Beat your allergies, before they strike
(NC)—Allergies affect millions of Canadians, especially during the warmer half of the year when ragweed plants are thriving and pollen abounds in the air. Reactions can range from irritants like patches of itchy skin, sniffling and sneezing, scratchy throats and eyes, to serious symptoms that can cause full blown allergy attacks requiring medical intervention. Some suffer through allergies as minor annoyances, but others, whose symptoms are persistent and cannot be ignored, may seek relief. If you've had little success, then perhaps it's time to turn to natural remedies.
“One of the best things you can do is to try to prevent your allergy symptoms, or at least minimize them,” says Helen Sherrard, president of the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA). Many natural health products may help you prepare for allergy season.
CHFA recommends considering a few of the following preventative natural remedies during allergy season to alleviate symptoms:
• Drinking herbal teas, such as rose hip, provides anti-inflammatory properties that help control the production of histamine and can offer allergy suffers relief from symptoms.
• Consuming omega-3 fatty acids appear to calm allergies with its anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce inflammation in the sinuses and helps boost the body's immune system.
• Trying quercetin supplements can help block the release of histamine that causes inflammation.
“Natural health products are a safe and effective option to address allergy symptoms,” says Sherrard ”Consult your health care practitioner and visit your natural health retailer to determine which option is best for you.”
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