7 Natural Allergy Remedies

7 Natural Allergy Remedies

Spring & summertime bring warm weather, sunshine & blue skies, but they also bring pollen, dust, mold, & ragweed/hay fever-all of which are responsible for allergies!  Whether you suffer from sneezing, runny nose or watery eyes, allergies can lead to uncomfortable sinus congestion & if left long enough-the dreaded sinus infection.  If you act soon enough, you can nip it in the bud!  The good news is you don’t have to take over the counter or prescription drugs to get relief. Here are some natural remedies to ease those sinus blues:

  1. Natural Antihistamines:
  • VITAMIN C – In addition to being a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C is also a natural antihistamine. Although many foods are rich in vitamin C, some foods (like citrus) are histamine triggers. Instead, supplement with a dose of 2,000 mg daily is often suggested

 

  • FLAVONOIDS – Flavonoids are plant chemicals that help create the bright colors in veggies, fruits, and flowers. Quercetin (found in cruciferous foods like broccoli or cauliflower) is one such flavonoid that fights allergy symptoms. It’s available in supplements and found in many foods.

    • OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS – In addition to other well-known benefits, omega-3 fatty acids reduce allergic reactions. Good sources include salmon, walnuts, grass-fed meat and flaxseed oil.
    • STINGING NETTLE – It’s hard to imagine how someone long ago figured out stinging nettle was actually a very useful plant. Fortunately, it’s not necessary to handle stinging nettle to reap its benefits. A University of Maryland study reported:
  • 57% of participants found nettle capsules relieved sneezing and other allergy symptoms
  • 48% found nettle was even more effective than allergy medications

The researchers used a 300 mg daily dose of freeze-dried nettle. Other studies have

corroborated benefits of using nettle as a highly effective natural antihistamine.

    • BROMELAINBromelain is an enzyme found in pineapples. It’s commonly used for swelling reduction in the nose and sinuses. For treating allergies, one study suggests taking   400-500 mg three times a day.
    • SALTWATER – A saline nasal rinse using a spray or neti pot helps lower symptoms by clearing allergens from nasal membranes. A saltwater gargle 1-2 times a day can also help soothe a scratchy throat.
    • GINKGO – Most known for its energy-boosting abilities, ginkgo is a powerful antihistamine as well. It’s great for things like seasonal allergies, bronchitis, asthma and more.
  1. Eat an anti-inflammatory, alkaline diet – this will help reduce your risk of allergies & other health problems.
  2. Local Raw Honey (Bee Pollen) – The International Archives of Allergy and Immunology published an article in 2011 that tested how pre-seasonal use of birch pollen honey affected people with birch pollen allergies. They discovered that patients taking honey “reported a 60 percent lower total symptom score, twice as many asymptomatic days, and 70 percent fewer days with severe symptoms.” And they used 50 percent fewer antihistamines compared to the control group that took conventional meds.  I recommend taking one tablespoon of RAW local honey daily, such as by stirring some into tea, adding some to oatmeal along with cinnamon, or putting some in your smoothies.

What makes raw honey so powerful at reducing allergies? One reason is that it has bee pollen, which is known to ward off infections, allergies & boost immunity. The bees living in your area go from flower to flower collecting pollen that you are suffering from. It would make sense then that eating local raw honey will help build up your immunity to local pollen. Honey also has many enzymes that support overall immune function.

 

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) – At the first sign of an allergy attack, put one teaspoon of ACV in your neti pot solution for a natural “sinus flush.”
  2. Neti pots – neti pots are a natural remedy for allergies and many respiratory conditions because they help to clear the sinuses and remove congestion. Use of neti pots helps improve quality of life in sufferers of respiratory illnesses and cause little to no side effects.  Clearing the nasal passages of allergens and irritants, this form of “sinus irrigation” originated in the Ayurvedic medical tradition hundreds of years ago. People living in India have received astounding results from using neti pots for centuries, and now you can, too.
  3. Essential Oils – One interesting study evaluated the effect that various essential oils had in killing the highly allergic house mites and found that eucalyptus oil ranked among some of the most potent. Essential oils for allergies work by reducing inflammation and improving detoxification of harmful bacteria, parasites, microorganisms and toxins that can trigger an attack. You can use eucalyptus oil for seasonal allergy relief in many ways: inhale using a diffuser, put into your neti pot, or add to coconut oil & use as a chest rub.

