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No-Nonsense Nutrition Report: Seasonal Allergy Supplements and Strategies

allergies womanMy Blessed and Valued Health Seeker:

Spring is my very favorite season. I love the milder weather, the longer days, Easter season, and the focus on new life. Flowers start blooming and I just love it all. 

However, I realize that this is the time of year that is very challenging for people suffering with seasonal allergies. My husband used to have terrible allergies in the spring and also in the fall when we lived in Tennessee. They can make life miserable and according to studies over 25% of people suffer from allergies. Allergies are the 6th leading chronic disease in the U.S. among all ages, and the annual cost of allergies is estimated to be nearly $18 billion, according to the CDC. 

All allergies not only seem to be on the rise but their severity has also increased. Some of the most common allergy triggers include pollen from grass, flowers and trees, the fecal particles of dust mites, animal dander, certain foods, air pollution, personal care ingredients and insect bites. Pollen, dust and mold are actually harmless environmental substances. However, some immune systems inappropriately target them as dangerous invaders, thus triggering the allergic response. 

While using natural remedies may not work quite as quickly as medications, they are surprisingly effective and when used consistently tend to lessen reactions to allergens over time. 

Keeping your immune system strong by cleaning up your diet and improving your lifestyle and habits is the foundation of overall health and allergies are no exception. Remember the bulk of your immune system resides in your gut!

Allergic response is intimately connected with the condition of your immune system. Your immune system is impacted by how well you nourish your body.  Your body’s immune response manifests in different ways depending on your genetics and where your body perceives the invasion. 

Symptoms may include: 
hay fever (runny nose, sneezing, itchy eyes, congestion) 
nasal drip and mucus production 
digestive upset and nausea 

It may be helpful to have allergy testing done to determine specific triggers. Typically the treatment the doctor recommends usually involves routinely taking an antihistimine or corticosteroid, both of which have undesirable side effects. 

But those are not your only options. You can help stop allergies naturally by supporting your immune system, keeping it strong and limiting your exposure to possible allergens.

So, What Can You Do?

allergies neti potBefore you resort to Benadryl, Claritin or other prescription and over-the-counter allergy medications or nasal sprays, why not try some of these natural alternatives first? 

Diet and Nutrition: Before considering anything else, take an honest look at your diet. If it is the typical SAD (standard American diet) full of packaged, processed foods, sugar, artificial sweeteners and preservatives, processed vegetable oils and other dangerous fats then I would strongly urge you to make changes

Do not overlook the potential allergy-causing effects of GMOs (genetically modified organisms), herbicides and pesticides (like glyphosate – Roundup) found in non-organic foods. There are an increasing number of experts who believe that GM foods are contributing to the huge jump in food allergies in the US, especially among children. This is why I am always stressing food quality – organic, non-GMO, grass fed and finished, wild caught, pasture raised. It makes a difference.  

If you are tested for food allergies as well as for environmental allergens, then you will also know what foods to avoid. I would suggest eliminating gluten and dairy as well and see if that doesn’t improve your symptoms. 

Leaky gut can manifest without gut symptoms and show up instead as seasonal allergies - postnasal drip, sinusitis and chronic airway congestion. So be aware of your digestion and how certain foods may be affecting you.

Flushing Sinuses: Many people, including health experts and both conventional and alternative doctors swear by using a neti pot filled with a sterile saline solution to flush out the sinuses of allergens and irritations. 

If that options doesn’t appeal to you, there are natural saline sprays you can find such as Xlear Nasal Spray, which is a saline spray with xylitol to reduce tissue inflammation and naturally open the airway. Overusing decongestant sprays (more than 5 days) can lead to a chronic nasal congestion. Natural saline sprays do not cause rebound congestion and addiction to the spray. They can be used as often as necessary to moisturize and soothe nasal passages. 

Supplements and Herbs: Lauricidin has also been a life saver for my husband. I shared how this helped him with terrible side effects of tick borne disease. The active ingredient is monolaurin from coconut. It helps support the immune system without destroying friendly bacteria. It inactivates laboratory bacteria, viruses and fungi/yeast. It also helps regulate bowel function can be taken with other medications.  

Probiotics are a natural since 70% of your immune system resides in your gut and probiotics help keep the bacteria balanced. You can boost the good bacteria several ways. You can take a probiotic supplement. You can also include naturally fermented and cultured foods and beverages like sauerkraut, miso, kimchi, kefir, yogurt and kombucha.    

Omega 3 fats such as those found in wild caught salmon, sardines, mackerel and also in walnuts, flax and chia seeds are anti-inflammatory and will help reduce unpleasant allergy symptoms. While we are talking about anti-inflammatory agents, include spices like turmeric, ginger and cumin which are all very anti-inflammatory. 

Vitamin D3 could decrease the likelihood of children and adolescents developing both environmental and food allergies.  

Dr. Shen’s Allergy is a natural herbal supplement both my husband and son have used and found very effective in reducing symptoms. 

Natural Antihistamines

allergies waterQuercetin, which is a natural bioflavonoid, is something I take regularly for dental health, but the happy side effect is it helps reduce inflammation and keeps mast cells from releasing histamine. So in effect it is a very natural antihistamine.  By the way capers are a good source. Put some in your tuna salad or on your green salad.

Nettle Leaf naturally blocks the body’s ability to produce histamine. You can find it as a tea or in capsule form. 

Vitamin C is a natural antihistamine. Take 1,000 mg. at a time throughout the day to bowel tolerance (until you get diarrhea and then cut back) or take 4-6,000 mg. I prefer Dr. Mercola’s liposomal C. 

Water plays an important role in the histamine response of the body. According to Dr. Batmanghelidj the natural histamine response is one of our bodies cries for water, salt or both. Every one of our cells require both water and salt to maintain health. He suggested putting a bit of natural, unprocessed salt on the tip of your tongue and drinking a glass of water and then noting how quickly your congestion clears up. So what could be more natural and simple than salt and water? 

My basic recommendation for overall health is one-half your body weight in ounces of water and ¼ tsp. of unprocessed, natural salt for every 32 oz. You may require more or less depending on your system and especially during allergy season, but it is a simple and safe fix. 

Essential Oils: Essential oils reduce inflammation and help detox bacteria, parasites, and yeast that can trigger a reaction. Some of the best single essential oils are peppermint, basil, lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree and lemon oils. You can use them alone or combine several and diffuse. 

There are some good blends that can help with allergies, respiratory and immune health such as Breath of Life, Deep Cleanser, Immune and 1st Defense depending on how you want to approach it.  

I hope you will try one or several of these natural options and find relief so you can enjoy this beautiful season.

NO-NONSENSE NUTRITION NUGGET: According to the National Institutes of Health, more than half of all Americans have one or more allergies. Allergenic pollen is too small to be seen by the naked eye. So that yellow dust covering your car and windows is pollen, but it’s probably not to blame for your symptoms. Allergies are caused by your body’s response to proteins found in pollen and not all types of pollen contain these compounds. Contrary to popular belief, flowering plants like roses, generally do not affect people with allergies because they disseminate pollen through insects rather than releasing them directly into the air.
Until next week, I wish you overflowing, abundant health, peace and joy and I call you BLESSED (empowered to prosper and succeed). 


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