Springtime has arrived. If the weather or the calendar hadn’t alerted you to this fact, then perhaps your seasonal allergies did, if you’re someone who suffers from them. This is the time of year when the return of pollens and the rapidly warming air temperatures can wreak havoc on a person’s allergies and asthma. Symptoms such as sneezing, runny or stuffy nose, watery eyes, itchy eyes and nose and headaches all become more common at this time of year.
While there are plenty of over-the-counter medications you can purchase to help treat your seasonal allergy symptoms, some people prefer to go a more natural route. It can actually be useful to begin natural treatments in Eau Claire, WI for seasonal allergies a month or two before the season starts to reduce the symptoms that you experience. But good nutrition in general will always lead to good health.
With this in mind, here are some tips for natural ways you can relieve your seasonal allergies this spring.
As we mentioned earlier, better nutrition is a great way to improve your overall health. Eating a low-fat, high-complex-carbohydrate diet is one way you can reduce allergy symptoms, and you should also make it a point to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water. For example, a 150-pound person would want to drink 75 ounces of water per day.
You should make sure to include a lot of leafy green vegetables, as well as vegetables in deep yellows and oranges, plus nettles, bamboo shoots, cabbage, beets, yams, carrots, onions, garlic, ginger, cayenne and horseradish. You should also eliminate or minimize sugars, alcohol, caffeine, dairy, chocolate, bananas, citrus, red meat and wheat. Certain vitamins and supplements can also be highly beneficial for avoiding serious allergy symptoms.
Herbal medicines will generally not have significant side effects if used properly, which means taking those medications at the proper dosage levels. Some of the most common herbs used to treat allergies include dong quai, eyebright, gingko, milk thistle, red clover, stinging nettles and yarrow, each of which has its own individual benefits regarding specific symptoms they help to treat and resolve.
You can make teas using these herbs, combining them if you wish or using them by themselves. You can also find herb tinctures that you can take in droppers several times a day.
There are homeopathic treatments available for allergy symptoms as well. Some effective remedies include nux vomica (runny nose at daytime, dry nose at night), euphrasia (eye discharge, hard coughing, sneezing), allium cepa (discharge, hoarseness) and wyethia (nose and throat itching, swollen or dry throat).
Finally, you can benefit from various forms of hydrotherapy, including nasal lavages, hot foot baths, a cold cloth on your forehead, castor oil packs or any other methods of treatment that involve the soothing use of water.
For more information about natural treatments in Eau Claire, WI for your seasonal allergies this spring, we encourage you to contact Mother Nature’s Food today with your questions.