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20 Tips and Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

A natural seasonal allergy reaction kicks in when your immune system mistakes pollens for harmful substance and triggers the release of chemicals including histamines, as a response. Hence the watery eyes, runny noses and sneezing fits. While an allergic response may be a positive sign of an active immune system that may potentially help to lower the risk of some types of cancers, allergies can be very bothersome and can even lead to sinusitis if left unchecked. Here are our 20 tips and natural remedies for seasonal allergies that you should consider now that we are approaching the hay fever season:

1. Keep Windows Shut. Prevent pollen allergens from being blown into your house with the wind, by keeping your windows closed. Turning on the A/C instead is one of the most obvious yet often ignored natural remedies for seasonal allergies.

2. Filter Your Air. Consider getting one or switch to a HEPA mechanical filter from conventional air filters. Look for filters that have a MERV rating of 11 or 12. And if the A/C in your car has a feature that allows you to recirculate the air inside the vehicle instead of obtaining it from outside, use it!

3. Avoid Smoke from Cookouts. Some of the best natural remedies for seasonal allergies come in a form of …avoidance! Avoid exposing yourself to BBQ or bonfire smoke as it can induce changes to your body’s immune cells which, in turn, can make you more reactive to grass and pollen allergens.

4. Get Steam. Use a steamer, a bowl of boiling water or run a hot shower to help clear out mucus deposits. The steam will help you breathe better.

5. Try Whole Body Cryotherapy. Widely used by anyone from the elderly with arthritis to professional athletes with sports injuries, to Tony Robbins and many other celebrities, Whole Body Cryotherapy is one of the best natural remedies for seasonal allergies that actually boosts your immune system for long term benefits. Studies have shown that Whole Body Cryotherapy oxygenates the blood, releases endorphins and helps provide longer-lasting natural allergy relief. Schedule your FREE consultation today at our Cryotherapy Toronto center!

6. Reduce Hair Products Use. Hairsprays, mousses and gels create a perfect sticky environment for pollen to stick to and then get on your skin, eyes and mouth. Avoiding them altogether if possible is one of the easiest natural remedies for seasonal allergies… Not to mention that reducing the exposure to chemicals contained in many hair products, will help to reduce the amount of toxins in your body!

7. Use Cold Compress or Eye Cream Containing Caffeine. Use these natural remedies for seasonal allergies to help reduce eye swelling and puffiness. Always read the labels to ensure that your facial cream does not contain carcinogenic parabens, fragrance and other allergy-prone ingredients.

8. Avoid Synthetic Clothing. Synthetic fibers attract more pollen as they create electricity when rubbing against each other. Wear natural fabrics (cotton and linen) as much as possible. Wash your clothes often with a fragrance-free laundry detergent to further reduce the number of potential allergens (often hidden in the dozens of unlisted chemicals grouped together in one word “fragrance”).

9. Cover Up. Wearing large sunglasses and a wide – brimmed hat is recommended to everyone during hot summer days. But for you, this is a “must” and one of the cheapest non-invasive natural remedies for seasonal allergies.

10. Clean Off Your Pet’s Fur. Wipe your pet’s fur every time it gets back into the house. If your own hair is at risk of catching pollen deposits, imagine your pet’s shaggy fur rubbing against the grass while running outdoors!

Natural Remedies Seasonal Allergies

11. Push Off Plans Until Evening. While pollen is typically at its highest between the morning hours of 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., those with bothersome seasonal allergies should consider limiting outdoor activities until after 5 pm.

12. Watch Out for Mould Zones. Controlling moisture in basements, bathrooms and areas that are tiled and hence prone to mould, is one of the key natural remedies for seasonal allergies. Avoid humidifiers and vaporizers in the summer months. Keep the level of humidity in your home below 50%. A dehumidifier may also be an option. Use your bathroom fan more frequently, and don’t delay cleaning up any standing water. And if you do stumble upon mould, scrub it off with water and detergent, then dry it completely.

13. Delegate Yard Work to Someone Else. Avoid outdoor chores like gardening or cutting the grass as they can stir up pollen. Now that’s one of the natural remedies for seasonal allergies where getting a little lazy may actually be beneficial! Whenever possible, delegate that work to someone who doesn’t suffer from seasonal allergies. If that’s not feasible, cover up your hands by wearing protective gloves, a filter respiratory mask to cover your nose and mouth, and sunglasses to keep pollen from getting in your eyes. Also, try to time your yard work for just after the rain as it decreases the allergenic effects of pollen.

14. Hydrate. Water is a pre-requisite to natural healing and is on the list of “must do” natural remedies for seasonal allergies! Multiply .033 by your body weight in kilos to obtain your minimum required amount of daily water intake. Add another 0.05 to 1.5 litres if you exercise or are very active throughout the day.

15. Fight Inflammation with Vitamins and Minerals. In most cases, our allergic reactions are our body’s way to signal that we have insufficient levels of vitamins and minerals (or in an incorrect proportions) in our system. Consume foods high in Omega-3, such as non-farmed salmon, flaxseed and cod liver oil. Take natural sourced vitamin supplements A, B, C, D, E, Omega-3, and minerals calcium and magnesium. Over time, these will strengthen your immune system and help your body naturally fight inflammation.

16. Spicy Foods for Drainage. Capsaicin in hot peppers, chilli and curry helps to produce more mucus that will lead to natural anti-stuffiness drainage. Note, however, that you should normally be avoiding other mucus-producing foods like dairy, gluten, alcohol, sugar and high sugar fruits like bananas. Too much mucus can worsen your already stuffy or runny nose and cause difficulty breathing, during the seasonal allergy season.

17. Beware of Raw Vegetables and Fruits. Hayfever sufferers may be more susceptible to raw food-related sensitivities than people without seasonal allergies, with cross-reactions only making the matters worse. Peel and cook vegetables during allergy season as to help break down the proteins that may cause the cross-reaction (typically in a mouth area).

18. Use Natural Alternative to Antihistamines. Clinical studies show that Butterbur may be as effective for natural allergy relief as common chemical-based oral antihistamines!

19. Choose Newer Meds. First-generation OTC (over-the-counter) antihistamines available in US and Canada can cause drowsiness (not to mention toxic effects on your body). Taking them throughout the allergy season can lead to a feeling of continuous sluggishness resulting in affecting memory, learning and overall performance. Newer antihistamines that are now generics available by prescription — such as ceterizine, Clarinex, fexofenadine, lorataine and Xyzal, have minimal drowsiness effect while still blocking the histamine reaction from seasonal allergens.

20. Choose Sprays Over Oral Meds for Severe Symptoms. If the natural remedies for seasonal allergies listed above or OTC medication don’t seem to bring you enough relief through the day, consider prescription medicine in a form of either steroid and antihistamine sprays. Both of these are more effective for seasonal allergy symptoms than oral medications. However, do remember that any steroid or chemical based antihistamine medication can increase the toxicity level in your body, so always try dietary changes and home remedies for allergies first before switching to chemical solutions. (source: Huffington Post)

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