Allergies are hypersensitive immune system responses to various allergens, such as pollen or pet dander. Some allergies are severe enough to require immediate, professional attention. Other allergies, however, can be mitigated using natural remedies. Various homeopathic solutions include using special tools to alleviate symptoms or to manage allergens. These tools include things like Neti pots to administer saline spray in the nose, or even High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters to remove the allergens directly from the air. However, supplementing one's diet with beneficial vitamins and enzymes found naturally in foods is perhaps the best long-term and preventative solution one can choose.
Probiotics are useful for building up naturally occurring bacteria populations in the digestive tract. While many supplements for these exist on store shelves, it is also possible to make the diet changes to have the same effect without taking supplements. Fermented foods are a great source of plant-based probiotics. For centuries and in many parts of the world, people have been eating fermented foods as part of a regular diet. In Germany, there is Sauerkraut; in Korea, it comes in the form of Kimchi. There are also an increasing number of drinkable probiotics. Besides kinds of yoghurts, try Kombucha or Kefir. Another fermented product, apple cider vinegar, is often consumed daily as a method of managing allergy symptoms.
Teas are a great way to drink in additional supplements. Try making a tea or a tincture from nettle leaf which contains a natural antihistamine. This antihistamine is capable of blocking the histamine the body produces as a local immune response, thereby alleviating some symptoms of allergies. Nettle leaf is also sold in capsule form or as tea with a mixture of peppermint or red raspberry leaves. The steaming characteristics of tea is another way to clear sinuses.
Fruits and vegetables in general provide countless vitamins and minerals crucial to a healthy diet. Any illness can indicate a need to make a permanent shift towards a healthier diet. Just as one might increase Vitamin C consumption when subjected to a cold, adding other supplements found in fruits and vegetables can help control allergy symptoms. Continuing this practice serves as a preventative measure. Quercetin, found naturally in citrus and broccoli, is an example of a natural bioflavonoid that helps cells control their release of histamines and serves as an antioxidant that reduces inflammation. Papaya and pineapple contain the enzymes papain and bromelain, respectively, which not only aid digestion but help manage sinus-related symptoms.
When allergy symptoms and illnesses are wreaking havoc on our bodies, we tend to make temporary diet changes to address and attempt to manage them. However, permanent alterations to our diets can help build up our immune systems over time and work as preventative medicine before the symptoms hit. Fast-paced lives with the easiest accessibility to vast quantities of chips, meats, and fried foods make it hard to avoid poor dietary choices. Often, a lack of appeal in colourful foods like fruits and vegetables makes it challenging to want to add that colour to our diets. Yet, with a little preparation and motivation, adding colour to our lives is becoming easier than one might realize. By freezing and canning our own foods, we can have fresh options without the chemicals and packaging. Try baking potatoes rather than buying and eating traditional chips and crisps. Better yet, bake kale and other vegetables with minimal seasoning and salt. Spice things up with cayenne pepper to boost your metabolism. Finally, consider making banana-based smoothies or buying a juicer to quickly prepare a meal packed with healthy supplements. What little time you take now will add up to pay off later!