Prevent the Misery of Spring Allergies

by lydia on April 29, 2014

It’s Spring, the time of year that many are dreading due to seasonal allergies thanks to blooming flowers, trees, grasses and even weeds. The most common symptoms of spring allergies include; runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes and nose, dark circles under the eyes and even symptoms of asthma can occur. If you have an overloaded or over-stimulated immune system or even an under-stimulated or nutrient deficient system you are more likely to fall prey to seasonal allergies. The good news is you can indeed prevent the misery of spring allergies.

Prevent the Misery of Spring Allergies

There are many causes of allergies, however what I want to discuss today is how to support the overall health of the body to prevent seasonal allergies. These are not new topics on the blog – I will be reiterating many things I’ve shared prior. It is key to get these overall ‘systems’ of the body in line to enjoy many health benefits and to prevent numerous ‘symptoms’.

Hydration

In his book, ‘Your Body’s Many Cries for Water‘, Dr. Batmanghelidj shares;

Asthma and allergies are indicators that the body has resorted to an increase in production of the neurotransmitter histamine, the sensor regulator of water metabolism and it’s distribution in the body. Histamine is an agent that, apart from its water regulatory role, has responsibilities in antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-foreign agent (such as chemicals and proteins) defense systems in the body. At a normal level of water content of the body, these actions are held at an imperceptive or unexaggerated level. At a dehydrated state of the body, to the point that histamine activity becomes exaggerated for water regulation, an immune system activation of histamine-producing cells releases an exaggerated amount of the transmitter that is held in storage for its other functions.

What this means is that it is critical for those with allergies to first address whether they are adequately hydrated or not. It is a good first place to start if you are dealing with seasonal or spring allergies. Please read more on hydration in the following posts, as well as HOW to stay properly hydrated: The Role of Water in the Body   and Stay Hydrated

Adrenal Health

The health of one’s adrenals has a lot to do with whether or not they will be affected by seasonal allergies. It is very common for people with environmental allergies to have weak adrenal function. Allergies involve histamine and other inflammatory substances to be released in the body. Cortisol helps to control inflammatory reactions in the body. If the adrenals are already running on low and not able to produce enough cortisol the body won’t be well equipped to deal with the inflammation. If you tend to get seasonal allergies it’s high time you looked at the health of your adrenal glands (as well as your current mineral status). A good place to start is by getting a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis Test to get a game plan to help you rebuild your adrenal health.

Healthy Blood Sugar

Consistently high blood sugar reduces white blood cell activity and depresses the immune system in general. It is imperative to manage the blood sugar for many more reasons than this, however if you are constantly struggling with spring allergies – blood sugar is a key issue to work on. Please read more on how to maintain a healthy blood sugar in the following posts; How Does Your Blood Sugar Work? and How Blood Sugar Affects The Adrenals & Endocrine System

Reducing Inflammation & Building A Strong Immune System

A few key ways to help reduce overall inflammation in the body are by helping to support overall gut health. We know that the seat of our immune system lies in our guts. A healthy gut = a healthy body. Here are a few ways to reduce inflammation in the gut to build a stronger immune system that will be better equipped to deal with spring allergies.

  • Eliminating Food Allergens – Removing food allergens from your diet is a key way to decrease the demands on your tired adrenals. I highly recommend that anyone with spring allergies do an elimination diet to determine what foods are giving them grief. Read more here: How To Do An Elimination Diet.
  • Healing the Gut – in this case I am referring to the small intestine which can become LEAKY. Anyone with allergies likely has leaky gut. What is leaky gut? Leaky gut is  essentially a simple term for increased intestinal permeability or intestinal hyper-permeability. Basically, this is a symptom of imbalance in the gut lining itself. The intestinal lining has two opposing functions: it absorbs nutrients from food and also serves a barrier function to keep large food particles or microbes, that could be possible allergens, from passing into our bloodstream. Normally, we digest, detoxify and absorb through our intestinal lining. Only nutrient sized (very small) molecules are supposed to actually pass through our intestinal lining into the bloodstream. This is called selective permeability. However, when this is lost, the barrier between our guts (small intestines) and our bloodstream and the rest of our body gets compromised.Normally, there are tight junctions between the intestinal cell membranes. When these tight junctions open up too wide, toxic material from the gut can get into the bloodstream. This overwhelms the liver and can cause allergies and many other ailments besides.  Leaky gut can wreak havoc on our immune function and all the organs of our body.
    First, you will need to look for food allergies/sensitivities and rule those out. Second, find out if you have parasites, yeast infections or bacterial infections and rule them out – if present treat these issues first ( a game plan via Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis addresses all of these things together). Third, consider toxins in your life – medications -stress. If those are present work to reduce toxins/meds and learn how to manage your stress. Once you clear your gut of all of these things you can work to ‘seal’ the gut lining with key nutrients.

Two Simple Herbal Teas That Can Provide Allergy Relief

If you tend towards spring allergies, there are some herbal teas you could start drinking daily to help support your body and alleviate your symptoms.

  1. Rooibos – this tea is a great immune booster, loaded with antioxidants, is helpful for those with allergies and has anti-inflammatory properties too. Read more about the health benefits of Rooibos here, and try my Rooibos Chai as well.
  2. Nettles – are an excellent overall tonic herb and fantastic for allergies and hay fever too! Rosemary Gladstar recommends that freeze-dried nettle capsules be used to help reduce the symptoms of allergies and hay fever. In my home we just drink a LOT of nettles tea year round since they have such amazing health giving properties. Try my Cranberry Nettles Tea or my DIY Kool-Aid.

For more natural allergy relief options, check out these posts from other holistic sites: 

 

What has helped you to prevent the misery of Spring Allergies?

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Inna May 9, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Great information. I never knew the connection between leaky gut and allergies.

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