It’s that time of the year again, where many of us experience those lovely symptoms of allergies; coughing, sneezing, runny noses, itchy eyes, etc.. You are probably aware that there are countless medications available for you to relieve these irritable symptoms, however we’re here to show you a more natural approach to relieving your discomfort.
What are Allergies?
To understand how to relieve allergies, it’s best to know exactly what you’re dealing with first. So, what is an allergy? An allergy occurs when your immune system reacts abnormally to a particular foreign substance, such as fur, pollen, dust, or certain foods, that your body has become oversensitive to
. Why do some people react abnormally and others don’t?
Your body is designed to generally keep out foreign substances with its natural defense mechanisms. If these substances make it past the general line of defense, then your body goes into alert mode.
When your immune system is lowered and working too hard, it can’t keep those allergens out. Thus, the coughing, sneezing, mucus, tears, etc. begin as part of your body’s way of clearing out the unwanted junk that has entered your system.
Typical Treatments for Allergies
Typical treatments for allergies usually involve over-the-counter or prescription medications, such as antihistamines, decongestants, eye drops, nasal sprays, etc. While these medications ease the symptoms of allergies and make them more tolerable, the problem is they do just that and nothing else
. These medications don’t go to the source of the problem for what’s causing the allergies in the first place; they simply mask your symptoms
How Can Chiropractic Care Help with Allergies?
As you all know, chiropractic care works to remove interferences in your nerve system. When those interferences are removed, your body is able to function better in general
Your immune system can greatly benefit from regular chiropractic adjustments because your immune system is regulated and maintained by your nerve system.
A healthy immune system can combat foreign substances much more effectively, which will decrease your chance of allergies
For Instant Relief, Try These Natural Remedies
Regular chiropractic care over time has helped many dissolve their allergies, but if you’re looking to experience some instant relief, we recommend taking a more natural approach first and save the drugs as a last resort.
Here are some of our tips for natural remedies:
- Neti Pot: This is great to use as a nasal decongestant. You basically combine warm filtered water and salt in the pot and then simply tilt your head to the side and pour the mixture through one nostril until it flows out the other. Repeat the process on the opposite side.
- Bee Pollen: If you’re not highly allergic to bees, try taking bee pollen. Bee pollen is a great superfood packed with protein, antioxidants, and vitamins. It’s been shown to reduce histamine and has been effective for respiratory diseases such as asthma or chronic sinus infections. It’s best to buy local bee pollen so you develop immunity to the plants in your area.
- Steam with Eucalyptus Oil: Another great way to clear the nasal passages. A simple way to do this is to boil some water, pour it into a bowl with a few drops of eucalyptus oil, and drape a towel over your head, and breath deeply for 5 to 10 minutes.
If you ever have any questions regarding your allergies and how chiropractic care may be of help, don’t hesitate to ask! Give us a call at 615-915-1255. Spring is a beautiful time of year that you deserve to enjoy allergy-free!
Heart disease is our Nation’s #1 Killer and costs Americans billions of dollars each year. A number of factors contribute to this deadly disease ranging from family history and genetics to lifestyle choices such as stress, poor nutrition, excessive weight, smoking, and lack of physical activity.
In honor of February being American Heart Month, we are providing some essential tips for boosting heart health and improving your overall well-being. We encourage you to take a proactive approach and give your heart some love by incorporating these tips into your life. You’ll without a doubt feel absolutely amazing. Do your heart some good; you deserve it.
Maintain Regular Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care may be very beneficial in our fight against heart disease. Studies conducted have shown that specific adjustments administered to the Atlas vertebra can significantly lower high blood pressure.
Other studies show that specific adjustments of the bones in your neck and lower back can stimulate particular nervous system reflexes, causing a decrease in overall heart rate and blood pressure.
Also, chiropractic care has been known to reduce stress in your body, which significantly helps promote heart health.
While chiropractic care is incredibly beneficial, these results do not just stem from receiving one adjustment. Maintaining regular chiropractic care is absolutely key to seeing long-term results with your health.
Reduce Your Sugar Intake
Did you know a diet high in added sugar can raise your risk of dying from heart disease even if you aren’t overweight? Too much processed sugar is detrimental to your health and many Americans consume mass amounts far over the recommended limit every year.
Our largest sources of added sugar are acquired from sweetened beverages such as sodas, energy drinks, and sports drinks. The next biggest sources include baked goods such as cookies and cakes, ice cream, candy and even some cereals.
Studies have shown that sugar-laden foods can raise your blood pressure and also cause your liver to deposit more harmful fats into your bloodstream, both of which increase your risk of heart disease.
What’s the recommendation for cutting back? The American Heart Association recommends women consume less than 6 tsp. of sugar in a day and that men consume less than 9 tsp. per day. We recommend eliminating added sugars whenever you can. If you have massive sugar cravings, try substituting natural fruit to curb the craving. Your body and heart will love you so much more!
De-Stress Your Life
Easier than it sounds right? We completely understand the various avenues stress can stem from and how challenging it can be to keep those stresses under control. However, stress is one of the biggest factors contributing to your heart health, so it’s vital that you incorporate certain actions every day to keep your stress levels in check. Provided below are a couple of easy activities we suggest to maintain minimal stress.
Get outside. Everyday. Even if you can only get outside for a short amount of time, it’s better than none. Take a walk in a nearby park or simply sit outside during your lunch break and focus on breathing deeply and connecting with nature. It will reduce your stress hormones and help lower your blood pressure.
Connect with your loved ones and friends. When you’re able to share your feelings and connect with the ones who bring you joy and happiness, it helps you work through many stresses you may be experiencing.
Treat yourself to a massage every now and then. Massages help release the muscle tension in your body and break down unwanted toxins, while also relaxing and calming your mind. Massages are simply an amazing way to escape from your daily stresses and give your body and mind time to unwind without any distractions. We highly recommend treating yourself to a massage at least once a month.
Share this information with your loved ones! Regular chiropractic care combined with proper nutrition and positive lifestyle changes may just prove to be the most powerful ally in your fight against heart disease!
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