so healing is a process and will not occur overnight, either.
I recommend keeping your immune system strong by doing the following:
Eat according to the season
Take probiotics and vitamin C which can boost your immune system.
Avoid dairy which can be a main culprit for congestion.
- Echinacea and goldenseal help boost your immune system and can help aid in washing out pollen and preventing infection.
Colloidal silver also works as an antibiotic and can help prevent and alleviate infections.
Netti-pot (used in India for hundreds of years)--the salt water helps to flush pollen out of the nasal passages.
Quercetin is a plant derived bioflavonoid that stabilizes cells and prevents them from releasing histamine.
Stinging nettle is an herb that treats your allergies the way many OTC medicines do but without the side affects. It also prevents your body from releasing histamines.