Ragweed Allergy Treatment for Fall Symptoms
It seems that every allergy season that passes us by keeps getting exponentially worse. I am scared to see what’s in store for us in a few years from now. That’s because my seasonal allergies are horrible now, filled with sneezing, congestion, nose blowing and looking like a zombie. If you have allergies to ragweed in the fall, here’s some advice from an experienced allergy sufferer for natural ragweed allergy relief.
If you have searched the internet for natural allergy relief methods before, you likely came across crappy sites that tell you the same generic, unhelpful advice. You’ve probably heard the “take ginger, local honey, turmeric, apple cider vinegar” and more. But I’ll be honest: I’ve tried all this natural stuff and it simply doesn’t work.
I’ll save you the trouble and wasting of hundreds of dollars from your paycheck and tell you the truth: these foods simply aren’t going to make your ragweed allergies go away. They might lessen the severity of the symptoms for a short while, but what you really need to treat or cure your fall allergies is to change your lifestyle around to suit the needs of your unique health requirements.
If you are thinking either “Wow, there’s a cure for seasonal allergies and my excessive sneezing?” or “What are you going to suggest some witchcraft?” then the answer is no to both questions.
What I am really saying is that these annoying and uncomfortable symptoms that go along with your ragweed allergy are a projection of your body displaying its poor quality health. You can make changes to your health so that your allergy to pollen will not bother you as much, or at all.
Have you ever considered that this modern issue of severe allergies doesn’t make sense in biology or nature? Your human ancestors and animals in the wild don’t sneeze all day, do they?
When is Ragweed Allergy Season? What to Expect?
Typically, the ragweed allergy season starts by the end of August and lasts until the first time the ground freezes and kills all the ragweed.
The seasons just seem to be getting worse and worse, is there an explanation for this? There absolutely is and it’s due to a few different contributing factors. It also seems that new symptoms are appearing like ragweed allergy rash that can only be explained by an increase in severity of the allergies.
The first and most significant factor is climate change. The years are getting noticeably more warm, with less snow and more disastrous storms and natural calamities. Human activities and pollution are causing a worldwide change in overall climate due to the greenhouse effect and this is affecting the natural biology of plants.
With warmer-than-natural temperatures, pollinating seasons will get longer and more severe because sunlight is stronger and more prevalent. The function of plants and sun exposure go hand in hand.
So that means, with every fall season that passes us by, ragweed allergy seasons will get increasingly bad. This is especially true for our children and grandchildren, which is such an unfortunate shame.
You should definitely track the pollen counts for ragweed in your area if you or your children have a ragweed allergy. I like to check in the morning before I leave my house, so that I can be prepared for those severe days. I am a generally natural consumer and I reject the abuse of drugs, but when there is a high level of ragweed pollen in the air on a fall day, I know that I will need a quality antihistamine on hand just in case my health fails me.
However, there are a few things that have helped me loosen my dependency on OTC antihistamines and dramatically improved my seasonal allergies. A few of them were simple and free lifestyle changes and some were changes in my body’s nutrition.
What Other Sites Tell You About Natural Ragweed Allergy Relief
To understand what really works for moderate to severe allergies comes with experience. I’m not sure how many robo-health blogs could actually understand how troubling it is to deal with severe allergy symptoms. That’s because I have debilitating seasonal allergies, food allergies, and sensitivities that affect my well-being every day.
These methods may be great for the short term, and probably tasty too. However, taking these natural food supplements will only mask the symptoms of ragweed allergies for a short time.
What you’ll usually hear:
- Ginger: It’s got a unique spicy taste and it can be anti-inflammatory as well as a natural antihistamine. If you have moderate allergies, it really won’t do much, especially if you have congestion.
- Turmeric: Some sources claim that turmeric soothes inflammation, and possibly the same kind caused by ragweed and seasonal allergy pollen. The Molecular Nutrition and Food Research group in 2008 claims that animal studies have shown that turmeric prevents the release of histamine from mast cells. However, it has not worked consistently for my allergies on a daily basis.
- Citrus: Don’t listen to this. It’s actually a nothing-special source of vitamin C, but hasn’t actually been proven to do anything for seasonal allergy symptoms. In fact, citrus fruits can contain histamine that your body can directly absorb.
