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Don’t Let Allergies Bring You Down

JCCHD | Wed, October 08, 2014 | [Community][Healthcare]

It’s that time of year again! Fall is that wonderful season when we get to think about sweaters, the upcoming holidays, and cooler weather. So heat up that cup of hot chocolate—but don’t forget about the tissues! While the weather change can often bring on seasonal allergies, there are plenty of natural remedies to help relieve allergy symptoms.

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One popular trend is to use local honey to help address allergies, but the truth is that there is not enough scientific evidence to prove that it works. Continue to use honey as a natural sweetener, but don’t rely on it to relieve allergy symptoms. Here’s what you can consider doing instead:

1. Drink water. A person should drink about 8-10 cups of water per day. That may sound like a lot, but it will support your natural cleansing system, which can relieve allergy symptoms.

2. Drink green tea. Green tea has a powerful antioxidant that blocks histamine and immunoglobulin E, both of which can produce uncomfortable allergy symptoms.

3. Eat pineapples. Pineapples contain an enzyme that acts as an anti-inflammatory and blocks lung swelling.

4. Take a sip of apple cider vinegar. Yes, the smell and taste aren’t that appealing, but the health benefits are great. A teaspoon of apple cider vinegar a day makes the mucus production go away!

5. Add a bit of ginger to your water. Ginger is a good decongestant and antihistamine.

Embrace the cool weather coming in, but don’t forget that your health comes first.