Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? These occur when the immune system misinterprets a typically nontoxic substance such as pollen, grass, or mold as a harmful invader. The immune system then responds to this perceived threat by releasing histamines. Histamines produce a whole host of reactions including sneezing, nasal and respiratory congestion, itchy eyes, and increased mucous production.
Here are 6 surefire steps to bring you allergy relief:
1. Reduce stress in your life.
Stress and anxiety can make allergies last longer and become stronger. Stress depresses our immune system by stimulating the continuous release of proinflammatory cytokines. Take action and decrease stress in your life by consistently getting 8 hours of sleep and practicing a mind-body relaxation technique like meditation or yoga, and eliminating inflammatory foods like dairy, fried processed, and refined foods.
2. Make your own sinus rinse. (It's easy.)
Nasal saline sinus rinses are a powerful way to decrease inflammation and the risk of infection in the nasal passages and sinuses. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology recommends the following recipe: