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Are Blood Pressure Drugs Weakening Your Heart?
Here’s How To Conquer Blood Pressure Naturally

 

 

If you or someone you love has any sort of heart problem, there’s an all-purpose heart-healer you should meet. Why? Because this vine-derived supplement is practically a Cure-All for your heart. It’s loaded with special compounds that strengthen your heart and its pumping action and support your entire circulatory system.

 

 

 

 

So it’s no surprise that it has been shown to help reduce arrhythmias … .open up coronary blood vessels, relieve the pressure, tightness and pain of angina … and even help protect against deadly free-radicals in your arteries. And, for good measure, it lowers blood pressure and may even lower blood sugar as well.

 

 

 

 

It’s called CitraNox and as you’ll soon see it is one of the best things you can take to manage high blood pressure. Why live in fear that a heart attack will cut your life short one day- or that you’ll be sentenced to a lifetime of drug side effects? You need the heart-rejuvenating power of CitraNox to help keep artery walls free and clear of deposits that can block blood flow and cause a heart attack.

 

 

 

 

For years the big drug companies have been cramming blood pressure lowering drugs down our throats. To help them out, government guidelines for what constitutes “high” blood pressure keep getting lower and lower! But the truth is, while drugs help some people, they’re full of side effects and can be very dangerous. Diuretics can cause weakness, cramps, fatigue and erection problems. Beta-blockers weaken your heart and can cause asthma-like symptoms, depression, sleep problems and erection problems. And with ACE inhibitors, you risk a chronic cough, rashes, dizziness, weakness, loss of taste and, although rare, kidney failure. But the irony of it all is…

 

 

 

 

Blood Pressure Drugs Fail

20% Of The Time

 

 

 

 

Blood pressure drugs don’t work at all for one person in five! And even if they start out working, they can stop working after you’ve taken them for a while.

 

 

 

 

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Fortunately, CitraNox works more sensibly. It utilizes your body’s own mechanism for naturally reversing high blood pressure and multiplies its effects many times over. The result is lasting protection of your heart, blood vessels, and kidneys – the vital trifecta for blood pressure lowering. Because of this unique mechanism (often used in emergency rooms) it works at times even when drugs don’t… and with no side effects.

 

 

 

Renowned cardiologist Dr. Stephen Sinatra M.D. maintains one of CitraNox’s patented ingredients (MegaNatural BP) is able to lower blood pressure so well because it “eliminates pressure on the heart while widening coronary arteries so blood flows freely.”

 

 

 

CitraNox relaxes stress on your heart to lower your pressure. Its ingredients lower blood pressure by increasing the resting period between heartbeats and opening up your blood vessels through sustained release of Nitric Oxide in the blood. But that’s not all, it helps control deadly free-radicals and inflammation too. CitraNox combines the perfect 1-2 K.O. punch for high blood pressure. No wonder clinical testing showed volunteers were able to maintain healthy blood pressure after just 4 weeks of use.

 

 

 

Is your heart taking a daily beating? Do you want to become “heart attack proof”? While there is no magic bullet for high blood pressure, CitraNox will give you proven results. Nothing over-the-counter offers more reliable, long-lasting results for maintaining normal blood pressure. If your physician has warned you about your blood pressure readings, you owe it to yourself to control your blood pressure with this cutting-edge medicine –RISK FREE. If you do not see improvements in your blood pressure after complete use of CitraNox simply return the empty bottle and we will gladly refund every penny of your purchase. Get CitraNox, the right medicine for your heart, so you can LIVE LONGER.

 

 

 

 

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Vision

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Vision | Macular degeneration | Eye health

CUT YOUR RISK OF AGE-RELATED 

VISION LOSS BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE

 

 

If you’re over 40, you should take lutein every day for the health of your eyes and to protect your vision. Lutein, found in vegetables such as kale, broccoli and spinach is a unique antioxidant that protects your eyes’ retinal cells from damaging high-energy blue light and free radicals. What’s more it’s been clinically proven to protect your precious vision by increasing the density of your maculas by as much as 50 percent.

 

 

 

The problem is…some vision nutrients and multivitamins use a cheaper from of lutein called lutein esters. They’re extracted from the same source of lutein, but stay in their “esterfied” form, making them hard for your body to absorb. In order to utilize this cheap form of lutein it requires the body to have abnormally high levels of digestive enzymes and fat  –as in the kind that aging people like you and me can’t afford to eat in excess. So you can already be taking a “quality” lutein supplement now from your trusted vitamin shop or grocery store, but your eyes aren’t getting any benefit at all.

