Raw Local Honey
This works to relieve symptoms because it contains small amounts of local pollen that may be causing your allergies. It acclimates your body to the allergens. You can take a couple of tablespoons each day. Of course this is also a lot of sugar, so aim to eliminate other sources of sugar as much as you can.
Cool Tip: Mix the honey with coconut oil and perhaps some cocoa powder so as to reduce the immediate blood sugar impact.
Probiotics and probiotic-rich foods help with the balance of gut flora, and as you read last month, have been shown to ease seasonal allergies. Foods rich in probiotics include kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, natto, yogurt, and raw cheese.
Here’s a probiotic that I like to recommend because it has some interesting technologies that protect good bacteria from digestion in the stomach so that more of the bacteria reach the intestine.
The enzyme Bromelain found in pineapple, which is anti-inflammatory, combined with good amounts of vitamins B, C and other essential nutrients, can help to reduce your reaction to seasonal allergies. This Bromelain formula is a great anti-inflammatory that helps support a healthy immune system.
Cool Tip: Eat the core of fresh ripe pineapples, as it has the highest concentration of the essential nutrients you need during allergy season.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar helps to break up mucus and improves lymphatic drainage so is supportive for your allergy symptoms.
Cool Tip: Another way to eat your raw local honey… Three times per day, mix one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with one tablespoon of fresh-squeezed lemon juice, and a half-tablespoon of local raw honey and drink.
Quercetin is a natural bioflavonoid that is believed to help stabilize mast cells to keep them from releasing histamine. It is also a potent antioxidant and can help reduce inflammation. It is available in foods but is difficult to consume enough to help with symptoms, so it is best to use a Quercetin supplement. (Please contact us so we can get an account set up for you if you would like to purchase.) Start taking it about 4-6 weeks before allergy season to help prevent allergy symptoms.
This is another natural antihistamine that can be very effective as it naturally blocks the body’s ability to produce histamine. It grows in many places and can be made in to a tincture or tea, but for allergy relief, a Nettle supplement is the easiest and most effective way to go. (Please contact us so we can get an account set up for you if you would like to purchase.)
If you deal with excessive mucus, eating spicy foods can help to thin it down and reduce congestion. Try adding garlic, onion, ginger, cinnamon and cayenne pepper to your recipes.
As always, let us know if we can help in anyway or if you have questions.