Al­lergy Sur­vival Guide

7 nat­u­ral sup­ple­ments to let you breathe eas­ier

Better Nutrition - - CONTENTS - BY LISA TURNER

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.

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