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How to Address Allergies and Asthma Symptoms as “Worst Allergy Season Ever” Begins

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  • Spring allergies affect an estimated 25 million Americans. Airborne pollen is the most common cause of seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis
  • An estimated 80 percent of your immune system is located in your gut, so supporting your digestive health is essential to also supporting your immune system, which is your primary defense system against ALL disease, including allergies and asthma
  • Processed food, GE ingredients and synthetic additives all decimate the beneficial bacteria in your gut, thereby having a negative effect on your immune system. Ideally, you’ll want to avoid processed foods, focusing on organic, locally-grown foods instead, and include fermented foods in your diet to optimize your gut flora
  • For short-term relief of allergy symptoms, acupuncture has been found to be effective. Irrigating your sinuses with a neti pot is also recommended
  • A number of foods and herbs can help alleviate allergy symptoms, including hot pepper, quercetin, butterbur, goldenseal and eucalyptus oil
  • For more long-term relief, consider provocation neutralization treatment, or sublingual allergy drops, which work just as well as inhalers. Sublingual immunotherapy has not been approved by the FDA but is widely used in Europe, and some American doctors prescribe it off label

By Dr. Mercola

Spring allergies affect an estimated 25 million Americans, and according to the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, we're looking at one of the worst allergy seasons in a long time, thanks to a number of climactic factors.


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