If you’re one of the 50 million Americans who suffer from allergies, you know how annoying and disrupting they can be. From a simple case of the sniffles to dry mouth, fatigue, and even trouble breathing, seasonal allergies can really cut in to your enjoyment of spring.Thankfully, there are some really simple things that you can do to combat allergies before they start.
Make sure to drink plenty of water.
Water is critical to helping your body detox as well as thinning the mucus in your sinus cavities. Everyone’s needs for water are different. A simple way I use with my patients is to take their weight, divide it in two, and suggest that they drink that many ounces of water each day. For example, if someone weighs 140 pounds, they should drink at least 70 ounces (equivalent to nearly 9 cups) of filtered water daily.
Try saline nasal irrigation.
A 2012 systematic review and meta-analysis of 10 studies on saline nasal irrigation showed a beneficial effect on nasal symptoms, a reduction in medication use, and an increase in the quality of life. I like to include oregano in my nasal rinse as well as saline (check out our SinuClenz product), because this appears to do a better job of decreasing inflammation and reducing symptoms. If you do use nasal irrigation, make sure you regularly clean your rinsing device. I would also suggest using filtered water rather than tap water.
Get plenty of vitamin C.
Vitamin C is one of those essential nutrients that can’t be synthesized by humans and therefore needs to be present in the diet. Vitamin C is an important immune system supporter and a potent antioxidant as well as having the ability to deactivate histamine.
Great food sources of vitamin C include citrus fruits, berries, watermelon, mango, and peppers.
Take your probiotics.
You may not immediately think of probiotics as a first line defense against environmental allergies, but I do! Beneficial bacteria like those found in Megasporebiotic help to calm down the immune response which is at the heart of your symptoms. Although the normal dose of Megasporebiotic is 2 capsules per day, I will often encourage patients to increase their dose temporarily during periods of stress, illness, travel, or the onset of seasonal allergies! Try 3-4 capsules per day during the first few weeks of spring allergy season, and then decrease back to the normal dose.
If you have had trouble with seasonal allergies in the past, now is absolutely the time to start preventative measures. Make sure to get plenty of rest, reduce stress, and make an appointment with myself or Ingrid to get recommendations that are tailored to you.
Yours In Health,