When you suffer from allergies, whether they are year round allergies or seasonal, you probably have tried to find ways to stop the suffering. Some people get all the symptoms while other people may just get the sneezing or the watery eyes, and nothing else. There are so many things that you can do to help with allergies, including going to the doctor.
While your doctor can set you up with an allergist, where you can get poked and prodded to find out what exactly it is that you are allergic to, there are things that you can do from home whether or not you know your exact allergen(s). Prescription and/or over-the-counter medications can be helpful, but sometimes they can have unwanted side effects, like causing drowsiness. Here are some alternatives that will help you deal with allergies from the inside out (without drugs).
Take Some Vitamins and Supplements
Your allergy could be coming on due to a weakened immune system and one of the best ways to deal with that is to take vitamins and supplements. Omega-3s can help boost your immune system and so can antioxidants. A couple potent vitamins for this need are both C and E.
You could also take some Echinacea or goldenseal for your allergies. Curcumin can help fight the effects of hay fever. And if pills just aren’t your thing you can find many of these herbs in tea blends giving you a far better way to get their benefits.
Watch What You Eat
Pay attention to the foods that you are eating. You could be suffering from food allergies. If going to an allergist is off the menu you can work on finding out what foods are causing you problems by starting a food journal where you track what you eat and what type of reactions you have after you have eaten.
You could also try eating locally sourced honey. While it’s still up in the air on whether or not this works to help those with seasonal allergies, honey does make a healthier alternative to sugar. The idea is that bees use allergens to make their honey, so eating it kind of helps you build a tolerance to that allergen.
A good workout can help you sweat the impurities out of your body, and it can help boost your immune system too. Get into heavy workouts, including cardio. These are the types that will give you the best all-around benefits. Fitness is great for so many reasons, so you really want to get some in each and every day.
Obviously, work out inside the house on high pollen count days. You don’t want to be outside running in the very pollen that is going to make you sneeze the rest of the day away. There are plenty of options for fitness indoors that you can do from your own home, with or without additional equipment. You could even just jog in place.
Drink More Water
Drinking plenty of water can also help you flush your system and keep impurities cleaned out of your body, inside and out through your skin as well. Water quenches your body and your skin and it helps keep your system clean. It’s easy to add more water into your day, just drink some with every meal and have some before you eat whenever you get the munchies.
If you are one of those people that easily gets sick of drinking just water every day, even though it’s one of the healthiest things to drink, you may want to start infusion your water with different fruits and vegetables. Citrus fruits, like lemons, offer cleansing properties to your water, while berries can give your water an antioxidant boost.
Allergies can make it difficult to get through the day, so why not do everything that you can in order to fight them off and breathe better every day. If you did spend time in the outdoors during the day on a high pollen count day make sure to take a shower and change your clothes once you’re home. Keep windows closed on these days as well, and use the air conditioner for cooling off instead.