Winter in Austin is a beautiful time of year. However, for many, sneezing, itchy eyes and flu-like symptoms reside alongside the moderate temperatures, clear skies, and holiday festivities. If you are one of the lucky ones not affected by cedar fever here in the Hill Country, you certainly know someone who struggles through allergy season like someone with the flu.
There are myriad medications that help fight your body’s histamine response. In addition, Paige Ryan, our Director of Wellness, shares five natural products and alternative therapies to help you and your family prepare for the cedar onslaught.
1. Do a Gut Check
Did you know that 80% of your immune system lies in your belly? Hill Country Apothecary offers multi-strain probiotics safe for the whole family. Probiotics help boost your beneficial gut bacteria, making it easier for your body to fight off foreign invaders such as cedar. The added benefit of having a healthy ratio of healthy bacteria in your gut is that it helps to support your whole system.
2. Consider Colostrum
Colostrum is a form of milk produced by the mammary glands of mammals in the late stages of pregnancy. Colostrum is not only full of nutrients, but it also has antibodies that help protect the mucous membranes like the lungs and throat. It also helps to augment the beneficial bacteria that reside in the gut. In case the thought of ingesting colostrum sounds less than appealing, we can attest that the spray form tastes like vanilla milk!
3. Boost Your Immune System
ImmunoG PRP contains tiny proteins that regulate the body’s central command for the immune system and the thymus gland, which helps your body adapt to attack foreign invaders. This product comes in a spray and a chewable form.
4. Fight Cedar….with Cedar?
The premise behind homeopathic remedies is that by curing “like with like,” you can build up your natural resistance to the allergen. Start our homeopathic cedar allergy spray in advance of the season. It sounds counterintuitive but like ingesting locally produced honey made by bees that pollinate local plants, ingesting small amounts of cedar can help mitigate the worst of the symptoms.
5. Enlist Some Antioxidant Muscle
Paige’s favorite product is Glutathione. This high-power antioxidant can have far reaching effects including the ability to help detoxify the immune system. Glutathione is produced by your body naturally, but diet, environmental toxins and stress all deplete our natural reserves. According to our Director of Wellness, “This product saved me last year and I will not head into the season without it!”
The common element between all five of these products is that they help you build up your immune system, which will help you ward off not only cedar fever, but also common winter bugs such as colds and the flu. If you have questions or would like to schedule an allergy consultation with Paige, send her an email.
Stop into Hill Country Apothecary today. Let us help you feel healthy this season!
Want to learn more about these products? Join us for a Holiday Open House on December 17 at our Lakeway store. Come chat with our staff, have some festive food and drinks, and learn more about our wellness products. Click here to find out more about our Open House event!