5 Allergy Tips

Global warming empowers allergens

5 Allergy Tips. Healthy Living Magazine

5 Allergy Tips. Healthy Living Magazine

I work in respiratory medicine and I can see with my own patients that global warming has additional consequences besides melting the ice caps. With the rise in temperatures, plants’ pollination cycles are longer, increasing the amount of pollen in the air. In turn this increases the severity of allergy seasons.

Pollen Spread

Additionally, where areas were once too cold for some plants to survive, the ecosystem for these plants has expanded with the warming climate. Now a greater portion of the population is exposed to airborne contaminants.

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5 Healthy Breathing Tips

With the future not looking so bright for allergy sufferers, there are ways to reduce symptoms and control allergies—and you don’t have to resort to medications.

Here are 5 tips for drug-free allergy relief:

1. Butterbur Extract Clinical studies show that butterbur works effectively against allergic rhinitis. In two separate studies the herb worked as well as or better than medical drugs Flonase and Allegra.

2. Grindelia Various species of grindelia contain the flavonoids quercetin and luteolin, which are integral components of human health. They are used as expectorants to clear out mucus and as mild antispasmodics to inhibit histamine release. Grindelia also reduces inflammation in the nose, sinuses and throat.

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3. Propolis Lozenges or throat sprays made with propolis are loaded with protective chemicals used by bees to keep their hives sterile. It’s a sticky resin exuded by trees to protect their buds against bacteria and fungus; bees gather it and use it in the hive as an anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral. My clients who cough because of a mold allergy report that propolis can even be used in a special vaporizer to clear a living space of mold, germs and pollution just as it does in the hive.

4. HEPA Filter Another way to keep your house free of allergens is by using a HEPA filter in your home. Studies show that using these filters leads to reduced airway hyper-responsiveness.

DID YOU KNOW?
Allergies are the fifth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States with an annual cost exceeding $18 billion. Professionals estimate that allergies affect 30% of adults and 40% of children.

5. Sinus Irrigation Sinus irrigation effectively rinses the sinuses of allergens, inhibiting their effect on the body and decreasing symptoms.

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Additional studies show saline with xylitol has an even greater effect to wash the nose. Irrigating the sinuses with a xylitol solution enhances the body’s defenses by pulling extra moisture out of swollen tissues and thinning the mucus. Thickened or encrusted mucus impedes the removal of contaminants whereas thinned mucus can easily move and dispose of allergens.

Dr Ferrer is coauthor with Burke Lennihan, RN of Cough Cures: The Guide to the Best Natural Remedies and Overthe-Counter Drugs for Acute and Chronic Coughs.
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