Do you experience the following symptoms?
- Runny nose, congestion, sneezing, and postnasal drip
- Headaches or sinusitis
- Itchy nose, eyes, throat, or mouth
- Coughing or wheezing
- Hives or eczema
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Low energy
If your answer is yes, it is likely that you have allergies. These can be either seasonal or year-round allergies which means your immune system is attacking harmless substances such as certain foods or inhaled particles, and causing inflammation.
Early spring allergies are caused tree pollens, summer allergies are caused by grass pollens, and autumn allergies are often due to weed pollens.
If you have symptoms year-round, these are likely due to indoor allergens such as dust mites, animal dander or mould.
Keep in mind that food sensitivities are entwined with seasonal allergies. By eliminating foods that you are sensitive to, you can lighten the burden on your immune system, which in turn may help reduce the impact of seasonal allergic reactions.
Here are a few remedies that might help to decrease your reactions:
- Try Butterbur – some herbs can control allergy symptoms without the side effects of drug-store medications. For example, a group of Swiss researchers showed that just one tablet of European herb butterbur (Petasites hybridus) four times daily was as effective as a popular antihistamine drug in controlling symptoms of hayfever.
- Give Quercetin a go – when quercetin is used as a supplement, it can be extremely helpful in reducing allergy symptoms. There is evidence that quercetin may control the release of histamine and other chemicals that help initiate the allergic response.
- Add in some Vitamin C – Vitamin C may be able to prevent the release or the action of histamine, thus it can relieve hayfever symptoms.
- Identify possible food sensitivities to decrease the allergen load on your immune system. This can be done with an IgG blood test available through Suzanne.
- Consider the probiotics Bifidobacterium longum, B. lactis, Lactobacillus johnsonii, L. salivarius, L. paracasei for alleviating seasonal or perennial allergic symptoms.
Contact Suzanne if you would like a personalized plan to manage your allergies.