How to keep on top of your al­ler­gies

Al­lergy sea­son hits many Aus­tralians hard, knock­ing them over with symp­toms such as a runny nose, wa­tery or itchy eyes and con­stant sneez­ing. If you’re a suf­ferer, now is the time to start prep­ping your body for what lies ahead. Here, some sim­ple and effe

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1. SPRITZ SALINE

A salt (or saline) so­lu­tion is one of the most com­mon treat­ments for a blocked, runny rose thanks to its abil­ity to clear con­ges­tion, re­move al­ler­gens and help break down mu­cus block­ing the nasal cav­ity - all side-ef­fects of al­ler­gies. Go for a sim­ple saline spray or try a Neti Pot, a nasal ir­ri­ga­tion de­vice that uses a salt-based liq­uid to flush out al­ler­gens, clear the nasal pas­sages and help pre­vent the on­set of si­nusi­tis. One word of ad­vice: clean your neti pot with vine­gar and hot wa­ter af­ter ev­ery use to avoid bac­te­ria and mold en­ter­ing your nose.

2. EM­BRACE ES­SEN­TIAL OILS

Ward away al­ler­gies with a blend of pep­per­mint, le­mon and laven­der es­sen­tial oils. This mag­i­cal com­bi­na­tion is known to work as a nat­u­ral an­ti­his­tamine by re­duc­ing your body’s in­flam­ma­tion re­sponse to al­ler­gens. Mix them to­gether in a dif­fuser, or if you’re out and about, add a few drops to a hand­ker­chief and wave it un­der your nose ev­ery few hours to keep al­ler­gies in check.

3. KNOW YOUR TRIG­GERS

Know­ing what sets off your al­ler­gies is one of the best ways to man­age them, so pay­ing close at­ten­tion is key. Start look­ing for pat­terns when symp­toms arise, as­sess­ing ev­ery­thing from lo­ca­tion, time of day and fac­tors such as house­hold dust or pets nearby. Once you learn your trig­gers you can work to­wards avoid­ing them, or prep­ping ahead with an­ti­his­tamines and es­sen­tials oils be­fore ex­po­sure takes place to re­duce or elim­i­nate symp­toms en­tirely.

4. PREP WITH PROBIOTICS

While ex­ter­nal fac­tors such as pollen and pet hair are known al­ler­gens, did you know your body can have a high his­tamine count from in­ter­nal fac­tors as well? Here’s how: your gut houses around 75 per cent of your im­mune sys­tem, but when it’s out of whack, your di­ges­tive flora is too, leav­ing you vul­ner­a­ble to al­ler­gies and al­lergy symp­toms. Probiotics help bal­ance that by bring­ing your di­ges­tive sys­tem back into bal­ance, re­duc­ing your his­tamine count and set­tling your im­mune re­sponses right down. If you know you’re a tar­get for sea­sonal al­ler­gies, start tak­ing a good qual­ity pro­bi­otic well be­fore al­lergy sea­son hits.

5. START ON SUP­PLE­MENTS

It’s not just probiotics that work won­ders on al­ler­gies, other sup­ple­ments such as glu­tamine, zinc, cur­cumin, fish oil, quercetin and net­tles do too. All linked to as­sist­ing in gut health and re­duc­ing in­flam­ma­tion in the body, these sup­ple­ments are se­ri­ous con­tenders when it comes to pre­vent­ing al­lergy symp­toms from tak­ing hold. Just re­mem­ber to al­ways see your doc­tor be­fore em­bark­ing on a new sup­ple­ment pro­gram to make sure they’re right for you.

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