Is Distilled Water Safe to Drink?

Depending on what you read distilled water is a miracle that will help cure many ailments or a deadly thing that will kill you. Determining if distilled water is safe to drink was a bit of a challenge due to the lack of good research. There’s some controversy about distilled water but most of the information is exaggerated on both sides of the controversy.

How Distilled Water is Made

Water is heated and turned into steam. The steam condenses and is collected in a container. A pretty simple process that removes many impurities. Distillers are very good at removing all minerals and total dissolved solids (TDS) from water.

What Impurities Does Distilling Water Remove

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Does Local Raw Honey Help With Allergies

When searching alternative treatments for allergies local raw honey came up often. It left me wondering does local raw honey help with allergies? If it does then how does honey help?

Many alternative health websites recommend raw local honey claiming it has a similar effect as allergy shots. Some claiming some pretty impressive results.

Most medical websites deny the possibility of local raw honey helping. Dismissing the idea almost as a joke or making raw honey sound dangerous.

I spent years myself working as a registered nurse dismissing ideas like this only to turn around and find out how wrong I was (it really hurts my pride to admit that). I decided to look into the idea of local raw honey helping allergies for myself.

Why Raw Honey? What’s The Difference?

The only difference between raw honey and regular honey is how they are processed.

Raw honey is removed from the hive and strained. After being strained it goes into jars to be used.

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Quercetin and Bromelain for Allergies

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Sinus pain and pressure that often comes with allergies can be intense. A runny nose and itchy, watery eyes can drive anyone nuts. Just before allergy season hits hard I like to add in quercetin and bromelain. Quercetin and bromelain are great for allergies but the major benefit is they both fight inflammation. Keeping the sinus pressure under control can make allergy season tolerable.

It isn’t my first line of defense for allergies I like to start by avoiding allergy triggers and adding vitamins that help allergies. During the worst of allergy season, vitamins alone may not be enough. The first supplements I like to add are probiotics (these can be taken year-round) then quercetin and bromelain for allergy season.

What is Quercetin?

Red Onions are a Great Source of QuercetinQuercetin is a type of flavonoid found in plants. It is in plants with dark colors like red, purple, and green, it also can be found in some teas (green tea). Red onions are great natural sources for quercetin. Apples, berries, and grape are fruit sources that contain good amounts.

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Vitamin E and Vitamin C for Allergies

Vitamin C for Allergies

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, fighting free radicals and helping the immune system. It may not always be thought of as helpful for allergies but there are good reasons to take vitamin C for allergies.

How vitamin C Helps Allergies

Vitamin C helps allergies by breaking down and getting rid of excess histamine. Histamine is part of the allergy process that causes a runny nose, itchy eyes, coughing and sneezing.

Vitamin C can help strengthen the immune system but allergies aren’t a sign of a weak immune system. It is more of an overactive, misguided immune system. Vitamin C can help the immune system become more efficient, this can help the body stop attacking harmless allergens. It not only helps white blood cells (cells that help fight infections) become more efficient as it helps protect them from damage.

Vitamin C deficiencies

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Vitamins that Help Allergies

Vitamins that help allergies

When I first started to look for allergy solutions vitamins never crossed my mind. I found they were a BIG piece of the puzzle! When I was younger I would have laughed at the idea that there are vitamins that help allergies. I have since learned how much I do not know and how much doctors do not know. The side effects from allergy medication can be extreme especially if you need to take more than one to control allergies.

Allergies that aren’t life-threatening are looked at as an annoyance but in reality, it impacts a large part of your life. After living with someone who had allergies for years I never realized the full impact it had on our life until the allergies started to improve. The constant stress on your body from allergies, the fatigue from allergies and side effects of the medication, the mental fog, all the symptoms can be overwhelming and cause you to feel hopeless when medical treatments don’t fix the problem.

Desperation is when most people finally turn to a natural solution. I realize now this is backward but whenever looking into vitamins it feels as if there are more warning about the dangers of taking vitamins or supplements as opposed to taking medication. It makes trying something scary (not to mention embarrassing since in the past I may have laughed at people who always had a “natural cure” for something).

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Best Probiotics for Allergies

Best Probiotics for Allergies

Do Probiotics Really Help?

There is some conflicting research on this topic. Some studies indicate probiotics work best when used by pregnant women, to prevent allergies in children or infants. Others claim there are no benefits, and some studies report people had improved symptoms when taking probiotics during allergy season.

The results could be due to a number of reasons ranging from the strains of probiotics that were used to the length of use. There are many factors that can affect the studies.

Although the results of the studies are conflicting, taking a high-quality probiotic is unlikely to cause any problems. If you do try a probiotic don’t expect results overnight. If you try a probiotic and symptoms don’t improve in 3 months it may not be the right probiotic, or simply may not help your allergies.

The Best Probiotics for Allergies

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