5 Top Remedies for Sensitivities and Intolerances You Cant Live Without

Some people have an immediate and life-threatening allergic reaction to foods such as peanuts, which requires emergency medical attention. Here, however, we offer remedies that can help relieve some of the common symptoms of sensitivities and intolerances. These include sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, nasal congestion, inflammation, fatigue, and headaches.

5 Top Remedies for Sensitivities and Intolerances You Cant Live Without

  1. Prevent allergies with Quercetin
    Quercetin is an antioxidant that inhibits the release of histamine, the inflammatory compound primarily responsible for the uncomfortable symptoms of respiratory allergies. Foods that are naturally rich in quercetin include citrus fruits, purple and yellow onions, and buckwheat. Concentrated quercetin is also available in capsules; take 500mg twice daily between meals. Quercetin acts to prevent allergies and so works best when started a month prior to the start of allergy season. Continue taking it throughout the season.


  2. Peppermint Inhalation 
    To relieve the sinus dryness and headaches caused by allergies, try this steam inhalation. Bring a large pot of water to the boil, remove from heat, and add two teaspoons of dried peppermint. Cover; and steep for five minutes. Remove the lid, and make a towel tent over your head and the pot, taking care to not burn yourself with the steam. Breathe in the warm steam for 10 minutes. Peppermint's healing properties are in its fragrant essential oils, so the more minty your peppermint acts as a decongestant and, combined with warm steam, it opens up the sinuses. In addition, the herb has relaxing properties that help ease headache pain. 


  3. Eliminate Food Allergens from Your Diet
    A rotation diet requires increasing the variety of foods eaten and not eating any specific food more than once every four days. Such a diet helps to remove allergens and alleviate food sensitivities. You can choose from range of additive-free whole foods. Base your diet on fresh vegetables and fruits, low-fat animal and vegetable proteins (avoid dairy products), seeds and nuts, whole grains, and extra virgin olive oil. Choose brown rice, quinoa, millet, and amaranth over gluten-containing grains (wheat, rye, barley, and oats) if gluten sensitivity is a particular problem. 


  4. Eat Local Honey
    Look for honey that is made by bees in your locality. Eat it regularly because it can help desensitize you to pollens in your environment. Also, read here for all kinds of great info about types of honey and their benefits.


  5. Nettle Tea
    Steep a teaspoon of dried nettle in one cup (250ml) of boiling water for 10 minutes. To help relieve a respiratory allergy, drink up to four cups (1 liter) of the tea daily. Or take two capsules of freeze-dried nettle or half a teaspoon of nettle extract four times a day until symptoms abate.



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