YOUR AL­LERGY TOOL­KIT

Good Health (Australia) - - Be Informed -

Al­though test­ing and med­i­ca­tion go a long way to help man­age al­ler­gies, there are a few nat­u­ral meth­ods that sci­ence shows may help to alle­vi­ate every­day symp­toms.

Pro­bi­otics: Healthy gut flora plays an im­por­tant role in al­lergy pre­ven­tion. Tak­ing a spe­cific com­bi­na­tion could help re­duce hay fever symp­toms. Look for a pro­bi­otic that con­tains Lac­to­bacilli and Bi­fi­dobac­te­ria.

Tra­di­tional Chi­nese medicine:

Acupunc­ture and Chi­nese herbs may be ef­fec­tive in al­le­vi­at­ing symp­toms be­cause of their po­ten­tial to reg­u­late the im­mune sys­tem’s re­sponse to al­ler­gens.

Nasal sprays: Ger­man re­searchers have found that when used reg­u­larly for seven weeks, sa­line nasal ir­ri­ga­tion or nasal sprays im­proved hay fever symp­toms by 28 per cent and re­duced the need for med­i­ca­tion by 62 per cent.

Ex­er­cise: Al­lergy suf­fer­ers who ex­er­cised at a mod­er­ate in­ten­sity for 30 min­utes ex­pe­ri­enced a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in con­ges­tion, itch­ing, and sneez­ing. It’s thought that ex­er­cise has anti-in­flam­ma­tory ef­fects on the nasal pas­sages.

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