- Butterbur: It soothes inflammation and supposedly reduces histamines and leukotrienes. Helps with itchiness, congestion and sneezing. However, you will still have uncomfortable other seasonal allergy symptoms.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: Organic acids can be good for your digestion and for thinning the enamel on our teeth when taken straight. Some advice: Just really dilute it a lot for the sake of your teeth. Anyways, it’s very healthy to consume and apple cider helps allergies a lot, but you’re still going to be affected by pollen.
- Local Honey: It has been proven in research that pre-exposure to pollen before the season starts can increase an immunity. However, you’d have to be consuming a lot of honey for it to really be effective. That is too much sugar that you are adding to your diet, so you can’t rely on this method alone. In my opinion, honey never really helped my fall allergies anyways.
Soils are Becoming Nutrient-Deficient, which May Explain Allergies
I know that everybody wants a simple solution to their problem. Seasonal allergies are a complex problem that really shouldn’t be an issue and a few changes to your lifestyle can really help you treat your allergies. However, one thing significantly improved my seasonal allergies: curing my sulfur deficiency.
It seems to me that sulfur deficiency is becoming a common problem for our newer generations because of dramatic changes in our fertile soils. There are almost eight billion people living on the planet Earth, so we really need a lot of food to feed us all and stay alive.
So it really might make sense that people are sucking the nutrients out of tenfold recycled soil that gets fertilized with man-made bone spray. The natural mineral content of soils is only acceptable for organically grown produce. A lot of people can’t afford to purchase all-organic and many don’t even have that option available.
When you think about it, you really can’t avoid the effects of soil degradation because it is going to be an exponentially-increasing problem. Therefore, I believe that our foods are lacking in natural levels of magnesium, silica, sulfur, and potassium.
In particular, I thought that sulfur deficiency made sense for the increase of allergies amongst our newborns in newer generations. That’s because the baby’s mom is probably sulfur deficient, passing on an even bigger problem for her baby.
The symptoms of sulfur deficiency are:
- A dull immune system
- Digestive issues; Constipation
- Seasonal allergies; Food allergies; Food intolerances; Chemical sensitivities
- Poor mental health
- Problems getting restful sleep
- Joint and movement problems
- Spinal issues and problems with posture
- Poor quality skin and hair; Hair falling out; Dry skin
- Fatigue or low energy
- Depression or lack of motivation
MSM Crystals are My Best Medicine for Ragweed Allergy
After considering if I was deficient in sulfur, I discovered that there was an isolated bioavailable form of sulfur available as a supplement. It was called Methylsulfonylmethane or MSM. The “s” in that name is where the sulfur is. This natural sulfur compound is what is directly used in our cells for a wide range of functions. There’s no need for our body to use it’s energy to reform the sulfur molecule because it is already in cellular form.
The best form of MSM to take are organic MSM crystals because it is more absorbable than MSM powders or capsules. After one dose, I immediately felt clear, natural energy come to me and I felt free of allergy symptoms and fatigue throughout the entire day.
Supposedly, a natural sulfur supplement will eliminate the release of immune chemicals that cause allergy symptoms and inflammation. You can check that out here. This is a wonderful mechanism for a nutrient to perform for your long-term health. A few daily doses will cure your deficiency in sulfur and start many changes to your health.
The best part is that this stuff is very cheap. Each daily dose comes out to around fifty cents when I use this link on Amazon, which is the cheapest and best quality I could find.
When you first start taking it, reactionary symptoms are common for the first few days or weeks. This can be considered a type of “cellular waste release” that means that your blood is filled with wastes and toxic compounds that were stored in your fat cells. Symptoms can range from worsening of symptoms to flu-like symptoms.
What happened to me was for the first 2 weeks, my allergies were gone but I had an increased water retention problem. I had a little bit of bloating and frequent bathroom trips, but it was all worth it because by week 3, all the reaction symptoms were gone and I felt clean, thin and amazing.
Curing my sulfur deficiency was hands-down one of the best ways I transformed my health and restored my immune system. My seasonal allergy symptoms decreased in severity to almost nothing after taking some of this stuff.
Practice Healthy Fasting for Seasonal Allergy Treatment
A simple and free method to dramatically improving your general health and immunity is eating naturally. I think that the ways we eat today do not respect the lifestyles of our ancestors who did not belong to a society. Hunter-gatherer humans would eat some fruits and vegetables 5 or 6 days of the week and then they would feast on some meat on the best day of the week. This natural lifestyle also involved long periods of not eating solid foods or consuming drugs or stimulants.
