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Natural ways to combat allergies

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Natural ways to combat allergies

It’s that time of year again. No, not the festive season, but rather the dreaded allergy season. Many people suffer from allergic symptoms when the warmer weather hits us and flowers are in bloom.

You might very well find yourself sniffing the day away with a runny nose and continually coughing due to a scratchy throat. But, do not despair! There are natural ways to combat allergies, including the new and popular CBD (Cannabidiol) oil available from cannabis oil suppliers in South Africa.

If you want to be rid of the annoying allergy symptoms you are experiencing, below are some natural remedies you can follow to combat them.

 

Eat an anti-inflammatory diet before the season starts

The first step to take when combating any allergies is to eat an anti-inflammatory diet. This will help to boost your immune system. By eating a nutrient-dense diet, your immune system will be stronger and will be able to repair itself should you become ill during the allergy season.

Some of the best foods you can eat for an anti-inflammatory diet include:

  • Garlic: This is a natural antibiotic which can help with warding off infections, allergies and viruses. You can take garlic supplements or include it in your meals in larger amounts than you usually would in order to get a bigger benefit.
  • Lemons: Lemons are excellent at boosting immune functions because they contain large amounts of Vitamin C as well as other antioxidants. Drink lemon water throughout the day can help to improve your immune system and help to ease some allergic reactions.
  • Green, leafy vegetables:  Spinach, kale, Swiss chard, rocket, and watercress are all perfect additions to an anti-inflammatory diet. They provide essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes that aid detoxification and help to maintain your anti-inflammatory diet.

 

Cannabis or CBD oil

Cannabis oil suppliers in South Africa provide a highly useful, natural product that can help you to combat allergies. Cannabis or CBD oil helps to regulate the behaviour and production of white blood cells, which react when the body is exposed to allergens.

Another way that CBD oil can help to fight allergies is the fact that it helps to prevent the closing of airways. This results in coughing and difficulty breathing, common symptoms of allergies that can be very damaging. Cannabinoids which are found in CBD oil are highly effective at treating pain and inflammation, which are common side-effects of allergies and hayfever. You can ingest this oil when you feel an allergic reaction beginning, but be sure to use other remedies too in order to keep symptoms at bay successfully.

 

Eat local raw honey

A highly effective way to rid yourself of allergy symptoms and hay fever is to eat some local (to your area) raw honey. Having a teaspoon of local, raw honey every morning will help your body to adapt to and build a tolerance for the pollens in your area, which is highly effective for those who are living in a new town.

Raw honey is powerful at reducing allergies because it contains bee pollen which is known to ward off infections and allergies as well as boost immune systems. There are also enzymes that support immunity strength, so you will stay healthy year round if you eat a teaspoon of honey every day. Be sure that you choose honey that is local to your own area in order to get the best benefit from it.

 

Use apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is one of the best natural remedies for allergies. Plus, it is usually easy to find in grocery stores and can be used for so many other applications. The reason it is so useful for fighting allergies is because it can help reduce mucus production and cleanse your lymphatic system.

The quickest way is to swallow a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, but if you prefer a more palatable approach, you can have it in a glass of warm water with some raw honey from your local honey store. Another way to help with allergies is to put a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar into your neti pot solution for an effective sinus clearing. You can ask cannabis oil suppliers in South Africa for a concentrate solution of CBD oil to add to this mixture for an added boost.

 

Stay hydrated

A highly effective way to combat allergies is to stay hydrated throughout the month. If you feel your nose becoming stuffy or that you have a post-nasal drip thanks to allergies, you should try to drink more fluids such as water or herbal teas.

Drinking more fluids thins the mucus in your nasal passages and can offer you some relief. Hot fluids such as teas, soups and broths offer the added benefit of steam which you can use to clear your sinuses and soothe your stuffy nose. Try not to have too many sugary drinks as the sugar can exacerbate your symptoms and make you feel worse.  

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