Profile photo of Mark Hyman, MD Written by

Is There Any Route But Prescription Medication to Get Allergy Relief?

Is There Any Route But Prescription Medication to Get Allergy Relief?

TAKE A BLOOD TEST called C-reactive protein. It measures the degree of hidden inflammation in your body. This is important because almost every modern disease is caused by or affected by hidden inflammation, including heart disease, cancer, obesity, and dementia as well as arthritis, autoimmune disease, allergies, and digestive disorders.

Then once you figure out the cause and get rid of it, how do you live an anti-inflammatory lifestyle? Here is what I recommend. It’s disarmingly simple, but an extraordinarily effective way to achieve UltraWellness:

  • Eat a whole foods, high fiber, plant based diet that is inherently anti-inflammatory. That means unprocessed, unrefined, real food and high in powerful anti-inflammatory plant chemicals called phytonutrients. Nothing full of sugar or trans fats.
  • Get an oil change. Eat healthy fats from olive oil, nuts, avocados and omega 3 fats from small fish like sardines, herring, sable, and wild salmon.
  • Exercise. Do I need to say more?
  • Learn to actively relax to engage your vagus nerve, the powerful nerve that relaxes your whole body and lowers inflammation, by doing yoga, meditation, deep breathing or even taking a hot bath.
  • If you have food allergies, find out what they are and get stop eating them.
  • Take probiotics (“good bacteria”) to help your digestion to improve the healthy bacteria in your gut, which reduces inflammation. (Look for those that contain 10 billion CFU of bifidobacteria species and lactobacillus species. Choose from reputable brands.)
  • Take a multi-vitamin and mineral which helps reduce inflammation.

This is only the beginning. Read the full article on inflammation–part of the 7 Keys to UltraWellness series–here: Inflammation & Immune Balance.

Mark Hyman MD is the Medical Director at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine, the Founder of The UltraWellness Center, and a ten-time #1 New York Times Bestselling author.

Comments (4)

  • Love this blog! There are alternative ways to treat and cure ailments other than traditional medicine. We are firm believers in that, here at AWAREmed in Myrtle Beach SC. We always try to find other natural methods by taking supplements, vitamins and a variety of other methods. Check us out at

  • Hello. Is one month that I follow your diet, together with some supplements. I feel better specially for the energy level that is always constant from morning to night. Do you have notice if this diet and life style can eradicate the seasonal allergy to pollens?

    Thank you for answer. Livio

  • I’ve suffered from allergies all my life and decided to do whatever it took to get rid of them once and for all about 4 years ago. I achieved exactly that by doing a lot of the things listed above. Most importantly, exercising and eliminating sugars and red meats (I still eat a lot of fish and chicken/turkey a few times a week). But, I do 2 things on a daily basis that aren’t on this list. I irrigate my nose every night with the squirt-bottle saline solutions (the little packets). And I inhale essential oils twice daily. I don’t know what the formula on this stuff is, because I got it from a wholistic doctor who was visiting from Italy, but the stuff works. If you can find something similar, it’ll amaze. I now have very minimal allergy problems and it seems to be getting better every day. I haven’t had a pocket full of tissues in years… so relieved!

  • I have been taking the sublingual drops, or desensitization drops for two years for both inhalant and food allergies. I am now able to eat foods, mainly carbs like potatoes, rice and corn in limited quantities. I was also diagnosed with gluten sensitivity two years ago when I began the drops. I have also slowly gained weight. I exercise, do yoga as well as cardio workouts but I have not been able to loose weight. I also crave carbs and it’s a constant mind battle to withstand from eating them. Do you believe in the SLIT program, or sublingual immunotherapy? I thought it was a way of giving me back my life so I could enjoy foods with my family (and be able to eat out!). Thanks in advance.