What do we know about seasonal allergies anyway?
Quite a lot as it turns out. What we know is that an allergy is a response of our immune system. It happens to be an over-aggressive one, similar to the neurological response from your brain to your hand when you touch a hot pan, but that's actually a good thing, right? Yes! Because, the response is telling your body that you need to do something about it. You already knew that though. Sitting there sneezing, with watery eyes, maybe coughing, maybe itching, and probably wanting to buy stock in a tissue company!
So why do some people have this response and some do not?
The natural view is that some people have weak immune systems, or weak adrenal (that's your kidneys...they filter) systems, or possibly weak digestive systems. So it would make sense to treat the underlying cause, right? Right! Beginning allergy treatments at an appropriate time is key, and that is actually one or two months before the allergens that attack you the most appear.
What do I do now?
One of the best and most effective things to do is to attack allergies with good nutrition. Boosting your immune system, your kidneys, and your digestion in one fell swoop, this means of treating allergies can help to reduce the severity of your symptoms. And, because most people with airborne allergies are also sensitive to certain foods, you can start by trying to eliminate what causes you the most problems.
Begin by removing the most common triggers. Foods that contain caffeine, artificial colorings and sugar, nuts and red meats, fruits that are high in citric acid, and finally, wheat. See if it makes a difference.
Certain nutritional supplements can also help to combat the symptoms of a seasonal allergy. Probiotics are always key, as well as increasing what your body can healthily process of B vitamins, bromelains, and Vitamin E for a start.
Are there herbal remedies that can help?
Of course! I don't like to call them remedies. I prefer Herbal Complements. Why? Because I think that herbs are simply one instrument playing along in the orchestra of good health. You can't just use herbs, in the same way that you can't just use vitamins. Each has it's own role to play in optimizing the fine tuning of your body's symphony of health.
And since herbs are where we at Yellow House come in, all I can say is give us a call. Initial consults are free and if we can't help you, we will try to find someone who can.
So before you start those allergy shots this season, consider the underlying reasons for your miserable symptoms. Maybe this is the year we start building up suppression and end those sneezes for good!