 

 

 

That’s Why We’re Excited To Tell You About

 

 

 

A special biologically active form of Lutein that’s contained in a supplement called OCUVIEW. OCUVIEW doesn’t depend on your body’s enzymes or dietary fat to be absorbed.  What’s more, through a rigorous purification process, the Lutein in OCUVIEW is chemically identical to the lutein found in leafy, green vegetables. The result? You can unlock all of the health-boosting, vision­ protecting power of lutein to give your eyes nature’s absolute best, most potent nutritional support!

 

 

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But you don’t have to take our word for it clients of our often leave glowing comments about how much of a difference OCUVIEW has made in for their vision, such as this man who said… “This has been wonderful gift for my eyes! Wish I had known about it sooner. It’s a real gem…  I feel like I have a new pair of eyes, and it’s due to taking OcuView.” – Joe R, Acworth

 

 

 

 

Your eyes are under constant abuse from sunlight, UV rays, free radicals, smoke, pollution, environmental toxins-you name it. And if you’re not careful, this abuse can lead to very unhealthy eyes.  That’s why you’ll be glad to know just 2 daily capsules of OCUVIEW gives you superior, proven protection like an impenetrable, invisible shield against common eye problems and harmful free radicals, UV rays and blue light. Studies show it provides…Improved visual function and extra eye protection. So you can get reliable relief from:

 

  • Problems with focusing

  • Difficulty seeing at night

  • Inability to distinguish colors

  • Dry eyes

  • Blurry detailed vision

  • Eye irritation and inflammation

 

But OCUVIEW doesn’t stop there, it also contains Zeaxanthin which will nourish your eyes with the oxygen and nutrients they desperately need for clear vision. Along with that you get additional mineral and vitamin support to combat bloodshot eyes, double vision, fatigue, and improve distance vision and your vision in dim light. No other natural vision formula gives you so many benefits at once. OCUVIEW is guaranteed to boost the health of your eyes, sharpen your focus and improve your night vision or you get your money back! So get OCUVIEW risk-free, exclusively at Red Carpet Pharmacy and start improving your vision today.

 

 

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What’s Your Menopause Type?

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ATTENTION All Women Over The Age Of 40

There Are 12 Types Of Menopause, Which One Are You?

 

In the next few minutes you’re about to discover a real jaw dropper! In fact, not only will you be surprised –you’ll probably feel relief…and even a bit angry … Because if you’re over 40 and suffering from common health problems such as:

 

Hot Flashes

Memory loss and “senior moments”

Sleepless nights

Low sex drive

Belly fat

Mood swings

Hair loss

Irregular menstrual cycles

Dry skin and premature wrinkles

Unwanted facial hair

 

We’ll Help You Discover A Little Known, NATURAL Way To Eliminate These Health Problems That Your  Current Doctor or Pharmacist NEVER TOLD YOU ABOUT!

 

And once you give us a call, you will be on track for a healthier way to deal with these problems and I think you’ll be relieved to know these problems are NOT happening …because you’re “getting old!” …it’s NOT all in your head! …and it’s NOT something you have to live with! And the news gets even better because you’re going to find out how our remarkable approach comes WITHOUT a prescription and can help you say GOODBYE to these health nightmares…

 

 

 

You wouldn’t wear the wrong size shoes just because it was more convenient— or cheaper. So, why settle for synthetic therapy that doesn’t give you maximum relief from your problems? Unfortunately, most hormone replacement programs substitute synthetic for natural. But your body formerly produced hormones that can’t be synthetically reproduced! Hence, you’re not getting most of what your body formerly produced— or needs.

 

 

 

Dr. Jonathan Wright MD, oftentimes called the Doctor’s Doctor, states:

 

“―then it’s obviously best to use replacement therapy that duplicates what was NATURALLY there before menopause.”

 

 

 

 

The other problem you’ll find with conventional hormone replacement programs is they’re solely based on giving you MORE hormones, but what if your menopause symptoms are a result of having TOO MUCH of a particular hormone? Then what? After all that money spent, you’re still left with the misery you had to begin with….And sometimes it’s even worse; so called experts give a recommended hormone that throws everything else off its NATURAL balance which causes your symptoms to worsen while your cardiovascular health gradually fails!

