Do you suffer from allergies and maybe even from asthma attacks? Then you know the pain of not being able to breathe clearly. You know the pain of not being able to have any pets around you without your eyes burning up. And you know that you will try anything to help ease your symptoms. Well, keep on reading. With these 7 natural ways to reduce your allergic reactions, you’ll be sneeze-free in no-time. Note that this article is for informational purposes only.
Common allergy symptoms
An allergy is a condition of the body caused by a reaction of your immune system. In other words, your immune system reacts to external stimulating substances (allergens), which makes it produce antibodies as a reaction.
In non-allergic situations, the body reacts ‘normally’ to these external substances. There is no allergic reaction to the first contact with certain external stimuli.
In case of an allergic reaction, the body reacts abnormally to these external substances. So, the allergens are not harmful on their own. It’s just that some bodies can handle them, and some can’t.
Most people with an allergy get it at a young age. Once you’ve got it, it doesn’t easily go away on its own. Sometimes an allergy gets worse over time and people with allergic asthma may experience severe attacks if they don’t take any measures.
Common allergy symptoms are:
- Sneezing, runny nose
- Itchy, burning, red, and watering eyes
- Shortness of breath, wheezing
- A dry cough
- Dry skin or rashes, e.g. eczema, hives, and contact dermatitis
- Tiredness, irritability
- Nausea and vomiting (food allergies)
Recognize any of these symptoms? We highly recommend consulting your doctor first, so you know what exactly you are allergic to. Then, take the following measures to get your health back.
1. The power of a negative ion generator
Does a negative ion generator alone help defeat your allergies? Extensive research has shown that it does alleviate allergy symptoms and improve health.
A high-quality air ionizer does an amazing job at purifying the air inside your house. It releases millions of negative ions into the air, which cling onto allergens such as pet dander, pollen, mold spores, and dust. Thus, the allergens and other particles are taken out of the air and end up on the floor or on the furniture, rather than in your lungs.
But, and this is an important but, if you don’t clean them up you or someone else might accidentally kick the allergens back into the air again. Which then make them ready for you to inhale.
Choose a high-quality, ozone-free air ionizer
There are many different ionizers out there. You need to choose a proper one that doesn’t produce ozone. Although ozone generator manufacturers claim that they purify the air, ozone is actually harmful to your lungs at high concentrations.
According to the EPA, “when inhaled, ozone can damage the lungs. Relatively low amounts can cause chest pain, coughing, shortness of breath and throat irritation. Ozone may also worsen chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma and compromise the ability of the body to fight respiratory infections.”
Although an ozone-free ionizer is a great product to help defeat allergies, you need to make some other changes in your life as well. You cannot solely depend on an air ionizer to help you improve your health. Fortunately, there are tons of extra measures you can take to get rid of your allergic and asthmatic reactions.
2. Minimize exposure to allergens
First, you need to make sure that you know what causes your symptoms. It makes more sense to use a negative ion generator if you know what you’re allergic to. Are you allergic to any environmental allergens? Such as pet dander, pollen, tobacco, dust mites or mold spores? Then you also need to minimize exposure and make sure you don’t inhale them in the first place.
Stay cool around pets
Although it might be hard, it is better to not have any pets. Especially if you know that you’re allergic to them. If you can’t live without your furry friends, then keep your pets outside. Keep them off furniture and definitely make sure they don’t go into your bedroom.
Choose a smooth floor
Allergens love to settle down in carpets, so choose a smooth flooring instead. A smooth floor is easier to clean and doesn’t attract allergens as much. This goes for furniture, too. Although soft, velvety, woolen pillows and furniture are comfortable for your behind, they are less so for your health. Avoid any flooring or furniture that catches dust.
No smoking inside (or outside)
Some people are allergic to tobacco smoke and experience some or all of the common allergy symptoms described above. Don’t let anybody smoke inside your house. Go to smoke-free restaurants and avoid any other fumes that exacerbate your symptoms. These include any other type of smoke (fireplace, grill, etc.) and aerosol sprays (deodorants, hair sprays, spray-on cleaning products).
Use hot water to kill dust mites
Wash your sheets and bedcovers in the hottest water possible, or at least at 130 F (54.4 C). You can also put your blankets in the dryer for 15 minutes at the same temperature or higher.
Regularly clean your air filters
Do you use a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter alongside a high-quality air ionizer? Then make sure that you clean the filter regularly, or at least every new season. Also, get someone to clean out your air ducts on a yearly basis.
Put a mask on
It’s not necessary to wear a mask all the time but it does keep allergens away from your airways. Use it when you clean the house, when you vacuum or when you work in your garden. In pollen season, it might be a good thing to wear your mask outside as well. You can get an N95 respirator mask at most drugstores.
3. Boost your immune system by eating healthy
As you know now, an allergy is caused by a reaction of your immune system. The stronger your immune system is, the better your chances are at reducing your allergy symptoms. Make sure you eat plenty of fresh vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Maybe take some supplements that contain vitamins A, B, C, D, and E, zinc, Echinacea, ginger, and iron.
Here is a list you can take to your grocery store next time.
- Citrus fruits (grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime): high in vitamin C
- Red bell peppers: even higher in vitamin c
- Broccoli: vitamin A, C, E, antioxidants, and fiber
- Garlic: famous for fighting infections
- Ginger: helps reduce inflammatory illnesses
- Spinach: vitamin C, antioxidants, and beta carotene – increases infection-fighting ability your immune system
- Probiotics (yogurt, kefir, any fermented foods): keeps your gut healthy, which is crucial to your health
- Nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts): packed with vitamin E and healthy fats
Variation is key to good health. Your body needs all sorts of vitamins and minerals to work properly. Different vitamins rely on other vitamins to get absorbed effectively, so make sure you eat a little of everything. You need all of these foods to notice a significant effect.
4. Drink more water
Drink more water, herbal teas, soup, or anything that helps you hydrate. You should drink at least 2 liters of water a day, more if you are in a hotter climate. Hydration thins out the mucus in your nose and allergens cause your body to dehydrate faster. Avoiding dehydration helps your body to recover faster.
5. Avoid chemical cleaning products
The best way to avoid allergens from entering your house is to keep your house clean. Unfortunately, normal chemical cleaning products are not only bad for your health, they are also bad for the environment. In contrast, natural cleaners don’t irritate your nose, they’re cheaper, and they are better for our planet. Use white vinegar or baking soda to clean your house with.
6. Steam it up
Do you have a stuffy nose? Heat up some water, hold your head over it and cover your head with a towel. Inhale the steam. If you like, add some drops of Eucalyptus essential oil to the water. Eucalyptus oil is highly effective in clearing up a blocked nose as it promotes mucus discharge.
7. Get a nasal rinse
Nasal irrigation is a proven, highly effective treatment for rhinitis (irritation and inflammation of the mucous membrane inside the nose). It cleans the mucus from your nose and kills bacteria. Another name for a nasal rinse is a Neti Pot.
You can easily make this at home by mixing 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 3 teaspoons of iodide-free salt. Then, get 250 ml of clean, distilled water and mix it with 1 teaspoon of the baking soda/salt mixture. Gently flush your nostrils with the solution, using a syringe or squeeze bottle.
Allergens can have a negative impact on your physical and mental health. Using a high-quality negative ion generator and taking other natural measures to defeat your allergies, helps you to significantly improve your quality of life.