Are you allergies getting the best of you this season? Sneezing, itchy eyes and runny nose are just some of the symptoms your seasonal allergies may be causing. By making some simple adjustments to your diet and lifestyle you can begin to find relief from your allergy symptoms, naturally.
Clean Up Your Diet
If you are eating a lot of processed foods or foods your body has a sensitivity to, you may be creating an environment in your body that pushes you right into an allergy response. Since the majority of our immune system is in our gut it only makes sense that this is a good place to start. If your gut is out of balance, your immune system will be out of balance. You can do an elimination diet or have a blood test to determine which foods may be causing you problems.
The idea of probiotics goes along with healing the gut, as they are a wonderful way to balance your immune system. Try adding kimchi, sauerkraut, and other fermented foods to your diet. It is best to speak with a Naturopathic Doctor if you would like to begin taking a probiotic supplement as the quality of products can vary. Some probiotics found in the store are dead (not active) or contains substances that may actually harm your gut.
The probiotic that I have seen be most effective in eliminating allergies and really revitalizing gut health in my patients is Mega Sporebiotic, which is the first pharmaceutical grade spore probiotic on the market. One of the major differentiating factors between this probiotic and all others on the market is that these particular organisms survive the acid in your stomach and can actually re-populate your gut. Translation: You can begin to regrow good gut bacteria that are essential to balancing your immune system.
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Eliminate Excess Toxins in Your Home
If you’ve got a home full of harsh cleaners, room fresheners and scents then chances are your liver is working overtime. The liver’s role is to help your body process toxins (among other things). When it gets bogged down, we often see issues with allergies increase.
Check Your Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a key player in keeping your immune system healthy and in check. Knowing what your level of vitamin D is can help you determine if you need to supplement vitamin D and how much you need. It can be harmful to take vitamin D in excess of what you need, so be sure to have yours checked and talk with a doctor before you begin supplementing.
Eat More Magnesium
Magnesium helps stabilize mast cells, which release histamine and cause the common allergy symptoms of itchy eyes, runny noses and congestion, among others. Nuts (almonds and hazelnuts), spinach, swiss chard, black strap molasses and bananas are all excellent sources of magnesium.
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As a Naturopathic Doctor, I have aided many people in reducing and even eliminating their seasonal and environmental allergies. I help people determine what foods are problematic in their diet and offer additional treatments to create an optimal functioning gut. Additionally, I offer vitamin D testing and custom nutrient supplementation when necessary.