Nah nah nah nah, hay hay fever, goodbye.
Better nutrition can help you get seasonal allergy relief! Choosing better foods, beverages and using some better supplements for better total nutrition will help you get relief from the scratchy throat, stuffed nose, and ouchy sinus pressure that often comes in the Spring and Fall. These may work in place of over the counter medications and can also be a partner to allergy shots or prescribed medications (make sure to loop your practitioner in on what you are taking or doing – they might even enjoy learning about these better nutrition tips and tools too!).
1) Eat more of these basic foods.
Alkaline forming foods activate a form of your best defense against bad bacteria. Lemons, Limes that you add to dressings, teas, and smoothies more often. Note: If you drink lemon or lime water then use a stainless steel straw. Plants are more alkaline typically than animal products so swop nuts, seeds, grains, beans more often – get The Better Plant-Based Nutrition Guide for more tips.
2) Get in more good bacteria from foods, first.
Organic cultured veggies before meals or as the base of a power plant pit stop are a great idea for better relief as is non-dairy probiotic yogurts and other fermented foods. Then add in a daily supplement of a quality strain to help support digestive and immune health (see #4 if you need help choosing). Learn more with The Better Probiotic Nutrition Guide.
3) Get in a better rainbow.
All the colors help support your body to take on the environmental junk this year throws at it. Do the better rainbow evaluation to see what you might be missing as the season changes, and then get ideas for how to help get allergy relief from a rainbow of sips and eats: Better Rainbow Menu
4) Supplement better to get relief and help prevent irritation.
That’s right, don’t wait until you think you have a sinus infection or just feel cruddy for days. Grab these and our other favorites in The Better Nutrition Supplement Store.
- Homeopathic Sinus and Allergy remedies
- Better Quality Nasal Spray
- A Better Allergy Relief Plant Supplement
Not sure what will work better for you or want specific recommendations for when and how much to use?
5) Reduce/ remove dairy and limit added sugar.
Especially first thing in the morning or at night before bed. Dairy can be mucous forming and trap in bad bacteria, whereas added sugar works against your alkaline forming efforts (in #1). Need help? Use The Better Nutrition No-Added Sugar Menu.
6) Move or have someone do it for you.
A) Turn your world upside down as suitable for your fitness needs. You can lay on the floor with your feet up or practice supported hand/head/ shoulder stands to help keep things clear;
B) Twist too. Deep chair twists that move your belly and also gentle neck, ankle, and wrist rotations;
C) Don’t stop working out, but do head indoors if you need to HIIT it where your allergies won’t;
D) Get a massage;
E) Sit in an infrared sauna, soak in a magnesium bath when possible.