5 Tips To Reduce Seasonal Allergies Naturally
Are We In For a Pollen Burst This Year?
It’s that time of year again when a runny nose, watery eyes, constant sneezing and congestion is a daily occurrence for most people. Although allergy season comes and goes each year, the common consensus for this year is that 2014 could be one of worst years .This is due to the cold winter and spring we experienced, causing the allergy season to be later than usual. Once the warm weather comes, the pollen burst will soon follow. So if your one of the 30% of the population worldwide who experience seasonal allergies or hay fever annually don’t despair, Naturopathic Medicine can help.
Your Immune System
Allergies or Hayfever are an immune response gone rogue. In an attempt to protect the body, the immune system has mistakenly identified foods, dust and pollen as harmful invaders which need to be removed. In this attempt, the immune system will generate IgE antibodies. IgE antibodies are a defence antibody which are created in response to specific allergens. When these antibodies are released, it creates a cascade of events which leads to a large amount of histamine being released in the body. Histamine acts on the skin, eyes, nose, throat and lungs creating the common symptoms of hives, itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing and coughing.
What Can You Do?
The best form of allergy reduction is prevention. So start early to prep yourself for the coming allergy season. Here are a few helpful tips to get you and your family ready:
- Know the Pollen Count– You can check daily pollen counts on The Weather Network website and phone app. You many want to exercise indoors on days with high counts.
- Nasal Irrigation– There has been good evidence to support using a nettipot regularly to flush the sinuses with salt water to reduce allergy symptoms.
- Change Your Diet– Clinically I have seen many seasonal allergies reduce with the elimination of food sensitivities. When the body is fighting food sensitivities, it causes the internal immune environment to be hyper reactive.
- Vitamin C & Quercetin – both act as a natural anti-histamine to reduce the immune systems over reaction to environmental antigens.
- Fish Oil – a high quality fish oil can act as a natural anti-inflammatory and reduce the hyper immune response causing allergies.
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