If sneezing and itchy eyes are affecting your day-to-day routine, you may have seasonal allergies. The following natural approaches may have beneficial effects on your symptoms – give them a try:
- Take freeze-dried stinging nettles and butterbur. Both herbs perform as well as antihistamines, without the drowsiness.
- Eliminate dairy and any products that contain casein (to avoid immune-system irritation).
- Increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids – they help combat inflammation caused by allergic reactions. Wild Alaskan salmon, freshly ground flaxseeds, and high-quality fish oil supplements are good choices.
- Eat foods rich in quercetin. This bioflavonoid can help prevent the release of histamine. Citrus fruits, garlic, parsley, apples, broccoli and tea all contain quercetin.
- Eat plenty of antioxidant-rich fruits, such as berries and cherries, to help modify the body’s inflammatory response.
- Try nasal douching with a warm saline solution by using a Neti pot.
- Drink plenty of water to keep nasal passages hydrated and to help flush out your system.
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