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Spring Allergy Relief...Without Drugs

In this part of the world we are just now entering into the spring season.  With spring comes grass growing, flowers blooming, and trees budding.  For some that is the reason they love spring, while for others that suffer from allergy problems it can mean misery.  Spring allergies, commonly referred to as hay fever, affects more than 35 million Americans every year.  The traditional treatment to suppress allergy symptoms involves the use of strong drugs that can come with a myriad of lasting side effects.  In some cases they may be necessary, but you may want to consider one of a number of alternative approaches that many people find effective in treating seasonal allergies.

Here is a List of 5 Common Alternative Options

Local Honey:  The theory behind this one is that your body will adapt to the particular allergens in your area by consuming them regularly.  In order for this to be effective, not only does the honey have to be local, but it has to be raw.  Raw honey contains the very enzymes that your body has a histamine response to when you get allergy symptoms. Raw honey is most commonly purchased directly from a local farmer.

Quercetin:  This is a natural bioflavonoid and powerful antioxidant that is said to help reduce the release of excess histamine. It is naturally found in food such as garlic, onion, and broccoli.  However, for therapeutic uses a supplement may be necessary to get the desired effects.  As always, before starting any supplement be sure and consult your doctor about any possible interactions with medication.

Nettle Leaf or Butterbur:  These are two separate herbs that have both been touted as a natural antihistamine.  They both come in capsule form and are readily available where most herbs are sold.  I have had great personal luck using butterbur to manage late spring allergy symptoms for myself. As stated above, be sure and consult your doctor prior to beginning use.

Neti Pot (Saline Rinse): The neti pot is filled with a sterile saline rinse solution that is used to flush out the sinuses of irritants.  It can be effective to manage symptoms when used on a daily basis.  To make your own solution, combine 1 teaspoon of warm (NOT hot) water with 1 quart of distilled water.  When using a neti pot, be sure and have those tissues ready, you will need them!

Chiropractic:  Of course, I can't forget this one. Ultimately, allergy problems trace back to an immune system problem.  The immune system overreacts to what is generally a non-harmful substance like pollen, resulting in sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, etc..  Chiropractic is not a treatment for allergy problems per se, but has helped people with them for years.  By removing nervous system interference, it helps to normalize immune system function. Generally it is related to problems in the upper portion of your neck.

Finally, whatever your preferred approach to allergy symptoms is, we always encourage you to try the natural approach first and see if it works for you. Nearly 7 out of 10 American adults are on at least 1 prescription medication.  

Any help in reducing our use and dependency of regular medication will help you...

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