Another powerful essential oil for managing allergies is frankincense oil. The almost unbelievable cancer-killing capacity of Indian frankincense has been well established in the scientific literature for several years, but its life-giving power doesn’t end there.  Frankincense is used just as described above for eucalyptus oil.

  1. Probiotics – 80% of our immune system comes from our gut. One way to keep it healthy is to take a probiotic daily. Probiotics are beneficial “good bacteria” that live inside your GI tract and help defend you against infections, viruses, allergies and more. They are so effective that a study published in the journal Pediatrics discovered that women who regularly take probiotics during pregnancy significantly reduce their child’s risk of developing allergies.

Next time your allergies flare up, try these natural allergy remedies for effective relief without the side effects associated with over-the-counter meds.

Reproduced from https://www.khromaherbs.com/blogs/news/top-natural-antihistamines-to-treat-allergies-at-home &  https://draxe.com/8-natural-allergy-relief-remedies/

Dr. Jessica Eckman
June 6, 2018

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Jessica Eckman, Chiropractic Physicians

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New Study Shows Link Between Over-The-Counter Medications, Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Sleep Picture Your Over-The-Counter Sleep Medications Might Be Putting You at Risk!

Are the medications you are taking to help you sleep causing more harm than good?
I wrote an article a few months ago about how to improve one’s sleep at night.  You can read that article by clicking here.  In that article, I gave you some tips about how to get a better night’s sleep naturally.  In this article I want to bring to your attention the link between many of the commonly used medications for insomnia, allergies, and depression and Alzheimer’s disease.  “There is a strong and possibly irreversible link between Alzheimer’s disease and many commonly used medications for insomnia, allergies, and depression, according to a large recent JAMA Internal Medicine Study.”[1]

What the study shows is that if you’ve spent the past three years  taking  Tylenol PM, Motrin PM, or Benadryl,  then you have a 10% increase in suffering from Alzheimer’s, or dementia as you age. [Click To Tweet]  “This risk association is significant, Malaz Boustani, M.D., M.P.H, told Drug Discovery and Development.”[2] I’m sure everyone has seen the pattern for Alzheimer’s and dementia rising over the past 10 years, whether it’s been a friend or a loved one. When I was a kid you didn’t hear about these types of problems. All you have to do is look at admissions to nursing homes to see that there has been an increase in the number of Alzheimer’s patients and that these patients are younger and younger – some late 40’s, into 50’s and early 60’s.  It might be partly due to genetics, but medication or outside chemicals also play a large role as the recent study demonstrated.

Everyone thinks if they sleep better they will be better. Under normal conditions, this is correct, but if you are taking one of these sleeping pills, you could be making your mind worse.

This is an interesting finding… “The study group showed for the first time a dose response; that is, That Alzheimer’s risk may grow with higher use. For instance, it found people taking a minimum of 25 mg of an anticholinergic called diphenhydramine (or one Advil PM, Tylenol PM, Motrin PM, or Benadryl pill) a day for three to 12 months increased their relative risk for dementia by 19 percent; one to three years, 23 percent; three to seven years, 54 percent compared to no use (if the statistically significant increase occurred among the latter group).”[3] “Furthermore, this was the first study to find that dementias associated with anticholinergics may not be reversible, even years after drug use stops.”[4]

So what is an anticholinergic drug.  “An anticholinergic agent is a substance that blocks the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the central and peripheral nervous system.  Anticholinergics inhibit parasympathetic nerve impulses by selectively blocking the binding of the neurotransmitter acetycholine to its receptor in nerve cells.”[5] What does this mean to you? Your thought processes are not as sharp and can diminish over time.

So what can a person do? First, read my earlier article.  Second, better sleep comes naturally when your body’s chemistry is in balance and working as intended. Adrenal gland function is often overlooked.  Your adrenal glands are responsible for your circadian rhythm, or your “sleep wake cycle”.  [Click to Tweet This is our stress gland and can easily burn out. Why does it burn out?  Stress in everyday lives is at a higher level today than the “good old days.”   When testing the adrenal gland, it is important to do it in the correct way.  In our office, we use a saliva test and collect specimens at very specific times to check the cortisol levels throughout the day (just testing it once during the day is insufficient).  Healthy cortisol levels are high in the morning and low at night when you’re ready to go to bed. Many people have abnormal cortisol cycles that can be balanced naturally.  Click here for a great article on adrenal health and the circadian rhythm.  

You can sleep better, but don’t rely on a drug, even if it is over-the-counter.  There are natural solutions to your sleep problem that will not expose you to substances that can cause more serious problems.

