10 Tips to Relieve Allergy Symptoms
Here is a list of some tips to help relieve those pesky allergy symptoms.
Take a probiotic. Eighty percent of your immune function takes place in the gut. Keeping it healthy is a key factor in reducing allergy risk. A recent study even showed that women who take probiotics on a regular basis during pregnancy can reduce their child’s risk of developing allergies!

Schedule outdoor workouts for dusk. Pollen and other allergy causing substances are at their worst in the morning. Going for that run in the evening when the counts are lower and it has cooled down can significantly decrease exposure to allergens.

Make a few habit changes.  A few new habits that can improve your allergy symptoms include washing bedding weekly in hot water, showering and changing clothes when returning from the outdoors, and wearing sunglasses. All of these help to limit exposure to certain allergens.

Take natural supplements. Several supplements and herbs have been shown to help with allergies. Try spirulina, fish oil, apple cider vinegar, butterbur, or turmeric.
Use a saline rinse method. Clearing out the nasal passages can greatly improve sinus symptoms. You can use a Neti Pot, a saline rinse, or saline nasal spray. Just be sure to use distilled water with the rinse or Neti Pot as tap water can irritate nasal passages. I use my Neti Pot in the shower. The irrigation mixed with the steam always clears out my sinuses and feels amazing.

Increase your fluids.
 Drinking more water, tea, or other water-based beverages can help to thin mucus. Eating broth soups can offer the same benefit also!

Change up your diet.
Choosing chicken over beef has been linked to decreased allergy symptoms. Also, including more fresh fruits, veggies, and nuts (especially grapes, apples, oranges, and tomatoes) into your diet can improve your symptoms.

Try out some new filters.
 No, I don't mean on Instagram.  Regularly changing your car’s cabin filter, utilizing high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters in your home, and installing a dehumidifier can help to clear the indoor air of allergy causing agents.

Schedule an acupuncture.
A few studies have shown that acupuncture can improve your allergies.

Forget the local raw honey
. There has been some talk that consuming local raw honey can improve your allergy symptoms. However, this is proving to be nothing more than an old wives’ tale. The pollen used by bees and is in local honey typically isn’t the same kind of allergy-causing pollen. Not to mention, there isn’t enough in the raw honey to actually boost your immunity. And since it is unprocessed, it could also include mold spores or bacteria which can increase allergy symptoms. Processed honey can, however, help to improve cough symptoms.

Let us know what your favorite way to combat allergy season is.  Post on our Facebook Wall what works for you!
Disclaimer: These tips may not work for everyone.  If you are concerned about allergies please talk to your health care provider to find the best treatment for you.

Amanda grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, IL but is now enjoying living in Louisville, KY. She received her bachelors degree at Northern Illinois University where she acted as a resident advisor and mentor to fellow students. This was where she found her passion for wellness and helping others. She went on to study community health and receive her Masters of Education at the University of Louisville. During her studies, she focused her graduate research on programming for mental health and youth wellness. She also acts as an advocate for mental health and suicide prevention. She has always enjoyed using her voice and knowledge to educate and advocate about important health topics. Amanda spends much of her time employed as a nanny for three wonderful children.

When she is not busy promoting health education or chasing around the kids, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing with her Pomeranian, Sulley, or indulging in a great book. Amanda thrives on helping to educate others about important health issues and effective health related behaviors so they can live happier and healthier lives!