It won't be long before Old Man Winter departs and springtime settles in. And along with the change of season comes the pollen and the particles that wreak havoc with allergy sufferers.
If allergies are a problem for you, here are a couple of quick tips that might help:
Vitamin C: Good for More Than Colds
Start by loading up with at least two grams of vitamin C daily. This dose has been shown indirectly to reduce blood histamine levels as much as 38 percent.
Histamine is the body's own chemical that often triggers an over-reaction of the immune system to a foreign substance. Most of the prescription allergy drugs and antihistamines work by trying to prevent the release of histamine or by reducing histamine levels. Unfortunately they can cause a wide range of side effects (heart problems, hair loss, adrenal depletion, weight gain, drowsiness, mood changes, etc.).
In addition, drug-containing sprays and inhalers can often lead to “rebound congestion,” addiction, and even permanent damage of the nasal passages when used for as little as a few days. I suggest using a homemade saltwater solution to clear your sinuses instead.
Honey: Nature's Alternative to Allergy Shots
Finally, the use of local raw honey can be used to acclimate your immune system to pollens in a certain locale.
The honey must be raw and uncooked, and it may not help immediately—but if 1 or 2 teaspoons are used daily for six months to a year, the results are usually very worthwhile. Honey works on the same basic principle as desensitization shots, without the expense or discomfort.
Now it's your turn: How do you alleviate your seasonal allergies?