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Thursday, October 24, 2013

RESPIRATORY HEALTH NATURALLY

Seasonal Allergies

Help is here: Natural allergy remedies

 

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, you know that spring can be a difficult time to celebrate. A seasonal allergy is the body's reaction to an airborne particle such as pollen or mold. These allergies surface at specific times of the year when certain trees, grasses or weeds are in flower or when molds release spores into the air. Natural allergy remedies such as ALJ, and the Respiratory System pack can be effective by promoting a sinus cleanse, helping to eliminate these irritants from the respiratory system.

What are some natural allergy remedies?

Though pollen and other allergens are an unavoidable fact of life, there are natural and common sense ways to help reduce their effects:

  • Clean. Do a thorough spring cleaning. Windows, bookshelves and vents
    collect dust and mold, which can trigger allergies.  
  • Close your house and car. Limit your exposure to the particles in outside
    air and run your air conditioner, which filters the air as it cools it.
  • Wash. As you come in from being outside, you bring particles and dust in
    with you—on your skin and your clothes. Wash exposed skin and, if you need to, change clothes once you're inside.
  • Stay away from chemical irritants. Fumes from tobacco smoke, paint, insect sprays and other chemicals can affect the lungs and nasal passages.
  • Consider taking a supplement. Natural allergy remedies such as ALJ® from Nature's Sunshine nourishes the immune and respiratory systems, supports healthy lung function and encourages a gentle sinus cleanse.  

Promoting a natural sinus cleanse

Certain herbs can support a natural sinus cleanse. ALJ helps balance the natural eliminative functions of the respiratory system with fenugreek and mullein. These two plants contain mucilage, a substance that causes the herbs to swell in water. This creates a viscous, fibrous substance that provides a soothing effect for the respiratory system.

Natural allergy remedies such as ALJ can help:

  • Soothe irritated tissues.
  • Encourage the entire respiratory tract to gently cleanse itself.
  • Support healthy lung function.
  • Assist the body in neutralizing allergens by nutritional means.
  • Provide effective respiratory system support.

Airborne particles are everywhere. When particles enter the respiratory system via the nose or the mouth, the body turns on its cleansing mechanisms, and the immune system is put on active duty. Give it the support it needs with a natural allergy remedy such as ALJ.

Allergies

It's thought that people with allergies have hypersensitive immune systems that are triggered by foreign substances.

Helping seasonal allergies with quercetin

 

Quercetin is a natural substance thought to help symptoms of seasonal allergies. An antioxidant found naturally in black tea and several foods, quercetin appears to fight inflammation (a biological process often linked to allergies). In laboratory research, quercetin has also been found to act as a natural antihistamine. To date, however, few studies have tested the effects of quercetin in people with seasonal allergies.

What causes seasonal allergies?

It's thought that people with allergies have hypersensitive immune systems that are triggered by foreign substances. When pollen or other substances that aren't actually harmful to the body are breathed in, the body views it as a dangerous invader and turns on its defense mechanisms. The runny nose, watery eyes and frequent sneezing are meant to flush the allergen from the body.

Depending on an individual's sensitivity, some may feel the effects only when the pollen levels are the highest, while others feel symptoms at the slightest hint of pollen in the air. 

Alleviating symptoms with quercetin

Quercetin has been reported to be of use in alleviating symptoms of seasonal allergies. Several laboratory studies show quercetin may have anti-inflammatory properties, and it is being investigated for a wide range of potential health benefits. Foods rich in quercetin include black and green tea, capers, apples,  onion, red grapes, citrus fruit, tomato, broccoli and other leafy green vegetables, and a number of berries.

Some herbal allergy supplements also include quercetin, such as HistaBlock® from Nature's Sunshine. A powerful combination of stinging nettle, quercetin, bromelain and immature orange peel, HistaBlock supports the respiratory system during times of stress and helps maintain mucous membrane health and nasal passage tissues.

How it works

HistaBlock is a herbal allergy supplement that provides nutrients that support healthy respiratory function as the body battles irritants, pollutants and toxins. Stinging nettle provides well-known support against seasonal airborne substances. Quercetin may help stabilize cells that release compounds when exposed to irritants. Bromelain is an enzyme that works to help reduce the swelling of mucous membranes during times of respiratory stress. And bitter orange contains synephrine, which helps the body support open airways.

Herbal allergy supplements that contain quercetin—such as HistaBlock—can help:

  • Support the body in times of respiratory stress.
  • Support the body's efforts to maintain a healthy mucous membrane.
  • Support free breathing and may help reduce unpleasant symptoms associated with irritants.

Though the spring and summer growing season is an inevitable part of the year, you can take a proactive approach to supporting your body with a herbal allergy supplement.

 

The Oxygen Supplier

The respiratory system is essential to the body's growth and movement because it supplies oxygen, enabling the body to produce energy.

Common concerns: Respiratory function, Seasonal changes, Cold weather season support, Bronchial support

 

Respiratory System Pack

 

The Respiratory Health

Nothing else matters when you can't breathe.

The respiratory system keeps us breathing. It supplies blood with oxygen and expels carbon dioxide (waste gas). This system includes the sinuses, trachea and lungs. These organs and parts often suffer during times of immune system compromise or at seasonal changes.


Facts about respiratory health and lung health:

  • Your lungs contain almost 1,500 miles of airways and over 300 million alveoli (air sacs).
  • Drinking plenty of water is critical to the proper function of the respiratory tract because it helps keep the air in your lungs humidified. Drinking water also keeps the mucus coating of the respiratory tract moist and sticky so it can trap and remove allergens, toxins and pathogens.

The Respiratory System pack  

This pack provides targeted support for the respiratory system and respiratory health. It contains cello packets with the following supplements:

Lung Support TCM

  • Acts as a tonic for the respiratory system.
  • Maintains the viability of tissue surfaces.
  • Supports the lungs and sinuses.

Bronchial Formula

  • Strengthens and supports the bronchial system.

ALJ®

  • Provides excellent support for the upper respiratory airways.
  • Helps the body maintain already clear sinus passages and healthy lung function.

AM packets contain 1 Lung Support TCM capsule, 2 Bronchial Formula capsules and 3 ALJ capsules. PM packets contain 2 Bronchial Formula capsules and 3 ALJ capsules.

(for these and other products)
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Karen Herrmann-Doolan, NSP District Manager 
Nature's Sunshine Herb Specialist 
Natural Health Educator 
C: (817) 225-8392
 
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