October 20, 2018

5 Natural Ways to Reduce Environmental Allergies

Though we often associate allergies with springtime about 75% of people allergic to spring plants reduce-environmental-allergiesalso have reactions to ragweed, which only starts to pollinate in late August and September.

Do you suffer from allergy symptoms in the Fall? Find out 5 natural ways to reduce environmental allergies in this blog. But before we get into that…

What Are Allergies?

An allergy is your body’s natural reaction to particles that it considers foreign; these could be airborne particles or even compounds in food. The immune system releases antibodies in response to an allergen, causing an inflammatory response.

This response results in the release of many important chemical mediators, such as leukotrienes, prostaglandins, and histamine. Histamine can cause airways to constrict and blood vessels to become more permeable, potentially leading to fluid leakage or hives, and leukotrienes causes increased production of mucus which can cause phlegm or a runny nose.

The next time the body is exposed to this specific allergen, mast cells release a multitude of chemical mediators, which trigger allergy symptoms like itchiness, skin flare ups, breathing issues and so on.

Allergy Triggers:

• Toxins
• Hygiene – i.e. antimicrobials and vaccines
• C-section and lowered rates of breastfeeding
• Medications: NSAIDS and acid blockers
• Pro-inflammatory foods and GMO foods
• Stressful lifestyle
• Epigenetics and genetics

If You Suffer from Allergies You Probably Also Suffer From:

• Leaky gut
• Food sensitivities and or allergies
• Bacterial and fungal symbiosis (antibiotics and steroids)
• Nutrient deficiencies (vitamin D, magnesium, zinc, B12/B vitamins)
• High stress
• Some toxins exposure

5 Natural Ways to Reduce Environmental Allergies

1. Take supplements like quercetin, stinging nettles, bromelain, butterbur and vitamin C to reduce your symptoms naturally.

2. Assess your antigenic load and make the proper lifestyle changes. What does this mean? Assess things like personal products, cleaning supplies, stress levels, and your consumption of alcohol and sugars.

3. Be wary of taking steroids and NSAIDS regularly as they affect your permeability barrier. Steroids and NSAIDS can be replaced by natural anti-inflammatories like fish oil and immune modulating nutrients like vitamin A, B, C and D.

4. Employ stress reduction techniques and exercise regularly to help rebalance the body.

5. Be sure to re-inoculate the body by balancing the microbiome with proper prebiotic foods and probiotics. Restore your gut barrier with the help of zinc, carnosine, glutamine, whey, colostrum, and magnesium.

Keep in mind that when one takes a natural approach to allergies, it can take a few months (up to 6) before you see noteworthy results. Unfortunately, there is no quick way to rebalance our systems.

Be patient though, going the natural route will minimize the drugs you take and ultimately strengthen your immune system.

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