Thursday, June 8, 2017

Natural Seasonal Allergy Remedies

No matter the season there are a variety of allergens in our environment that cause our bodies to respond, sometimes more re-actively in the form of allergies. Typically, seasonal allergy symptoms include congestion, runny nose, sneezing, and itchy eyes. If you are curious if allergens are high, check out The Weather Channel's allergy tracker. 
https://weather.com/forecast/allergy/l/USWI0588:1:US

Allergens fluctuate based on the season, below are Wisconsin's:
  • Spring – tree pollen
  • Summer – grass pollen
  • Fall – weed pollen, mold, and dust mites
  • Winter – mold and dust mites
To help support your immune system and relieve allergy symptoms there are a variety of natural remedies. However, be sure to check with your healthcare provider to determine what would work best for you.
  1. Raw Local Honey
    • Consuming local honey is key because it contains pollen that bees have collected in your environment. Your body can respond and recognize the pollen as a non-threat to your immune system, which prevent the allergic response.
    • Dose: 1-2 TBSP/day
  2. Apple Cider Vinegar
  3. Bromelain and Quercetin
    • These enzymes are found in colorful veggies and fruit, especially in pineapple. They act together to support the immune system and break up mucus. One of my favorite supplements for sinus health is Sinuplex. http://www.metagenics.com/mp/products/sinuplex
    • Dose: 
      • Bromelain: 100-200 mg/day – Be sure to take an hour or two before or after meal
      • Quercetin: 400-500 mg 3x/day 
  4. Probiotics
    • Most of your immune system resides in your gut and it is important to keep your healthy gut flora happy. Taking a daily probiotic will improve your immune system, digestion, and mood.
    • Dose: 50 billion IU/day
  5. Stinging Nettle

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