1) Stay hydrated
Drinking enough water is a foundational aspect of any allergy
elimination program. It is important to drink ½ your weight in water. If
you weigh 120 pounds, drink 60 oz water. To make sure you drink enough
water, measure it out first thing in the morning. Be familiar with how
many ounces your water container holds and set aside your day’s worth of
water before your day begins. If you don’t drink enough water then the
body creates more mucus to counteract the dryness. Getting enough water
is the first step upon which you can build other changes to reduce your
allergic symptoms and susceptibility.
2) Eliminate poor quality fats from your diet
The fat that you eat helps make up every cell wall in your body.
Eating poor quality fat compromises the integrity of the structure of
your cells and they become more susceptible to inflammation and damage.
Inflamed cells are more reactive and can increase allergy symptoms. Read
all of your food labels and watch out for Trans Fats. Don’t eat
hydrogenated oils, partially hydrogenated oils, margarine, shortening,
deep fried food, fast food and cotton seed oil
3) Eat high quality fats
Good fats include olive oil, avocados, coconut oil, ghee and palm
oil. Take an Essential Fatty Acid supplement that is high in Omega 3
oils. In the supplements section of my website I recommend several good
EFA supplements including my favorite one Frutol by Pharmax. High
quality fats build healthy cells that aren’t as susceptible to becoming
4) Eliminate inflammatory promoting foods
Again read your labels and let go of any foods that have ingredients
that increase inflammation in the body. Eliminate nitrates, sulfites,
MSG, dies, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, genetically engineered
foods, preservatives and pesticides. All of these substances can
increase your susceptibility to being more inflamed and allergic. Take a
look at all the foods in your pantry and just throw the things away
that have these ingredients.
5) Take medicinal mushrooms
Build your immune system and reduce inflammation by taking a regular
dose of medicinal mushrooms. On my website I have a link to all of my
favorite medicinal mushrooms. Reishi is one of the best mushrooms that
can be taken in capsule or tincture form long term to reduce systemic
inflammation and allergic reactions.
6) Nourish your beneficial bacteria
The beneficial bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract play an
important role in your inflammatory response. You can reduce the
severity of allergic reactions by increasing the integrity of your
gastrointestinal tract. Take a high quality probiotic (probiotic is the
general name for a beneficial bacteria supplement) especially if you
have a lifestyle that compromises your beneficial bacteria. Beneficial
bacteria are destroyed by anti-biotics, medications, stress, birth
control pills, chlorine and excess coffee and sugar consumption.
Another way to nourish the beneficial bacteria in your
gastrointestinal tract is to eat fermented foods such as raw sauerkraut,
kim chee, whey, whole plain kefir and whole plain yogurt. Don’t be
fooled by the high sugar yogurts like Danon and Yoplait. Healhty yogurt
is plain and has a little bit of a sour taste.
These foods contain the beneficial bacteria that feed your gut. Half
of the immune cells in your body are found in the digestive tract.
Keeping your immune system strong and your allergic reactions to a
minimum require a strong digestive system full of healthy beneficial
7) Love your liver
Your liver helps to mediate the inflammatory response to whatever you
are allergic to. The liver has more than 600 different jobs; including
figuring out what to do with any chemicals and pesticides you put in
your body. If the liver is backed up and bogged down with daily toxic
exposures, it is less able to help you with your allergic reactions.
Don’t underestimate the negative effects of accumulated exposure to
daily chemicals in your household. Everything adds up and gives the
liver extra work to do. Read the labels on all of your body care
products, you will be shocked at how many chemicals you are putting on
your body. Make a commitment to using all natural body care items. I am
talking about detergents, the soap you wash with in the shower, your
shampoo, shaving cream, lotions; make up, hair care products, etc. The
personal care industry is unregulated and many of products contain known
cancer causing ingredients. If you have allergies, don’t stress out the
liver by using body care products with chemicals.
8) Drink nettles
A couple of months before your allergies usually begin, start drinking nettles infusions.
1 quart room temperature water
4 tablespoons dried nettles
Let the nettles and water sit over night in a quart glass mason jar.
In the morning strain the herb out and drink the quart of nettles
infusion over the next two days. Especially in warm weather the infusion
can go bad so it is important to keep it refrigerated. When you are
ready to drink it take it out of the fridge and warm it up. Normally a
nettles infusion is good for two days if not left out in the heat.
You can drink 1 to 3 cups of nettles infusion a day for several
months. Over the years I have watched many of my clients eliminate their
spring allergies following the above protocols along with drinking
nettles for about two months prior to allergy season and then continuing
to drink it throughout the time they would normally have allergies.
9) Use herbal remedies
Two of my favorite herbal remedies for allergies are:
In a clean glass jar put 6 tablespoons uncooked honey and 6
tablespoons powdered turmeric. Stir until the turmeric is well mixed
into the honey. When you feel your allergy symptoms coming on, you can
eat one teaspoon of this honey 4 or 5 times a day. It will help to
reduce your inflammatory reaction.
3 cups water
3 tablespoons dried elder flowers
Let steep for two hours. Strain out the flowers, re-heat and drink 3
cups a day. Drink this throughout allergy season and it will help to
reduce your symptoms
10) Use saline nasal rinse
If you already have allergy symptoms do saline nasal rinses to
tighten and tone your mucus membrane and help to reduce the inflammation
Saline nasal rinse
1 cup warm water
¼ teaspoon salt
Mix the salt and warm water together and then put it into a Neti pot
or nasal rinse plastic container that you can purchase at any drug
store. Let the warm water go all the way back into one side of your nose
through your nostril and let it drain out of the other side. Do this on
both sides. If you have never done this or cannot visualize what I am
talking about, read the directions on the box and ask around to see if
you know someone that can show you how to do it. This simple technique
is a life saver if you have acute allergy symptoms; you can do this one
to three times a day. I often put 30 drops of golden seal tincture in
the warm water and salt mixture to help get rid of acute allergy