Prime allergy season is upon us and the pine pollen is coating all surfaces, including our nasal passages! A proper diet and overall health can make a big difference for allergy suffers. Here are some remedies to try as we get through this vibrant spring season:
1.) Homeopathy - Homeopathy is widely-used and well-accepted in Europe and there is considerable research to prove it's effectiveness. As an allergy sufferer, homeopathy is my go-to. The premise of homeopathy is to use extremely dilute solutions of the substance to which you are sensitive (i.e. pollen). Putting several drops of the solution under your tongue spurs your immune system to correct it's response. If you would like a referral to a homeopath in the Low Country, please call our office.
2.) Raw, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar- ACV with "The Mother" contains a colony of beneficial bacteria, which is important for gut health. Also, vinegar naturally aids in mucous reduction and lymphatic health. Mixing a teaspoon 2-3x a day into a glass of water or diluted apple juice is a great way to internally supply relief.
3.) Neti Pot and Saline Rinse- The Neti Pot is filled with distilled water and sterile saline to create a solution that will flush the sinus cavities. The mucous buildup and bits of allergens that we inhale throughout the day are removed gently from the sinuses. ** It's important to use a sterile saline solution made for a Neti Pot and clean distilled water. Saline sold over the counter has a preservative which you might be sensitive to. So better to make your own. NeilMed makes measured packets to mix with your Neti Pot, which is convenient.
4.) Quercitin and Bromelain - Quercetin is a plant pigment that is found in many plants and foods, such as red wine, onions, green tea, apples, berries. It is a natural bioflavonoid that helps prevent the release of histamine. It is also a potent antioxidant that helps reduce inflammation. Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple juice and in the pineapple stem. Bromelain is used for reducing inflammation, especially of the nose and sinuses even after surgery. Taking Quercitin plus Bromelain works well if implemented prior to allergy season and used throughout the irritating allergen months.
The close relationship between the nervous system and immune system is good news for chiropractic patients! By improving the communication between the brain and spinal cord, chiropractic care can help regulate and coordinate the body’s reaction to allergens. For more information, contact us today to schedule an appointment, (843) 321-8119.
Dr. Kelley LeBlanc is a holistic Chiropractor with a background in chemistry, nutrition and yoga.
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