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Safe Alternative to Allergy Meds This Spring!

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A safe, convenient, natural and effective alternative to over-the-counter allergy medications such as Claritin, Zyrtec and Allegra.

Over-the-counter allergy medicines are already flying off the shelves of local pharmacies as the spring pollen rolls in.

Many people consider allergy medications to be a benign way to control allergy symptoms, but their use is not harmless.

Allergy Medications Confuse Your Gut

When looking at the side effects of allergy medications, gastrointestinal symptoms such as stomach pain, bloating, diarrhea and constipation are common. (1-3)

If gastrointestinal symptoms appear as a result of taking the drug, this is a big red flag that the gut microbiome is being affected.

The truth is that most drugs negatively alter the gut microbiome. It’s not just commonly believed antibiotics. (Four)

Disruption of the microbiome is a long-term risk to health due to the “autoimmune domino effect,” a condition that becomes increasingly severe over the years.

In other words, a mild autoimmune disease, such as seasonal allergies, can manifest itself in a larger form later and be debilitating.

One autoimmune disease causes another, which in turn causes another…

This is probably the biggest reason to choose natural remedies, healthy diets and lifestyle changes whenever possible to relieve sinusitis.

A Safe Alternative for Rhinitis

Instead of automatically reaching for allergy meds, the best supplement I’ve come across (and I’ve vetted dozens of products!) is Hilma’s Indoor/Outdoor Support (now BOGO!).

Herbal infusions can also be used for allergies, but this requires adjustments over time, often involving trial and error in dosage until fine-tuned properly.

Most people want relief as soon as possible, combined with the convenience of tablets.

This is why we recommend trying indoor/outdoor support first as the easiest step away from seasonal allergy medications (it can also help with mite allergies).

Ingredients Backed by Science

The ingredients in Indoor/Outdoor Support are doctor-formulated and selected with the support of scientific research.

Plus, there are no junky filler ingredients. This product is Clean Label Project certified. (Five)

Here are four active ingredients that help relieve seasonal allergy symptoms such as stuffy nose, runny nose, itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, sinus pressure headaches, and postnasal drip.

Japanese butterbur (PA free)

Butterbur is a potent anti-allergy herb carefully sourced to be free of irritating pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PA-free). (6)

There is strong research supporting the use of butterbur to combat seasonal allergies, including over a dozen clinical studies. About half of these were randomized trials (the gold standard). (7)

In addition, fuki shows promise as an effective alternative therapy for migraine prevention. (8)

Severe headaches due to sinus pressure are a common problem for seasonal allergy sufferers.


Nettle is one of the most effective herbs for maintaining sinus health.

At least 10 research studies have demonstrated that nettle is effective for this purpose, and several of these randomized clinical trials have been conducted (the gold standard). (9)


Tinospora is an herb that helps regulate the immune system to better handle seasonal changes. This is done by stimulating macrophages. Macrophages are a type of white blood cell that engulfs and digests pathogens, cellular debris, and foreign substances.

More than 10 research studies on Tinospora have detailed its positive effects on regulating the immune system, one of which is a randomized controlled trial (gold standard). (Ten)


Spirulina is a blue-green algae that promotes clear breathing.

The body of research on Spirulina consists of over 10 clinical studies, one of which is a randomized trial. (11)


The dose for indoor/outdoor support for seasonal and dust allergies is 2 capsules twice daily.

Morning and evening are recommended. It does not need to be taken with food, but may enhance absorption.

Why not try something different this spring?

Ditch those gut microbiome-busting allergy medications that jeopardize your long-term health.


(1) claritin side effects

(2) Zyrtec side effects

(3) Allegra side effects

(Four) Intestinal Effects of Common Drugs

(Five) Clean label project certification

(6) Why PA-Free Butterbur Matters

(7) Seasonal allergy butterbur

(8) Butterbur: an alternative therapy for migraine prevention

(9) nettle for seasonal allergies

(Ten) Tinospora of the immune system

(11) Spirulina allergic rhinitis

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