Seasonal allergies can make life miserable.
Many people suffer from seasonal allergies unnecessarily. Studies estimate that over 25% of the population suffers from allergic disorders. In this post, we’re going to dive into the cause of seasonal allergies and how to rid yourself of them.
What causes seasonal allergies?
Common allergen triggers include pollen from grass and trees, the fecal particles of dust mites, animal dander, certain foods, air pollution, beauty product ingredients, and even insect bites.
Diet, strong gut health, and health overall can make a big difference when it comes to seasonal allergies because the allergic response is strongly related to the immune system.
Getting to the root of seasonal allergies
Conventional medicine treats seasonal allergies with injections and pills, which unfortunately create side effects and fail to address the root issue. If you don’t address the root cause, then the allergies won’t go away.
Since prime allergy season is fast approaching, we are going to dive into Dr. Hyman’s 4 steps to getting rid of seasonal allergies.
These won’t be as immediately effective as a medication, but for the long-term, these methods can lessen seasonal allergies greatly.
Eliminate common toxic triggers like wheat, corn, dairy, soy and alcohol. Eat a whole foods, high-fiber diet that is rich in anti-inflammatory plant chemicals (phytonutrients) while avoiding anything that contains sugar or trans fats.
Try to focus on eating healthy fats – extra virgin olive oil, nuts, avocados and foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids like those found in small fish (sardines, herring, sable, wild-caught salmon).
Add gut-healing nutrients
Consume a varied diet that includes plenty of fermented foods and drinks which can help boost gut bacteria. Also, take a high quality probiotic/prebiotic.
Other gut-healing nutrients include glutamine, zinc, curcumin and fish oil. Quercetin (which has anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine properties) and nettles (another natural antihistamine that can be very effective as it naturally blocks the body’s ability to produce histamine) can also relieve symptoms from allergies.
Stress can wreak havoc on your immune system, which makes your allergies worse. Practicing relaxation techniques and getting stress under control can help.
Get enough high-quality sleep
Aim for at least eight hours of uninterrupted, deep sleep every night.
Optimal sleep is crucial for gut health and overall health. Research shows inadequate sleep shortens your lifespan and increases inflammation, which can lead to chronic disease.
Ultimately, lifestyle choices and how we care for our bodies can make a huge difference in our quality of life.
While seasonal allergies are very troublesome, the good news is, there are things we can do!
A few simple acts implemented into your daily life could change everything, including seasonal allergies.