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season-allergiesLooking for allergy information and allergy relief? Do you miss out on the beauty of spring because of seasonal allergies? You’re not alone. Millions of Canadians suffer from various types of allergies this time of year. Common springtime allergens like mould spores, pollen and grass can cause symptoms like itchy watery eyes, runny nose and constant sneezing. It’s like a never ending cold!

What is an allergy?

When allergy season strikes, many people automatically reach for allergy medication. Problem Solved! Or … is it? Allergy medications serve to temporarily relieve symptoms but do nothing to address the underlying cause. Allergy symptoms like watery eyes and runny nose are your body’s way of trying to get rid of the offending allergen. This an automatic protective mechanism controlled by your immune system.

Ever wonder why some people are affected by seasonal allergies while others aren’t? After all, if pollen and mold spores are allergens, shouldn’t everyone be allergic to them? Excellent questions! An allergy is not caused by the allergen itself, but by the immune system’s inability to fight off the adverse effects of the allergen. In other word, the immune system is too tired, stressed or weak to fight off the allergen.

The good news is there are natural ways to beat seasonal allergies. Before you reach for your allergy medication this spring, be sure to try some of these natural strategies. Following these simple steps will not only help with your allergies but will also boost your overall health and wellbeing.

Beat Your Seasonal Allergies – Naturally!

See Your Wellness Chiropractor. You may be wondering how chiropractic care can help with allergies. An allergic response is caused by the immune system’s inability to fight off the adverse effects of the allergen. The immune system is controlled by the nervous system. The goal of chiropractic care is to correct misalignments in your spine, called subluxations, so that your nervous system and in turn your immune system can function optimally.

Boost Your Immune System Naturally. A healthy diet is key to a healthy immune system. Eat more fresh, whole foods and do your best to avoid sugar and processed foods. Consider avoiding foods that have been aged and fermented (cheese, sausage, alcohol) as they contain histamines. And don’t forget to drink up! Research shows that staying well hydrated can help relieve allergy symptoms.

Consider Supplements. Vitamin C is an excellent, not to mention inexpensive, natural antihistamine. I recommend Effer C by Douglas Labs. Quercetin has also been shown to reduce the immune response to allergens. A good quality pro-biotic like Multi-Probiotic 4000 by Douglas Labs can also help boost your immune system. Always be sure to check with your health care provider before starting any new supplements to ensure that they will not interfere with any medications you may be taking.

Try a Simple Saline Rinse. This can help flush pollen, and other allergens from your sinuses and nasal passages before they have a chance to wreak havoc on your body. You can purchase a kit at your local health store.

Ready to beat your seasonal allergies naturally? Be sure to let me know which tips worked best for you. I’d love to hear from you! As always, feel free to share these tips with anyone you know who might be suffering from allergies this spring.