The pollen is high in the spring, and suddenly, behind a nose full of sneezing, all those flowers in bloom do not seem so beautiful. Millions of people suffer from seasonal allergies, especially in the spring. Essentially, our bodies begin to produce histamines and react to substances, in this case, substances that are not really harmful, to protect us.
Knowing this, and that many of us are looking for help, the pharmaceutical industry has created a large industry with over-the-counter allergy medications. But, as with other relatively non-threatening afflictions, there are many natural remedies that we can try before resorting to chemical solutions.
Beyond the idea of being simply natural, home remedies are a good choice because they often provide our bodies with additional benefits instead of unwanted side effects. They also tend to develop our immune system instead of propping it up, which translates into long-term health benefits instead of greater reliance on medications.
Here are some simple home remedies for spring allergies!
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Certain foods are aces to clean the breasts and open the nasal passages to breathe again. Spicy and spicy foods such as cayenne pepper, mustard and horseradish are excellent for relieving inflammation naturally. At the same time, other spices that are not necessarily hot, such as turmeric and cinnamon, are also good anti-inflammatory additions to our diet. For those with gardens, mustard and horseradish vegetables grow in early spring, and may be a milder version of these spices to include in sandwiches and salads.
Vitamin C and Flavonoids
Flavonoids tend to be found in plants, and they are the compounds that often give plants their bright colors. Berries are a fantastic source of flavonoids. Quercetin, especially, is useful. Flavonoids improve the body's ability to use vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antihistamine. While we tend to think that citrus fruits are the main source of vitamin C, many fruits and vegetables provide it in abundance, and strawberries are one of them. Fortunately, many strawberries like to start out in late spring and early summer.
Fermented foods are fashionable nowadays. It has been a reappearance of epic proportions, and that is for a good reason: live culture foods have a strong flavor and, more importantly, provide serious health benefits. They provide our stomachs with digestive enzymes that help us absorb nutrients and boost our immune system. A spicy fermented food, such as kimchi, could be a doubly effective aid to combat spring allergies.
Apple cider vinegar
At home DIY, apple cider vinegar (and baking soda) is more or less the answer to everything you can imagine. You can disinfect the counter, keep the sink drains, remedy dandruff and, yes, help with allergies. A spoonful of ACV (with a little fresh lemon juice) a day is just a tonic for general health that keeps our bodies in tip-top shape, and this includes treating allergies.
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Leaving the edible kingdom, Neti pots are a good and natural way to alleviate the symptoms of allergies. They get rid of the congestion and clean the sinuses, which will eliminate the irritants that cause allergic reactions. Neti pots can be filled with warm distilled water (avoid chlorine and fluoride, which could make the problem worse) and a little salt. Another option, for those who are more accustomed to using them, would be to try the apple cider vinegar to eliminate the sinus cavities.
Essential oils aroma therapy
Most of us are familiar with the wonderful relief that the eucalyptus provides when we have a stuffy nose. Suddenly, we are not caught breathing through the mouth, and the world feels good again. Well, there are other aromatic essential oils that can help with these types of symptoms. Incense is another great essential oil to help with the natural fight against allergies. Mint, lavender and bergamot are worthy oils (and smells) to try.
Special mixtures of tea / soup
There are many foods and spices that have medicinal qualities that can help with allergy problems and overall health. Some of us have already named them. Others include garlic, reishi mushrooms and water. The regular use of combinations of these ingredients to make drinks or teas similar to broths can be a great help to combat allergies. A personal favorite is the reishi mushroom, garlic, green onions, cayenne pepper and turmeric boiled in a delicious afternoon snack / drink.
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With this collection of mixtures and homemade cures, allergies will definitely regress in your system. To help the remedies in their mission, it is also a good idea to avoid the foods that inspire the production of mucus, such as fried things, starchy things and grains rich in gluten. Now, breathe easy because relief is on the way.
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