Oct 17, 2013

Control fall allergies

Although many people associate allergy season with the onset of spring, fall can also wreak havoc with allergy sufferers. This year, instead of suffering under mounds of tissues or resorting to over-the-counter or even worse yet, prescribed medications or allergy shots, discover the relief that natural remedies can bring.

Fall allergy triggers

During both spring and fall, pollen is a common allergy trigger. Male plants that begin to pollinate during August, often continue this process into the fall season. The biggest offender is ragweed. A great number of people allergic to spring pollen are also allergic to ragweed. Moreover, the wind can carry ragweed pollen for hundreds of miles, so this offender may not necessarily come from your own back yard.

Another offender not to be overlooked is mold. Mold spores can easily become airborne, putting us at risk. Mold grows in damp areas, indoors and outdoors. A common place for mold growth is in those leaves that fall from trees during this season. Piles of damp leaves are perfect breeding grounds for mold.

Dust mites are another danger. Although dust mites are mostly present during humid summer months, they can be stirred up and become airborne when the furnace is first used on a cool fall night.

In certain parts of the country, fall allergens can also include goldenrod, curly dock, lamb's quarters, pigweed, sheep sorrel, and sagebrush.

Ways to control allergens
  • Avoid contact with allergens as much as possible. Keep your house well ventilated, making sure that your filtration system is up to date.
  • Rake those fallen leaves in your back yard in a timely manner.
  • A natural diet containing antioxidants and omega-3 essential fatty acids will help to detox the body, thereby strengthening the immune system.
  • Many people find significant allergy relief by consuming local, raw, organic honey.
Various nutrients, herbs and other supplements can support your immune system, minimizing or eliminating allergy attacks
  • Colloidal silver provides immune support to the body, lessening or eliminating allergic reaction. It is also instrumental in preventing infections that can occur with prolonged or severe allergies.
  • Butterbur taken four times a day is as effective as over-the-counter medications, without any adverse side effects.
  • Quercetin stabilizes cells and prevents the release of histamines.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids. People who eat a high content of Omega-3 fatty acids are more likely to resist allergy symptoms.
  • Probiotics helps support the body's natural terrain and strengthens the immune system.
  • Cayenne, ginger, onions, and garlic are effective allergy treatments.
  • Use stinging nettle leaf at the first sign of an allergy.
  • Fortify your body with vitamins C and E to strengthen your immune system.
Lastly, keep your body hydrated with plenty of water. It is important to replace those fluids that are being expelled from the body.

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