What are your top three important, can't-live-without-it items? If a tissue box or your inhaler is number one or two, then I'm glad you're reading this. I will give you natural ways to relieve your symptoms of seasonal allergies. Roughly 25 million Americans suffer from seasonal allergies, but here's the thing, you don't have to be part of that statistic!
Do you live in the top ten cities for 2007 spring seasonal allergies?
#10 Atlanta, GA
#9 Charlotte, NC
#8 Little Rock, AR
#7 Wichita, KS
#6 St. Louis, MO
#5 Tucson, AZ
#4 San Antonio, TX
#3 Ft. Myers, FL
#2 Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX
#1 Tulsa, OK
What are common allergens?
- Flower pollen
- Pet dander
- Plant pollen
- Tree pollen
What are the most common symptoms of allergies?
- Itchy eyes
- Red eyes
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
Do these symptoms sound familiar? Well, keep reading to learn how to get rid of them!
What causes allergies?
There are receptors that sit on top of mast cells and when an allergen lands on top of the receptor, it triggers the mast cells, which respond by releasing histamine and other chemicals. This histamine then initiates a series of reactions - such as sneezing, watery and itchy eyes - designed to help the body get rid of the intruder. For some people, especially those who have asthma, this reaction may also include swelling in the bronchial tubes, making it very difficult to breathe. What can I do to relieve my seasonal allergies naturally? There are many different ways to relieving and treating your seasonal allergies in an effective and natural way such as:
- Antioxidant fruits and vegetables such as delicious and versatile apples, bananas, and onions.
- Avoid using window fans to cool rooms because they pull pollen indoors.
- Bilberry extract is known for promoting eye health, as well as easing allergies.
- Butter bur is a shrub with huge leaves effective in treating allergy symptoms.
- Grape seed extract strengthens blood vessels, improves skin, aids in circulation, and eases allergies.
- Homeopathic nasal mists like saline and salt water sprays help wash away the pollen from the nose.
- Keep windows closed when driving, using the air conditioner only when necessary.
- Limit your time outdoors when ragweed pollen counts are high, from mid-August until the first frost.
- Omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon, tuna, and walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
- Quercetin. This is an herbal supplement that reduces sinus pain and congestion.
- Vitamin C actually improves the effectiveness by reducing inflammation.
- Water will thin mucous secretions and hydrate your mucous membrane tissues, cleansing the allergens away.
Natural Supplements are great alternatives to perscriptions for your seasonal allergies.
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