Seasonal Allergies

With April here many people know that seasonal allergies are just around the corning.  But the good news is that there’s a lot that can be done to combat this annual annoyance and at the same time promote overall balance within the body.  

The immune system is designed to recognize and destroy harmful foreign substances.  Allergy symptoms occur as a result of inappropriate immune reactions to substances that are not harmful such as pollen, dust and animal dander.   When the immune cells recognize these foreign particles in our body (that we inhaled or that came in contact with our skin or eyes), they release molecules like histamine which cause swelling, redness, itchiness, congestion and discomfort.  As a result, we get the common allergy symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, itchy or watery eyes, itchy skin rashes and sinus congestion. 

What factors can influence imbalances in the immune system? We know that elevated levels of inflammation and imbalances in gut bacteria can influence our body’s reactivity towards allergens.  As well, food sensitivities can contribute to chronic over-stimulation of the immune system and worsen other allergy symptoms including seasonal allergies. 

Many years ago I suffered from a chronic allergic reaction for several years, taking conventional anti-histamines daily until my Naturopathic Doctor helped me rebalance my immune system.  With a combination of an anti-inflammatory diet, some gentle detoxification support and a homeopathic remedy it took about 1 week to say good-bye to my antihistamines and I’ve never needed them since. 

While antihistamines, medications that block the release of histamine in response to the allergen, are generally safe, they can be sedating and taken daily the cost can really add up.  I’ve helped many patients restore immune balance and stop needing these medications using a combination of dietary modification, herbal supplements and homeopathic remedies.

Do you or someone you know suffer from allergies? Let’s connect to create a plan to help you enjoy the coming spring without all the sneezing and itching!

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