Aaa-choo! ‘Tis the season for Kleenex, eye drops, and decongestants. Allergy season is upon us. Its symphony can be heard in the refrains of sniffles, sneezes and nose blowing. If you suffer from the wide array of seasonal allergy symptoms such as fatigue; sinus congestion; itchy eyes, nose or throat; or watery eyes, don't let a high pollen count get you down this summer. Here are 7 natural ways to beat allergies from my latest book, Allergy-Proof.
1. Drink More Water
Drink at least 8 to 10 cups of pure water daily to support the natural cleansing systems in your body. Research even shows that staying well hydrated helps 38 percent of women relieve allergy symptoms. (For references, see my book Allergy-Proof). And, I'm sure the same is true for men. So, drink up.
2. Drink Green Tea
Green tea is packed with a powerful antioxidant phytonutrient called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) that blocks histamine and immunoglobulin E (IgE). Both of these naturally-produced chemicals are linked with uncomfortable allergy-symptoms. Because EGCG blocks their production, allergy symptoms are reduced. Don't like the taste of green tea, add matcha powder to your dairy-free fruit smoothies. (Dairy products are mucus-forming and can aggravate allergies). Matcha is simply powdered green tea. Drink two to three cups of green tea daily for the best results.
3. Take Quercetin to Quell Allergy Symptoms
Quercetin is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-histamine phytonutrient. Quercetin has an excellent ability to reduce allergy symptoms and to improve lung function. Apples and onions are excellent sources of quercetin. Some studies show that people who eat a lot of apples have improved lung function and reduced risk of lung conditions. Other good sources include: berries, cabbage, cauliflower, nuts, and black, green, or white tea.
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