Natural Antihistamines for Allergies
An allergy is an immune system response to a foreign substance that typically won’t harm your body. These foreign materials are called allergens. They may include foods, pollen, or pet dander. Your immune system’s job is to keep you healthy by fighting harmful pathogens. This ends up triggering the release of a chemical called histamine.
Histamine is the part of your immune system that causes all the symptoms you associate with allergies — the sneezing, itching, and cold-like symptoms. Antihistamines block histamine activity, seeking to stop the allergic reaction.
Most allergy medications that you find at the local drugstore work as anti-histamines. But there are also certain foods and plant extracts that similarly block the effects of histamine.
A common herb in natural medicine is the stinging nettle. This is also considered to be a natural antihistamine. Stinging nettle can be found at health food stores and online.
Quercetin is an antioxidant that is found in onions, apples, and other produce. Research has shown the antihistamine effects of quercetin. A 2007 study, by Trusted Source, found that it even lessened the respiratory side effects of allergies in rats by reducing the inflammatory response in the airways. You can purchase quercetin as a supplement or simply add more quercetin-rich foods to your diet.
Bromelain is a compound found in pineapples, but you can also get it as a supplement. It is said to be effective at treating respiratory problems and inflammation affiliated with allergies. Taking in bromelain by eating pineapple is the recommended way to consume bromelain.
Is Hay Fever the Same as Allergies?
It’s that time of year again! If you have Hay fever or seasonal allergies, this information may be interesting to you: HAY FEVER is another name for allergic rhinitis, most commonly used to describe a seasonal allergic reaction to pollen such as ragweed. However, the term is often used to refer to nasal allergies caused by any inhaled allergen. Although the name suggests it, hay fever is not necessarily a reaction to hay, and it does not cause a fever.
Treatments That Are NOT Recommended For Allergic Rhinitis
- Antibiotics: Although effective for the treatment of bacterial infections, antibiotics do not affect the course of uncomplicated common colds (a viral infection) and are of no benefit for noninfectious rhinitis, including allergic rhinitis.
- Nasal surgery: Surgery is not a treatment for allergic rhinitis, but it may help if patients have nasal polyps or chronic sinusitis that is not responsive to antibiotics or nasal steroid sprays.
One of the Best Things You Can Do For Allergies: Cut Down on Mucous Producing Foods
Foods That Help Cleanse the Body of Mucus
Mucus is produced by the body as a protection mechanism, and is produced when our immune system senses that it is under attack. When we produce excessive mucus, it indicates the immune system is weak. We need to analyze what we are eating, drinking, or encountering that is triggering the reaction. You can start by trying an elimination diet to see if there are any foods you are allergic. Dairy, excess carbohydrates and refined sugar can also weaken good bacteria and, therefore, cause the body to produce mucus.
Adding the following foods to your diet can really help in flushing the mucus out of your body. These foods are rich in Vitamin C, potassium (the best body cleanser), and fiber. They cleanse the body of toxins and help to build immunity.
- Ginger has specific enzymatic benefits which help remove toxins. It is also anti-inflammatory in by its nature, and is one of the best-known remedies to cleanse the body of mucus.
- Green vegetables are loaded with vitamins A, C, E, B vitamins and potassium, so they naturally cleanse the body of mucus and toxins. Their high chlorophyll content supports immune and blood health.
- Cucumber is rich in water, potassium, and vitamin C; all which help to cleanse the body. Vitamin C supports immune health, and cucumbers’ alkaline nature also nourish the intestinal lining to reduce inflammation in the digestive tract.
- Apples are a great source of vitamin C and fiber and potassium. They can easily be enjoyed as is or in a juice form.
- Berries are well known as a digestive tract cleanser. They are full of vitamin C, potassium, fiber and antioxidants. The fiber helps the body break down toxins and relieves inflammation as well as infection.
- Broccoli contains enzymes that help break down toxins. They are loaded with vitamin C, plus rich in fiber, which help flush toxins from the body. Remember to add broccoli as a side to your dinner!
- Carrots contain very high amounts of vitamin C, along with potassium ad fiber, plus vitamin A. Think about adding some pieces of raw carrots to your salad before a meal.