Allergy season is upon us, and with it comes the sniffling, sneezing, and itchy watery eyes. Allergies are unpleasant to deal with, and many commercial medications relieve symptoms while also making you feel too sleepy to enjoy life. If you're hoping to spend this allergy season symptom free and awake to see it, here are a few natural ways to cope.
Bees spend spring and summer months busily harvesting nectar from flowers of every sort. They bring the nectar back to their hives, and use it to make honey, combs to store them in, and propolis to glue everything together.
Propolis is an effective way to help control allergies, because it helps your body properly understand that pollen such as those from the flowers the bees collected, is not a threat. By helping fine tune your immune system to be less reactive toward allergens in the first place, you can avoid the symptoms without hobbling your immune system.
Bee Propolis should not be taken if you know you are allergic to bees or bee products, and children under the age of one should not use any products made from bees, including propolis. Other than these categories however, propolis is safe for everyone.
A surprising amount of your immune system is decided by your gut health. Bacteria in your body help fight off diseases, keep bad bacteria from taking over your gut by using up all available space, and even help keep your body healthy through making more nutrients bioavailable to your body.
Bacteria in your gut can also help with allergies. A 2013 study looked at probiotics and how effective they were in allergic rhinitis in both children and adults. They found that probiotics did have a beneficial effect, and recommended more research in order to try and discover which strain is most effective.
For now, eating a healthy diet high in prebiotic foods such as fiber can help support the bacteria you have, and probiotics can help improve the quality of your gut bacteria, and possibly your allergy season too.
Clean Your Nose
Much of the pollen you breathe in gets trapped in the mucus in your nose. By rinsing your nose out with saline solution drops, you can help flush this pollen out before it can get into your system. Keeping a clean nose can cut down on your symptoms, as well as bringing you relief from congestion already present.
Best of all, unlike drugs you can put up your nose to clear them, saline solution can be used as often as needed to keep passageways clear, without causing you to feel stuffy permanently. Saline can also be used on even the youngest of people, which is a nice change from so many medications that exclude the youngest age groups.
Allergies are an annoying part of the season, but they don't have to make you suffer. With a little knowledge, you can cut down how many symptoms you experience without finding yourself drowsy.