Spring Time Is Allergy Time by Claudia Warner
Naturopath, Bio-resonance Therapist
Springtime is allergy time
Spring is in the air, and while many of us are excited for the return of warmer weather and longer days, others are dreading the impending itchy eyes, constant sneezing and never- ending runny nose and sinus blockage.
Seasonal allergies can affect anyone, from very young to older age, and can appear at any stage in life.
The biggest culprits for seasonal allergies are pollen from various grasses, grains, weeds and trees. When these pollens are inhaled, the immune system produces antibodies, triggering mast cells to release chemical mediators. These chemicals can cause swelling, increased mucous production and itchiness in various tissues like the lungs, eyes, throat and nose. Symptoms vary in severity and duration, depending on the individual’s level of sensitivity and amount of exposure.
Avoidance of allergens is difficult during this time, as the air is filled with these tiny particles which are floating around everywhere. A few measures can be helpful to a certain extent, like keeping your windows closed, frequently washing bed sheets and clothing and drying them inside and vacuuming your house, as well as showering and changing clothes as soon as you come home.
Reducing the intake of histamine containing foods and beverages is essential, as well as looking at a possible change of diet, excluding mucous forming foods and foods that might be underlying triggers for these secondary allergies.
Very often a person prone to allergies has been exposed to a certain food all their life, from a very young age, probably on a daily basis, not even realising that they react to this food, as the body has become so used to the exposure. However, this food, which could be wheat, dairy, eggs or similar, has produced a permanent underlying inflammation of the gut walls, increasing the permeability and thus letting molecules pass through which have a toxic effect on the system, putting it into this hyper-sensitive state.
Considering this, it is essential to treat the underlying causes for an allergic disposition, rather than just masking it by taking antihistamines or even allergy reducing supplements. Testing and treating allergens is one important step, but looking at regulating the body’s response to external pathogens, be they potential allergens, bacteria, viruses or fungi, is essential for bringing the body back into balance, which in turn will have a positive, strengthening effect on the immune system.
If left untreated, allergies can truly ruin this wonderful time of the year – so don’t suffer in silence!
Contact us to learn more about how we test for and treat allergies and how we can support you through the season!