Are allergies increasing your snoring?

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Do you snore at night? Are you aware that you are snoring? or maybe you don’t actually snore in that you don’t think you are snoring or you are not making any noises. However, it is possible for you to still be mimicking the act of snoring even if you are not aware of it and even if there is no noise. In addition allergies can be a big cause of snoring more specifically sinus allergies and sinus pressure.

Personally this used to be a big problem for me. I would wake up in the morning, with a headache as a result of sleeping with a clogged nose and partial snoring. So how do you fix this if you have this problem?

Here are some of the things I tried:

1. Breathe Right strips
2. Neti Pot with saline solution right before bed
3. Saline nose sprays
4. Over the counter allergy drugs and sprays
5. Sleeping with a humifidier in my room

While these worked part of the time, most of the time, I still had problems. Finally I went to see an ear, nose and throat doctor and I ended up having sinus surgery since I had a big blockage. See my post on the pros and cons of sinus surgery to help you decide if this is something you should consider.
However, having the surgery didn’t completely solve my problem but it did help quite a bit. Now I just rub a few drops of peppermint oil under my nose before bed and occasionally if I wake up during the night to open up my sinuses and I rarely snore and I rarely wakeup with headaches.

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What I Wish I’d Known about Allergies Five Years Ago

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Five years ago I was miserable all the time with allergies. I was trying all kinds of medicine and I had pretty much given up that I could ever heal my allergies. Now I know better and here are some of the things I wish I’d known five years ago about allergies.

1. Acupuncture is a very effective method for managing and healing from allergies.

2. Essential oils are great for allergies. Especially the lemon, lavender and peppermint trio as it acts as a natural anti-histimine.

3. Over the counter allergy drugs have long term side effects and are not good for you, no matter what your doctor may tell you.

4. Even if you think you only have seasonal allergies, you may also have food allergies so getting tested for them is a very good idea.

5. Neti Potts are awesome.

6. Getting checked with an ear, nose and throat doctor for any blockages and sinus issues you may have is a very good idea. You should do it sooner or later.

7. Local honey is great for allergies.

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Fooducate App for Food Allergies

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If you have food allergies or are just trying to be more health conscious then you are certainly aware of the fact that many foods have hidden allergens and other unhealthy things in them. So how do you know what you are really eating?

I recently discovered a new app for iphone and android that is amazing. It’s called the fooducate app. I installed this app on my android phone. It’s free. The way it works is this:

1. You scan the barcode of any food item or you can look up the food.

2. The app tells you how many calories per serving are in the food. It also gives you a letter rating from A to F and includes additional information such as if the product has known GMOS in it, the amount of processing in the food, the vitamins in it, dieting info and more.

3. You can rate the food based on if you like it or not, share it with others or comment about your experience with the food item.

4. You also are shown alternatives that may be healthier than the given food item.

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10 Reasons Why Aromatherapy is the Best Solution for Managing Your Allergies Naturally

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Many people are surprised when I mention essential oils and aromatherapy as the number one thing that has helped me to manage my allergies. If you have read my story or followed my blog for any length of time, then you know that I have chronic seasonal allergies that aren’t really seasonal as they usually last all year long, as well as hayfever and I’m allergic or intolerant in one form or another to about 50 different foods, or chemicals. This makes managing allergies a real pain. That said, here are ten reasons why I’ve found that aromatherapy is the best solution for managing allergies naturally.

1. Essential oils are both antibacterial and antiviral thus making them very powerful forms of medicine.

2. Sinus infections are a major problem for any people with allergies and essential oils can help fight against these.

3. While it might seem contradictory many oils are made from herbs or plants that people are sometimes allergic to and some exposure can reverse allergies. Lavender is a good example. Many people are allergic to lavender yet lavender is one of the most powerful oils for healing from allergies.

4. The cost per dose is inexpensive when compared to other solutions for managing allergies. I used to spend about $60 a month on over the counter allergy meds. Now my oils cost me about $20 a month for managing my allergies.

5. Aromatherapy is based on smell and smell is very powerful for many things and allergies are no exception.

6. There is a variety of options on how to manage allergies with aromatherapy. You are not limited to one formula like you are with other medications or herbs. If the lemon, lavender, peppermint blend which is the number one formula for allergies doesn’t work, then you can use something else.

7. Aromatherapy can be used for a variety of allergies. It works great for seasonal allergies, but it also works really well for sinus allergies, and as a natural epi pen of sorts for food allergies.

8. Many allergens are in the air and so getting and keeping clean air is crucial for managing allergies. Essential oils can be put into a diffuser and when used on a consistent basis can assist in removing allergens from the air.

9. Skin care and bath and body products can be a major source of skin allergies and rashes and essential oils can safely and effectively be used on the skin as a way to cleanse and smell great without allergic reactions.

10. I’ve tried everything you can think of to manage my allergies and essential oils worked the best for me. I don’t know all the reasons why, they just do.

Have you used aromatherapy for allergies? What were your results? Please comment and share.

5 Allergy Home Remedies that Really Work

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If you have read any of my other posts, then you know that I am not a fan of allergy medications. I firmly believe that they cause more harm than good. There are a variety of allergy home remedies that work including some that I’m sure I’ve never tried. That said, here are the 5 allergy home remedies that I’ve found to work the best.

1. Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint Essential Oils. You put 2-3 drops in a 4 oz. glass of water and drink it 2-3 times per day or more if you are having bad allergies. You need to be careful though because you can’t use just any essential oils. They must be therapeutic grade and be pure enough to take internally which is not the case with all brands.

2. Local Honey- Eat 1-2 teaspoons 2-3 times per day. You can get it from a farmer’s market or from another local store you just need to be sure it is from a local farm. You can try non-local honey but it probably won’t work as well.

