Allergic rhinitis is a type of allergic reaction in the nasal airways. It is triggered when an allergen—like dust, pollen, or animal dander—makes its way into the nasal airways, causing the immune system to overreact and triggering the release of antibody immunoglobulin E. Immunoglobulin E then binds with mast cells containing histamine.
Histamine is an inflammatory mediator that causes all symptoms indicative of an allergic attack: water eyes, wheezing, sneezing, itchy nose and eyes, and inflammation in the nasal airways.
During the spring and summer seasons—when flowers are just blooming and the air gets more humid—there is an increased number of allergy attacks. On the other hand, cold and flu is very common during the colder seasons, like fall and winter.
The good news is there are great alternatives to cold and anti-histamine drugs to make seasonal sniffles much more manageable. Below are great all-natural remedies for allergic rhinitis and common colds:
Honey is an excellent way to build up resistance against allergies triggered by pollen. Honey contains trace amounts of pollen; so by eating honey daily, you start strengthening your immune system and letting it get used to the substance so it doesn’t overreact next time. You can either eat a spoonful of honey or two or spread it on your toast and sweeten your tea. Always buy honey from a local source to make sure you are getting high-quality, raw honey and not those overly-processed ones.
Certain types of algae can help boost your immune system and fight against hay fever. Of all the types of algae that have positive effects on hay fever symptoms, Spirulina is the most effective.
Spirulina is a greenish-blue alga that contains potent anti-inflammatory properties. When eaten regularly, it helps calm an overly responsive immune system. Clinical research reveals that participants who ate Spirulina to minimize symptoms of hay fever saw a 32% reduction of the severity of allergic rhinitis symptoms. Spirulina is commonly found in tablet form in health food stores.
Fruits that are high in vitamin C cut the risk of developing cold during the colder season. Vitamin C boosts the immune system, protects the body from oxidative stress, and even strengthens teeth and bones. It’s also an important vitamin for better oral health. Citrus fruits like orange, limes, and grapefruits are high in vitamin C. Some other types of fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, peas, guava, and papaya are also high in this vitamin so find ways to increase your fruits and vegetable consumption—especially during fall and winter seasons—to combat common colds!
Just like fruits and vegetables, certain types of dairy products help boost the immune system. Yogurt is not only high in beneficial bacteria that keep the digestive tract healthy, it may also help minimize colds and common flu. Multiple researches conclude that yogurt contains bacteria that specifically targets viruses and bacteria that cause colds. People who eat regular servings of yogurt each day have lower chances of developing common colds and flu, according to clinical studies.