by Beverly Meyer
While this can be the most wonderful time of year for some, it can be miserable for others due to dreaded seasonal allergies. If you are an allergy sufferer, you’re not alone. Any primary care doctor in the area will tell you that allergies are one of the main reasons for feeling sick and getting sick this time of year.
Allergy or Virus?
Sneezing, coughing, fatigue and headache can be either cedar allergy symptoms or the effects of a virus. Many people suffer through weeks of misery when they could feel better quickly if they simply took the right allergy support.
What’s important to note is if your immune system is working on overdrive due to allergies, you ARE more likely to get sick with a bacteria or virus. So plan ahead and know how to keep your allergy symptoms controlled using natural methods.
Mountain Cedar pollen is a strong allergen, and it is hitting its peak this time of year, causing burning eyes, cough, fatigue and immune suppression. A proven way to fight cedar allergy is with custommade homeopathic cedar pellets taken one to three times daily under the tongue. They can be taken in late fall to help build resistance to cedar, but they also work when taken as needed on heavy pollen days.
People allergic to dust mites also suffer more this time of year, due to burrowing down in blankets and pillows trying to keep warm. Dust mites feed on discarded skin particles, and they happily reside in all kinds of fabrics, including pillows, mattresses, sofas and coats. Be sure to wash, vacuum, dry clean or tumble in a cold or hot dryer. Get a dust mite cover for your mattress and pillows. Also, consider a latex mattress and pillow; they are chemical free and won’t harbor dust mites.
For allergy relief, I recommend taking a product called Quercitin daily, either alone or in my favorite formula called D-Hist. Quercitin is a bioflavonoid with fantastic anti-allergy properties. Once you have tried homeopathic cedar and some Quercitin, you may end up buying them for everyone you know.
Watch Your Diet
It’s important during allergy season to avoid intolerant foods. Sugar, alcohol, milk, cookies and breads, crackers and carbohydrates seem tempting, but most people have low-level intolerances to wheat, cow’s milk and sugar. Eating these foods when your immune system is already fighting cedar pollen, dust mites and winter germs is unwise. Eat more proteins, veggies, fats and a little whole fruit instead.
One final tip: Keep your car’s heater on recirculate; this greatly reduces pollen exposure while driving.
Beverly Meyer is a holistic and clinical nutritionist in practice since 1985. She owns the Diet & Health Center in San Antonio, and her popular podcast, “Primal Diet – Modern Health,” is available on iTunes or her website at www.OnDietAndHealth.com. Follow her award-winning blog and Facebook community for the latest in natural health news from “Beverly Meyer on Diet and Health.” She can be reached for consults at 210-826-0034.
Destinations for Natural Allergy Relief (and MORE!)
If you’re seeking natural, homeopathic remedies for your seasonal allergies, here are some local destinations that have knowledgeable, helpful staff and a wide variety of options:
COST PLUS NUTRITION – Five locations serving the greater San Antonio area (see the display ad on page 3 for locations). Open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday 12-6 p.m. Much more than a traditional vitamin and supplement store, Cost Plus Nutrition stores offer a wide variety of natural and homeopathic options, including many under their own label. At each store you’ll find natural remedies for allergies and much more. For more information visit www.costplusnutrition.com.
THE DIET & HEALTH CENTER – 12915 Jones Maltsberger Rd., Ste. 600, 210-826-0034. Open Tuesday and Friday 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Owned by Beverly Meyer, you’ll find a wide variety of natural and homeopathic options for allergies and much more. You can also shop online at www.ondietandhealth.com (see display ad on this page). D-Hist and Quercitin in the article on the previous page can be found at the center or the online store.
GOOD STUFF IN SELMA – 8336 Agora Pkwy, Ste. 130 in Selma, 210-658-4144. Open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday 12-6 p.m. Good Stuff has been providing natural and homeopathic solutions for more than 20 years. You’ll find knowledgeable staff and a wide variety of options for allergy and other health needs. For more information visit www.goodstuffglobal.com.
THE INTEGRATIVE HEALING INSTITUTE – 7122 San Pedro Ave. 210-967-4400. Open Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. The institute has been owned and managed by Kim Krost since 2002. Krost is the creator of Cedar X and many other homeopathic, essential oilsbased remedies for allergies and many other health issues. For more information visit www. integrativehealingsa.com.
RHONDA’S NATURE’S WAY HEALTH FOODS – 624 SW Military (210-924-6922) and 8059 Callaghan Rd. (210-344-1482). Rhonda Bone is the second generation to own and operate Rhonda’s Nature’s Way Health Foods, which has been serving the San Antonio community for more than 35 years. You’ll find a wide variety of natural and homeopathic options for many health needs. For more information visit www.rhondasnaturesway. com.