Naturally defeat allergies this springtime

For many, springtime means sniffing … sneezing … red, itchy eyes … swollen throats … and other seasonal symptoms.

Some of you may have minor allergies which become just a minor nuisance in your daily routine. Others may have more severe cases that can leave you crippled with destroyed sinuses, headaches and fatigue.

Tree and grass pollen are at the heart of seasonal allergies. Depending where you live, you can find different types of pollen in the air no matter what month the calendar says it is.

Plus, air pollution, dust, mold, pet dander and other fungi exist in the environment for longer than just a season.

In other words, we can experience an allergic reaction at just about any time of the year.

So today, I would like to share with you today five natural alternatives to help you survive the allergy season — no matter how long it lasts for you.

5 For Fighting Allergies

As beautiful as springtime can be, with its flowers and freshly cut grass, things can turn ugly for those who are sensitive to the pollen in the air.

These five natural alternatives to antihistamines may be just what the doctor ordered to bring sufferers some relief:

Omega-3s

You can find Omega-3s in wild-caught seafood, nuts and grass-fed meats.

These essential dietary fats can be potent anti-inflammatories. They can also boost our immune systems.

Think of Omega-3s as your base for allergy defense. They may not be fast-acting like over-the-counter medications. But with regular use, they can reduce or eliminate your allergic reactions.

Beyond finding it in certain proteins, you can also consume Omega-3 in supplement form.

The brand we recommend comes from Nordic Naturals.

Their Ultimate Omega Extra is unparalleled when it comes to overall DHA/EPA content combined with their world renowned purity and quality.

Stinging Nettle

A natural option to antihistamines, stinging nettle treats allergy symptoms the same way synthetic medication does … but without the side effects and health risks.

Nettle actually inhibits our bodies’ ability to produce histamine — the compound your body releases in response to an allergic reaction.

It kicks off a series of reactions designed to rid the body of the intruder. These reactions include sneezing, watery eyes and itching.

One reaction may be swelling in the throat, making it hard to breathe. This is especially common in those who have asthma.

Studies show a daily 300-milligram dose of stinging nettle leaf — in the form of a supplement — offers relief for most people.

You can also consume it in teas and tinctures. (Tinctures are concentrated extracts made from alcohol and chopped herbs.)

Butterbur

Derived from a common weed in Europe, butterbur is another alternative to synthetic antihistamines.

In the days before refrigeration, its broad, floppy leaves were used to wrap butter during warm spells. That’s where the name butterbur came from.

A Swiss study, published in the British Journal of Medicine, found that butterbur was as effective as the drug cetirizine.

Cetirizine is an active ingredient in Zyrtec.

Participants in the study took 32 milligrams of butterbur a day, divided into four doses.

Though cetirizine is supposed to be a non-sedative antihistamine, researchers said it caused drowsiness — while butterbur did not.

Neti Pots

These are small vessels shaped like Aladdin’s lamp. They have been used in India for thousands of years to flush the sinuses and keep them clear.

A Neti pot is basically a small teapot filled with salt water. You pour the liquid into your nostrils to clear out mucus, pollen and other allergy-causing debris.

To flush your sinuses, you can mix a quarter- to a half-teaspoon of non-iodized table salt into a cup of lukewarm water and pour it into the pot.

Lean over a sink with your head slightly tilted to one side. Next, put the spout of the Neti into one nostril and allow the water to drain out of the other nostril.

Use about half of the solution, and then repeat on the other side, tilting your head the opposite way.

Gently blow out each nostril when finished to clear them completely.

Another option to clear out your sinuses without using harmful and addictive medications like Afrin is XLEAR, an all-natural xylitol sinus relief formula you can use every day!

Flavonoids

Flavonoids are a group of plant pigments largely responsible for the colors of many fruits, vegetables and flowers.

Quercetin is a flavonoid that’s used as a natural antihistamine to help stabilize mast cells.

It prevents the manufacture and release of histamine, as well as other allergic and inflammatory compounds.

Good sources of quercetin include citrus fruits, onions, garlic, apples, parsley, tea, tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce, legumes, berries and wine.

