Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Mellow Yellow

It’s that time of year again! Everything is coming back to life! Trees are green, the sky is blue, everything else is….yellow! Yep. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies. While the world is looking pretty and tempting us to come out and play, many of us are stuck inside, slaves to our kleenex.

Did you know that popular allergy medications like Claritin, Allegra, and Singular have some surprising side effects? Take a look at reviews done by actual patients on about some of these medications. There seem to be a large number of people reporting to have experienced depression, anxiety, irritability, moodiness, and even nightmares. I can honestly say that I was more depressed than is usual for me, as well as more easily agitated in general while taking Claritin D. To me it’s kind of scary that a medicine can just take over your psyche like that.

Within the past few months I’ve become more involved in trying to clean up and “Green” up my life. I’ve eliminated toxic household cleaners for more eco friendly Method and Mrs. Meyer’s products, started using an air purifier, and have continuously sought out ways to take the toxins out of my life. So naturally (pun intended), I started looking for some relief that did not contain nasty mind altering chemicals.

Recently I began taking Quercetin. It’s an antioxidant found in apple peels and onions. Taken in theraputic amounts, it has been found to be a great natural antihistamine. It is also used in treatment of Cancer patients and for prostate health issues. The supplement I use contains Bromelain. Bromelain comes from pineapples and aids absorption.

After two yellow, pollen infused weeks, I can say with conviction that I LOVE Quercetin. It has helped me feel so much better that I almost feel as though I don’t have allergies. I am also not experiencing any adverse side effects and am just as happy as can be that I’m not adding anything funky to my system.
My allergy symptoms are about ninety five percent better than what they were last year at this time. I still sneeze every once in a while, and some nights my eyes will itch, but the vast majority of the time I’m symptom free and loving it.

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