5 Natural Ways to Beat Pollen this Season!
Tens of millions of Americans each year experience the unfortunate effects of seasonal allergies, hay fever, or allergic rhinitis. As we finally get to the point where we can store our winter coats away until the next freeze or snow storm, we can’t quite enjoy the beautiful sunshine and 70 degree days because we are faced with our revisiting enemy, Mr. Pollen. What is pollen? Pollen is that yellow powder dusted over everything in sight around the springtime. It is a necessary component to the beautiful bloom of spring, but pollen can be detrimental to our allergies and sinuses. However, you do not have to be one of the tens of millions this year that lock themselves indoors due to the sniffling, sneezing, and wheezing effects of pollen outside. Here are 5 natural remedies you can use to help fight the pollen and build your immune system against such allergies.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar has been used for years due to its various health benefits. In terms of preventing allergies, apple cider vinegar is used for its ability to decrease mucous production and cleanse the lymphatic system, the filtration system within the body. Apple cider vinegar can be purchased at any health food store or local grocery. It is best used by adding 1 teaspoon to a glass of water and drinking this mixture at least 3 times per day.
2. Local Raw Honey:
Local honey is a remedy that acts as a natural immunization. Because the bees that make the honey add pollen into the process, when we eat the raw, unfiltered honey, our bodies are exposed to the pollen in a non-harmful manner. This helps create a natural immunization to the pollen. Keep in mind that the raw honey must be local since the type of pollen depends on what area or region you are in. It would not make sense to build immunity to pollen that does not affect your area. The best way to use local raw honey is to mix a teaspoon of honey into hot water with lemon, a great source of vitamin C that also aids in digestion and the flushing out of toxins. Although delicious, remember to limit your daily intake of honey as it does contain high levels of sugar.
3. Home Dehumidifiers:
You may be familiar with humidifiers that add moisture to the air in especially dry regions. However, with allergies, a dehumidifier used in your house could help decrease your seasonal allergies. By reducing the moisture in the air, as dehumidifiers do, mold is unable to grow. Damp, humid air is the ideal environment for mold growth that triggers the same effects as your allergies. Dehumidifiers also eliminate dust mites and help create an allergen-free home.
4. Natural Antihistamines:
Histamine is a natural response of your immune system to foreign substances within the body, such as pollen. However, histamine is directly related to allergic symptoms, such as increased mucous production and itching and sneezing. Some natural antihistamines include Quercetin and Nettle leaf. Quercetin is a natural antioxidant that helps decrease inflammation and reduce mucous production. According to WellnessMama.com, “a supplemental dose can be helpful for preventing allergies or helping acute symptoms. However, it is not recommended during pregnancy or nursing.” Nettle leaf is another natural antihistamine that can either be used in a hot tea, or taken in capsule form to help reduce acute allergic reactions.
5. Regular Chiropractic Care:
Last, but CERTAINLY not least, remember to keep getting adjusted regularly during the allergy seasons. Chiropractic adjustments help your body and immune system stay as strong as possible to fight anything that may try and bring you down during such beautiful weather! Call us today at Excel Chiropractic (770) 743–4393 if we can be of any help!
By using these 5 natural remedies in conjunction with each other, you can fight those allergies this season and get back outside doing the things you truly love! Put away those tissues and head out to your local health food store and stock up on these tools that will help you create an amazing defense against Mr. Pollen!