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Approximately 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. An allergy is a chronic condition caused by the body's abnormal reaction to allergens. This leads to the release of the very un-welcomed, potent, havoc-wreaking culprit: The chemical histamine.

Well Spring has sprung, and Summer is finally here Yippee! For allergy sufferers however, Summer can be the most dreaded season. Histamine wreaks havoc during allergy season by causing itchy nose, mouth and throat, weepy eyes, sneezing and stuffy nose, and even dark under eye circles. Additionally, since triggers vary, pin-pointing the exact cause of  an allergic reaction can be very challenging. However, as the old adage goes “where there is a will-there is a way;” and following the simple lifestyle changes below, can alleviate symptoms and minimize the use of medications for many allergy sufferers, so they are not 'cooped' up inside waiting for the season to pass.

1. Diet Modification

As many individuals are allergic to some of the foods they eat, a good idea is to rotate and mix up what they eat so they are not eating the same things everyday. For example, instead of having an apple everyday, try eating an orange or a banana and alternate fruits and veggies accordingly. Additionally, adding fish, olive oil, nuts, seeds, fruits and fresh vegetables and  essential fatty acids especially those from grains, such as organic hemp seed (oil),  flax seed can help to alleviate seasonal allergies. Staying away from or reducing your consumption of processed foods, gluten and  dairy  products is also recommended since such foods produce more mucous and can cause and increase congestion and inflammation. Adding the following supplements can be also helpful:

  • Calcium

  • Magnesium

  • Selenium

  • Manganese

  • Zinc

  • Vitamins:  A , B6, C, and E

  • N-Acetylene-Cysteine(NAC):Works as an expectorant with anti-inflammatory properties. The supplement thins the mucus making it easier to breathe. 

  • High-Grade Oregano Oil:Histamines are responsible for swelling-the same swelling that causes congestion and allergic reactions. Oregano oil helps in 'calming the storm' for allergy and asthma sufferers by reducing  the amounts of histamines found in the blood .

As with any supplement, you should always consult with your doctor to determine if  supplements are safe for you, and if so-the best dosage.

2. Go Organic and Opt for Fresh Air

Since allergies are triggered by tiny particles that float around in our homes,. naturally we are generally inclined to 'scrub' our homes clean. However, oftentimes, the ingredients in cleaning agents exacerbate such conditions. 'Fresh is best': Allergy sufferers should use organic, natural-non-toxic cleaning agents, and avoid airborne pollutants including but not limited to:

  • solvents, harsh industrial chemicals  and cleaning products

  • cigarette smoke, dust, dirt, dander, fragrant oils, perfumes and molds.

Continue reading after recommendations

  • www.aaaai.org/conditions-and-treatments/library/at-a-glance/allergic-reactions.aspx
  • www.worldallergy.org/publications/wao_white_book.pdf

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