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7 Surprising Ways to Minimize Allergies
Published: 06/18/2013

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:

  1. Take freeze-dried stinging nettles and butterbur. Both herbs perform as well as antihistamines, without the drowsiness.
  2. Eliminate dairy and any products that contain casein (to avoid immune-system irritation).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Eat plenty of antioxidant-rich fruits, such as berries and cherries, to help modify the body’s inflammatory response.
  6. Try nasal douching with a warm saline solution by using a Neti pot.
  7. Drink plenty of water to keep nasal passages hydrated and to help flush out your system.
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