I’m so excited about getting started with my new TLC Health Coach logo and look, new website, new Health Makeover 101 program for you….and now my new Blog as well!
As the title here states, my blogs will be all about “everything healthy.” There’s so many topics we can talk about from healthy food, healthy attitudes, healthy skin care, living in a healthy environment, etc. etc. I follow many blogs of other naturalists, some of them other health coaches like me, some of them are organizations who were established to educate the public about alternative ways of living healthy, but some are actually MD’s who have adopted healthy alternative treatments for their patients instead of mainstream pharmaceuticals.
I will always try to keep the topic of the day something that is relevant to what is going on at the time and will give you insights into ways that you can add healthier habits to your life. It is my intent with these blogs to educate you about healthy alternatives you can adopt, plus make this a site where you can participate and give me your opinions and ask questions. I also invite you to make suggestions about what topics you would like to see addressed. So, please, feel free to respond and let’s have some fun with this, while we learn how to live happy and healthy!
Seasonal Allergies: I am hearing soooo much lately about people suffering from allergy symptoms, although you would think that allergy season is in the spring and should be over with. If you do a little research you’ll find that the 2015 allergy season has actually been worse than many previous years, especially in areas that have had an excessive amount of rain leading to faster growing vegetation. On top of that it is also extending longer into the late summer this year because of that too.
Are you being plagued with a stuffy nose, itchy watery eyes, sinus pressure and headaches? OK, so the first thing you probably did is head to the nearest pharmacy to look for ANYTHING that will ease some of those symptoms, and fast! Wow, it’s overwhelming, there’s a complete aisle of nothing but products for cold and allergies. Some drowsy and some non-drowsy, OK that’s easy, do I want to take it to fall asleep or will I have to drive and work while taking it? Do I need a decongestant, expectorant, antihistamine, analgesic, corticosteroid? Should I get a spray, capsule, liquid…the decisions can be mind boggeling!
Oooooh, and then there are the side effects….can’t forget about these. Among some of these are symptoms like drowsiness, allergic reactions, drug interactions, kidney or liver damage, anxiety and depression…and the list goes on.
So, wouldn’t it be better to try to prevent those allergy attacks in the first place just by adopting some healthy practices? There are many healthy alternatives to taking over the counter allergy medications. Below is a list of some of the ways you can both prevent those awful attacks in the first place, or relieve some of their symptoms if they’ve already hit you.
Build up your body’s own natural defenses:
- Start with making sure you’re eating lots of healthy fruits and vegetables every day. These will help to stimulate your immune system to fight off those nasty allergens.
- Take a supplement called Quercetin. This is a natural plant compound that helps to prevent your cells from releasing histamine, which causes allergy symptoms. (always check with your doctor prior to taking any supplement) Quercetin is also found in foods like citrus fruits, onions, apples, parsley, tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce, tea and wine.
- Eat a diet high in foods containing omega-3 fatty acids which help fight inflammation. Cold-water fish, walnuts, grass-fed meat and eggs and flaxseed oil are just a few.
- Avoid foods that you may be even slightly allergic to as this can exacerbate other allergy symptoms as well.
Follow these techniques when those awful symptoms strike:
- Stinging Nettle is a natural antihistamine that will have a calming effect on your symptoms without the side effects. You can take it in capsule form or as a tincture or tea.
- Neti Pots are small vessels that have been used in India for thousands of years to flush the sinuses and keep them clear. Using a little salt water can flush away those nasty pollen grains and help treat the sinus congestion.
- Add hot chili peppers, horseradish, and hot mustard to your food. These work as natural decongestants (as you may have experienced before when eating them) There are also nasal sprays that contain capsaicin, the compound in chili that makes it hot.
- Eat local honey. The idea is that you will be exposed to pollen from your local area and it will act like a natural allergy vaccine.
These are just a few ideas you may want to adopt to help you get through the rest of this allergy season. Let me know of other natural remedies you’ve tried, I’d love to share it.
Thanks for stopping by today, I’m very happy you’re here. I’d love to hear your comments and suggestions.