I’m a seasonal allergy sufferer. As spring time arrives, so does the symptoms of sneezing, runny nose,itchy eyes, and itchy throat. Sound familiar? I’m not surprised, especially when 35 million people in America (and my dog) suffer from seasonal allergies.
I’ve turned to natural treatments to combat my seasonal allergies, and so far, I’m doing great! Here are some of my natural approaches to reducing seasonal allergies, but remember, always consult your medical or naturopathic doctor before trying anything new, especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition, are on any medications, pregnant or breastfeeding.
*Avoiding dairy. I found that reducing my dairy consumption helps to reduce the severity of my allergy symptoms–diary is a common food sensitivity and mucus forming food.
*Increasing the consumption of onions. Onions contain a compound called quercetin, which is a natural anti-histamine. You can also speak to your naturopathic physician about taking quercetin as a supplement.
*Eating fruits and veggies high in vitamin C. Vitamin C is a mast cell stabilizer. Mast cells are immune cells that release histamine. Consuming more vitamin C or taking it as a supplement may lead to a reduction in histamine being released and a reduction in your symptoms.
*Steam inhalations with eucalyptus essential oil. This helps to open up the nasal passage if you have nasal congestion. Draining those nasal passages may help relieve sinus pressure.
*Stay hydrated by drinking water.
Dr. Lukasko is a naturopathic doctor practicing in North Vancouver. She is currently accepting new patients at Ocean Wellness-#200 1401 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver. To book an appointment call: 604-986-9355.