 

 

 

Yes! There Are 12 Types Of Menopause

 

 

 

And because women have different menopausal symptoms and experiences, shouldn’t there be more than one approach? The one pill, one dose, one-size-fits-all method is NOT the solution. Treating you as a one-of-a-kind and addressing your symptoms, from our perspective, requires a very individualized approach. Your symptoms, indeed your needs, are not the same as your sister’s, sister-in-law’s or your neighbor’s! So why should your treatment be the same?

 

 

 

 

Fortunately, through advances in natural medicine, we can guide you to the product that is exactly right for YOU, tailored to address the imbalance in YOUR body. Using a precise, individualized approach instead of one-size-fits-all synthetic hormones gives you the advantage of getting therapy in the exact proportions your body needs and results in fewer sideeffects. But it is imperative that we determine which menopause type you are experiencing. With 12 types of menopause, not one, don’t you want to address the one that exactly fits you?

 

 

 

 

First, you need to be tested to help determine which type you are; then your therapy can more exactly address your specific symptoms. Once tested, we work meticulously to ensure our plan completely alleviates your symptoms. Don’t waste another minute, delays in addressing menopause may worsen your symptoms and your cardiovascular health. Contact us now at 770-529-9277 to get started. We don’t want you to miss this opportunity to take control and enhance the quality of the second half of your life. We’ll be happy to help you!

 

 

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Ringworm Home Treatment

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What is Ringworm? It is a very common fungal infection that is not, despite its name, caused by a worm. It is caused by the fungus Tinea, which is highly contagious. Anyone can get ringworm, although some people are more susceptible than others, such as those with compromised immunity and young children.

Symptoms of ringworm include a red, scaly, circular patch on the skin or nails. It usually affects the scalp and arms, but it can appear on any part of the body. Jock itch and athlete’s foot are common forms of ringworm.

While many medications are available to treat this fungal infection, natural treatments can also be effective for ringworm treatment.

 

1. Garlic

Garlic is often used to treat infection. Although there are no studies that examine the effects of garlic on ringworm, it has proven effective for other types of fungi, including Candida, Torulopsis, Trichophyton, and Cryptococcus.

To use garlic as a treatment, make a paste of crushed garlic cloves by blending the garlic with some olive or coconut oil. Apply a thin layer of paste to the ringworm rash and cover with gauze. Leave in place for up to 2 hours before rinsing. Repeat twice daily until symptoms resolve.

 

2. Soapy Water

To prevent ringworm from spreading or infecting other areas of the body, keep the skin as clean as possible. To do this, rinse the infection with soap and warm water once or twice daily. Be sure to dry the skin fully, as fungus thrives in moist areas.

 

3. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has demonstrated anti-fungal properties against Candida, another fungal infection. To treat ringworm with apple cider vinegar, soak a cotton wool pad in the undiluted vinegar and wipe it on the affected area. Repeat up to 3 times daily.

 

4. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera contains six antiseptic agents that, according to research, exhibit anti-fungal, antibacterial, and antiviral activities.

Apply the gel from an aloe vera plant onto the ringworm rash three or four times daily. The gel also has cooling properties, so it may soothe itchy and swollen skin common with ringworm.

 

5. Coconut Oil

Certain fatty acids found in coconut oil may kill fungal cells by damaging their cell membranes.

Some research suggests that coconut oil may be an effective remedy for people with mild to moderate skin infections. Use it to treat ringworm by applying liquid coconut oil to the skin three times per day.

Also, people can use coconut oil as a moisturizing lotion, which may be an effective way to prevent future ringworm infections.

 

When To See A Doctor

If symptoms do not clear up within 2 weeks of using home remedies, then it may be necessary to see a doctor. A doctor may recommend using an over-the-counter topical lotion that contains clotrimazole or terbinafine. These products must be applied twice daily. In some cases, the doctor may prescribe stronger anti-fungal medications. Those who are likely to spread ringworm to others through their job or lifestyle — such as teachers and athletes — should see their doctor promptly.

Article by Jayne Leonard

Workout Tips

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Getting and staying fit can be a challenge. For many of us, it’s hard just to get up off the couch much less go to the gym. So what’s the secret of people who have managed to make exercise a way of life?

 

 

1. Be Consistent

Chase Squires is the first to admit that he’s no fitness expert. But he is a guy who used to weigh 205 pounds, more than was healthy for his 5’4″ frame. “In my vacation pictures in 2002, I looked like the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man at the beach,” says the 42-year-old Colorado resident. Squires decided enough was enough, cut out fatty food, and started walking on a treadmill. The pounds came off and soon he was running marathons — not fast, but in the race. He ran his first 50-mile race in October 2003 and completed his first 100-miler a year later. Since then, he’s completed several 100-mile, 50-mile, and 50k races.

