Allergy Survival Guide
7 natural supplements to let you breathe easier
Seven of our favorite natural solutions for seasonal allergies— so you can stop sneezing and get out and smell the roses this spring.
Ah, the sunny days, chirping birds, blooming fl owers, and budding trees of spring: it’s magical to many of us. But for the 26 million Americans who suff er from seasonal allergies, the stirrings of spring and summer signal weeks of sneezing, wheezing, itchy eyes, and runny nose. You could stay inside and just skip the whole thing. But if you’re susceptible to airborne allergies, indoor irritants such as pet dander, mold, dust mites, and even cleaning products can trigger some nasty symptoms.
What happens when your body is exposed to pollen, grass, or other seasonal allergies? The bronchial and nasal passageways in the body are lined with mucous membranes; these are rich in mast cells, a type of immune cell that contains histamine, a chemical that’s responsible for most allergy symptoms. Mast cells are lined with receptors— if a receptor encounters an airborne allergen, such as pollen, it alerts the mast cell to release histamine, which causes a chain reaction of events designed to expel the foreign invader from the body, including sneezing, coughing, runny nose, and watery eyes.
All in all, it’s pretty miserable. But if you suff er from seasonal allergies, you don’t have to sit out spring. Many natural supplements have been shown to reduce or even eliminate allergy symptoms and improve overall well- being. Arm yourself with these seven natural supplements, and start taking them before allergy season begins. You may even be able to stop and smell the roses.