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Allergy Relief…the Natural Way!

Allergies….ugh!

Pollen counts are high here in Colorado and predicted to get higher. 

Did you know that chronic sinusitis is the most common respiratory condition in the world and in the U.S with with over 40 million sinus sufferers?  Allergies are the 4th most common chronic condition in the U.S. with 27 million people affected.

Here are some natural, safe and effective ways for you to get control of your allergies this season and always!
 

  1. Quercetin (1000-2000 mg/day)

    Quercetin is an antioxidant in the bioflavonoid family that prevents the release of histamine when an allergen enters our body and attacks our cells. It can also be found in apples, red onions, and green and black teas. It is more highly absorbed in our bodies when taken in conjunction with Bromelain and Vitamin C.  It is a strong and effective natural antihistamine and decongestant.
     

  2. Bromelain 2400 GDU (1-4 caps, up to 3 times daily)

    Bromelain is proteolytic enzyme found in pineapple juice and pineapple stem. It is one of the most bioavailable of all enzymes. When taken away from food, it acts as a mucolytic, thus reducing swelling (inflammation) in the nose and sinuses.
     

  3. Vitamin C  (4,000-5,000 mg/day)

    One of the primary triggers for allergies is an impaired immune system, which substantially increases the risk of allergic reactions to food, environmental pollution, or airborne allergens. The immune system becomes distressed by this overload of toxins and consequently compromised. Vitamin C in high doses can have a dramatic effect in improving allergy symptoms, especially hay fever and asthma, because it counteracts the inflammatory response to the invading allergens. To get the desired antihistaminic response, large doses of Vitamin C are necesary.  We recommend 4,000-5,000mg/day taken orally for optimal immune and tissue repair function. Be cautious however, as high doses taken orally can cause diarrhea in some people.  Vitamin C IV’s bypass the gut and contain 25,000mg of Vitamin C.  This large dose administered straight into the vein quicky reduces the overall histamine load! (We offer these at Holistica.)
     

  4. Diamine Oxidase

    Diamine Oxidase (DAO) is the enzyme that breaks down histamine in the body.  This natually occuring enzyme is found in high concentrations in the intestinal mucosa of humans.  Also known as Histoxyme, this is the strongest natural antihistamine on the market. 
     

  5. Eliminate Dairy

    The most common food allergy is milk, which is often found to be the cause of chronic ear infections in young children. Not only can the frequent consumption of dairy products lead to asthma, strep throat, frequent headaches, gall bladder issues or diverticulitis later in life, it also increases the production of mucus in the body, thus exacerbating sinus inflammation. Do yourself a favor and stay away from dairy! There are other protein sources like beans, nuts, legumes and meat, and you can get calcium in leafy greens and broccoli.
     

  6. Nasal Irrigation

    Saline nasal irrigation clears out the allergens and inflammatory response in the nasal pathways allowing you to breathe through your nose again.  We recomend nasal irrigation 3 times per day.  Here are some of many methods for nasal irrigation.  The Neilmed Sinus Rinse system includes isotonic pre-made packets that many people feel are soothing to their nasal passageways.  A neti pot is a cheap and effective form of nasal irrigation.  These are available at any pharmacy.  The most effection nasal irrigation system is now felt to be pulsatile
     

  7. Indoor Air Quality

    Humidifiers, hepa air filters, negative ion generators, and diffusing eucalyptus, lavender, and peppermint essential oils are helpful to improve your indoor air quality. Make sure your furnace and air conditioner filters are changed frequently.
     

  8. And remember…

    As with all chronic health conditions, make sure to get 8 hours of sleep/night, exercise frequently, and drink 10 glasses of filtered water per day.