His secret? “I’m not fast, but I’m consistent,” says Squires, who says consistency is his best tip for maintaining a successful fitness regimen.

“It all started with 20 minutes on a treadmill,” he says. “The difference between my success and others who have struggled is that I did it every single day. No exercise program in the world works if you don’t do it consistently.”

 

 

2. Follow an Effective Exercise Routine

The American Council on Exercise (ACE) recently surveyed 1,000 ACE-certified personal trainers about the best techniques to get fit. Their top three suggestions:
Strength training. Even 20 minutes a day twice a week will help tone the entire body.
Interval training. “In its most basic form, interval training might involve walking for two minutes, running for two, and alternating this pattern throughout the duration of a workout,” says Cedric Bryant, PhD, FACSM, chief science officer for ACE. “It is an extremely time-efficient and productive way to exercise.”
Increased cardio/aerobic exercise. Bryant suggests accumulating 60 minutes or more a day of low- to moderate-intensity physical activity, such as walking, running, or dancing.

 

 

3. Set Realistic Goals

“Don’t strive for perfection or an improbable goal that can’t be met,” says Kara Thompson, spokesperson for the International Health Racquet and Sportsclub Association (IHRSA). “Focus instead on increasing healthy behaviors.”
In other words, don’t worry if you can’t run a 5K just yet. Make it a habit to walk 15 minutes a day, and add time, distance, and intensity from there.

 

 

4. Use the Buddy System

Find a friend or relative whom you like and trust who also wants to establish a healthier lifestyle, suggests Thompson. “Encourage one another. Exercise together. Use this as an opportunity to enjoy one another’s company and to strengthen the relationship.”

 

 

5. Make Your Plan Fit Your Life

 

Too busy to get to the gym? Tennis star Martina Navratilova, health and fitness ambassador for the AARP, knows a thing or two about being busy and staying fit.

Make your plan fit your life, she advises in an article on the AARP web site. “You don’t need fancy exercise gear and gyms to get fit.”

If you’ve got floor space, try simple floor exercises to target areas such as the hips and buttocks, legs and thighs, and chest and arms (like push-ups, squats, and lunges). Aim for 10-12 repetitions of each exercise, adding more reps and intensity as you build strength.

 

 

6. Be Happy

Be sure to pick an activity you actually enjoy doing, suggests Los Angeles celebrity trainer Sebastien Lagree.

“If you hate weights, don’t go to the gym. You can lose weight and get in shape with any type of training or activity,” he says.

And choose something that is convenient. Rock climbing may be a great workout, but if you live in a city, it’s not something you’ll be doing every day.

 

 

7. Watch the Clock

Your body clock, that is. Try to work out at the time you have the most energy, suggests Jason Theodosakis, MD, exercise physiologist at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. If you’re a morning person, schedule your fitness activities early in the day; if you perk up as the day goes along, plan your activities in the afternoon or evening.

“Working out while you have the most energy will yield the best results,” Theodosakis says.

 

 

8. Call In the Pros

Especially if you’re first getting started, Theodosakis suggests having a professional assessment to determine what types of exercise you need most.

“For some people, attention to flexibility or to balance and agility, may be more important than resistance training or aerobics,” he says. “By getting a professional assessment, you can determine your weakest links and focus on them. This will improve your overall fitness balance.”

 

 

9. Get Inspired

“Fitness is a state of mind,” says fitness professional and life coach Allan Fine of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. One of Fine’s tricks to get and stay motivated is to read blogs or web sites that show him how others have been successful. “Who inspires you?” he asks.

 

 

10. Be Patient

Finally, remember that even if you follow all these tips, there will be ups and downs, setbacks and victories, advises Navratilova. Just be patient, and don’t give up, she says on the AARP web site: “Hang in there, and you’ll see solid results.”

Article by Carol Sorgen

Summer Skin Care Tips

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Summer is here and we are ready to revel in its warmth and sunshine! Before you do though, you should consider how the extra hours in the sun can impact your skin. From the occasional summer sun burn, UV rays can also accelerate some common signs of skin aging like fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and sagging skin.

