How to Tame Your Allergies
Allergy season is creeping in. Itchy, watery eyes. Runny nose. Headaches. Sneezy nose. Stuffy nose. Noses sure do get the brunt of it, don't they? We all need a few things in our arsenal to help us fight off the sniffles and sneezes this time of year. Here are our top picks for allergy care and prevention:
- Aller C - This supplement (available in the office) is packed with quercetin and bioflavinoids that combat allergies. Quercetin actually prevents histamine release from cells as opposed to just blocking them after they are already registered as an allergic response. Instead of only affecting allergy and inflammation chemicals in the body during an allergic reaction, quercetin works in the body as an antioxidant and an immune system booster as well. Antioxidants improve cell health and function to help prevent numerous diseases, including heart and prostate diseases and cancers. Besides the important antioxidant effects, bioflavonoids help the body maintain health and function in many ways. They have been shown to be anti-mutagenic, anti-carcinogenic, anti-aging, and promote structure and function in the circulatory system.
- Local, raw honey - You may remember reading about using raw honey for allergies in our blog on Medicinal Honey a few months ago. The basic idea is that you're introducing a small amount of pollen into the body so your immune system is able to build up immunity around that pollen. So, if your allergies are the worst in Spring, get raw and local honey that was harvested in the springtime. If they are worse in the fall, make it a point to get honey that was harvested in the fall. Brush up on how and where to find the best quality honey here.
- N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) - N-acetyl cysteine comes from the amino acid L-cysteine. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. N-acetyl cysteine is incredibly beneficial for opening up the airways and is commonly used to help treat chronic bronchitis and chronic asthma. Our office manager, Katie, has had chronic asthma since she was a child. Just a few months ago she was having to use her emergency inhaler about 6-7 times a day, which is entirely too much. She started taking two capsules of NAC each morning on the recommendation of Dr. Lasse and is now barely using her inhaler at all! This is some very results driven stuff.
These are just a few things that can help make your allergies less miserable to deal with. If you're really struggling with allergies, please make an appointment with us so we can help support your health.