Allergy & Air on September 8, 2014 1 Comment If you suffer from allergies, you can probably name a dozen over-the-counter and prescription medications that you’ve tried in an effort to tame your symptoms. You keep your favorites stocked in your medicine cabinet, have a supply of tissues in your purse and place a mini arsenal of remedies in your office. Are we right? While you may have an allergy-fighting routine, there are other ways to prevent a stuffy nose and itchy eyes. We’ve compiled a list of natural allergy solutions to help you with your quest for allergy relief. 1. Change Your Diet While antihistamines can temporarily knock out your symptoms, did you know that changing your diet can have the same effect? According to The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, there are foods that may actually aggravate your allergy symptoms. For example, red meat contains a certain acid that may even make your allergy symptoms worse than they already are. So, if red meat is off the menu, what can you eat? Good question. Here’s a list of foods that can help you fight allergies: Whole grains Leafy green vegetables Oily fish like cod, herring or salmon Egg yolks Pineapple 2. Try a Supplement There are few supplements on the market that can help alleviate your symptoms. Here are some options. ButterburAccording to WebMD, Butterbur is “the Singulair of the herbal world.” This supplement is believed to block chemicals that can trigger swelling in the nasal passages. Plus, it doesn’t cause drowsiness. Quercetin This supplement can also improve nasal inflammation, working similarly to nasal sprays. It’s most effective when taken as a preventative measure. Bromelain If you’re plagued with mucus buildup during allergy season, bromelain could help with your symptoms. It’s said to thin mucus, making it easier to breathe. Stinging Nettle This botanical is a fairly common allergy supplement, with several ingredients that can alleviate symptoms once they appear. Of course, like any type of medicine you put in your body, please make sure you do the proper research and check with your doctor before you add any new supplements to your diet. 3. Environmental Controls Just because you have allergies doesn’t mean you have to shut your windows and live in a bubble. However, there are things you can do inside your home to minimize allergens. Wash Your Bedding in Hot WaterYour sheets and comforter can collect allergens, most notably are dust mites. It would be wise to wash every piece in hot water at least once a month. Preferably, once a week for better control of your symptoms. De-clutter Your Rooms Allergens and dust go hand in hand, so try to cut down on knick-knacks, stacks of books and anything else that can collect dust. It would also be wise to dust often to eliminate any build-up that has accumulated. Vacuum often To suck up as many bothersome allergens, you’ll want to vacuum frequently. To make sure the vacuum isn’t sending more particles into air, invest in a high-quality cleaner with a HEPA filter. 4. Purify Your Air You can’t see allergens in the air, but with an air purifier you don’t have to. A purifier is designed to attract and trap allergens that are floating around your home. There are many types of air purifiers, but we would strongly recommend acquiring one with a HEPA filter. This top-of-the-line filter has the ability to trap even the smallest particles. You can get purifiers of any shape and size, but a small 3-foot tall purifier can clean the air in a 500-square-foot room. Some purifiers, like the Vornado Whole Room True HEPA Air Purifier, contain sensors to detect how allergen-heavy the air is, and adjusts its settings as needed. 5. Give Home Remedies a Try For years, moms and grandmothers have mixed their brews of allergy-stopping products. Here are a few common, natural remedies that can provide relief. Neti Pots: These products are used to flush out your sinuses. You fill what looks like a mini teapot with warm, salted water and pour it through your nasal passages to provide relief. Eucalyptus Oil: Add a few drops to a boiling pot of water or to the floor of the shower before you get in. Breathing in the aroma can help clear your sinuses. Brew Some Tea: Try a cup of green or peppermint tea to improve airflow in your nasal passages. Make Your Own Vapor Rub: A homemade version of the popular vapor rub can keep your sinuses clear, especially while sleeping. Give this recipe a try. These natural solutions can be added to your allergy attack plan to help keep you healthy. Of course, if you’re taking prescription allergy medications, it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor first.