The 5 Step Anti-Allergy Plan

Lessening allergy symptoms is an important issue for overall immune health.

August 17, 2016
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If you have seasonal allergies, implementing an antiallergy approach in the weeks before the usual onset of your allergy symptoms can be the key to a quick recovery. For instance, if October is typically your worst month allergy-wise, start using the following strategies by the first of September. 

More: 7 Bizarre Allergies Waiting to Strike

Uncovering the exact cause of an allergic reaction isn't always easy. Is your itchy, red skin the result of something you ate? Or was it caused by a pollen, a chemical, or your friend's cat? What exactly is making your nose run or causing your latest eczema outbreak? It's time for more detective work!

Now, use this five-step antiallergy plan to attack them, head-on: 

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1. Purify with a healing plan

Avoid common allergens (wheat, eggs, dairy, corn, peanuts, and shellfish, for example) and foods you know are issues for you for a few weeks before following up with your physician. Challenge testing entails adding back one food a day and watching for any reactions.

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2. Strengthen

Consume more anti-inflammatory foods, which can lessen the symptoms of allergic reactions: broccoli, citrus, kale, collards, onions and garlic, elderberries, and parsley.

More: 73 Ways to Be Healthier in a Minute or Less

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3. Balance your belly

Take probiotics twice daily for at least 2 weeks. If the probiotics seem to lessen your food allergies and reactions, continue taking them. If you have any ongoing digestive issues or have taken antibiotics fairly often in your life, get your gut checked out with a practitioner who is aware of gut connections to immunity and who offers specialized lab testing to look at digestion, microbes, and permeability.

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4. Reduce your stress
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5. Supplement

Include quercetin (250 to 500 mg three times daily) and vitamin C (500 to 1,000 mg three times daily). Add vitamin A (3,000 to 6,000 IU daily) and vitamin D (2,000 to 5,000 IU daily). Try the "honey treatment," starting with 1/2 teaspoon daily of locally produced honey and working up to 1 tablespoon over 2 to 3 weeks. (The research here is mixed, but many patients report good results, as they do with consuming local bee pollen.) Other herbal treatments include butterbur root (Petasites hybridus), stinging nettle (Urtica dioica), goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), and eucalyptus oil as steam.

Adapted from Ultimate Immunity

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