Allergies in the Air?
Allergies in the Air?
Although winter is lingering, we’re at the cusp of spring, which means it’s time to put a fresh coat of paint on my bee hives before my new bees arrive. It got me thinking about how honey is more than just a delightful treat from mother nature. It has amazing health benefits, one of which is helping with seasonal allergies. Many patients complain of feeling foggy or tired on conventional allergy medications, so having an alternative with little to no side effects is important.
How does honey reduce allergy symptoms? Honey may contain small amounts of the pollen that you’re being exposed to via the air. By having a little bit of this honey every day, all year round, you help your immune system build tolerance to the pollen that triggers it. The mechanism is similar to allergy shots that some patients get from their doctors. The key is to use honey that is as local as possible to where you live so that it contains those pollen types.
There are many other great natural options as well. Quercetin, a flavenoid found in plants like grape skins and black tea, is a natural anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory that is proven to effectively reduce allergy symptoms. It also strengthens the circulatory system and can reduce pain. For patients that suffer from significant congestion during allergy season a great option is NAC (N-Acetyl-Cysteine), a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory molecule that reduces lung inflammation and thins out congestion. A side benefit of NAC is that it protects the liver and improves detoxification.
Don’t forget all the great everyday lifestyle tips to help reduce symptoms too:
– shower daily to get the pollen off your skin before bed
– use a netti pot to sweep allergens out of the nasal cavity
– put a HEPA air filter in your home and/or office to remove pollen from the air you breath
– keep pets out of your room while you’re sleeping
– and vacuum regularly to minimize pollen and dust in your home (robot vacuums that can be scheduled to clean daily are a big help here).
The Georgian Family Chiropractic team wants you to have a wonderful and healthy spring, with nothing to hold you back.
By Dr. Ashley Girard ND
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