Hello Spring! Springtime is such a wonderful time of renewal and growth – not only in the plants, but also ourselves! Unfortunately, for a lot of people, it also means springtime allergies. After suffering off and on with allergies and sinus pressure for over twenty years, I wanted to share my allergy and sinus relief tips. You may notice that I haven’t listed any medications that have unpleasant and even possibly dangerous side effects.
To help relieve symptoms:
Garlic is traditionally used for its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. People often take it to reduce symptoms of allergy, asthma, colds, flu, sinus infections, yeast infections, diarrhea & flatulence. It also has heart protective properties of lowering elevated blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Shaklee’s Garlic Complex: Retains all the potency of one clove of fresh raw garlic without the odor.
To help strengthen the Immune System:
Vitamin C has been found to protect against smog, smoke, poor diet, stress, bruising, varicose and spider veins, chronic infection, allergies, asthma, colds, flu, swollen glands, anemia, colon polyps, and slow healing.
Shaklee’s Sustained Release Vita C: This unique all-natural sustained formula slowly releases Vitamin C into your blood stream over a 5-hour period and provides nutrients from the entire vitamin C complex including bioflavonoids. My children take the chewable vitamin C and love the taste!
Alfalfa: This is my favorite allergy product! If I don’t take it before a walk in the springtime, I can feel the sinus pressure within minutes of stepping outside. With deep roots extending 10 to 20 feet into the soil, this amazing plant is rich in trace minerals and protein plus contains 8 digestive enzymes. Recognized as a natural anti-histamine, allergy sufferers report good results from taking 3 or 4 of the little compressed sun-dried leaf tablets, which contain no pesticides, fungicides, growth regulators, or synthetic hormones. Other popular uses for alfalfa are swelling, pain and stiff joints, ulcers, stomach ailments, water retention, body odor, and bad breath.
Probiotics are a great way to strengthen the immune system located in your gut!
Optiflora probiotic capsule is a patented technology that allows the very fragile probiotics to pass through the highly acidic stomach protected by a triple encapsulation so they arrive exactly at the right location in the lower intestines.
Zinc is essential for the immune system and helps to support a healthy thyroid. However, it is often deficient in American diets. It can be lost with perspiration and stress.
NutriFeron: Developed and extensively tested by immunologists in Japan, this proprietary blend of natural plant extracts is derived from pumpkin seeds, safflower flowers, plantago seeds, and Japanese honeysuckle flower buds. Nutriferon supports and stimulates the immune system by increasing the activity of macrophages (white blood cells) and inducing natural interferon production. It optimizes the body’s immune response against environmental irritants and airborne substances (as with allergies and asthma). Completely safe – no adverse reactions to these plant extracts has been recorded.
Diet: Watching your diet can help with allergies. As always, fresh vegetables should be your focus. Sugar, breads, and baked goods should be avoided.
Local, raw honey: I have read that eating local, raw honey can help reduce allergy symptoms. Ideally, you are supposed to eat a teaspoon everyday. While I haven’t been that regular with it, my children and I enjoy it!
Water: Drinking enough water is important for so many things. Allergy and sinus relief are no exception!
Netipots or sinus irrigation: Make sure to use distilled, purified or previously boiled water if you are making your saline solution.
The Shaklee Difference: The principle of “Products in Harmony with Nature and Good Health” guides Shaklee science. Experts in nutrition, public health, food science, analytical chemistry, biochemistry, herbology, microbiology, and engineering all staff the 52,000 square foot Forrest C. Shaklee Research Center in Hayward, California. They continue the important research and development that makes each product the world standard for quality. Shaklee is based on pharmaceutical standards.
Reduce Exposure to Toxins
In addressing allergy and sinus issues, a I have found two approaches helpful: 1) strengthening the immune system (as discussed above), and 2) avoiding products that could aggravate allergy and sinus conditions. This could mean certain foods; smells (think perfumes or cigarettes), pet saner or cleaning products. Many cleaning products not only irritate the skin, but their odors can aggravate upper respiratory problems. Now a days, there are many natural cleaning products available. I have tried a lot of them and my favorites are here.
How do you relieve your allergy and sinus symptoms? I would love for you to share your tips below or on social media!
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