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How Can I Fight Allergies Naturally? Health Advice for Women Over 40

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Around this time of the year, it’s common to experience allergy symptoms like sniffing and sneezing — especially with more pollen being in the air. The good news is you don’t have to suffer throughout those bothersome symptoms all season long. Here, nutrition experts Mira Calton, CN, and Jayson Calton, PhD, give their expert advice on natural remedies for fighting allergies!

Q: Every spring, I dread the misery of seasonal allergies, and this year is intense. Antihistamines help, but leave me feeling drowsy. Would a natural remedy work for me?

A: You’re not alone: Researchers based out of Germany have found that allergy season is stretching longer each year, leaving many of us reliant on around-the-clock antihistamines to control the sniffling and sneezing. To wean yourself off the meds, we recommend taking bromelain daily. The enzyme, sourced from pineapples, is nature’s decongestant, say researchers in the journal Biomedical Reports. Indeed, taking 500 milligrams on an empty stomach daily eased symptoms by up to 83 percent — without the fatigue, sleepiness, headaches or irritability that often come with antihistamines. One to try: Best Naturals Bromelain 500 mg. (Buy from Walmart, $8.99).

Also smart: Flush your sinuses with a neti pot first thing in the morning and before bed. Research in the journal American Family Physician found rinsing nasal passages with salt water clears out the mucus and lurking allergens that trigger a histamine response, instantly cutting stuffiness by 64 percent.

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Nutrition experts Mira Calton, CN, and Jayson Calton, PhD, are leading authorities on nutrition and micronutrient deficiencies. They are also the bestselling authors of Rebuild Your Bones: The 12-Week Osteoporosis Protocol (Buy from Amazon, $22.49). To ask them a question, send an email to health@firstforwomen.com.

This article originally appeared in our print magazine, First For Women.

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