Here’s something I had to share with my readers. I know some of you have complained about seasonal allergies.You may or may not know that the foods we eat directly affect how our bodies respond to allergens. Incorporating extra vitamin C, foods with quercetin (or supplement) such as nettle leaf, and regular intake of cleansing drinks will help thwart symptoms, and have you on your way toward healing.
During the winter season, we tend to take a lot of extra vitamin C around my house. Days when you’re feeling a little run down, it’s okay to boost your C quite a bit. I will not specify an amount for you, of course, but I will just tell you, I will, over the course of a day take in an additional 2-3,ooo milligrams on top of what I get in the foods I eat.
I do not have allergies and will never as far as I am concerned. Refusal is vital. You may say, what are you talking about? But, honestly some folks set themselves up for being sick. It’s like they expect it every season, so then there it is. surprise, surprise!
Taking care of our bodies is our responsibility. Eating healthfully and taking extra care when needed is essential to feeling optimal.
Quercetin is a bioflavonoid common in the plant kingdom, especially high in onions, red wine, and green tea. It is one of the most biologically active flavonoids. Quercetin acts as a potent polyphenol antioxidant and immune system modulator. Many of its immune support attributes are enhanced by its synergistic relationship with vitamin C. Quercetin is highly active in the skin and lining of the digestive tract.*
Quercetin has a stabilizing effect on the immune system, helping various types of immune cells maintain their composure under stress. This helps provide tolerance for irritants such as pollen. Quercetin is known to modulate the behavior of the gene signal NF-kappaB, the crucial signal determining how a cell naturally manages stress and inflammation.*
Quercetin interacts with bones at a fundamental level (NF-kappaB), favorably influencing the behavior of both osteoblasts (bone building cells) and osteoclasts. Quercetin is one more natural compound that assists optimal bone health.*
Quercetin provides a variety of immune support features. It has a modulating effect on immune system signals, helping to calm down inappropriate excess. It helps to nourish mast cells so they are more stable and less likely to release histamine. As such, Quercetin is a popular support nutrient for mild reactions to seasonal pollens and other irritants. It is also known to enhance macrophage function, assisting lymphatic function. Quercetin, Immune Plus™, and Oregano Oil is our most popular combination for natural sinus support.*
Nettle Leaf can be taken in supplement form and as a tea:
*Stinging nettle preparations are available at most health food stores, as dried leaves, tincture or extract made from leaves or roots. Prepare a tea by steeping 1 or 2 teaspoons of dried leaves in hot water for 5 to 10 minutes; to obtain benefits from both the leaves and root, add a few drops of a tincture or extract from its roots to your tea. Stinging nettle is generally considered safe, although it might cause mild stomach upset in some people and it could interact with certain medications. Exercise care when handling nettle since it might cause an allergic rash on your skin. Do not consume nettle tea if you are pregnant and do not use the herb to self-treat for any condition. Discuss its use with your doctor to determine if it might be helpful for you.
The following beverage is only a sample really, of the beginnings of a beautiful healthy digestive system. Try it a few times per week. It doesn’t have to be a big smoothie glass; a juice glass if fine. you may even want to water it down a bit if it is too strong.
Ginger and lemon have both been long touted for having a positive affect on the digestive system for many reasons. Incorporate them into your diet regularly both in beverages and in cooking, salads, etc.
*Ginger Lemon Cleanse for Allergies
15 minutes prep time | Makes 2 servings
Feel better fast
Makes: 2 large servings
- 1″ slice fresh ginger root
- 6 carrots with tops
- 1 lemon
- 1 apple cored
Juice the ginger, carrots, lemon, and apple. Enjoy!
Share your results with me. I’d be grateful!