Springtime is a season of growth, renewal, and vibrant colors. However, with the blooming of trees, flowers, and grasses… the air is also full of pollen. For many people, this season brings symptoms triggered by high pollen counts. These can include:
The immune system is designed to seek out foreign substances and invaders. These include pollen, pet dander, mold and dust mites. When this happens, seasonal allergies go on the offensive. In response, the immune system produces antibodies, triggering the release of histamines. Histamine release leads to typical allergy symptoms.
Local honey contains small amounts of pollen from plants in your area. These act as a natural vaccine. When you consume local honey it exposes your immune system to trace amounts of pollen helping to reduce your sensitivity to environmental allergens. Experts recommend taking one tablespoon of local honey daily, preferably in the morning.
Quercetin is a flavonoid present in supplements, fruits, and veggies. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies suggest it can lessen the production of histamines and other inflammatory chemicals. It works best when combined with Vitamin C, enhancing its absorption and effectiveness.
Halo, the Greek word for Salt, is the foundation for Halotherapy, or salt therapy. Salt is antimicrobial, creating an inhospitable environment in the mouth, nose, sinuses, throat, lungs and skin for allergens, bacteria, and other pathogens that can lead to respiratory illness or allergic reactions.
Dry salt is also anti-inflammatory to the respiratory tract and can widen airways. Improving lung function, oxygen intake, increasing energy levels, and encouraging optimal immune function.
Advanced Health and Wellness has a Salt Lounge with a state-of-the-art Halogenerator which creates the fine salt air. Spend 45 minutes relaxing on a mini ‘beach’ vacation while surrounded by 1650 pounds of Himalayan salt. Just Breathe!
Food allergies and intolerances can exacerbate seasonal allergy symptoms. Ingesting these can make you more sensitive to environmental allergens. Identify and eliminate foods you are allergic or intolerant to to minimize allergy symptoms and reduce inflammation.
Common food allergens and intolerances include dairy, wheat/gluten, soy, and peanuts. A nutritionist or a healthcare provider can help you identify your most likely dietary sensitivities.
Neti pot, or nasal irrigation, involves flushing the nasal passages with a saline solution. The saline solution helps flush out mucus, allergens, and irritants reducing inflammation and congestion. Neti pots are widely available. Also, the saline solution is easy to make at home using warm water and non-iodized salt or Original Himalayan Salt. Typically, ¼ tsp per neti pot is suggested.
Steam inhalation is another natural remedy that can help ease allergy symptoms. It does so by reducing inflammation and clearing the nasal passages. Treatment involves breathing in steam infused with essential oils or herbs. Specifically, eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, or chamomile are beneficial.
Allergy season can be challenging for many individuals. These natural remedies can reduce your allergy symptoms while helping you embrace spring's beauty and enjoy all it offers.
For more on how to naturally treat seasonal allergies or for a session in our Halotherapy Salt Lounge, contact Advanced Health and Wellness at our Newnan, Georgia office. Call 770.253.5040 to schedule an appointment today.