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Don’t Sneeze At Summer Allergies

Posted on July 28, 2009 | Filed Under Allergies, Articles

If you bite into the farm-fresh peach and suddenly your eyes begin to water and your nose starts to run; or, stopping to smell the roses results in a sneezing fit, then you’ve got Summer Allergies! Whatever the trigger is, summer allergies are a nuisance at best, but for some, allergies can even ruin this coveted time of year.

But taking allergy medication can result in unpleasanr side effects such as drowsiness, heart palpitations, nervousness, irritability, thirst and insomnia. If the allergies don’t ruin your summer, the medication might.

However, there are natural alterntives that clear up the symptoms of summer allergies without the side effects of allergy medications.

Keep HistaBlock herbal allergy formula on hand during summer months to relieve allergic symptoms. The formula contains a blend of herbs and nutrients to control allergic and inflammatory reactions to allergens. Stinging Nettle provides support against allergic rhinitis in hay fever sufferers. Quercetin, a bioflavonoid, reduces the release of histamine to effectively reduce allergy symptoms. This formula also provides antioxidant support to help keep nasal passages open. Bromelain works as an anti-inflammatory to help reduce the swelling of mucous membranes. Butter orange helps the body’s natural decongestant processes to open up the aieways and reduce runny nose and watery eyes. Histablock #776-1

Which Pollens Could Be Causing Your Allergies?

British Columbia
Tree: March – May
Grass: May – July
Ragweed: August – September

Prairies
Tree: March – May
Grass: May – July
Ragweed: August – September

Ontario
Tree: March – June
Grass: May – September
Ragweed: August – September

Quebec
Tree: March – June
Grass: May – September
Ragweed: August – September

Atlantic Provinces
Tree: April – May
Grass: June – September
Ragweed: August – September

From Allergy Asthma Information Association.
Article Source From Sunshine Today: July/August 2009

Summer Tips

Posted on July 28, 2009 | Filed Under Articles

You have to be careful these days with all the evidence of how harmful the sun’s rays can be on unprotected skin. The sun damages skin in three ways: premature aging, weakened immunity and a greated risk for developing skin cancer. Here are some smart tips for enjoying the sun this summer.

  • Avoid unnecessary sun exposure.
  • Minimize sun exposure between am and 3 pm.
  • Cover as much of your skin as possible by wearing a sun hat and light protective clothing.
  • Learn a trick from an old dog and head for the shade.
  • Drink plenty of pure water to replenish lost moisture before, during and after being out in the sun.
  • Apply a misturizer (aloe vera is excellent) following periods of sun exposure to prevent dryness. If you should burn, generously apply aloe vera gel to relieve pain and promote healing.
  • When in the sun always wear a broad-based sunscreen.
  • Make certain your sunscreen provides protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Remember that the sun’s rays are intensified when reflected off water.

Take antioxidant supplements to protect against sun damage from the inside. Here is a list of vitamins and nutrients that are protecive:

Vitamin C, Vitamin E, High Potency Grapine  Thse Nature’s Sunshine products are available here: www.HealthyWithHerbs.com

From Sunshine Today: July/August 2009

Sunburn!

Posted on July 6, 2009 | Filed Under Articles

sunburnOkay, summer is here and a lot of you want to look great in your summer clothes so you’re thinking about getting a tan! There are some things you need to think about before you start laying in your backyards, by the pool or in a tanning bed.

When you start toasting your body, you can be asking for pain, wrinkles, or worse: cancer! There is still a great debate about what is too much and why so many who do get a “healthy tan” seem to be just that-healthy and yet it causes problems for others.

Some of the problems with tanning come from genetic tendencies to burn in the sun, especially for blonds and redheads. Other problems include the amount of sunlight where you live. Face it, in some parts there is really hot sun and, if you don’t watch out, it can really cause you problems.  And, of course, there is always the problem of being impatient and trying to get your tan on a Saturday so you look great for Saturday night!

One of the most neglected reasons for sunburn is an improper diet that lacks those elements needed to shield the body from harmful rays. Having enough B vitamins is important, especially pantothenic acid and PABA.  Antioxidants are also needed to help prevent free radicals from being formed or to neutralize them on the spot.  These free radicals are formed by various forms of radiation, including those from the sun, pollutants such as we have here and normal body processes.  If they are not properly neutralized, they can cause the skin to age with wrinkles being one of the first damage signs.  A good diet also allows the skin to form its own defensive barriers to harmful sun rays, Vitamin C complex with bioflavonoids helps with this protection.

Once burned, however, what can you do? Although Aloe Vera Gel is my favorite sunburn relief, other things might try include the following.  You can grind or otherwise powder barley and mix it with a little water and honey and the white of an egg and put it gently on the burn; applying a peeled and mashed cucumber is also helpful.  Other remedies include compresses made of either the juice of a raw grated potato, diluted apple cider vinegar.

Another great remedy is applying Vitamin E to the burned area. It not only helps to ease the pain and hasten tissue healing, it helps prevent scarring.  You should also take it internally for the greatest benefit.  Do remember though, that Vitamin E should always be taken with selenium so your body can absorb it correctly.  Nature’s Sunshine’s Vitamin E with Selenium is the perfect answer.

Zinc is another important mineral to remember for any repair of injury. In addition to zinc, your body has a greater need for other nutritional supplementation after getting a sunburn; Super Vitamins & Minerals, an easily absorbable multi-vitamin from Nature’s Sunshine that would be a wise choice.  If your skin becomes dry, Super Omega 3 oil is a good supplement internally as well as externally and so is lecithin, just use a little and rub it well into the skin.  Vitamins A & D also help keep the skin cells moist and may be used internally to prevent rough and scaly skin.

Remember that the skin is the largest organ of the body and is your personal shield against trillions of hungry microbes and pollutants of all kinds. Be sure to treat it with a lot of TLC this summer so it can continue to do its job for you.


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