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FROM THE EXPERTS: ALLEVIATING ALLERGIES

Lori Wasserman - Author  | 
March 18, 2014
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Q: Is there a natural way to treat allergies? Over-the-counter meds make me a zombie!

At some point or another most people suffer through allergies. The foggy, stuffy, sneezy, itchiness that makes life less than enjoyable. Over the counter medications can make you loopy or just plain wired.

Treating allergies naturally is a multi-faceted approach.

THE NATURAL APPROACH TO ALLERGIES

Dr. Richard Firshein, author of “The Vitamin Prescription (for life)”, recommends investing in a HEPA air filter for your home. This will clear out and control the amount of allergens in the air you are breathing. He also suggests buying hypoallergenic covers for your pillows, mattress, and comforter. This will lessen your exposure to dust mites and other allergens lurking in your bedding and assaulting you while you sleep.

The second half of the equation is the bioflavonoid Quercetin. Bioflavonoids are a class of nutrients with profound antioxidant effects inside the body. Quercetin halts allergies in their tracks in two ways:

1) It is a powerful anti-inflammatory that keeps the lungs, nasal passages and eyes from swelling as they normally would in reaction to allergens.

2) Quercetin is a potent antihistamine that prevents the release of itchy chemicals (histamines), that our body produces in response to coming in contact with allergens like pollen etc and all without making you drowsy or wired as most OTC medications can do.

Dosage: Quercetin 300mg twice a day during allergy season

As with anything, it’s always a good idea to find out what you are allergic to by seeing your doctor and getting tested.

 

Dr Richard Firshein practices Integrative Medicine in New York City. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine and a UCLA trained and certified Acupuncturist. He is the author of “The Vitamin Prescription (for life)”, “Reversing Asthma” and “Your Asthma Free Child”. Dr Firshein has served as a professor of Family Medicine at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine as well as a contributing editor to Psychology Today and a contributing writer for Tonic.com. Dr Firshein created the heath and wellness websites www.healeos.com andwww.drfirshein.com

 

 

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