Do you suffer from allergies? If so, you’re not alone. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology, “allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year.” Of course, there are a plethora of allergy medications on the market, but many of these have undesirable or even harmful side effects, such as drowsiness and dependency. So, if uncomfortable, inconvenient allergies are interfering with your life, but you don’t want to deal with the damage of allergy drugs, what are you to do?
At Clear Revive, we’re committed to helping consumers improve their health and fight allergies without the hazards of synthetic medications. In the following blog, we offer five natural allergy remedies you can try to shield yourself from seasonal sniffles without the downsides of allergy drugs.
In an article for The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Dr. Lisa Lewis recommends: “to reduce allergy symptoms, eat a moderately low-fat, high-complex-carbohydrate diet. Drink ½ of body weight in ounces of water daily (e.g., a 150 lb person would drink 75 oz of water).” She also advises cutting “alcohol, caffeine, and dairy products” as well as “red meat,” “chocolate,” “food colorings,” and “sugar,” among other foods and ingredients. Adjusting to a different diet may be difficult at first, but it could be well worth it to overcome your allergies.
Especially if you suffer from pollen or dander allergies, filtering the air in your home or office could make a world of difference. Healthline suggests using “HEPA filters” and explains: “By trapping airborne irritants such as pollen, dust, and pet dander, high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters reduce allergens” in a space. No allergens, no problem!
According to a 2005 study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, “Spirulina...a blue-green alga that is widely produced and commercialized as a dietary supplement” could help patients dealing with allergic rhinitis (essentially, nasal inflammation). The study “[demonstrated] the protective effects of Spirulina towards allergic rhinitis.” Taking Spirulina supplements may help you avoid annoying allergy symptoms.
High-quality essential oils may serve as potent treatments for allergies. For example, the American Sinus Institute lists peppermint as an “essential oil for nasal congestion relief” that’s “effective at relieving sinus congestion thanks to its strength and ability to nearly any blockage.” The American Sinus Institute also highlights eucalyptus, which it notes “is widely used in over-the-counter medicine thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties.” Similarly, Healthline recommends peppermint and eucalyptus essential oils for allergies, noting that “essential oils can be diffused into the air” or, in the case of eucalyptus oil, used “as an antimicrobial agent by adding it to each load of wash during allergy season.”
Sometimes, when you’re dealing with congestion, sinus pain, or other uncomfortable allergy symptoms, it’s helpful to go straight to the source and clean out your nose. As WebMD explains, “flushing out your sinuses with a neti pot or nasal washes may help break up thick mucus and ease swelling.”
Our nasal spray combines the benefits of nasal irrigation and essential oils. With eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil, grapefruit seed extract, and menthol, our spray can help ease uncomfortable symptoms and hydrate your nasal tissue.
Clear Revive nasal spray is excellent for those suffering with allergies, particularly when paired with some of the other natural remedies discussed above.
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