Spring time is wonderful. Warmer weather, flowers, barbeques, and sunshine, it’s my favourite time of year. But it does have one major downside – allergies.
Having a stuffed up nose, itchy eyes, or sore throat can really put a damper on the springtime fun time. But before you reach for your usual allergy medication, you should try these natural remedies which will cost less, have fewer side-effects, and be better for your health.
6 Natural Remedies That Are Better Than Allergy Medication
- Drink a Ton of Water
Not literally a ton, of course, but roughly half your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 150 pounds you should aim to drink 75 oz. of water. Despite hearing it all the time, many of us still just don’t drink enough.
That’s a big problem during allergy season, as your body creates more mucus to make up for the lack water. Try to put the amount of water you need to drink in bottles at the beginning of the day to help you keep track of exactly how much you are drinking.
- Don’t Eat These Foods
GMOs, food colorings, MSG, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, and pesticides, can all make allergies worse by increasing inflammation. More generally, they’re also just bad for your health, so throw them away, swap the corn syrup for honey, and go organic.
- Take Care of Your Liver
Your liver plays an essential role in helping your body deal with allergies, so if it’s busy dealing with other toxins and chemicals, your allergies will be worse.
Try to be as careful as possible when in comes to the chemicals you use on a daily basis. Make sure all your personal care and hygiene products are as natural as possible, including shampoos, deodorants, detergents, and soaps, etc. That way your liver can focus on your allergies.
- Eat a Probiotic
Keeping your immune system strong is the best to way to minimize allergic reactions, and half of your immune system is in your digestive tract. Give it a boost with a natural probiotic.
- Try These Teas
You can leave 4 tablespoons of dried nettle leaves in a quart of water overnight and then strain the leaves in the morning. Or you can make a tea. Start drinking this infusion every day about a month before your allergies start and throughout the season.
Or you can try elderflower tea. Use 3 tablespoons of dried elderflowers for 3 cups of water and let the tea steep for a couple hours. Strain, re-heat and enjoy three cups a day.
- Eat Turmeric Honey
Mix 6 tablespoons of raw, organic honey with 4 tablespoons of turmeric in a jar. Eat three or four teaspoons throughout the day to remove mucus and clear your lungs.
Eating mushrooms and using a Neti Pot to rinse out your sinuses are two other good methods for relieving allergies. To learn more about what you can do to prevent allergies this season, check out Share Guide.
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