How to Beat Seasonal Allergies
If you’re one of the 40 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies, then this post is for you!
Fortunately, in spite of the fact that I have many food intolerances, I don’t suffer from seasonal allergies. My husband, however, does. Every spring and fall he gets terrible hay fever symptoms. And, every time we visit my parents, who live in the mountains of North Carolina, he has it even worse. As soon as we arrive at their home, he begins to get congested with sneezing and red, itchy, watery eyes. The whole time we’re there he’s miserable, and it usually takes over 2 days for it to clear up after we’ve returned home to Charlotte.
This year my doctor recommended a product called D-Hist from Ortho Molecular Products. It’s an all natural supplement that goes to battle against seasonal allergy symptoms. Four days before we left for the mountains my husband took 2 of these per day.
He continued taking them while we were there and then after we returned home. This time he had no allergy symptoms whatsoever! It is now fall, and he is symptom-free, as long as he uses the D-Hist. Score! Now he can enjoy going to the mountains and walk in the leaves without feeling miserable. (Use it according to the bottle instructions.)One of our daughters also suffers from allergies from October through March. Fortunately, there is a kids D-Hist Jr.
If your child doesn’t do well with the xylitol in this product, they can take one of the adult D-Hist. That’s how we do it, because xylitol can cause diarrhea in some individuals.
We feel good about this product because it is safe and effective. The traditional over-the-counter allergy medicines can have many harmful side effects. The milder side effects include:
- Dry mouth
- Nausea and vomiting
- Restlessness or moodiness (in some children
- Trouble urinating or not being able to urinate
- Blurred vision
Other more surprising and possibly dangerous side effects, according to this article in Huffington Post, include:
- Low Libido
- Increased Appetite
- Altered taste or smell
- Infertility in Women
- Impaired Thinking
And drugs containing steroids can cause decreased growth rate in kids, increased chance of developing cataracts, osteoporosis and diabetes
For all of these reasons listed, we choose natural medicine, and I’m thrilled to share this one with you. Let me know if you’ve tried it and how it works for you.
Here’s the description from Ortho Molecular Products website.
Natural D-Hist is a targeted blend of flavonoids, antioxidants, proteolytic enzymes and botanicals designed to provide comprehensive support for seasonal challenges caused by common environmental allergens. The formula includes quercetin, bromelain, stinging nettles leaf, and N-acetyl cysteine. The powerful combination actively promotes healthy nasal and sinus passages for individuals with elevated histamine and respiratory irritation.
Quercetin has strong antioxidant activity and has been shown to support immune health by mediating the release of inflammatory compounds including leukotrienes and prostaglandins. Quercetin is known for its ability to stabilize mast cells, diminishing the release of histamine, the compound known to cause hypersensitivity reactions during seasonal changes.
Stinging Nettles Leaf Extract
Stinging nettles leaf is a plant that has been shown to balance immune response, specifically in the airways and nasal passages. Studies have shown that the extract of stinging nettles leaf balances a variety of inflammatory activities that affect respiratory health.
Bromelain is a plant enzyme naturally found on the stem and fruit of the pineapple plant. Bromelain is a proteolytic (protein-digesting) enzyme that aids in in the breakdown of large protein complexes, including antigenic compounds, and has been shown to enhance the absorption of quercetin. Bromelain has been shown to reduce circulating allergenic protein complexes associated with hyper-immune sensitivity and seasonal discomfort.
N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) is an amino acid precursor to one of the most important antioxidants in the body, glutathione. Both glutathione and NAC help reduce the viscosity of the mucus allowing for clearing of the airways and improved respiratory health.
Vitamin C cannot be synthesized by humans and is therefore an essential nutrient that must be consumed in the diet. Among its numerous health-promoting properties, vitamin C is an essential vitamin that supports the immune system and is also a potent antioxidant. When the body is under a significant amount of stress, vitamin C is excreted rapidly. Vitamin C has many immune boosting properties, but is distinctively beneficial for individuals with seasonal discomfort because of its ability to deactivate histamine.