Allergies are on the rise year after year, with more than a quarter of people in the UK suffering from an allergy at some point during their lives. For most, antihistamines are the go-to treatment with various medications available over the counter or by prescription. Instead of reaching for your usual tablets, why not try some of these natural solutions to help ease the misery of your symptoms and treat allergies?
A change in lifestyle
Regular exercise and a healthy diet may help reduce allergy symptoms. Research has found that 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day may relieve nasal congestion, sneezing and itching. Including fruits and vegetables packed with essential vitamins, like vitamin C, may also help to keep your immune system healthy. Using a saline nasal spray or nasal irrigation to flush airborne allergens from your nose may also reduce nasal congestion and sneezing over time.
Taking natural supplements
Several studies suggest that daily fish-oil supplements containing Omega-3 fatty acids may help allergy sufferers. For breathing difficulties, magnesium may have a positive effect whilst vitamin C and quercetin1are thought to be natural antihistamines. Naturally found in pineapples, bromelain is often used to reduce swelling in the nose and sinuses after surgery2.
Can you fight allergies through food?
It’s thought that making changes to the foods we eat may reduce some common allergy symptoms. Apart from certain foods causing direct food allergies in some people, research suggests that the rise in allergic reactions may be due to modern diets consisting of more processed foods. Although this has not been proven, eating a healthy, balanced diet packed with essential nutrients is vital for overall health. Boosting the immune system with vital vitamins and minerals may help to relieve allergy symptoms in the long run.
Which foods can help control allergies?
Histamine is a chemical substance that our immune system releases in response to an allergy trigger.
Fruit and vegetables containing quercetin may help reduce allergy symptoms, due to its natural antihistamine effect. Naturally found in apples, red onions and tomatoes, this antioxidant is believed to stop the release of histamine in our bodies.
Citrus fruits like oranges and lemons may also be beneficial to allergy sufferers due to their high vitamin C content. Some studies have shown that vitamin C may also have a natural antihistamine effect, helping to break down histamines faster once they are released.
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