YOUR ALLERGY TOOLKIT
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.