I think that deeply meditative and spiritual figures are onto something when they promote the benefits of fasting. It really gives your body a break to focus its energy on healing and rejuvenation, rather than constant digestion of meat, dairy and grain.
I discuss the benefits of fasting for allergies here, where I describe my theory of practicing fasting for 24 hours at least one day each month. This idea came from the research into Mormon religion human health geography, which says that Mormons have extremely low incidences of heart disease. They make sure to fast at least once a month, and this seems to provide immediate and noticeable health benefits that are clearly proven through time. Perhaps a healthy habit of fasting can help increase longevity and the function of your immune system. That’s what natural evolving humans did not too long ago in nature.
For my experience with healthy fasting, I try to consume as little food and drink as possible. After a day or two, you wake up feeling so much better. My immunity and digestion have improved immensely since I starting fasting twice a month for 48 hours each.
This is a habit designed to improve your health by giving your digestive system a break. I highly recommend investing some consideration into this as an adult.
Ragweed Allergy Foods to Avoid for Oral Allergy Syndrome
Sometimes when you have fall allergies, you can also experience a paired syndrome called oral allergy syndrome, which is categorized as an on-site inflammation caused by protein in raw foods that cross-reacts with the seasonal pollen you are allergic to. The oral allergy syndrome symptoms that you will experience are itching of the lips, mouth, neck, and throat. Some can also experience slight anaphylaxis or swelling of the airways.
The complete list of foods to avoid for oral allergy syndrome ragweed allergy is:
You should avoid these raw foods during the fall if you have ragweed allergies because they can cross-react with the pollen of ragweed. The proteins of the food and pollen are very similar and easily confused by your immune system.
If you think that you experience the symptoms of oral allergy syndrome, I made a complete list of cross-reacting foods for oral allergy syndrome here.
Herbs Related to Ragweed/Avoid Chamomile for Ragweed Allergy
Ragweed is a type of plant that is more like a weed than an herb, but some natural herbs can be similar to ragweed in protein structure, also causing the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Commonly, if you consume chamomile tea during the fall and you have ragweed allergies, you will likely start sneezing.
Other plants that are in the ragweed family list should be avoided by fall allergy sufferers during the fall allergy season. That would include:
- Milk thistle
These natural herbs are consumed as supplements. They can cause ragweed allergy symptoms just like getting pollen in your eye would.
Probiotics Can Do Wonders for Food and Seasonal Allergies
Another thing that has transformed my overall health and well-being was learning about how important it is to live symbiotically with microorganisms that live inside of you. Even if you are a germophobe that hates the idea of bacteria and yeast inside of us doing whatever they do, you cannot escape that you cannot live without them because humans have evolved with probiotics over time. In nature, both of us provides benefits to each other, and this makes a lot of sense regarding immunity, digestion and even mental health.
I cannot help but constantly mention the importance of probiotics because it seems that older doctors are blind of this newer medical science that is just now appearing in lectures within first-world universities and colleges. These middle-aged doctors really had no experience with biological symbiosis and disregard it as important, even though an imbalance of probiotics kills many people every day.
Extensive research now, and developing, is suggesting that probiotic flora can enhance our immunity and a lack of these essential organisms could cause allergies in newborns. Some of the health benefits of having healthy symbiotic bacteria in your digestive system includes:
- Production of essential nutrients and antioxidants like vitamin K
- Assisting in the digestion and breakdown of food
- Killing pathogenic bacteria and yeast that causes disease
- Their presence has been positively correlated to a decrease in mental stress and anxiety
- Controlling excess immune chemicals that cause inflammation and disease
- Treatment of moderate food and seasonal allergies
- Curing food intolerances and oral allergy syndrome
Probiotic bacteria and yeast are so important for longevity and the reason why so many older celebrities recommend them so much. In adults, the physical weight of the microorganisms inside your body is about 5 pounds, which means there are a LOT. You are going to want these organisms to be the good kind, not the bad ones that cause inflammation and disease.
If you have a question or something personal to add about ragweed allergies in the fall, please leave me a comment down there!
Talk to you soon,