Finally, the days are getting warmer and longer. There’s that buzz in the air. Everyone around me seems happier, lighter, and ready for spring. However, for 20% of North Americans spring means sneezing, congestion, itching, coughing, and low energy.
When an allergy-prone person encounters an allergen, IgE antibodies are released and attach to mast cells. These cells release histamine, which promote the symptoms we associate with allergy. The key to halting allergies is supporting immune system function and stopping the release of histamine in the first place.
Here are 6 Methods for Reducing Seasonal Allergies:
1. Quercetin is a bioflavonoid found in garlic, onions, apples and pears. This compound inhibits the release of histamine, acting as an antiallergenic and anti-oxidant.
2 Bromelain is an enzyme extracted from pineapple. It aids in digesting proteins in the blood that contribute to allergy symptoms. It should be taken with Quercetin.
3. Nettle is an herb effective in reducing mucous and rhinitis symptoms.
4. Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant and acts as a bronchodilator.
5. Moducare is plant sterols and sterolins, which stop the release of interleukin-4 so that histamine is not released. This substance is an anti-inflammatory and supports immune system function. Moducare is effective at preventing allergies before you feel the symptoms.
6. Honey: Using unpasteurized local honey could help reduce allergies by exposing the body to allergens in small amounts. Since the pollen content in honey is low, it shouldn’t produce symptoms instead acting as a “natural” vaccine. The process is known as immunotherapy.
*When using herbal remedies, be sure the herb is not from the same plant family as your allergen.
5 Tips to Enhance Your Healing
1. Eat live foods: Eating a variety of fresh, whole foods such as fruits and vegetables, seeds, legumes, fish and healthy omega 3 oils will ensure your body is fuelled with all the essential vitamins and minerals.
2. Drink water: Stay hydrated by drinking 8 glasses of pure water daily.
3. Fatty acids: These act as an anti-inflammatory.
4. Eliminate: Reduce your exposure to allergens. Variety and rotation of foods will protect you from developing food sensitivities.
5. Deep Breath: Stress response hormones will increase production of histamine. Practicing stress reduction techniques, such as deep breathing, will calm the nervous system.