Here we are in the middle of spring, which for many of us means a rebirth of sorts as warmer temps and budding flowers lift our spirits and brings us out of semi-hibernation. For many of us, though, it's a mixed blessing, Springtime also means the arrival of spring allergies, also known as hay fever. That renders millions of us rubbing itchy, watery eyes, sneezing frequently, and dealing with a runny nose. Headaches and listlessness can also make this time of year difficult.
Prescription drugs and over-the-counter products are available to help us survive this challenging time of year. But for the sake of your overall health and a presumed desire to avoid remedies that make you drowsy, let's take it a step further and look at some natural remedies that have demonstrated effectiveness in tamping down increased histamine levels that make us susceptible to allergic reactions like those described above.
Following are a dozen natural remedies that can help you in your own personal war against an overactive immune system cranking out excessive levels of histamine that leave us in a state of misery - even if just for several weeks before things clear up. This list is arranged alphabetically, so no rankings here:
Acidophilus/probiotics: Acidophilus is a "stabilize mast cells in the intestines and nasal passages", which is a reaction allergy sufferers are looking for (even if they aren't aware of the physiology involved).
B. longum: People having low or nonexistent tolerance for histamine often have a deficiency of a "healthy" bacteria belonging to the Theanine: This is an amino acid that has been shown effective in stabilizing mast cells and thwarting the unwanted release of Oxidative stress plays a major role in allergy-related conditions. Vitamin C acts as a natural immune booster and antihistamine. It also works as a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, both of which make C a natural for clearing up - or at least reducing - your symptoms.
Be sure to discuss your use of these and other products designed to reduce allergy symptoms with your personal physician to make sure you are fighting this battle properly.