Say No to Allergies

I’ll admit it, some days it’s harder to write than others. This post was supposed to have been written by yesterday but it is Friday morning and I am just now beginning to write. My allergies have been killing me this past week. I don’t know how it’s been for you this season but allergies can really zap your energy and make your life a pain. I could’ve popped a pill but I took a different route. I decided to listen to my body. It was telling me that I need to slow down. (Just a tad) I am always running around into this thing or into that. Always doing something. So I gave myself the space to heal my body; without medication. I followed a 5 rules, which I will outline for you:

  1. Eliminate all Dairy - dairy products produce excess mucus and can turn a simple case of allergies into a full blown sinus infection. Most people are also highly sensitive to dairy too so it is good to be mindful of how much dairy you’re consuming and how you feel.  

  2. Eat Lots of Greens & other Colorful Veggies - half my plate at lunch and dinner was green and colorful. Greens like spinach, kale, swiss chard and collards help our bodies get rid of unwanted, and unnecessary, ‘things’.

  3. Eliminate all Wheat/Gluten - gluten is a protein that is found in wheat and a few other grains. Wheat/Gluten is a powerful allergen, causing inflammation in our bodies and producing excess mucus, as a result of it being an inflammatory agent.  

  4. Drink plenty of fluids - purified water, Throat Coat tea, Echinacea Plus and Gipsy Cold Care along with my favorite Green Tea. I had these on heavy rotation to hydrate and boost my immune system.

  5. Get plenty of quality sleep - this is crucial, your body needs quality sleep to rejuvenate and heal itself.

This is what I did for the past week and I am pleased to report that aside from some sneezing and a little nasal congestion I managed my allergies. I did not get any infections!! Yay!! I proved to myself, yet again, that if I listen to my body and give it the rest and nourishment it needs, it will have my back! The more you fill your body with the nutrients, the vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals it needs to heal itself, the better your body will respond to environmental stressors, like allergens. Our bodies are truly miraculous entities completely capable of healing itself (as it has done for millennia before ‘modern medicine’). I am not saying that there aren’t times when we may need the added help of medication, there are. However, if we eat foods that are rich in nutrition our bodies will be healthier and fitter and better able to rejuvenate and heal itself without unnecessarily medicating ourselves. Health and wellbeing aren’t destinations, they are a journey and as journeys are unique to each of us. Happy Journey!   

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