Allergies are a response to non-harmful environmental substances that can result in a variety of symptoms: sneezing, congestion, headache, coughing, sore throat and itchy eyes. Although most allergies are generally non-harmful, some can cause a severe reaction that can be fatal. Some potential causes for this over-reaction include nutritional deficiencies and poor digestion.
The most common form of allergies today are seasonal allergies which can be caused by pollen, grasses and weeds. The natural allergy cures below may help relieve or speed recovery.
Top Foods For Allergies
Fresh fruits and vegetables – Provide important nutrients and generally do not cause allergic reactions. A juice fast can help with detoxification.
Clean lean protein – Helps the immune system. Aim for 3-4 oz at minimum per meal. Shellfish can be problematic so avoid consuming.
Flax and chia seeds – Can reduce systemic inflammation leading to a reduction in symptoms. Adding chia seeds or ground flax seeds to salads or a smoothie is a great way to consume these important foods.
Ginger – This herb is anti-inflammatory. Add a small amount to green juices or make ginger tea.
Cold-pressed oils – Coconut oil, palm oil, and olive oil are easy to digest and anti-inflammatory.
Foods to Avoid
Gluten – A protein found in most foods processed from wheat and related grains, such as barley and rye. It is likely to be found in most packaged foods. Gluten ranks at the top of allergy causing foods.
Conventional Dairy – The pasteurization of dairy destroys necessary enzymes which can cause allergies. In addition, the protein found in most of our North American cattle contains a type of protein known as beta casein A1. This protein tends to cause allergies because of its histidine amino acid which is a trigger for both food and seasonal allergies.
Trans fats and hydrogenated oils – These contain fats that increase inflammation which may lead to immune reactions.
Eggs – May be mucus producing for some people.
Processed foods – Contain additives (under the term natural flavors or certain food dyes) that can cause allergic reactions in certain people.
Top 5 Natural Allergy Supplements
#1 Stinging Nettles (300-500mg 2x daily)
Shown to be effective in reducing hay fever by reducing overall histamine production.
#2 Quercetin (1000 mg daily)
An anti-inflammatory flavonoid found in red wine, green tea, citrus, and onions. It has been shown to reduce inflammation and hay fever.
#3 Vitamin C (2,000mg daily)
A powerful antioxidant that has antihistamine properties. It can also boost the immune system. Learn more about vitamin C here.
#4 Bromelain (250 mg daily)
An enzyme found in pineapple which reduces swelling especially in the nose and sinuses.
#5 Raw Honey (2 tbsp daily)
Look for local, raw honey. It’s vital for the honey to be local because the bees are making honey out of the common plants in your particular area and contain local pollen. Dosing yourself daily with honey made from these plants can help your body learn to deal with the common allergens from these plants.
Essential Oils For Allergies
Eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil can open up the lungs, sinuses and improve circulation reducing allergies. Creating your own homemade vapor rub is an effective treatment or breathing it in with a diffuser. Also, diffusing tea tree oil can destroy airborne pathogens that cause allergies.
Allergy Natural Treatments
Using a Neti pot is also an effective natural treatment for reducing allergy symptoms.