Treating Seasonal Allergies
Seasonal allergies are a common affliction for many people, and while they may not be life-threatening, they can certainly be uncomfortable and disruptive to daily life. The good news is that there are many things that can be done to alleviate the symptoms of seasonal allergies. In this post, we will explore some of the causes of seasonal allergies and offer suggestions for treating them.
First, it's important to understand what causes seasonal allergies. Seasonal allergies are typically triggered by the change in local flora as a result of shifting seasons. This can lead to an increase in pollen from trees and shrubs, cut grass, and mold, which may be more prevalent during springtime rain. The body's immune system then overreacts to these substances, resulting in symptoms such as watering eyes, sniffling, sneezing, coughing, and on the more extreme side, asthmatic attacks.
To reduce your allergic response this season, one of the best things you can do is make some nutritional changes. For example, eat an anti-inflammatory diet that is rich in antioxidants, fresh fruits and veggies, and omega 3 fatty acids (found in flax seeds and chia seeds). It's also important to limit high histamine foods and histamine liberators, such as citrus, strawberries, aged cheeses, and dark chocolate. Eating lots of prebiotic foods and increasing water intake can also be helpful.
In addition to dietary changes, there are also several herbal remedies that can help alleviate the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Licorice, turmeric, dandelion leaf, eyebright, holy basil/tulsi, reishi, astragalus, cinnamon, blueberry fruit, green tea, hibiscus flower, stinging nettle, golden rod, milk thistle, peppermint, yarrow, and schisandra are all herbs that can help reduce inflammation, regulate the immune system and reduce histamine response.
Reducing stress is also an important factor in treating seasonal allergies. Meditation, journaling, deep breathing exercises, and practicing mindfulness and acceptance can all help to reduce stress levels and improve overall health.
Finally, there are several supplements that can be helpful in treating seasonal allergies. Omega 3 fatty acids, probiotics, turmeric, vitamin C, and zinc are all supplements that can help alleviate the symptoms of seasonal allergies.
In conclusion, seasonal allergies can be uncomfortable and disruptive to daily life, but there are many things that can be done to alleviate their symptoms. Making nutritional changes, employing herbal remedies, reducing stress levels, and taking helpful supplements can all be effective treatments for seasonal allergies. By taking a proactive approach, you can reduce the severity and frequency of your seasonal allergy symptoms and enjoy the changing seasons with less discomfort.