3. Using a neti-pot. This is especially helpful if you have sinus allergies and are prone to develop sinus infections. However, you do need to be careful.

4. Not eating wheat and corn during allergy season. Even if you can eat them during the rest of the year, it’s best to avoid them during the main allergy season. This is because wheat and corn are proven to increase and worsen hay fever and seasonal allergies.

5. Using a diffuser and or a humifider at night while you sleep. These can really help a lot. I also recommend adding either some lavender, or peppermint or breathe blend of essential oils.

What allergy home remedies have you used?

How to Clear Up an Allergic Reaction

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Having an allergic reaction is never fun and it can be a big hassle. However, it can be relatively easy to clear up once you know what is causing it or how you got the allergic reaction.

1. If you don’t already have a good idea of everything that you are allergic to, you should find out as soon as possible. I went to the doctor’s for an ALCAT comprehensive allergies test this week and I’ll be blogging about my experience after I get the results. This is really important, you can guess and you can get some good ideas about what you are allergic to based on experience but unless you actually know, clearing up an allergic reaction can be harder than it needs to be.

2. Do a basic cleanse. There are several ways to do it but the most basic way and the one I use is I drink 5 glasses of water for a couple of days with 2-3 drops of lemon essential oil. I also do not eat any flours or starches or sugar for at least a week. This includes products that are gluten free.

3. Use lavender or melaleuca essential oil to clear up the rash. Rub a few drops on the rash every couple of hours.

4. Avoid using any lotions, perfumes or soaps until at least the rash has cleared up. Even if you did not get the allergic reaction from any of these products, stopping usage of them can help you to clear it up.

What else do you do to clear up an allergic reaction?

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The Great Over the Counter Allergy Medicine Hoax

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If you have had allergies for any length of time, then you are probably aware of the fact that there are litteraly dozens of over the counter allergy medications available for easy purchase by anyone and everyone.
In fact, there are even generic versions of just about every kind of prescription allergy drug available as well. Back when I was using over the counter allergy medications, I remember finding it really hard to figure out which one to use.
Doctors have their favorites, there are some that are farily expensive, and some that are quite cheap. Furthermore, if you read the ingredients that are in them, you will find a bunch of words you can’t pronounce as well as several ingredients
that seem to belong in a chemistry lab rather than inside your body. During the years I struggled to manage and control my allergies, I probably tried just about every one of these.
What kind of results did I get? Well it depended on the drug. Claritin worked the best but was super expensive, made me tired a lot of the time and didn’t work all of the time.
Allegra gave me nothing but migraines, and most of the other cheap drugs, either didn’t work or might have had some effect but made me so tired they weren’t worth it. I also noticed that over time I had an increase back pain, neck pain, headaches, stomach aches and heartburn.
In short, I decided that they aren’t worth it and really are nothing but a big hoax and a way for drug companies to profit from people’s suffering.
Furthermore, I found that with changes to diet, taking the allergy combo of lemon, lavender and peppermint oil and local honey have helped me a lot more than any of these over the counter allergy drugs ever did.

So what about you? Do you currently take, or have you taken over the counter allergy drugs?

Did they work? What side effects did you notice?

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Healing the New Childhood Epidemics Autism, ADHD, Asthma and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A disorders

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This is one of the best books I’ve read on all four of the A disorders. Written by a medical doctor, this book shares stories of many of the children he has helped heal from allergies, asthma, autism and ADHD. He also talks about many of the reasons why these disorders have skyrocketed in recent years and offers advice about how to help your child or adults to heal as well as how to prevent them from occurring in the first place.

The end of the book includes lists of resources as well as several useful appendixes. One of these which is particularly useful is a recommended adjusted vaccine schedule that offers advice on how to safely vaccinate your children. I’ve read other books that had similar advice but this one is the most detailed and the most common sense approach I’ve read. The main ideas are that you want to avoid giving your child more than one vaccine at the same time, double check to make sure that their is no thermasol in the vaccine, never vaccinate a child who is sick or who has been sick within a week prior to the shots, and give your child some recommended supplements and vitamins before and after. He also does not recommend the Hepatitus vaccine for babies unless the mother has it. Instead you wait until the child is 3-4 or getting ready to start preschool.

Throughout the book are recommended diets, recipes and tips for sticking with the diet, suggestions for natural remedies and other tips to help you heal your child without the side effects of drugs.

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10 Allergy Facts You Need to Know

1. Allergies are not a simple or easy to solve problem. In fact, unless your allergies are minor, you will probably need professional help to control and manage your allergies.

2. Two different people can be allergic to the same thing and have different reactions.

3. Seasonal allergies and food allergies can be connected. In fact, if you are having seasonal allergies, then you are probably also allergic to one or more foods as well. For example, corn increases my seasonal allergies and so I have to avoid it during allergy season, however, during the winter I can eat it and be just fine.

4. Chemicals in many common bath and body and cleaning products increase the severity of allergies in many people.

5. It is possible for children to outgrow certain kinds of food or other allergies.

6. It is possible to become allergic to something later in life when you weren’t allergic to it before.

7. Sometimes you can reduce or even eliminate an allergic reaction to a certain food by doing a candida cleanse and by avoiding that food for a few months. You may not have to avoid a food forever just because you had had allergic reactions to it.

8. Over the counter allergy medications are the worst way to manage your allergies and can cause nasty side effects including back pain, headaches, acne, and fatigue.

9. Allergies are serious and should be taken seriously.

10. It is a good idea for many people to get allergy testing to find out exactly what they are allergic to before treatment.

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How Probiotics Can Help With Allergies

Have you heard about probiotics and wondered how they can help with allergies? So have I. Here is a great explanation on this topic.

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