Attacking the Seasonal Allergy
It’s the time of year to start preparing to combat seasonal allergies. If you don’t start early, the chances of your typical allergies coming on are much greater. Some of the tips and strategies in this article can help you not only manage the symptoms, but correct the causes and limit future flare ups.
Nerves. Thanks to modern research and our understanding of physiology and the nervous system, we know a lot about how the organs and systems are controlled by the body. When the immune system detects an irritant, it reacts and responds with a “rally of the troops.” This can be an overreaction if the irritant is a small allergen, which happens to many people in spring and fall. The important thing to remember is to support immune function throughout the seasons, so no matter what irritation you encounter, your body can respond appropriately.
Many of you already know about the power of the nervous system and its role in general good health. This also applies to symptom-based care, such as with allergy and sinus issues. The control and power to the sinuses comes from the C1, C2, and C3 spinal nerves. Irritation to these nerves can directly affect the function and drainage or congestion of the sinuses, especially the frontal and maxillary. This can cause buildup of mucus or over-productive sinuses. It can also cause post-nasal drip, nausea, and headaches due to the abundance of pressure and mucus, as well as the irritation to the spinal nerve that controls the head and eyes: C2 spinal nerve.
Staying regularly adjusted can help the body appropriately and optimally balance nerve function, so that the immune system and sinuses respond well and adapt to environmental demands as designed. In time, many people report improvement for allergy issues, sinus function, and overall immune response.
Liver. Your liver is the drain and filter for all chemicals and toxins the body ingests. Many of the irritants to your body and health are unknown, such as chemicals in drinking water, additives in food, medications, etc. If your liver is overloaded or over burdened with chemicals/toxins it is trying to remove from the body, sometimes it can backup and cause systemic infection or backup of mucous. This is why so many people develop allergy symptoms later in life, as their livers become more toxic.
Taking care of the liver now is a worthwhile step in aiding general digestion, reducing joint pain, and improving sinus function/allergy relief. Eating red beets can help detox the liver, as do probiotics and fermented foods. If these items do not sound appealing, there are supplements made by Standard Process and MediHerb that can help a great deal:
- AF Betafood or Betafood (beets in a bottle)
- Livaplex (liver support)
- Livco (herbal liver cleanser)
- Standard Process 21-Day Purification (a system reset, cleanse, and change of lifestyle and eating habits)
Certain foods have a very positive effect on allergy symptoms and immune function, as well:
Ginger is a natural antihistamine and decongestant. It may provide some relief from allergy symptoms by dilating constricted bronchial tubes.
Apples contain the flavonoid quercetin, which can cross-react with tree pollen. Quercetin can reduce allergic reactions by having an antihistamine effect, and also decreases inflammation. It occurs naturally in apples (with skin), berries, red grapes, red onions, capers, and black tea.
Carrots. Carotenoids are a family of plant pigments that include beta-carotene. A lack of carotenoids in the diet is thought to promote inflammation in your airways. Good sources of carotenoids include apricots, carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato, spinach, kale, butternut squash, and collard greens. Standard Process Catalyn also contains the necessary fundamentals and cofactors that are contained in these foods to support overall health and immune function.
Omega-3 essential fatty acids can counter the formation of chemicals that cause inflammation of the air passages. Good natural sources include flaxseed oil and salmon, but a more potent source is Standard Process Tuna Oil.
Yogurt/Probiotics. Food sensitivities seem to be connected with seasonal allergies. In a study conducted at UC San Diego School of Medicine, patients who were fed 18 to 24 ounces of yogurt a day experienced a decline in their environmental allergic symptoms by 90 percent. Note: not all yogurt brands are good- look at sugar content and additives. Probiotics are probably a better source due to lack of added sugar.
Bone Broth. You can make this or buy it in the soup aisle at Sprouts or Whole Foods, in a variety of flavors, such as chicken, turkey, or beef. Try to get a small cup of broth each day, whether it is used as base for cooking other things, or if you drink it straight (like tea) or mix it with chicken soup for better taste. The bone broth helps the body increase calcium stores, which will help feed White Blood Cells, which help resist and fight infection/sickness.
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