Barenaked ladies say it best. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdAI8ngAS5Y
It starts with a few sneezes. Maybe a little runny nose or eyes. Next thing you know you’re scratching your eyeballs out in your sleep, and your face feels like it’s going to explode with snot and mucus. It isn’t a spring cold you get every year, its allergy season.
I spoke to many people who said last year was bad. Many places in 2017 were reporting higher and higher pollen counts (thank you Global Warming). We may not be in the clear for 2018, and don’t let our later spring trick you into complacency if you suffer from seasonal allergies. And pollen counts are only expected to get higher and higher every year.
But, fear not! There are some things that you can do to not only improve your overall health and resistance, but to give you some relief if you do get slammed with the snot factory called allergies.
You can try to limit your exposure to allergens (grasses generally pollinate in midday, and the wind keeps pollen floating around until it drops to the ground at night). If you need to work in the yard, wear a mask and goggles to keep yourself protected from getting the pollen in your eyes and nose. Keep windows and doors shut during local blossoming season. Shower when you come inside after spending the day outside getting your Vitamin D!
Eat more fruits, vegetables, raw nuts and seeds. Horseradish is good for a runny nose and congestion. Stay away from sugar which beats down your immune system.
Low water levels in your tissues can cause elevated histamine levels. The minimum that you should be drinking per day is ½ ounce per lb of body weight. 8 ounces in a cup. So, a 150lb person should be drinking 75 ounces, or almost 9 and a half cups of water a day. If you’re doing a lot of activity, or are outside sweating, you need even more. You can’t rely on your thirst mechanism to tell you when to drink – at that point you’re already suffering from mild dehydration. In addition to the histamine, even mild dehydration can cause constipation (don’t get me started on this epidemic!) brain fog, and mental impairment. If you need help getting more hydration, there are apps out there such as Waterminder (or just search Water Drinking in your app store). They will remind you when to drink. Stay away from any sweetened beverage (even those “Vitamin Waters” and may contain as much sugar as a Coke!). If you want a little flavour in your water, experiment with fruit and herb combinations (lime/mint, strawberry/ginger), or even a slice of cucumber! Herbal teas (hot or cold) can also be used. If you suffer from allergies, make sure to exceed the minimums to help keep those histamines in control.
Omega 3 fatty acids are known for their anti-inflammatory actions. Many people today are consuming an overabundance in Omega 6’s (pro-inflammatory), and not enough Omega 3’s. You need to keep a balance between the two for an optimally functioning immune system. A great way to get Omega 3’s in their body usable forms, is cold water fish. The primo supremeo of this is Alaskan Wild Salmon. Omega 3 eggs raised from pastured chickens are also a great source of this important body and brain fat. Vegetarians and vegans can get their omega 3’s from Flax (high in Omega 3) and Hemp hearts (perfect Omega 3:6 ratio) – but the body has to do the work of converting into usable forms – and it isn’t the most efficient. Animal products have already done the converting for you, so they are more readily absorbable. If eating cold water oily fish 3x a week doesn’t float your boat, a high quality practitioner grade Omega 3 supplement (no fishy burps) is a great way to go. If you can find one where the scale leads heavier to the EPA side of things, then you’ll have even better anti-inflammatory actions. (EPA for inflammation, DHA is for brain!) Even if you don’t suffer from allergies, everyone young and old needs these important fats in their diets daily.
Vitamin C/Bioactive Quercetin EMIQ
Vitamin C has anti-histamine properties and is a very important part of a healthy immune system. Quercetin (a potent flavonoid) reduces the effects of inflammation (EMIQ is a highly bioavailable form of quercetin . Foods such as onion can actually inhibit the release of histamine! Last allergy season, I suffered bad, and caved and tried about 4 different allergy pills – and nothing gave me any relief. The only product that helped was this product from Sisu. You can grab this at some on-line retailers, or I can place an order for you too!
Seasonal allergies are only going to get worse, but you can do things to suffer a little less. Limit your exposure to allergens. Keep hydrated. Stay away from sugar. Omega is up and save yourself with EMIQ! Over the counter antihistamines can cause drowsiness, depression and other side effects (they are also expensive and don’t do much for a lot of people out there). Do not take these with grapefruit either, it can interfere with how your body breaks down some drugs, prescription and not. There are natural, whole body health ways that you can deal with your seasonal allergies! If you want a full work up to see what your body is telling you, or how you can personally deal with allergies, my One on One coaching packages can give you a plan to be your best this allergy season, and throughout your life.
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