Hayfever and Allergy Season

sneezing%20copyMany people suffer in silence from allergies but allergies are not something that you simply have to put up with! It is possible to manage your allergies naturally. Common allergy symptoms include sneezing, sinus congestion, itchy eyes, persistent cough, wheezing, asthma, headaches, and skin disorders such as eczema. If you have allergies, as well as looking at symptom relief, the underlying causes such as immune imbalances or nutritional deficiencies need to be addressed in order to give you long term relief. Common causes of allergies include reacting to certain foods, food additives and pesticides, grasses and pollens, dust mites, and chemicals in personal products and cleaning products.

If you suffer from any of these symptoms, ask us for help managing your allergies today!

Allergies are caused by an immune imbalance. Pharmaceutical medications may help to reduce symptoms, but they do not address the underlying cause. The following herbs and nutrients may help to manage symptoms of allergies naturally, as well as rebalancing your immune function.

Perilla – A herb that is beneficial in the treatment of hayfever, asthma and sinusitis. It can be used to reduce the symptoms of allergic reactions, particularly in the upper respiratory tract.

Atractylodes – Another herb that is beneficial for hayfever, nasal congestion, asthma and dermatitis. We also use this to help support the immune system to treat and prevent colds and other respiratory tract infections.

Albizia – A traditional anti-allergy herb used for hayfever, asthma, sinus congestion and allergic skin conditions, this herb has shown to have anti-histamine actions amoung others. It also helps to strengthen the lungs and clear mucus.

Quercetin – This is a bioflavanoid vitamin used for acute or chronic allergies such as hayfever, hives and asthma. Additionally it has great antioxidant properties.

Probiotics – A favourite of mine for any immune condition, probiotics work to stimulate and strengthen the immune system via the gut. Remember that different strains are like different medications so each have different actions in the body. The most useful for allergies is Lactobacillus GG (LGG). This strain has been found to be effective in reducing allergies including eczema.

Zinc – This mineral plays a central role in regulating the immune system and is a common deficiency. Optimal zinc levels are crucial for anyone with hayfever and allergies.

Vitamin C – This vitamin boosts the immune system, improves lung function and decreases allergy symptoms.

You Are What You Eat!

Common food allergies include gluten, wheat, dairy, soy, eggs and corn. If you find your allergies flare up after eating any of these foods or your diet contains a lot of these foods, then you may benefit from an elimination diet or a gentle detox. A elimination diet involves avoiding certain foods or food groups and then re-introducing them and monitoring symptoms to find the offender. Talk to us to see if this would be appropriate for you. The other things to think of is that these days a lot of our food contains high levels of preservatives, additives, and pesticides that can all impact on our immune systems and contribute to allergies. Think about introducing organic foods to your diet. Organic foods not only taste better, they contain higher levels of nutrients which can be beneficial to overall health.

So if you suffer from hayfever and allergies book in before hayfever season strikes so you can enjoy the warm weather without the sneezing and watery eyes.

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