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Jun 17 2014

Eat Your Way to an Allergy Free Season!

As the spring season brings warm weather, it also brings with it sniffling, sneezing, and other annoying seasonal allergy symptoms.

Allergies are caused when histamines bind to receptors causing inflammation of the nasal passages, throat, and eyes. Allergy medicines treat and prevent symptoms using chemicals with anti-histamines and anti-inflammation properties. Anti-inflammatory properties inhibits different enzymes and prevent oxidants from further damaging and destroying tissue. Anti-histamines prevent allergies by blocking histamines from binding to receptors. You could have your doctor inject chemicals with the possibility of adverse effects and around this time, allergy medicines have disappeared from shelves.

What if you could diminish or even prevent your allergies by just eating natural foods?

If you are one of the 40 million people in the United States suffer from seasonal allergies, consider adding certain foods to your diet.

ANTHOCYANINS

Anthocyanins are flavonoids with several health benefits including but not limited to antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties especially in sinuses and nasal passages.
Foods include: acai, beet, bilberry, blackberry, blackcurrant, blueberry, blood orange, cherry, chokeberry, cranberry, eggplant, purple corn, purple grape, raspberry, redcurrant.

CARATENOIDS

Carotenoids are a soluble nutrient mainly known for converting to Vitamin A for the body. However they are a hydrocarbon with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immune system boosting properties to better fight off allergies.
Foods include: carrot, apricot, sweet potato, pumpkin, cantaloupe, spinach, broccoli, kale, turnip, tomato.

QUERCETINS

Quercetin is a phytonutrient known for several health benefits with anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, and anti-histamine properties.  Studies show it’s expansive magnitude in health benefits.
Foods include: caper, chamomile tea, red apple, red grape, blueberry, red cherry, blackberry, onion, broccoli, elderberry, and licorice.

 

Eat your way to an allergy-free spring season while enjoying natural and delicious food! Remember to always consult with a physician before starting any health regime.

Mar 12 2010

Feel Better with Natural Allergy Remedies

With so many allergy relief medications out on the market it can be confusing to figure out which medications to use, so sometimes it’s a possibility to opt for a natural remedy. We at Crucial Vacuum want you to feel your best at all times. We’ve found information that we believe will be able to help you feel better – The following remedies come from exitallergy.com:

EUCALYPTUS

Eucalyptus “calms coughs and relieves nasal congestion.”  It is often found in “cough and cold remedies, chest rubs, and various oils and liniments to relieve pain.”   Eucalyptus has the properties of an “antiseptic and a stimulant with expectorant and antibiotic properties.  Additionally, eucalyptus vapors clear “congestion and loosens mucus.”  Think “steam treatments.”  Also the reason that eucalyptus is used so often in lozenges is because it “increases the production of saliva to reduce the urge to cough.”

RED CLOVER

Red Clover is an asthma remedy when used in the form of a tea.  “It has antispasmodic and expectorant qualities.”

ALFALFA

Alfalfa is believed to combat runny noses, “sneezing, and itching present in allergic rhinitis,” often referred to as “hay fever.”  It is also believed to “nourish the nervous system and to calm the immune system.”

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

Apple cider vinegar is “rich in vitamins E, A, B1, B2 and B6” and also has “potassium, calcium, and magnesium.”  If used in conjunction with a “chest compress,” it can reduce “the amount of mucus in the sinus cavities, soothes sore throats, and will shorten the duration of colds.”

LICORICE ROOT

Licorice root has been used as a cough remedy for quite some time.  “It should be used with caution by anyone prone to high blood pressure as excessive use of licorice will make hypertension worse.”  Licorice root has been used in teas to combat a cough and sore throat, such as Traditional Medicials Throat Coat Tea.

Make sure to consult a doctor before considering using natural remedies to see if they are a good option for you.