Green Smoothies for Spring Allergies
Last August my hometown was surrounded by lots of forest fires. For several weeks the citizens of Ashland Oregon lived amongst densely smokey air. I could even see a light haze of smoke in my living room! At that time I didn’t have a car and was walking everywhere. After about a month, I noticed that I developed an allergy in a form of hives that started appearing on my skin in the middle of night. I spent some time reading what I could find and soon I discovered that this allergy was appearing in response to the smokey air. There were a lot of pills available on the market that promised to help me, but I didn’t want to just treat my symptoms, I wanted to understand the underlying cause of my allergy, and I wanted to find a natural remedy. After doing some through research, I was able to quickly get rid of my hives by drinking green tea several times a day. Since then I have shared this information with many friends and it has helped them despite of their differences in symptoms and causes of allergies. Recently, I received many questions about natural remedies for spring allergies. I decided to share what I know in hopes that it will help some people to feel better. Of course, you should always consider seeing your doctor, but if you are interested in the natural approach to this problem, here is what I found.
The main causes of allergy include:
• unhealthy diet;
• weak immune system;
• high level of stress.
Residents of large cities are primarily at risk due to unfavorable environmental conditions, high dust levels and toxic emissions from industrial enterprises.
What are the symptoms of spring allergies?
The symptoms of hay fever (spring allergy) can manifest themselves as runny nose, and skin lesions, and even asthma attacks. But usually it is accompanied by an allergic cold in combination with conjunctivitis (pinkeye).
Sometimes people suffering from allergies are not even aware of it, because they think they suffer with common cold. But, despite the similarity of symptoms, if you listen to your body, you can see the difference. With allergy there is no fever, but sneezing is repeated and frequent; there is nasal discharge, which is transparent as water, as well as itching in the ears, nose, and throat. Common cold symptoms usually do not stay longer than a week, while allergic reactions can stay for a lot longer. In case of pollen allergy, Itchiness and runny nose become stronger in windy and dry weather, but they weaken or stop in the rain. Often, in the evening people feel better than in the morning, and at home they feel better than on the street.
How to protect yourself from spring allergies.
To protect your eyes from pollen you may want to wear sunglasses. Note that the peak of pollination happens during the period from 5AM to 10AM; so if possible stay at home at this time. Try avoiding being outside in the sunny, dry, and windy weather; instead take a walk in the rain, when pollen is washed to the ground. If you must work in the yard in the dangerous hours, wear a mask, which will create a reliable barrier for the pollen to mucous membranes. Each time you return home from the outdoors, take plain water showers and change all clothes; this way you can easily get rid of pollen. If you have pets, you need to bathe them more often, as your pets go outdoors and carry lots of pollen on their fur.
A good helper for allergies is green tea. Green tea works like an antihistamine. Ginger tea is also helpful because of its spiciness, which increases metabolism and helps remove toxins from the body. To prepare ginger tea, you need to take a 2-3 inch piece of ginger, grate it and put in a bowl. Then pour 1 quart of boiling water, cover it with towel and let it sit 5-7 minutes. Strain and drink your ginger tea throughout the day.
Lastly, to easy your allergies this season, double your regular consumption of green smoothie. Stinging nettles are known to help with allergies,Add ginger or other spices to your smoothies whenever possible. Here are two sample recipes that may reduce the pollen allergy.
Sweet Allergy Aid
2 cups stinging nettles
1 cup spinach
1 piece ginger (1-2 inches)
3 cups water
Spicy Allergy Aid (Soup)
2 cups stinging nettles
1 cup kale, stems removed
2 bell peppers
1 avocado, pit and skin removed
Juice of 1 lemon
3 cloves garlic
3 cups water
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