Fall is a beautiful time of year. Most areas experience crisp, cool weather, the kaleidoscope of color from changing leaves and special autumn activities from football games to pumpkin patches.
But if you’re one of the nearly 39 million Americans afflicted with seasonal allergies, fall can bring more suffering than splendor. In fact, the costs associated with treating allergies (also called allergic rhinitis) are estimated to reach in the billions each year as a result of missed work, doctor visits and medications.
But the cost I’m most concerned about is the cost to your good health. Despite what you hear on TV ads for allergy medications, there are effective natural steps you can take to for treating your allergies this fall …
How to Treat Allergies Naturally
Reduce your contact with allergy triggers. This can be tough because most seasonal allergies have airborne triggers, such as pollen. Your best bet for allergy prevention is to stay indoors from early- to mid-morning, which is the time of day when pollen levels tend to be the highest.
Watch your diet. Certain foods and drinks can aggravate your allergy symptoms. Avoid mucous-producing foods such as milk, cheese, ice cream and yogurt. And stay away from alcohol, especially wine that contains sulfites.
Drink plenty of water. I recommend you drink three quarts of filtered water each day during allergy season. Your body releases histamine as a way of stopping water loss. If you drink adequate water, your body won’t sense the need to ration it by releasing histamine.
Consider twice daily facial dips and/or nasal sprays to flush away allergens that can collect around your eyes or in your nose. You simply fill a basin with warm water and submerge your face in the water for a few seconds, washing germs out of the eyes and nostrils before they have a chance to enter your body. Another option is regular use of saltwater nasal spray, which also cleanses the nostrils. The best times to use these dips and sprays for treating allergies are first thing in the morning and just before bed.
Take supportive nutrients for treating allergies, including:
- Magnesium (500–1,000 mg/day), which helps relax bronchial airways;
- Quercetin (400 mg/day) to help support healthy bronchial passages;
- Bromelain (250 mg/day) to enhance quercetin’s absorption;
- N-acetyl cysteine (400 mg/day) to boost immune function and promote healthy mucous levels.
For further allergy prevention, take grapeseed extract (300 mg/day) and turmeric (500 mg/day) to help ensure a proper inflammatory response in your body.
Now it’s your turn: Do you suffer with fall allergies?