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Natural Solutions to Treat Your Allergies
By Dr. Tracie Yautz

Tracie YautzIn the U.S., allergies are currently the 5th leading chronic disease for all ages, and the 3rd most common chronic disease for children. Over the counter allergy medications are convenient but can interact with other medications, raise your blood pressure, cause severe dizziness, breathing trouble, drowsiness, nosebleeds, headaches, nausea, hyperactivity, loss of appetite, sleep interruption, dehydration, confusion and blurred vision. Side effects should be considered carefully.

Before you reach for over the counter drugs, remember that there are natural solutions for treating allergies. Here are some to try:

Eliminate Common Causes
If you are experiencing sneezing, rashes or difficulty breathing, you may see an immediate change in your symptoms when you avoid chemicals in laundry detergent, cleaning products, air fresheners, candles, scented soaps, cosmetics, lotions and perfumes.

Consider an elimination diet in order to get to the root cause of allergies in the body. Common food irritants are dairy, sugar, wheat (gluten), eggs, soy, processed food, peanuts, and alcohol. Eliminating or cutting back on these foods reduces stress on your liver and colon and can help prevent toxins from building up in the immune system.

Foot Detox
In a basin with warm water, include 2 cups epsom salts, 1 cup baking soda and ½ cup of apple cider vinegar. Soak for 10-20 minutes up to three times a week.  

Nutritional Supplements
For many people, intestinal imbalances result in allergy-like symptoms. Consider supplements like probiotics, allergy reducers such as fenugreek and mullein, stinging nettle, zinc, spirulina, vitamins C, D and E, milk thistle, red clover or bee pollen. Most naturopathic doctors offer a simple body scan to see which supplements will work best for you.

There are other natural options to try such as flower essences, essential oils, frequency alignment, and infrared sauna. No matter what your health condition, it's important to care for your entire body, mind and spirt, and not just your symptoms.

Tracie Yautz, ND is a traditional naturopathic doctor at Divine Health Naturally Wholistic Wellness Center. Learn more at www.DivineHealthNaturally.com.

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