Spring is a month away. It’s time to get your body ready as best you can before the pollen starts flying. Facial masks have been helpful in the past. But as restrictions lessen, here’s some holistic solutions to pollen allergies.
TEN COMMON-SENSE TIPS
FOODS TO CUT OUT
Cut out dairy during allergy season. It is one of the most common food allergens and just makes your symptoms more pronounced.
Start reading food labels and cut out foods containing the following additives:
What does all this have to do with allergies? According to Dr. Adrein Morris's article, 'Food additives have been implicated as triggers for chronic non-allergic rhinitis and avoidance may benefit up to 8% of rhinitis sufferers.'
FOODS TO ADD
Now you are saying.... what’s left to eat? That's my whole diet!
Well, here is yet another amazing coincidence. The best diet to help you get through pollen season is a whole food plant-based diet. So, if you suffer with allergies, what better time to get going on a clean eating plan. Check out my book BREAK THE CYCLE or my 6-week HEALTHY WEIGHT LOSS Challenge to get started.
Here’s a list of foods with anti-histamine properties that you can start using more of today:
LOCAL HONEY FOR NON-VEGANS
Locally produced honey. This means the bees are collecting pollen from our local trees. The same trees that give you all those allergic symptoms. Take a tablespoon of local honey every day starting a month before pollen season. This is like inoculating yourself against the same pollen that causes you so much misery.
However, I want to point out that honey is basically sugar so if you have a sugar addiction, skip this suggestion. You don’t want honey to get in the way of your weight loss. But if you are at your goal weight and pollen season is unbearable, give honey a try.
Everyone knows I am a huge proponent for spirulina. You would think that I would be selling it myself. Maybe I should because I believe in it so much. As I mentioned in my book, spirulina is great for stabilizing blood sugar. As an added bonus, it also helps with seasonal allergies.
Spirulina alleviates sinus issues. It benefits the body by reducing the inflammation that causes people to experience sinus problems, according to numerous studies. Compared to placebo trials, spirulina is effective at reducing itching, nasal discharge, nasal congestion and sneezing. Take as directed on the bottle.
Start today to put in place these common-sense tips. Eat a whole food plant-based diet. Focus on foods with anti-histamine properties. And use spirulina so you can get through this season feeling much better. Here’s to getting through Spring with clear nasal passages!