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Antioxidants & Allergies

Allergy season is in full swing, and if you’re allergic to pollen, you’re probably already feeling congested, having difficulty breathing, have itchy eyes, and more.

Instead of dosing up on antihistamines and other allergy medicines to get through your day, and dealing with their side effects (like drowsiness,) here’s why you should add antioxidant supplements to your routine:

What Are Antioxidants?

First, let’s look at something called free radicals. Free radicals are produced naturally in the body as it goes through its normal processes – using and breaking down oxygen molecules, for example, releases the unpaired electrons that we call “free radicals.” 

As these unpaired electrons move through the body seeking new pairings, they can bind to, alter, and damage nearby cells.

Normally, your body produces enough antioxidants to keep free radical levels in check, but certain circumstances can make this difficult. When free radicals outnumber antioxidants in your body, oxidative stress occurs.

Allergies And Antioxidants

When spring arrives, bringing with it time change, pollen, and more time spent outdoors where you may encounter pollutants, oxidative stress can become more common depending on your lifestyle habits.

One study found that: “There is ample evidence that allergic disorders, such as asthma, rhinitis, and atopic dermatitis, are mediated by oxidative stress. Excessive exposure to reactive oxygen and nitrogen species is the hallmark of oxidative stress and leads to damage of proteins, lipids, and DNA. Oxidative stress occurs not only as a result of inflammation but also from environmental exposure to air pollution and cigarette smoke.” 

During this time of year, environmental exposure to pollen and other pollutants may put strain on the body, leading to damaging levels of free radicals. 

You should go outdoors and enjoy the sunshine, but you can also take measures to ensure that you don’t experience oxidative stress.

How To Increase Antioxidants

The best way to increase your body’s amount of antioxidants is to support its natural efforts in producing them. This means that you should get the right amount of sleep every day, eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and avoid habits that produce free radicals – like smoking, drinking in excess, and more. 

That being said, we believe it is difficult for most people to maintain a perfect diet, exercise schedule and sleep routine. Therefore, there must be a different way to tip the balance of oxidation and antioxidants in your favor. We believe that supplements to a good diet is one way to do this.

We have worked hard to create a grouping of effective antioxidant products that allow your body to function at more optimal levels. Yes, it’s possible to supplement your antioxidant intake! 

Our Tart Cherry Extract, which you can win in our giveaway linked below, is an excellent natural resource for antioxidant supplementation.

Tart cherries and other deeply pigmented fruits and vegetables contain flavonoids – the phytochemicals responsible for the dark red color of tart cherries. 

These flavonoids are rich in antioxidants, and our Tart Cherry Extract makes antioxidant supplementation convenient, without the added sugars of drinking tart cherry juice.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

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