By Sue-Anne Hickey, Certified Naturopath
Each spring, nature erupts with blossoms and buds releasing their pollen causing millions of people to suffer. There are many things you can do to help allergies naturally and alleviate your suffering.
Respiratory allergies are caused when the immune system overreacts to environmental substances. Most medical treatments cover up the symptoms but there is much that can be done to help by finding and working on the root cause.
Of course it’s essential to eliminate respiratory irritants as much as possible and that includes all toxic household cleaning products and chemicals.
Here are 5 tips that can help eliminate seasonal allergies naturally:
The most important thing is to drink more water. Think of the way that tears wash away irritants in the eyes. If you are dehydrated, irritants stay on the membranes. The body creates an inflammatory reaction in an attempt to flush the irritants. Drinking lots of water will help reduce symptoms. It can also help to add a little sun dried natural sea salt or Himalayan salt to your water.
2) Attend to Food Allergies
When the digestive system is overreacting to certain foods, respiratory allergic reactions can increase as well. Common food allergies include, dairy, wheat, corn, soy, and peanuts. Be aware of how you feel after you eat these foods. If you experience bloating, fatigue, mood changes or if you experience very excessive cravings for certain foods, you might be intolerant to them.
To determine if you are intolerant to a certain food, eliminate it from your diet for three days. If symptoms improve, then food allergies could be an underlying factor. Reintroduce foods to see if the symptoms return.
3) Promote Liver Health
The liver has over 400 functions and is the primary organ of detoxification. People can become more susceptible to allergies if their liver is overworked. Supplements can help gently detoxify your liver. Also, having hot water and lemon first thing in the morning is a great help for your liver.
4) Healthy Digestion
There is a strong connection between the health of the digestive system and the health of the respiratory system. Foods that increase mucus include dairy, white sugar, white flour, and refined, processed foods including those with food coloring and additives.
It is important to ensure you get enough fiber and eliminate regularly, ideally two or three times per day. Many people would benefit by cleaning out the colon using digestive enzymes and probiotics, or adding extra fibre to their diets.
5) Investigate Nutritional Deficiencies
Allergies, caused by an overly sensitive immune system, may be lacking essential nutrients. Some to consider include, Vitamin C and bioflavonoids, especially quercitin, magnesium, and calcium. Omega 3 essential fatty acids are also helpful in reducing inflammatory reactions, such as allergies.
These are just a few of the things that can help your seasonal allergies. As with any ailment, it is essential to get to the underlying cause in order to eliminate the problem. A consultation with a naturopath can help determine exactly what you need to do. Know that with natural ailments, the body heals slowly over time so be patient but persistent with your natural remedies.