 

 

Take Care Of Your Skin This Summer Using These Tips:

 

 

Keep Skin Hydrated

 

Up your regimen’s level of hydration with intensive masques, perfect for use one to two times a week. Boosters are a great fit, working best when layered underneath a moisturizer. Toners are a refreshing moisturizer prep, working to even out skin porosity. Tip: Refresh with a revitalizing toner spritz at your desk, in the car, at the gym, on the plane!

 

 

Make Friends With H20

 

Higher temperatures and more time outdoors leads to internal dehydration, which can result in headaches and dizzy spells!

What you can do: Eight 8-ounce glasses of plain, filtered water every day help maintain critical moisture balance of the body and skin, and assist in detoxification. Tip: If you drink caffeinated beverages, you must triple the amount of water you drink!

 

 

When In Doubt, Apply (And Reapply!)

 

It’s not enough to just apply sunscreen, you must apply enough, and apply frequently. Studies indicate that most people do not apply nearly as much daylight protection as they should.

How much? A teaspoon for the face. For the body, about as much as would fill a shot glass.

How often: Re-apply every two hours. Tip: Stay out of the midday sun from mid-morning to late afternoon whenever you can.

 

 

Soothe Over-Exposed Skin

 

Did you forgot the sunscreen, didn’t apply enough, or got caught in a sunny spell?

What’s next: Unfortunately, the damage is done, but you don’t have to suffer in pain! Super-soothing botanicals and cooling gels can help prevent peeling and reduce redness and inflammation.

How: Apply cooling balms generously over-exposed skin, preferably at the first sight of a pink glow.
Prevent: One blistering sunburn doubles your risk of melanoma — remember to get a yearly skin exam by a doctor and perform a self-examination once a month to detect early warning signs of carcinomas and malignant melanoma. Look for a new growth or any skin change.

 

 

Repair And Treat Sun Damaged Skin

 

What causes skin damage: UV light causes photoaging in the form of brown spots, coarse skin and wrinkles, whether you have burned your skin or not. When sunlight comes in contact with skin a cascade of damage results (including the stripping of barrier lipids) causing inflammation, production of reactive oxygen molecules that affect healthy cell growth, and stimulation of collagen destructing enzymes.

What to do: A tan may be a popular summer look, but it indicates damage. Bombard your skin with age-fighting ingredients to help undo any damage that may occur, and to further protect it from the aging effects of UV.

Article by Dermalogica

Tips For Managing Food Allergies

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Dealing with food allergies can be daunting. The effects of a reaction range from somewhat bothersome to potentially deadly. There is no cure, so anyone with a food allergy must vigilantly avoid the foods that trigger a reaction.

 

So how best to protect yourself? These six tips can help you create a system that can feel manageable, even routine.

 

 

Always read labels. Today, food labels include important allergy information such as whether any additives contain milk protein or byproducts of wheat, or whether a food was produced in a facility that processes nuts. Still, you need to read every label, every time — even if you have purchased the item hundreds of times before. Manufacturers frequently change ingredients and an allergen may be part of a new formulation.

 

 

Take care when cooking. If everyone in the household isn’t following an allergen-free diet, you want to be sure to avoid cross-contamination. It’s a good idea to have two sets of cooking and eating utensils — one exclusively for the allergic person — so that a knife used to cut a peanut butter sandwich isn’t inadvertently pressed into service buttering the toast of someone who’s allergic to peanuts. All dishes and utensils should be thoroughly washed in hot, soapy water between uses.

 

 

Dine out defensively. It’s wise to let the manager or chef know about your food allergy before you order. People with food allergies often carry a chef card — a printed note specifying all the ingredients you are allergic to as well as a request that all dishes, utensils, and preparation surfaces be free from traces of that food. You can customize a template of such a card on the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network Web site, www.foodallergy.org. Fast food restaurants and coffee shops are no exception. Read labels and ask questions before deciding what to eat and drink.

 

 

Formulate an action plan. Make a list of steps to take should you accidentally eat the food you are allergic to, and carry a printed copy of the plan with you.

 

 

Wear a medical ID bracelet. Make sure it lists relevant information about your food allergy.

 

 

Always carry your medication, ideally two doses. If your doctor has prescribed emergency medication for you (EpiPen or TwinJet) always take it with you and always carry two to be sure you’re prepared in case you get into trouble. Some people with food allergies also carry antihistamines. Don’t leave home without your medications.

