1. Have allergies? It might NOT be the air...

    Pick your poison: Pollen, dust, pet dander, mold.

    They're all reasons you could be suffering from a headache, sneezing, or a runny nose or eyes.

    Sure, you might be doing your best to avoid them…like staying inside when the allergen counts are high.

    But there might be a HIDDEN reason behind your sniffles

    This doesn’t have anything to do with the air you breathe.

    In fact, it’s something you’re doing to yourself!

    The “secret” allergen

    Researchers recently analyzed the health insurance data of more than eight million people in Austria—and they found an odd link.

    They discovered people on PPI (proton-pump inhibitors) and H2 blockers are buying anti-allergy medications like they're going out of style.

    These antacid drugs are actually causing folks to develop allergies!

    See, there's a delicate balance between your gut and your immune system.

    And PPIs and H2 blockers OBLITERATE your stomach acid, possibly allowing food to pass through your gut walls.

    Leaky gut syndrome makes your immune system prioritize attacking your food…leaving your respiratory system completely open for attack.

    Even worse, if you're on these medications—you're not even treating the real problem!

    Ditch heartburn—the RIGHT way

    There are a number of reasons you might think you need an antacid; the top, by far, is heart burn.

    There's a belief that too much stomach acid causes heart burn. Hence, you take an antacid.

    But that's NOT the best approach.

    First, you need to have a gastric analysis done. This will tell you whether you have too much acid or too little…

    • If you have too much acid, a glass of water with one teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in it can put out the fires naturally and without side effects. If you don't want to have to lug around baking soda wherever you go, Chios mastic gum can take care of the problem.
    • If the analysis says you don't have enough acid, try supplementing with betaine HCl (hydrocholoride). It aids digestion by promoting the production of additional hydrochloric acid in the stomach. Just be sure to include an enzyme called pepsin. Most digestive supplements typically contain these two together.

    It’s possible that when you get your acid reflux and heart burn figured out, you'll also ditch your allergies. That's a true two-for-one!

  2. Beat the pollen count with these good "bugs"

    Your eyes are watering... your nose is running... and you're sneezing more than one of Snow White's seven dwarfs.

    When you suffer from seasonal allergies, spring is no picnic.

    We couldn’t wait for those May flowers – but now that they’re here, the pollen can irritate your eyes and nose so much that you won’t step foot outside!

    But it turns out that you don't have to suffer through the season behind closed doors -- because there's a natural way to ease your allergy symptoms.

    And it’s not one of those over-the-counter antihistamines that can make you drowsy and come with a whole set of risks.

    Researchers at the University of Florida have found that you can reduce seasonal allergy symptoms by adding probiotics to your diet.

    Good bugs to the rescue once again!

    The study was conducted at the height of spring allergy season, when adult allergy sufferers took either a daily probiotic supplement or a placebo.

    After two months, members of the group that took the probiotic reported FEWER allergy-related symptoms than those in the placebo group.

    Somehow, those friendly bacteria managed to lessen the body's immune response to allergens – and I’m betting it has something to do with how good bugs can reduce inflammation and normalize the body’s “fight or flight” response. (Not everything needs to be fought!)

    So, if the spring bloom has got you blooming mad (and blowing your nose), don't reach for a nasal spray or pill that could knock you out (or just make you feel even worse).

    Instead, try supplementing with some good "bugs"!

    You’ll especially want to keep those seasonal allergies in check because research has also linked the histamines that your body produces when you’re suffering from allergies to all sorts of heart disease. And during allergy season (which is basically now through October!), your risk of a heart attack can go up by as much as 16 percent – or more if you’ve got an existing heart condition.

    Now, previous research has shown that not all probiotics can alleviate allergies, so you want to choose a probiotic that contains the two strains that worked in the study: Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria. You can find both of these in a supplement at your local health food store.

    Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria can also be found in many foods, such as live-culture yogurt, kefir, fermented vegetables, and fermented soy products like miso.

    Milk thistle and goldenseal are two widely available supplements that can work wonders on seasonal allergies.

  3. These popular pills pave the way to allergies

    Ah, spring. This season is surely one of the loveliest times to be alive, with trees sprouting new leaves and flowers bursting into bloom. That is, unless you sniffle and sneeze your way through the entire season! No one knows for certain why some folks suffer with seasonal allergies while others breathe in that sweet spring air with no trouble...
  4. Herbs boost immunity and soothe allergies

    Clear the goop in your throat with these herbal remedies Q: Is there anything I can do about the excessive mucus in my throat? GR: Well, we're getting ready to wrap up October -- and, in most parts of the country, cold and flu season is in full swing. That means we'll be blowing our noses and hawking up loogies...
  5. Peak allergy season brings more heart attacks

    Keep allergies in check to protect your heart My oh my, this April sure is green. Whether you live along the Eastern Seaboard like I do -- where the cherry blossom trees are already dropping their petals -- or out in the Midwest or even the West, it seems like pretty much everything is in bloom right now. It's a...
  6. Probiotics alleviate seasonal allergies

    Beat spring allergies with these good "bugs" Your eyes are watering... your nose is running... and you're sneezing more than one of Snow White's seven dwarfs. When you suffer from seasonal allergies, spring is no picnic. With flowers and plants blooming, your eyes and nose may get so irritated from pollens that you don't even want to step foot outside...
  7. More heart attacks occur when allergies peak

    Heart attacks up by as much as 16 percent when allergies are at their worst, during peak pollen months
  8. Allergies often the culprit for dark circles under eyes

    Something as simple as allergies to dairy or sugars can cause dark, unsightly circles to form under your eyes.
  9. Antibiotics cause asthma in kids

    Exposing kids to antibiotics early in life can double their risk of a lifetime of asthma.
  10. Allergies can trigger migraines

    Spring fever is more than a sniffle. Seasonal allergies can actually boost your migraine risk by a third, according to new research.

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