Allergies are complex, infiltrating every aspect of the sufferer's body. There are many types of hypersensitivity, and the immune system creates individual responses for each, but there are some things all of us can do to minimize the risk of an allergic reaction or quiet the symptoms.
Instead of reaching for the antihistamine or steroid first, try making these healthy changes in your life:
Try Oolong Tea
If you suffer from nasal congestion and/or sinus problems, then you'll want to try Oolong tea. It's a semi-fermented tea with a mild taste, rich in flavonoids and phytochemicals that have been proven to reduce mucus and lower allergic response for its users. Drink it, and you'll be able to breathe more comfortably with less congestion. Based on Chinese and Japanese studies most participants saw results within the first weeks of drinking oolong tea. Drink a total of four cups a day in small batches; low doses of flavonoids are more effective than large ones. You'll wake up less stuffy, and won't get as many sinus infections.
Get Rid Of Dust Mites
Do you wake up every morning congested and full of goo? It could be a dust mite allergy.
Most people with a "dust allergy" are just allergic to the dust mites. Dust mites like to hide in soft, warm places like pillows and mattresses, our towels, and even clothes. Only one gram of dust can contain up to 500 dust mites, and these bad guys contain a toxic enzyme that attacks your respiratory lining. Combining factors like dust mites, air fresheners, and old air filters are the ideal setting for people to develop asthma, eczema, sinus, and frequent headaches.
The best way to fight back is with clean HEPA air filters and by dusting your home. Wash your sheets every week in hot water to kill dust mites and buy mite-proof covers for your mattress and pillows. You'll notice an almost immediate difference in your sinuses and your nose will thank you.
Allergic To Mold?
There are over one hundred allergens in various yeasts and molds, and most people who are allergic to airborne mold are also hypersensitive to it when they eat it. Fermented drinks like beer and wine, cheese, and dried fruit (everything you need for a good party) are the biggest offenders. Even coffee can have mold and pesticides in it, so buy yours organic and reduce your exposure to harmful chemicals.
Believe it or not, just swapping your morning cup of joe and eating less toast in the morning can make a huge difference in how you feel.
Get Rid Of Air FRESHENERS
Downey undoubtedly makes the best fabric softeners and scented laundry supplies on the planet. Glade plug-ins seem to make a living room cozier, and bathrooms feel cleaner. But they're poisoning us.
Air fresheners, fabric softeners, antibacterial soaps, and perfumes have a ton of poisonous chemicals that cause itchy noses, swelling of nasal tissues and respiratory problems. About 250 million people used air fresheners in their homes in 2017, and all of them became exposed to harmful chemicals that damage their nasal pathways and even the nervous system.
Within one month of using air fresheners, you're promised to have built-up mucus and increased congestion. After several months of using perfumed sprays, damaging inflammation will begin to show in your respiratory tract. Kick your scented household goods out and exchange them for their natural counterparts. You can also try buying more plants to naturally clean and filter the air.
Making small changes can lead to significant differences in how we feel and interact with the world. All of these tips will absolutely work in reducing your allergies, and I hope you try them!
Linda Lavender writes articles to help folks with Auto Immune Disease, Depression, Anxiety and other health related illnesses.