‘Tis the Season to be Sneezin’

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Posted by Jerry Rauch on Monday, March 24, 2014

Anyone who suffers from seasonal allergies is likely getting around their stash of tissues, nasal sprays and anti-histamine related products in anticipation of the respiratory challenges ahead. Even before the trees bud and the flowers bloom, airborne pollen can become problematic for many allergy sufferers. The plaguing symptoms of a stuffy/runny nose, sneezing, red itchy/watery eyes and coughing are all too common and annoying as the body's immune system mounts its response to fight and eliminate what is perceived as a foreign invader. Other secondary symptoms may include fatigue, headaches, nosebleeds, itchiness, dark circles under the eyes and puffiness in the face. If left unchecked, allergens can lead to chronic inflammatory issues like asthma, eczema and acne, a lack of mental concentration, irritability, and more.

What's a body to do? While some people reach for over-the-counter antihistamines or other medications, many do not like the possible side effects that accompany them, such as drowsiness, dry mouth, etc. Here are a few no cost suggestions that can also be considered. Drink plenty of water to help thin mucus secretions. Avoid dairy, wheat products, eggs and sugar which only add to mucus levels. Fried foods may also stress the digestive tract, increase mucus production and add to the toxic internal burden on the immune system.

Here are several additional suggestions that have historically been helpful. An herbal blend of powdered Boneset, Fennel Seeds, Fenugreek Seeds, Horseradish Root Extract and Mullein Leaves Extract has demonstrated remarkable respiratory support for freer breathing and relief from seasonal airborne substances. A combination of standardized Turmeric Rhizome Extract (Curcuma longa) and Black Pepper Fruit Extract (Piper nigrum) exhibits a profound anti-inflammatory effect in the body and supports healthy immunity. One of my long-time favorites is the intake of therapeutic doses of a Non-acidic form of Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids. This duo can provide potent antiallergenic effects and help combat inflammation in the body. Of course the beauty of utilizing this kind of natural support judiciously is that they can work well without the negative side effects that many common OTC medications produce. So, if you find yourself among seasonal suffers, perhaps one or more of these suggestions will make its way into your daily anti-allergy routine. And, maybe this season won't find you sneezin' after all.

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