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Common Treatments for Seasonal Allergies Hinder Efforts to Conceive

Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 17, 2011

If you are trying to get pregnant, think twice before taking standard prescribed and over-the-counter (OTC) antihistamines. Although they may bring some relief for your allergies, they can dry up cervical fluid which can drastically hinder your efforts to conceive.

Cervical fluid functions to:

–nourish sperm for up to 5 days

–filter out abnormal sperm

–make the environment within the vagina less acidic

–provide a means for the sperm to travel through the uterus and fallopian tubes.

Without adequate quantities of fertile cervical fluid, the chances of sperm making their way towards the egg are massively reduced.

If you can avoid taking standard antihistamines, do so. Fortunately, there are some natural remedies for allergy season that won?t interfere with cervical fluid production.

#1: Avoid exposure to the allergen as much as is possible

Close windows (home and car) whenever possible until the majority of the plume has passed.

#2: Neti Pots

Neti pots work by flushing your nasal passages of the tiny, prickly sea urchin-like pollen particles. Use a neti pot twice daily using salt water (especially after time spent in the outdoors) for maximum relief.

#3: Stock your pantry with allergy-fighting foods rich in Omega-3s

Cold-water fish, flaxseed, walnuts are all good sources. You can also use Cod Liver Oil supplements (which have the added benefit of actually improving the quality of your cervical fluid). Experts recommend sticking to between 20,000 and 30,000 UI per day, particularly if you are trying to conceive.

#4: Stinging Nettles

Stinging nettles actually inhibit the production of histamine (which is causing your eyes, nose to leak). Nettles are a natural antihistamine. They come in capsule form, 300mg, and will provide some relief (albeit temporary). Dried nettles can be consumed as a tea or the fresh herb can be prepared to make a tincture for similar results.

#5: Raw Honey

Raw unprocessed honey contains 90% of the pollens, dusts and molds that are causing your allergies in the first place. A teaspoon of raw honey, daily, is similar in effect to a natural allergy shot.

Kimberly Racic, a fertility educator and founder of FertilityFlower.com, commented on the research:

‘Cervical fluid is critically important in baby-making. So, doing whatever you can to preserve the quality and quantity of the cervical fluid is key and avoiding those substances that cause cervical fluid to dry up. The ideal scenario is one in which you receive relief from the symptoms of your seasonal allergies while actually improving the quality and quantity of cervical fluid – such as via Cod Liver Oil supplements.’

Photo Credit: Dwight Kuhn

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1. Counting Calories Is The Only Way To Lose Weight (75% said Yes)

Calorie counting is a good way of preventing you from overeating. Although it theoretically works on the basis of physics and energy, it does not take into account the biological factors that cause weight gain through digestive processes. Protein is high in calories but is the crucial component of most weight loss programs.

2. Cutting Carbs Is The Quickest Way To Lose Weight (87% said Yes)

Simple carbohydrates, such as sweets, crisps and biscuits lead to weight gain (in most people) as a result of an insulin response caused by a rise in blood sugar levels. However, cutting carbohydrates out of your diet on the whole may not lead to efficient weight loss. Your body (and particularly, the brain) require a degree of complex carbs to keep itself energised.

Remember, cutting carbs drastically might lead to quick weight loss, but it might also lead to very quick weight gain post-program. So beware!

3. More Exercise Will Always Aid Weight Loss Results (94% said Yes)

This is a huge myth in the industry. The notion of more exercise and less food is an old one and science has proven that this is not an effective way of losing weight. This all depends on the TYPE of exercise and your diet plan. Exercise alone will not always lead to weight loss, and a diet alone might not lead to good-looking results. Combine the both of the best results.

4. Protein Is Most Important For Building Muscles (100% All said Yes)

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5. Running For 60 Minutes Is Better Than Rowing For 10 Minutes (69% said No)

More intense training leads to more ?calories burned? (i.e. it requires more bodily energy) such as rowing. Running alone is a good way to maintain weight loss and improve cardiovascular health, but it will not lead to weight loss on an impressive scale compared to high intense exercise.

This poll was conducted on 218 members of the public taken at random in London, UK by 3 contractors, overseen, sponsored and on behalf of Differ Diets.