Article by Harvard Medical School

Home Remedies For Eczema

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Home Remedies For Eczema

 

Home remedies and natural treatments can soothe the dry, itching skin that comes with eczema. Natural substances, such as aloe vera gel and coconut oil, can moisturize dry, broken skin. They can also combat inflammation and harmful bacteria to reduce swelling and prevent infection. Natural remedies cannot cure eczema, but they can help manage the symptoms and prevent flares. This article looks at the best natural remedies for eczema.

 

1. Aloe vera gel

Aloe vera gel is derived from the leaves of the aloe plant. People have used aloe vera gel for centuries to treat a wide range of ailments. One common use is to soothe eczema. The antibacterial and antimicrobial effects can prevent skin infections, which are more likely to occur when a person has dry, cracked skin. Aloe’s wound-healing properties may soothe broken skin and promote healing.

 

2. Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a popular home remedy for many conditions, including skin disorders. The National Eczema Association (NEA) report that apple cider vinegar may help with the condition. However, they recommend using caution, as the vinegar’s acids can damage soft tissue.

 

3. Colloidal oatmeal

Colloidal oatmeal, also known as Avena sativa, is made from oats that have been ground and boiled to extract their skin-healing properties. A 2015 study reports that colloidal oatmeal lotion had antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, resulting in improved skin dryness, scaling, roughness, and itch intensity.

 

4. Coconut oil

Coconut oil contains healthful fatty acids that can add moisture to the skin, which can help people with dry skin and eczema. A randomized clinical trial looked at the effects of applying virgin coconut oil to the skin in children. The results show that using the oil for 8 weeks improved the symptoms of eczema better than mineral oil.

 

5. Honey

Honey is a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agent, and people have used it to heal wounds for centuries. Conclusions of a review confirm that honey can help heal wounds and boost immune system function, which means that it can help the body fight off infections. Applied directly to eczema, honey could help prevent infections while moisturizing the skin and speeding healing.

 

Outlook

There is no cure for eczema, but people can often manage their symptoms with home remedies, including natural gels and oils, medicated baths, and dietary changes. If eczema is severe or does not respond to home treatments, it may be a good idea to see a doctor.

Article by Jennifer Berry

Hay Fever Relief

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Hay Fever Relief

Springtime is here and with it comes pollen season, which is bad news for hay fever sufferers. Hay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, is typically a reaction to pollen from trees, grasses and weeds that makes the immune system believe pollen is a harmful invader, triggering production of the antibody immunoglobulin E. This stimulates release of histamine, causing inflammation and swelling of the nasal passages, along with excessive mucus production and other symptoms such as sneezing, itching nose and throat, watery eyes and a clear, runny nose.

However, before you reach for anti-histamine medications this spring, there are a number of foods, nutrients and herbs that are extremely beneficial for alleviating hay fever symptoms.

1. Kiwifruit

Kiwifruit contain more vitamin C, gram for gram, than oranges (especially the yellow kiwifruit variety). Vitamin C is an effective natural anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory, and it also supports healthy immune function and protects from secondary respiratory conditions. This can be very beneficial in achieving hay fever relief naturally.

2. Pineapple

Pineapple is a rich source of bromelain, an enzyme with strong systemic anti-inflammatory effects, which helps decrease common hay fever symptoms such as mucosal inflammation and nasal congestion.

3. Turmeric

Commonly used in Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine, this spice contains curcumin, a phytochemical with powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions that are comparable to steroidal and nonsteroidal drugs. Curcumin has been found to have anti-allergy properties, which inhibit the release of histamine. This has proven to be effective when treating allergic rhinitis naturally.

4. Onion

Having an onion a day can help keep your hay fever at bay. Everyone who’s chopped onions has probably experienced the fact that onions can make you cry. As a result, cooking with fresh onions can naturally help with opening and draining your sinuses. Additionally, onions contain quercetin, a chemical compound that has antihistamine properties and aid in the reduction of inflammation and nasal congestion.

5. Ginger

Make yourself a fresh veggie juice with a good slice of fresh ginger. Ginger is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory that helps reduce nasal swelling and associated hay fever symptoms. In fact, research from a 2008 study published in International Immunopharmacology suggests that ginger can modulate the immune response to inflammation associated with allergic asthma.

Lastly, Avoid Certain Foods

Limit or avoid cow’s milk and other dairy products as they can increase the production of mucus in the respiratory tract and exacerbate hay fever nasal congestion. Try alternatives such as rice, almond, quinoa and coconut milks.

Article by Lisa Guy