Allergies and sinus problems affect as many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. . Allergic diseases are the fifth leading chronic disease in the U.S. in people of all ages. For those who suffer from allergies, there are safe and natural remedies that provide relief from allergy symptoms.
7 natural remedies for allergies
Many allergy sufferers, especially those with asthma, need to be on prescription medication. But these alternatives can also bring relief:
- Raw honey: A teaspoon or more of raw, natural, unprocessed honey can relieve allergy symptoms. For best results, start using honey a month before allergy season begins.
- Apple cider vinegar:A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water 3 times a day will help relieve allergy symptoms. It is also good for digestion problems.
- Nettle leaf: Nettle leaf is an herb that is especially effective on allergies and asthma, but it also helps reduce blood pressure. You can buy it in leaf or root form, or in a powder that can be added to salads and smoothies.
- Probiotics: Eating foods that contain a high amount of probiotics also helps relieve allergy symptoms. Some of these foods include yogurt, sauerkraut, dark chocolate, pickles, kefir (similar to yogurt), and Japanese miso soup made from fermented rye, beans, rice or barley, and a tablespoon of miso, a Japanese seasoning.
- Quercetin: Quercetin is a yellow crystalline pigment in plants that can be used as a food supplement to help reduce allergic symptoms. It is also found naturally in foods such as red wine, onions, green tea, apples, berries, Ginkgo biloba, St. John's wort, and buckwheat tea.
- Neti Pot and Saline Rinse: A neti pot is a container designed to rinse debris or mucus from your nasal cavity. Fill a neti pot with a sterile saline solution and pour through one nostril letting it drain out the other.
- The GAPS diet: Created by Dr. Sidney Valentine Haas to treat chronic inflammatory conditions in the digestive tract, the GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) is also effective in relieving allergy symptoms. The diet consists of removing all foods that are hard to digest, including grains, dairy, starchy vegetables and refined carbohydrates and replacing them with foods that digest more easily, like probiotic foods, tea with honey, and soups, stews and casseroles made from meats and vegetables.
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