Springtime will be here in just a few weeks.
The days will get longer, the weather will warm up and flowers will start to bloom again.
Most people are happy to see the snow melt away. Yet, this time of year isn’t so rejuvenating for everyone.
Especially if sniffling … sneezing … red, itchy eyes … swollen throats … and other seasonal allergy symptoms pop up to make your life miserable.
Some of you may have minor allergies, which can serve as a nuisance in your daily routine.
Others may have more severe cases where sinus infections, headaches and fatigue make you want to head straight to a darkened room. And if the symptoms themselves don’t wipe you out, many of today’s popular treatments likely will.
Tree and grass pollens are at the heart of seasonal allergies.
But the cooler weather that returns later in the year doesn’t always provide much relief. That’s because air pollution, dust, mold, pet dander and other fungi exist in the environment for longer than just a season.
Pharmaceuticals can be effective when it comes to combating allergies. But they can have undesirable side effects, or stop working if you use them for too long.
Which is why I want to share with you a newly discovered natural alternative to traditional allergy treatments. This could make your springtime much more manageable.
University of Florida researchers recently found a probiotic combination that helps reduce hay fever symptoms, if it’s taken during allergy season.
Many published studies already show that probiotics can regulate the body’s immune response to allergies.
“Not all probiotics work for allergies.” said Jennifer Dennis, the first author on UF’s latest study. She’s a doctoral student in the UF Food Science and Human Nutrition department.
However, she and the other UF researchers found a combination of probiotics that does …
Scientists already know that the probiotic combination of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria … sold as Kyo-Dophilus in stores … helps maintain digestive health and parts of the immune system.
They suspect that probiotics might work by boosting the human body’s percentage of regulatory T-cells, which can help aid in fighting allergies.
The UF study involved 173 healthy adults who said they suffered seasonal allergies and randomly split them into two groups.
Some took the combination probiotic; others took a placebo.
The researchers conducted the experiment at the height of spring allergy season.
Participants who took the probiotic reported improvements in quality of life, compared to those taking the placebo, the study showed.
Participants suffered fewer allergy-related nose symptoms.
This meant that they were less troubled during daily activities.
Supplementing with lactobacilli and bifidobacteria strains of probiotics like Kyo-Dophilus might be exactly what you need this springtime as well.
Not to mention, you can also benefit from their immune- and digesting-boosting properties.
Also, I would urge you to read this article I wrote on 5 additional natural alternatives to fighting allergies.
Together, these ideas could provide the ultimate combination of relief.
If you’ve come across some other natural alternatives yourself, we would appreciate you sharing them with other readers.
Please share your experience in the comment section below.
Happy and healthy investing,
1. Jennifer C Dennis-Wall, Tyler Culpepper, Carmelo Nieves, Cassie C Rowe, Alyssa M Burns, Carley T Rusch, Ashton Federico, Maria Ukhanova, Sheldon Waugh, Volker Mai, Mary C Christman, Bobbi Langkamp-Henken. Probiotics (Lactobacillus gasseri KS-13, Bifidobacterium bifidum G9-1, and Bifidobacterium longum MM-2) improve rhinoconjunctivitis-specific quality of life in individuals with seasonal al. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2017; 105 (3): 758 DOI: 10.3945/ajcn.116.140012