It’s that time of year again for itchy eyes and stuffy noses. Allergies can be miserable. Here in Ohio we wait all year long for beautiful weather only to have it followed by plugged ears, scratchy throats and runny noses.
Allergies show their ugly faces when your body over reacts to something seeing it as a threat causing the release of histamines. It could be anything that triggers the histamines but common things are pollen, dust, mold, cat dander or certain foods.
If you can control the histamine being released you can control the allergy symptoms. The problem with the over the counter anti-histamines, although helpful for skin and sinus issues, they only block H1 receptors.
There are 4 histamine receptors and over the counter anti-histamines only block the H1 receptor, leaving the other 3 bombarded with the extra histamine. This can cause symptoms that we don’t recognize as allergy symptoms such as anxiety, headaches and depression. Receptors 3 and 4 control neurological areas of the body and currently there isn’t a medication to block those.
So what are some natural remedies that can help the body block or reduce the amount of histamine produced?
Here are the Top 3 Natural Remedies for Allergies:
1. Quercetin is a plant pigment or flavonoid found in common fruits and vegetables. It has high antioxidant properties which have many health benefits such as lowering risk of heart disease and cancer. Quercetin has another less known benefit and that would be it’s ability to block mast cells from producing histamine. This is an excellent supplement for anyone dealing with allergies.
2. Nettle Leaf has a long history of medicinal uses one of which is it’s strong anti-inflammatory properties. Dr. Andrew Weil M.D. author of Natural Health/ Natural Medicine says he knows of nothing more effective than nettle for allergy relief. Nettle leaf also benefits prostate health and is a natural diuretic.
3. Probiotics are essential when dealing with allergies. Though they may not give you immediate relief like the quercetin, they work in building the gut bacteria in a favorable way reducing your bodies reaction to allergens. Once your immune system repairs and becomes more stable, you’ll find the sniffling, sneezing, post-nasal drip, and other allergy symptoms often resolve on their own.
Using these 3 supplements together should be a powerful force against any allergies. Your bodies immune system and gut need time to repair and build so your not over reacting to your environment. Repairing the gut and blocking histamine production is the best bet for fighting off those allergies.