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Apple Cider Vinegar for Allergies: does it help?

Spring is a beautiful time of year! But it’s also the time when a lot of people feel the strain and frustration of seasonal allergies.

Seasonal allergies kick in when your immune system reacts to a common allergen in the air. It’s also called hay fever or allergic rhinitis. The biggest allergy triggers are dust mites, pet dander and pollen. Spring is when trees are blooming and flowers are budding. This usually creates high pollen counts in the air.

I have allergies. What’s happening?

When you have an allergic reaction, it means your body is working to protect you! Your body releases histamines to fight off the allergens when triggered. This creates the physical symptoms we know all too well. And some of these symptoms can look like the everyday common cold.

Seasonal allergy symptoms include:

  •       Sneezing
  •       Stuffy nose
  •       Watery eyes
  •       Itchy eyes, nose or skin
  •       Cough
  •       Sore throat
  •       Clogged ears
  •       Headache
  •       Fatigue or irritability

While it’s possible to grow out of some allergies as children, it’s also possible to grow into allergies as you age. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says allergies are now the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the United States. Almost half of all people with some type of allergy have seasonal allergies.

The fastest way to get rid of allergies.

There isn’t a cure for allergies. But there are some ways to help mitigate or prevent seasonal allergies. We always recommend that you speak to your healthcare provider when considering health solutions for specific conditions. Many people use medications to mask symptoms of allergies and provide temporary relief. Antihistamines (Zyrtec, Allegra, Claritin) are common over-the-counter medications that decrease allergic reactions. Decongestants also help clear sinuses and open up nasal passages. Some people with severe symptoms may opt for allergy shots. These are small injections of the allergen causing a reaction that help build up the body’s immunity.

You can also work on simply avoiding your triggers! Here are some ways to reduce your exposure to seasonal allergens:

  •       Stay inside on dry and windy days to avoid pollen swirling in the air.
  •       Keep doors and windows closed to keep pollen and dust outdoors.
  •       After being outside, change your clothes and shower to remove lingering pollen.
  •       Rely on air conditioning to stay cool and use a dehumidifier to reduce dampness inside your home.
  •       Use a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. This type is more efficient at removing small allergen particles from the air.
  •       Vacuum your home often, also using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter.
  •       Wear glasses and a mask when outdoors to avoid substances entering your eyes, nose and mouth.
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Natural remedies for allergy relief.

Try one (or a few) natural home remedies to help your body avoid allergy attacks.

Sleep and manage your stress levels. Stress can wreak havoc on the body and cause unnecessary complications. Get an adequate amount of rest and participate in stress-relieving activities. This will have a huge impact on quality of life! And it will keep your immune system functioning well, too.

Eat healthy and stay hydrated. Your body relies on a good variety of nutrients to keep everything running smoothly. Eat whole foods and get plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. This will fuel your body, give you energy and keep your immune system strong. Consider probiotics for gut health and an immune system boost. Also drink plenty of water and fluids. (Bonus: True Lemon Kids Drink Mixes are a rich source of Vitamin A, C and E!)

Try apple cider vinegar. It’s great in recipes and adds nutrients and minerals to your diet! Mix it into a beverage or use in salad dressing or marinades.

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Apple cider vinegar for allergies.

Apple Cider Vinegar has been used for centuries as a home remedy. It may help a variety of ailments, including allergies. Apple cider vinegar is made from apple cider that has been fermented from yeast and bacteria. This turns the sugars into alcohol. A second fermentation process then turns the alcohol into acetic acid. Acetic acid is a powerful compound in vinegar with health benefits.

Apple cider vinegar can reduce mucus production and clear some people's lymphatic system. Our lymph nodes help catch and fight off bacteria and other yucky stuff in our bodies. So apple cider vinegar could help you boost the immune system, and it can help lower blood pressure.

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For allergy relief, try drinking 1-2 tablespoons diluted apple cider vinegar three times per day. We recommend the recipe below:

·       1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
·       2 packets
True Lemon
·       8 ounces water (hot or cold)

Apple cider vinegar can have side effects if not diluted. These include erosion of tooth enamel and burning of the mouth and throat.

It can also react to certain medications, such as insulin and diuretics. It should not replace prescription medications. Talk with your doctor if you’re unsure about using apple cider vinegar.