If you suffer from allergies, chances are you’ve already tried different over-the-counter or prescription medication to alleviate your symptoms. But we all know that some of these medications can cause serious and annoying side effects such as drowsiness, insomnia, headache, dizziness and upset stomach, just to name a few. Here are some simple “at home” remedies for reducing allergies.
1. Keep your house clean and dust free. Vacuum carpets weekly and sweep under furniture to get rid of dust bunnies.
2. Wash sheets and blankets every two weeks in hot water, and use allergy reducing covers for pillows, duvets and mattresses.
3. Be a “shoes off” household. Leaving your shoes at the door will help cut down on the amount of pollen and outdoor allergens that get tracked inside.
4. Eat a healthy diet – cut down on sugar and fat, and eat a lot of fresh vegetables, fruit and lean protein. Sugar has been shown to suppress the immune system.
5. Don’t smoke. If you have visitors to your house, don’t allow them to smoke inside.
6. Wear sunscreen or stay out of the sun – studies have shown that UV rays from the sun lower your immune system.
7. Reduce mold growth by running a dehumidifier in the bathrooms and other moist areas. Standing water and moisture is a haven for mold growth.
There are also a few homeopathic remedies that we recommend for seasonal allergies:
8. Fish Oil Capsules. Fish oil contains high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids and helps decrease inflammation in the body.
9. Nasal irrigation, such as neti pot. This involves spraying saline solution into each nostril using using a bulb syringe or neti pot. This will help remove mucus from the nose and sinuses, thereby relieving allergic symptoms.
10. Allium Cepa and Euphrasia. Both of these are popular homeopathic medicines that help combat watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing. They are easily obtained at a health food store.
Choosing natural therapies to combat your allergies has the benefit of strengthening your immune system and contributing to an overall healthier lifestyle.
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