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Tuesday, May 8, 2012


Spring is here...with all of the beauty that it brings:  flowers, buds, and greenery coming back to life.  Along with the reawakening of nature comes the pollen and petals that so many of us react to.  So far, this has been an unusually intense spring for allergies. Even people who have never experienced seasonal allergies are itching, sniffling, and suffering.  Here are a few simple tips that you can do to help relieve allergy symptoms:  
INCREASE YOUR ESSENTIAL FATTY ACID INTAKE - Essential fatty acids can't be manufactured by your body and must come from the foods or supplements you eat. There are 2 types of essential fatty acids: omega-3 and omega-6. Many of us are deficient in these fats and this can make allergy symptoms worse.  It can also contribute to many skin conditions that are also associated with allergies.You can get more essential fatty acids in your diet through:  
-Deep sea fish - salmon, halibut, mackerel.  Sardines also contain beneficial oils. 
-Flax seed, walnut, sesame, borage, black currant, evening primrose, and safflower oil also contain beneficial fats that can be helpful for allergies. 
If you want to increase your fats through supplementation, start at 2 caps 2x/day of EFA Complex.  If you also want to help support memory and focus, you may want to also add in 2 caps 2x/day of DHA Complex.  You can increase as needed until symptoms improve.  Children can start at half this dosage.  Yes, this $6 Walmart product works great on many clients!
MEDICINAL MUSHROOM HERBAL BLEND WITH REISHI  - Reishi is a medicinal mushroom which is very powerful in building the immune system.  Japanese researchers discovered that a compound in the Reishi mushroom, called Lanostan, acts as a natural antihistamine.   For this season, Reishi seems to be one of the most effective ways to lower the inflammatory response triggered by seasonal allergies. 
Dosage:   ramp up slowly to see where your symptoms start to subside.  Reishi is safe for individuals of all ages.  Start at 2 caps 2x/day and ramp up by 1 cap per day until you feel a significant difference.  You will find that after taking Reishi for a period of time, you will be able to lower the dosage and still maintain your health because it builds the immune system while lowering your allergy response.  In addition to helping with allergies, Reishi is also known to support the liver, improve memory, concentration, and focus.  Not all Reishi is created equal. You want to find a pure reishi that has medicinal properties. 
RAW LOCAL HONEY - A very simple and common-sense way to help desensitize your body to local flowers and pollens is to eat a little bit of raw, local honey daily before and during allergy season.  Farmers markets are one of the best places to source this honey.  If you are feeling a bit rundown, you may want to try this simple and powerful immune-boosting recipe:   
In a small pot, add 1 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar to 1 cup purified water and heat the cider/water to warm.  Remove cider/water from heat and pour into a mug.  Next add 1 Tbsp of raw honey and a tiny pinch of cayenne pepper to the heated apple cider vinegar tea.   Once all components are in your favorite mug, cool it down, sip and enjoy!    (you never want to heat the honey.)

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