Like Omega-3s, flavonoids are healthy nutrients you can consume year-round.

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Check with your doctor to see whether changing your diet, adding supplements or introducing natural allergy remedies is right for you. If so, I would like to hear how these ideas work for you.

Independently or together, these five solutions can help to treat spring allergy symptoms.

But even after everything is in bloom, they can also help create a constant defense against allergic reactions year-round.

Here’s to your health this spring season!

Brad Hoppmann

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  1. As the world’s biggest skeptic, I was humored when my wife said her acupuncture doctor says he can cure allergies. I go, “Yeah, right.” but then, what did I have to lose? The doctor placed about three dozen hair-thin needles into my skin and then attached electrical stimulators to some of the needles and let me rest for 30 minutes. Feeling a bit like Frankenstein, I was wondering why I was doing this.

    I received five treatments over a four week period. After the fifth treatment, I asked the doctor “See you next week?” He said, “No, you are done.” I go, “Done? Uhh, for how long.” He replied, “Forever, unless you feel you need a booster at some point.” That seemed weird. I asked him if he could also treat me for my livelong chocolate allergy and he said, “Go ahead and eat chocolate. This treatment works for any external allergy.”

    So I did, cautiously, since I had always had an adverse reaction to chocolate. Well, dang, it worked. I now had 60+ years of chocolate consumption to catch up on! And I did including Belgian chocolates, Italian biscotti, and chocolate chip cookies.

    I was not ready to believe my seasonal allergies were solved and since the peak of the allergy season had just passed, I reserved my verdict. It has now been a year and I have not taken any antihistamines or nasal steroids… none. My eyes did have a slight itching so I went back to a couple more treatments and he put that problem to bed.

    I cannot speak for all acupuncture doctors but Dr. Anh in Scottsdale is very talented and he delivers on his promises. BTW, his services are, in my opinion, very reasonable and pay for themselves in reduced costs for allergy drugs and downtime. He never tries to get you to spend more on his services and sends you on you way as soon as possible.

  2. Brad – The DHA/EPA ratio on Nordic Naturals’ bottle is the reverse of what is best. Also, the Omega 3 I have found is from Antarctic waters (so much freer of pollutants & mercury I believe). It also contains Astaxantin (which crosses the blood brain barrier) from Krill and the extraction process does not use Esters. Since It is 5x more bioavailable that the usual Omega3, I only take 2 daily. If you are interested, you will find it @ BioTrust,com. I am not an employee, just a amateur naturalist that keeps looking for the ultimate supplement. As a matter of fact, last year @ age 78, I came off my last medication w/ my Dr.’s approval after two years of research into herbal and amino acid supplements, plus vitamins. God bless you as you try to inform folks about health as well as wealth………………Beth

  3. You left out one of the best treatments for pollen allergies that is around.
    Using Bee pollen in its natural form can and will reduce air born pollen ( allergies ) for most people. Also it will give a boost to your nutrents for your body. Bee pollen by istelf will reduce or elliminate most air born allergies.

    The pollen should be from a local source. Not from Japan o China but should be from your own area.

  4. Was having severe asthma like symptoms in dead of winter. Drank concentrated black tea. Two bags steeped in about 16 oz of hot water for 15 min to extract maximum from tea.

    Effect was dramatic from first dose. Mucus rendered fluid and cleared from bronchea almost immediately. Have added one bag of green tea to two of black. Drink this every four hours. I thought the theophilline was the active agent. Caffeine in a soda can give similar relief.

    I have added other things to diet that logically would help. Red and yellow onions. Apples … oranges. And eliminate pricessed foods forcing use of whole foods.

    Added vitamin c with flavonoids and vitamin d and e. And multi vit and cal mag zinc mineral supplement. Plus mild cardio exercise.

    Eliminated severe breathing difficulty this way. Eases sleeping problems for additional immunity improvements.

    Eliminated side effects of cardio drugs i must take. I am 68. This regimen is like magic.

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Brad Hoppmann originally grew up in Florida, but has lived in Baltimore, Charlotte and New York as well throughout his career. Always an athlete, he played varsity football and water polo at the University of Florida and received All-SEC/SCC honors.