Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Seasonal Allergy Busters

Everyone loves Spring, but no one loves allergies…Itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, scratchy throat. Yuck! They sure can be the buzz kill to an otherwise beautiful and fun season, and those over the counter meds often come with a list of pesky side effects that leave us feeling drowsy. Instead of wishing the next couple of months away, try these holistic remedies and get back outside!

1 - Try a neti pot - These can be purchased at most pharmacies and health food stores. They work to wash out nasal irritants that cause allergy symptoms.

2 - Drink lots of purified water – This will help to flush out allergens. Add lemon juice to a few of those classes to help the detoxification process.

3 - Increase your intake of Omega 3 Fatty Acids – These have anti inflammatory properties which will help calm down inflammation in the sinuses caused by the histamine response. I’d recommend taking a dietary supplement in addition to adding wild caught salmon, avocado, extra virgin olive oil, and walnuts into your diet.

4 - Decrease your intake of processed foods and refined sugars. - These weaken the immune system which makes it harder for our body to combat allergens.

5 - Practice yoga - Practicing yoga strengthens our immune system. Certain poses in conjunction with breathing exercises will expand your lungs and chest, helping to clear your nasal passage.

6 - Ditch the red wine - Although I find it difficult to pass up a good cabernet when out to dinner, red wines contain the most sulfites and histamines. Opt for white instead!

7 - Up your intake of greens - They are very alkalizing to the body and will not only build up your immune system, but will help to flush allergens out of your system.

8 - Drink green tea or dandelion root tea – Both will help to soothe any symptoms you may be experiencing.

9 - Avoid dairy products - Dairy is highly mucous forming and can lead to more congestion and phlegm.

About the author

Stephanie Dalle Molle is a Holistic Health & Wellness Coach who graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition based in New York City. She specializes in counseling individuals struggling with weight loss, low energy, skin, stomach, and endocrine issues. Stephanie also conducts her own nutrition workshops and demonstrations on weight loss and preventative nutrition. She is dedicated to educating people on health and wellness through the use of articles, workshops, lectures, and one on one coaching. To learn more about Stephanie, you can visit her website at: www.healthlegume.com

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