Do you ever feel as though your allergies have control of you, rather than the other way around? If so, not to worry! I have compiled a massive list of tips to manage allergy symptoms. In fact, it is a whole A-Z guide... Read on to find out more!
Louise Baillie S.A.C. Dip (Diet, Exercise & Fitness), Advanced Human Anatomy & Physiology Level 3 @ActiveLouise Ask Louise
13 January 2021
A-Z allergy guide
Most allergy symptoms are caused by the release of histamine so, to help block the production of this chemical, we use antihistamines. Occasionally, traditional antihistamines may lead to drowsiness and other side effects, meaning many allergy sufferers seek an alternative. So, for those interested, a natural option would be Pollinosan Hayfever Tablets. These help to address the many and varied symptoms of allergies, including watery eyes and a tickly nose, and do not cause drowsiness. Pollinosan may also be used alongside traditional antihistamines if desired.
If you're familiar with the onset of irritated skin due to allergies then you will want to hear about Bioforce Cream! It contains Witch Hazel, Calendula, Sanicle and more, and is ideal for addressing cracked/chapped skin, as well as some rashes.
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This is a must for those prone to allergy symptoms. It supports the immune system; it supports the repair work of damaged respiratory cells; and it even acts as a natural antihistamine. Try a natural supplement or pack your diet with the likes of oranges, broccoli, strawberries and potatoes.
Dairy can make mucus thicker, worsening issues like congestion or a runny nose. So, keep your intake of this food group to a minimum and opt for dairy alternatives instead. Almond, oat, and coconut milk are a few options.
This colourful herb helps to support the immune system, and a well-functioning immune system means you are in the best place to deal with allergens. Check out our Echinacea tincture, which makes use of freshly harvested plant extracts. This is significant as fresh herbs contain a higher quantity of active substances than dried plants do.
Fresh fruit and veg
Processed foods aren't likely to give your body very many of the nutrients it needs to keep the immune system healthy. So, ensure your diet includes loads of fresh fruit and vegetables in order to keep things functioning well. Interestingly, pineapple has unique benefits for those with allergies due to the presence of a compound called bromelain. Some studies have indicated that bromelain could offer anti-inflammatory benefits.1
This is rich in antioxidants that can offer support to the immune system. It's also another natural antihistamine – go nature!
Honey and lemon
Soothe a sore throat or irritating cough with a hot drink of lemon and honey mixed in warm water.
If your allergy symptoms are recurrent, you could consider giving your immune system some extra support with a supplement. Immune Support contains zinc, Nasturtium and vitamin D, and comes in a handy one-a-day dosage to help you do just this!
This is a good way to pack in useful, allergy-fighting nutrients. Freshly squeezed orange juice, for example, is a good source of vitamin C. Also, a smoothie will allow you to pack in both fresh fruit and veg for the ultimate drink to battle allergy symptoms.
Keep caffeine to a minimum
Coffee, tea and energy drinks with lots of caffeine contain high quantities of histamine. Reduce your intake by switching to herbal teas and caffeine-free alternatives.
Another herbal remedy traditionally used when dealing with allergies.
Moisturising Eye Drops
These eye drops contain hyaluronic acid, which is both soothing and moisturising. Just what you need if you are regularly caught out by itchy, irritated eyes!
This common plant is another natural antihistamine. Try incorporating a refreshing nettle tea into your daily routine or try a tincture.
This fatty acid has loads of anti-inflammatory properties, so is ideal if allergies lead to inflammatory symptoms like itchy skin. Oily fish is a good source (including mackerel and salmon). You can also get a good top-up from nuts and seeds like walnuts and flaxseeds.
Harsh chemicals in artificial cleaning products can lead to more severe allergy symptoms, plus they can trigger a new flare-up. As an alternative, there are a range of natural cleaning products on the market that may be less likely to cause issues. Your local health food store should offer a selection to choose from.
Many immune cells lie in the gut so, if there is an issue in this area, it is likely to have a negative impact on your body's ability to deal with allergens. You can look after your digestive system with some simple steps, including chewing food thoroughly, sitting down whilst eating, and avoiding liquids with meals.
When stressed, the body releases various chemicals, including histamine, to tackle the issue. This can, unsurprisingly, lead to more severe allergy symptoms. So, get on top of your stress through tactics like organisation, exercise, and having more downtime for yourself.
Use more spice in cooking
If you are afflicted by congestion, spice can be quite beneficial. This is because chilli peppers contain a compound called capsaicin which helps to break down mucus, causing it to run. Just make sure you have the tissues handy!
Ventilating your home whilst cleaning can reduce the chance of an allergy-flare-up. Another option is to apply mechanical ventilation or an air purifier to address pollutants in the home such as dust.
Staying hydrated supports circulation, helping to transport immune cells around the body. Water is also very effective at soothing the likes of a sore throat or cough. Plus, it has the effect of thinning mucus which can ease congestion a little.
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Research has actually shown that exercise could help allergy symptoms.2 It's thought that activity helps to calm inflammation and supports the immune system. It's also very good at easing issues like stress or poor sleep that can contribute to more severe allergy symptoms.
Probiotics found in yogurt may have a positive effect on hayfever symptoms. If you'd like to try upping your consumption of probiotic foods to help your symptoms, you could include some dairy-free live yogurt or miso soup in your diet.