First thing to do is a detox (herbal). If that does not help or in parallel these suggestions are awesome…
- For prevention: reduce stress, get plenty of rest, good nourishment and exercise.
- Drink two quarts of clean water daily and three quarts during allergy season. Your body releases histamine to stop water loss. If you give your body adequate amounts of water, less histamine will be released.
- Allergy-proof your home, car and workplace. Keep your car windows closed and your air conditioning running. Avoid yard work if you have hay fever or wear a mask or respirator while you are in the yard. Dust-proof your house (bed and couch). Use an allergy vacuum and install an air purifier. Keep your ventilation ducts and air-conditioning filters in your house and car clean and dry. Identify the triggering allergens and eliminate them.
- Decrease protein toward 10 percent of daily caloric intake. Replace animal protein as much as possible with plant protein. Excessive protein can irritate the immune system and keep it in a state of overreactivity.
- The protein in cow’s milk is a frequent offender. Eliminate milk and milk products, substituting other calcium sources.
- Eat organically grown fruits and vegetables as much as possible as well as organic products made from wheat and soy. Citrus fruit contains quercetin and plenty of Vitamin C. Both are good natural remedy for allergy. Fresh squeezed citrus juice is preferable to store orange juice which contains too much sugar and other artificial ingredients not good for allergy sufferer.
- Elimination of white flour, refined sugar and any foods or medications containing chemicals (additives, preservatives and dyes).
- Supplement with adequate antioxidants and vitamins, especially Vitamin C(3000 to 5000mg per day) which is a natural antihistamine. If your allergy symptoms worsen, increase vitamin C to 1000mg every 2-3 hours, back off the dose if you develope diarrhea. Take a potent multiple vitamin like My favorite multiple Vitamin / Mineral (AMNI® Kids Multi-Vitamin/mineralis a specially formulated for children ages 4 and older. Fortified nutrition for children with newly reformulated and improved chewable mltivitamin and essential nutrients vital to kids of all ages. Or take the followings:
- Magnesium: 400 – 800 mg per day. It’s a natural antihistamine.
- N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC): 600 -1200mg/day. NAC is a natural expectorant which help thin mucus and loosen phlegm and bronchial secretions.
- Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5) 1000mg/day.
- Quercetin and bromelain: 250 to 500 mg of each daily. They combat allergies and inflammation.
- Take Resistance Support Formula (contains Siberian ginseng, Echinacea, Elderberry Powder, Goldenseal, Garlic, deglycyrrhizinated Licorice, Astragalus, Korean Ginseng, Bioflavonoids, Beta- Carotene, Lycopene, Reishi Mushroom and Lutein) to strengthen the immune system.
- EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids): Take Omega 3 Fatty Acidfor maximal EFAs’ protection.
Hay Fever (Allergic Rhinitis)
Butterbur Extract (Petadolex)can relieve hayfever symptoms as effectively as antihistamines.
A Swiss and German study of 330 patients reported in the August 22, 2005 online issue of the journal Phytotherapy Research found that butterbur worked as well as the antihistamine fexofenadine (Allegra) for hayfever symptoms such as sneezing, nasal congestion, runny nose and itching. Butterbur was also effective without causing drowsiness, a common side effect of antihistamines. A smaller study reported similar results in 2002. Some were given pills containing butterbur extract, another group received fexofenadine and a third group received a placebo. The leaves and roots of butterbur contain natural chemicals called petasines, which inhibit the body’s production of leukotrienes, components of allergic reactions.
In a 2-week, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 186 people with intermittent allergic rhinitis, use of butterbur at a dose of three standardized tablets (150mg) daily reduced allergy symptoms as compared to placebo.
Another 2-week, double-blind study of 125 individuals with hay fever compared a standardized butterbur extract against the antihistamine drug certizine (Zyrtec). According to ratings by both doctors and patients, the two treatments proved about equally effective.