What do you do when you can’t sleep?

Dr. David Starkey D.C.

www.balancingyourchemistry.com
Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. David Starkey and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
To schedule an appointment, click here.

[1] http://www.dddmag.com/print/articles/2015/04/stong-link-found-between-dementia-com
[2] Id.
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[4] Id.
[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anticholinergic

Do You Have Leaky Gut Syndrome?

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9 Signs that You Might Have A Leaky Gut!

Leaky gut has become a popular subject in health today.   What is it and how do you “plug” the leak?
I first heard of the syndrome back in the early 1980’s from my father, who was a phenomenal doctor of Chiropractic that did a lot of research, seminars, and reading.  Unfortunately, like most young college students, I did not pay much attention.  Now, I address leaky gut issues with patients daily.
The mainstream medical definition of “leaky gut” is very vague.   Typically, they conclude that if you do not have Crohn’s disease or IBS, then there is no problem. This view-point holds that if you do not have a food allergy that contributes to one of these medical problems, you do not have a problem at all.  It is true that conditions associated with a food allergy which can cause extreme pain and can cause you to go to the ER room due to your respiratory system shutting down, but it is also true that a food sensitivity can cause bloating, chronic inflammation, diarrhea, joint pain, disturbed sleep patterns and more.
So what is “leaky gut?” In your small intestines, there are tight intercellular junctions that prevent absorption of bacteria, food antigens, and other mid-size and large molecular structures. “During times of chronic inflammation or chronic stress, which increases cortisol production, the intestinal membrane may lose its tight junctions and allow the passage of antigens that are not small in molecular weight.”[1]  “This abnormal absorption will cause an inflammatory response to occur, which in turn will trigger an exaggerated immune response.”[2]  What this means is that if these larger particles can pass through junctions that are not tight, then your immune system releases antibodies that attack these particles and can trigger an autoimmune reaction causing these antibodies to attack specific areas of your body. Examples of this would be antibodies that can attack your thyroid (Hashimoto’s), antibodies that attack your joints (rheumatoid arthritis), antibodies that attach the sheaths that cover your nerves (multiple sclerosis), and so on.
So what are the indicators of a possible leaky gut issue?
  1. Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
  2. Seasonal allergies or asthma. [Click to Tweet]
  3. Hormonal imbalances such as PMS or PCOS.
  4. Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, lupus, psoriasis, or celiac disease.
  5. Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia.
  6. Mood and mind issues such as depression, anxiety, ADD or ADHD.
  7. Skin issues such as acne, rosacea, or eczema.
  8. Diagnosis of candida overgrowth.
  9. Food allergies or food intolerances.”[3]
To heal leak guy, you need to balance the body’s chemistry.  In our clinic, we run a variety of tests to determine what has broken down in a person’s chemistry. We might n blood work to find out which inflammatory markers are high. We might run adrenal gland testing to measure the level of a patient’s cortisol production throughout the day. High cortisol level will weaken the tight junctions that lead to leaky gut. We also run stool and saliva samples that will let us know yeast levels, whether parasites are present, the level of the inflammatory markers in the gut, other infections in the gut, and hormonal levels, all of which could weaken these tight junctions if they are outside of the functional[4] range.  Of course, we also do food sensitivity testing.
So what do we do to fix these problems? We put people on individualize treatment programs depending on each person’s test findings. You can’t treat everyone the same. We will put patients on an individualized diet, implement various therapeutic protocols, and use different minerals, herbs, and vitamins.  The treatment of leaky gut MUST be customized.  No one vitamin or treatment protocol will work for everyone. [Click to Tweet]   The answer is to find a doctor who will spend the time to get to the bottom of your health issue, not just put you on a vitamin, medication, or tell you it’s all in your head.
I hope this helps answer some questions you may have to leaky gut. I wish you the best in your quest for better health and feeling better.
Dr. David Starkey D.C.
August 9, 2015
 www.balancingyourchemistry.com
Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. David Starkey and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
To make an appointment, click here.

[1] Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis. Dr. Kharrazian, D.D., D.H.Sc., M.S., M.Neuro.Sci.,F.A.C.F.N., F.A.B.V.R., F.A.A.C.P., D.A.C.N.B.., D.A.B.C.N., D.I.B.A.K., C.N.S.
[2] Id.
[3] www.mindbodygreen.cm/0-10908
[4] For more information on the difference between standard lab ranges and functional ranges, click here to read the Quick Guide to Functional Medicine.