-getting a skin-prick allergy test
-getting a food-sensitivity test
-cutting out meat and dairy
-using a neti pot
Now those tips are all fine and dandy, until you still suffer from allergies symptoms. These tips helped me out for several years, but after Avery was born I started to get some mild allergy symptoms, like the runny nose, sneezing, and itchy eyes usually when I'd spend time outside or it was a "high allergen day". My vegan diet and neti pot could only take me so far, I needed something else, something stronger and more effective....this is when I found Natural D-Hist.
Once again, my disclaimer- I am not a medical doctor or a pharmacist. So while I can share what has worked with me, it may not work for you. I would say to talk with your "health care provider" but they will probably just tell you to take the traditional over-the-counter or prescription medication. Instead you could do your own research or talk with someone at a natural health food store. Also, I purchased this medicine on my own and this is my honest opinion of it.
|Before going "green" with my allergy routine,|
I used to take Benadryl, Allegra-D and Flonase.
Although they drained my wallet, they didn't
do much for my allergies other than give me
unpleasant side effects.
Their website claims:
"Get effective relief from your allergies with BENADRYL® Allergy ULTRATAB® Tablets – antihistamine relief in a small tablet that works when you need it most."
Let's see what's in it...
"Active Ingredient: Diphenhydramine HCl 25 mg
Inactive Ingredients: carnauba wax, crospovidone, D&C red #27 aluminum lake, dibasic calcium phosphate dihydrate, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80, pregelatinized starch, stearic acid, titanium dioxide"
Now, they have a dye-free version which changes the ingredeints for the better...
"Gelatin, glycerin, polyethylene glycol, purified water, and sorbitol. (Capsules are imprinted with edible dye-free ink.)"
Although it's not the worst ingredient list I've ever seen, but what led me to stray from Benadryl, was the side effects of drowsiness, dry mouth, and the need to take so many (since they usually wear off in 4-6 hours). Here's some other reasons why Benadryl may not be the best choice for routine allergy symptom care.
"Green Medicine Cabinet" alternative: Natural D-Hist
According to their website:
"While most products only mask the situation, our scientific formulation addresses the issue before it can become a concern, providing sinus and nasal passage support when you need it most."
They also describe how they call upon natural ingredients like: quercetin, stinging nettles leaf, bromelain, and N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC), which you can read more about here.
How I use it:
I take 1 pill a day, first thing in the morning. I've tried taking it other times during the day, such as right when I start to notice symptoms, but I think that by then it's too late. So just starting my day off with one, on a routine basis seems to work the best for me even on the "worst" allergy days.
How it's greener:
Let's take a look at the formula/ingredients: