Dr. Finger's Top Suggestions for Seasonal Allergy Relief
Allergy symptoms can make you feel awful. Congestion, sneezing, itchy eyes and nose, sore throat, and coughing can wear your body down and cause you to feel fatigued day after day. Certain people also experience a dizzy feeling or fullness in the ears. For some, fall is the height of allergies with the ragweed and mold. For others, spring is a challenge with its pollen, grass, weeds and trees. And still others need to pay attention to indoor allergens. While severity of symptoms varies, most people would agree that allergies just make you feel lousy!
So why do some people have allergies and others don’t?
Allergy symptoms are caused when our bodies release histamine in response to a stressor (allergen). Allergies occur when the immune system is over-reacting to a trigger causing an inflammatory response and this inflammatory response becomes our symptoms. So, the goal here is to support and/or modulate the immune response along with decreasing the triggers that weaken the body. We are more susceptible to allergies at times of stress or with lack of sleep.
Treating allergy symptoms takes a multi-pronged approach which includes diet, lifestyle changes, and natural therapies.
During allergy season you should avoid foods you are allergic or sensitive to. If you are not sure what those might be and if you have never done an Elimination Diet, do one! The Elimination Diet is so revealing of what foods our specific bodies like and do not like. If you need help, come on in and talk to me about doing an elimination diet.
Foods that commonly pose a problem during allergy season include (but not limited to): sugar, dairy, gluten, alcohol, caffeine, chocolate and citrus. Be sure to stay hydrated during this time also!
- Shower before bed
- Wash your clothes after being outside and wash your bedding on a hot setting once a week
- Clean your house (dust) and de-clutter every week
- Neti Pot daily – this is a “shower” for your nasal passages
- Sleep - work on healthy routines and patterns for sleep
- Manage your Stress - think about all those great stress relieving techniques we have discussed and implement them!
For best results start 30 days in advance of allergy symptom onset and take daily. This list is not exhaustive and certainly one is not expected to do all these things. For a protocol specific to your allergy needs, call the office for a visit with me and we will create one for you.
- Spirulina - recently, this "super food" had some good press! Research is finding spirulina can decrease histamine response. You can find spirulina in many green powders or by itself.
- Quercetin - one of my favorites! Research shows this plant pigment (flavonoid) can stop the production and release of histamine.
- Stinging Nettles - an herb which contains anti-inflammatory and immune supportive qualities that can be used alongside quercetin.
- Bromelain - this enzyme found in pineapple helps reduce inflammation
- Essential Oils - my favorites for allergies would be lavender, peppermint, lemon, eucalyptus, purification
- Vitamins A, C, and Zinc - are all immune supportive and great choices for allergy season
- Probiotics - because, well, everyone should be working on their gastrointestinal health! 😊 Probiotics modify the intestinal flora in the gut and can help boost the immune system.
Here’s to needing fewer and fewer tissues to get through the season!