The media is predicting the worst spring and summer for allergy-sufferers. This is caused by more pollen in the air and the dramatic changes in weather.
Spring and summer can be horrible time for allergy sufferers with constant sniffling, sneezing and itchy eyes. Grasses, tree pollen and weeds are the main culprits of seasonal allergies.
Allergy symptoms are caused by the immune system trying to cleanse irritants from your body. The immune system overracts to the allergen and produces antibodies which then release histamine and other chemicals. Allergy-sufferers are often sensitive to more than one thing. Other culprits can include foods, dust, pets, medicines and cleaning products.
There is hope though as some people's allergies disappear when they reach older age (60-70) because their immune system is less reactive. However, you should not suffer until then and there are natural methods to combat allergies.
- Omega-3 fish oil: Natural anti-inflammatory. Organic oily fish (salmon, sardines) 3 x week, seeds or take a supplement.
- Vitamin D: Boost immune system. Get out to the sunshine (avoid burning though) and take vitamin D supplement.
- Probiotics: Gut health is essential to support healthy immune system. Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria, fermented foods such as natural yoghurt, kefir and miso.
- Increase intake of organic vegetables, fruits and wholegrains. Avoid dairy, meat, refined sugar as these are pro-inflammatory.
If the symptoms continue, you may want to consider food intolerance testing. Please contact me for further information.