While it is a great time of the year as temperatures rise and nature unfolds its beauty, many suffer seasonal allergies which keep them from enjoying anything! Itchy eyes and ears, sneezing, coughing and nose blowing. Many (like myself) are in complete misery without proper treatment. Doctors often advise taking an over-the-counter (OTC) allergy treatment – but WAIT! I have a great protocol that can reduce or eliminate allergy symptoms, depending on how strictly you follow the guidelines.
But what is so wrong with the over-the-counters, you ask?
- According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, OTC antihistamines can cause drowsiness, dry mouth, constipation and trouble urinating.
- OTC allergy medications can cause nervousness, anxiety and mood problems in children.
- Prolonged use can cause liver damage due to the body attacking the drug with antibodies and immune cells.
- This is “suppressive therapy” which means the symptoms are being decreased, yet the root cause of the problem is ignored. Suppressive therapy has shown to cause other more severe conditions later in life due to the root problem never being fixed.
When an allergen, such as pollen, lands inside the eyes or nasal or bronchial passages, the body reacts by releasing histamine and chemicals. The histamine, in turn, causes the body to hyper-react in order to get rid of the allergen by sneezing, coughing, watering or itching. In natural medicine, allergies are a sign of an overloaded liver. The liver is responsible for filtering toxins out of the blood. If the toxic load becomes too great for the liver to keep up with, the body then produces the antibodies to fight off the toxins. The liver, therefore, is extremely important in reducing seasonal allergies!
My natural protocol includes keeping my liver clean as I can and using natural remedies which will not congest my liver.
- Cut back on alcohol and caffeine. If you can cut it out completely, you’re amazing! For the rest of us, limit yourself to one cup of coffee a day and 4 drinks a week. Try to make sure the alcohol is not full of sugar. Red wine always sends me into a sneeze attack this time of year!
- Avoid dairy. Dairy causes increase in mucous production which can aggravate allergy symptoms.
- Avoid processed sugar.
- Watch your reactions after eating cantaloupe, bananas, avocado or apples. These foods can cross react with ragweed or birch pollen. Symptoms can include fatigue, itchy mouth, throat or ears, coughing, sneezing, etc.
- Foods such as carrots, beets, garlic and red onion are beneficial in detoxifying the liver. Here is a great comprehensive list on foods to help the liver.
- Drink lemon water each morning. It is alkalizing for the body and great for your liver.
- Dandelion greens and other bitter greens are amazing for the liver. I try to drink a cup of this dandelion tea every evening to help support and detoxify. If you are a little crazy like me, you can even go in your yard, pick some of the greens, wash them and throw them in a smoothie. Just be sure your yard has not been sprayed with any fertilizer recently.
- Lavender Essential Oil – I simply wipe a drop of lavender oil on the inside of my cheek. It has a numbing effect on your mouth and it tastes kind of strong if it gets on your tongue, but in the middle of an allergy attack it is so soothing. My symptoms are relived in a minute or so.
- Hyland’s Allergy Tablets – these dissolving tablets are great! I take a lot of them if I am outside all day, but I love that they are homeopathic and not damaging my body. They are even safe for your little ones. Consult your doctor first of course!
- Hyland’s Sinus Tablets – I use these dissolving homeopathic tablets when our noses are runny. They work great for the whole family, even our youngest. When he has a cold and cannot sleep I have given in a quarter or half tablet, depending on his weight and he was able to sleep afterwards. Again, please consult your doctor before doing this.
The above remedies are tested by me and work beautifully. I hope you find relief as well. Now let’s get outside and enjoy life!
Seasonal Allergies and your Liver; The Wolfe Clinic; http://www.thewolfeclinic.com/index.php/information-and-tools/2011-articles/172-seasonal-allergies-a-your-liver
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, http://www.aafa.org/
Drug Induced Liver Disease; Lee MD, Dennis and Marks MD, Jay W.; 22 January 2014; http://www.medicinenet.com/drug_induced_liver_disease/page3.htm#how_do_drugs_cause_liver_disease
6 Natural Allergy Remedies; Keiley, Lynn; Mother Earth News; August/September 2006; http://www.motherearthnews.com/natural-health/six-natural-allergy-remedies.aspx?PageId=2#ArticleContent