Although it is now officially Summer, many of us are still suffering from allergies. With the VERY rainy Spring this year, all the plants are growing extremely well and giving off a lot of pollen. It can be incredibly uncomfortable when suffering from allergies symptoms such as stuffy, runny nose, itchy eyes and throat, sneezing, coughing, headache, etc.
There are several easy things you can do to decrease your allergies.
There are also a number of vitamins and supplements that help to decrease the histamine and allergic response. The one I have found to be most effective is Quercetin. Quercetin is a plant bioflavinoid and is a natural antihistamine. It has none of the undesirable side effects that the over-the-counter and prescription allergy medications have.
Quercetin works best if you take it three times a day before meals. It can take a several days to notice the difference. Once your allergies have subsided you can cut back to taking it just one time a day.
In addition to Quercetin, vitamin C, black tea, green tea and local honey all help to decrease the histamine response. It's those overactive histamines that give us allergy symptoms.
When using any of these supplements, remember that the above suggestions of increasing water, decreasing sugar and decreasing stress, all play a big part in your overall symptoms. Quercetin, alone, won't provide a noticeable decrease in symptoms if you are still eating a ton of sugar or drinking very little water!
Good luck and may this Summer be one of health for you and your family.