With the dawning of Spring comes beautiful weather, delightful flowers, outdoor adventures… and dreaded allergies. According to Discovery Health, over 36 million people suffer with seasonal allergies (also called hay fever) that can leave them feeling miserable during the Spring and Summer months. We’ve put together a list of natural remedies that may help protect and soothe your body during allergy season.
Quercetin is a powerful antioxidant flavonoid that possesses anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties. Food rich in quercetin such as green tea, red grapes, apples, and broccoli are wonderful additions into your diet to help mitigate the effects of seasonal allergies and stabilize the release of histamines in the body.
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Preliminary studies point to turmeric’s ability to help prevent the release of histamines, the cause of allergy symptoms, in the body. In addition to its potential as an antihistamine, turmeric is also great for reducing increasing inflammation that can make allergy symptoms much worse.
This one may seem surprising but hear us out. Pineapple is rich in bromelain which studies show possesses anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the symptoms associated with seasonal allergies. Pineapple is recommended to be eaten only three times per week on the SlimGenics Program so enjoy this allergy-fighting fruit in moderation and combination with other remedies.
On a normal day, we recommend 80 ounces of water each day to fully support your health and weight-loss goals. In times of allergic reaction, it is even more important to drink enough water to help your body flush toxins and ensure your immune system can work properly. In addition, when taking antihistamine and allergy medication, you can quickly become dehydrated due to how dried out these medications can make you. In short, drink more water.
While it may seem like common sense to wear sunglasses, it’s still worth pointing out that sunglasses can do a lot to block unwanted pollen and irritants from reaching your sensitive eyes. Wraparound sunglasses are great for covering a wide area of your eyes and the right pair will make you look super important. Win-win.
These natural remedies are easy to do and can help provide relief from pesky hay fever but they are certainly not your only options. If you find seasonal allergies to be impacting your life, meet with your health care provider to determine an action plan to address symptoms and learn more about health prevention. And remember, you’re not alone in your sniffles and watery eyes. 36 million of us are right here with you, sniffling too.
Have a happy and healthy Spring!
– Your Friends at SlimGenics