Spring has sprung and while that's great news for many of us, those of us suffering from seasonal allergies may not agree. This time of year is one of the worst for itchy eyes, congestion, scratchy throats and more. Because we feel for all the allergy sufferers out there, we decided to use this opportunity to share our 5 favorite tips and tricks for stopping allergies at their source. Do you have a remedy that's worked that we've failed to mention? Please leave a comment and tell us about it!
1. HEPA Air Filters: Environmental allergies (including seasonal allergies) worsen where there is more particulate matter in the air—things like pollen, grasses, dust, and dander. HEPA stands for "High Efficiency Particulate Air" and the filters force air through a fine mesh that traps anything that may be floating around in the air. We recommend purchasing one of these powerful beasts (don't worry, they're quiet) and placing it in the room where you spend the most time (for most people this is the bedroom). By removing the actual trigger of your allergies, symptoms should decrease, in turn.
2. Nebulized Glutathione: Nebulizers are handy machines that turn a liquid substance into a fine mist for inhalation. We LOVE nebulizing glutathione and with good reason. Glutathione is our body's most powerful antioxidant and an excellent antiinflammatory. As allergies are caused by inflammation and inflammation produces free radicals, gluathione is very effective at treating the cause of allergies on a molecular level. Nebulized glutathione works to stop the allergic process directly in the sinuses and is also systemically absorbed to help reduce inflammation overall.
3. NAC: NAC (short for n-acetyl cysteine) is a precursor of glutathione and is also excellent at thinning mucus making it an effective natural decongestant. Try 600mg twice daily with a good amount of water. It's available in our online store.
4. Neti Pots: Using good old salt and water to irrigate your sinuses can go a long way to reducing allergy symptoms. Simply by removing irritating substances from the nasal passages themselves, symptoms can greatly improve.
5. Quercetin: Quercetin is a plant-based flavanoid naturally occurring in apples and onions and is excellent for stopping the release of histamine (a powerful inflammatory agent) from mast cells, reducing the allergic response. We recommend 500mg twice daily.
Leaky gut is being talked about everywhere you turn—and rightfully so. Playing a role in autoimmune disease, inflammation, joint pain, food intolerances, sinus congestion, gastrointestinal symptoms, fatigue, brain fog, eczema and other rashes, and more, leaky gut is nothing to scoff at. Confused about what the term "leaky gut" even means? You're not alone. Our intestines are made up of cells with junctions between them—tight junctions—which play an important role, letting vital nutrients pass through and get into our blood stream where they can travel to cells that need them, but at the same time preventing unwanted particles, bacterias and viruses from escaping the inside of the intestinal tract. In leaky gut, these junctions become loose or leaky, and, as a result, all kinds of particles that should not make it into our bloodstream do, causing disruptive inflammation and a host of other symptoms that stem from it.
WHAT CAUSES LEAKY GUT?
While there are a variety of factors that may contribute to leaky gut, there are a few factors that have a significant effect. Certain foods, stress, environmental toxins and dysbiosis all set the stage for leaky gut to appear.
TESTING FOR LEAKY GUT
If you're concerned you may have leaky gut, there are several ways to test for it, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Urine and blood tests are more common. Consult a health care practitioner well versed in leaky gut to discover which form of testing may be right for you.
TREATING LEAKY GUT
Treating leaky gut requires a multi-pronged approach and can take time and patient to fully resolve. That being said, below are a few of our favorite treatments to restore the intestinal lining:
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