Got Allergies?!

Pollen is in the air and seasonal allergies are the talk of the town!

Written by : Nidhi Desai, CNP

What are allergies? Simply put, Allergies are an immune response to various environmental instigators. Pollen, ragweed and grass are a few summer allergens that trigger an immune system (IS) response .

When these foreign entities access the body, the IS identifies them as a threat and, in response, begins to produce antibodies and/or releases a chemical called histamine.

An allergic response may include the following symptoms: itchy/watery eyes, nasal congestion, sinus, sneezing, hives, flushed face, headaches, and itchy throat.

FIGHT BACK (naturally)!

Allergy sufferers are hypersensitive to foreign influences and express the aforementioned symptoms, this is a good indication that the body may not be detoxifying and properly eliminating toxins.

Although allergy symptoms can be reduced with natural antihistamine supplements and other natural alternatives, these options will not get to the root of the problem. By identifying and addressing the underlying causes of the allergic reactions, one can remedy the problem long term.

Things to consider for a permanent relief:

Address and rule out any food allergies or intolerance.

A food journal is a great tool that can help keep track of potential allergens. Some foods are “cross reactive,” and work synergistic with environmental factors that trigger allergy symptoms; for instance, bananas may leave the body more vulnerable to environmental allergens such as ragweed.

Address digestive issues.

Many food categories, like dairy, can negatively impact digestion.  Eliminating digestive culprits will help to strengthen the immune system.

Liver detoxification.

Before you start any detoxification make sure that your digestion is optimal.

Improving Gut Health.

Pre and probiotic rich foods can help gut bacteria work efficiently and effectively. Some prebiotic foods to consider: chili peppers, raw dandelion greens, raw garlic. Some probiotic foods to consider: various fermented foods like sauerkraut, kombucha, apple cider vinegar.

Foods that support the immune system and lessen allergic responses:

19466250_1916969971891824_6459991803398142323_oLeafy herbs: supports adrenal fatigue (hormone secreting glands.)

Green leafy vegetables, broccoli, berries: source of quercetin, limits the occurrence of allergy symptoms

Garlic: anti-microbial, powerful antioxidant

Ginger: improves digestive health and has anti-inflammatory properties

Horseradish, cayenne, onion: helps with nasal congestion, helps removing allergens through sneezing and sweating20374266_1935065056748982_4744481693596898307_n

Turmeric: works as a decongestant to alleviate allergic reactions

Yellow and orange vegetables: source of beta-carotene – good for the protection of the mucus membrane.

Supplements to consider:

Vitamin C: fights free-radical damage, builds up immunity, reduces histamine release

Bioflavonoids like quercetin, optimize the benefits of vitamin C
Bromelain: an enzyme found in pineapple helps fight inflammation caused by allergies

Astragulus: strengthens and restores immunity. also, it nourishes the adrenal gland increases the ability to cope with stress

Chaga: strengthens immune system

Probiotics: improves digestive health
Magnesium: may ease heavy breathing and congestion
Pollen Plus: homeopathy remedy to relive seasonal allergy symptoms.

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