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Healthy Eating | Nutrition can help seasonal allergies

Along with spring, seasonal allergies bloom.

Victims take refuge in their homes, hiding from pollen, not daring to take a deep, fragrant breath as the world blossoms to life.

An allergy is an adverse reaction to an otherwise harmless substance or protein. What is reacting? Your immune system. An allergy is the result of a hypersensitive immune system. Some pesky allergies are not life-threatening, but instances of anaphylaxis are serious emergencies and should be treated immediately.

Surprisingly, diet can help. Individuals plagued by these seasonal aggravations should juice. This does not mean sugar-laden, preservative-packed bottled juices, but juicing vibrant veggies (organic, if possible) such as kale, carrots and beets. These can be extra palatable by adding lemons, limes, ginger, herbs or berries. Avoid overly sweet fruits such as peaches, pears, melons or grapes. Juicing liberates live enzymes and nutrients. Experiment with different combinations until you find a few you like, or ask for tasty suggestions. Try green apple, carrot and fresh ginger, or green apple, beets and cranberry.

Actually, everyone should juice because it is an easy way to get abundant nutrition. Drinking fresh juice is a fantastic addition to every routine. A juicer is an inexpensive appliance, and there are different price ranges. If juicing seems daunting for any myriad of reasons — including time and price — a supplement of dehydrated fruit and vegetable juices in capsules, complete with phytonutrients and antioxidants, cost less than $1.50 each day.

Try these simple tips, and don’t forget to take your daily multivitamin and probiotic. Beta-glucan supplements are a powerful tool for combating allergies. Beta-glucans normalize the immune system, which means they can boost (for colds, disease, etc.) or reduce it to normal range (for allergies and other hypersensitivities like autoimmune issues).

So before you try steroids, antihistamines or decongestants that come with a plethora of side effects, try this easy dietary solution. In addition, supplement with natural beta-glucans to calm the immune system.

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