Spring sure seems to be taking its sweet time in arriving this year! Due to our intensely cold winter we had and the current late spring that is upon us, experts are warning of a particularly bad allergy season this year. This is due to excess moisture in the soil that accumulated over the winter and cold start to spring. If you are someone that struggles with allergy season, this is a read for you!
With allergies, the body over reacts to the presence of allergens by releasing histamines. This is the body’s protective mechanism to fight foreign substances, but what it doesn’t register is that the substances aren’t harmful and that there isn’t such a need for a symptomatic response. This is where Naturopathic Medicine comes in because it has many handy tools that can be used to curb the body’s response to allergens. The main goal is to re-teach your body how to respond to foreign substances in a way that minimizes symptoms and suffering. The immune system plays a big role in this picture so it is important to look into the current state of yours.
Here are some general things that you can do to decrease your body’s reaction this allergy season.
Vitamin C – this vitamin decreases the body’s over production and release of histamines. You can consume it in foods, but if you are an allergy sufferer – a supplement would be a good idea (anywhere from 2000mg – 5000mg)
Quercetin – this is a flavonoid supplement that can be taken to curb the body’s response to allergens and seriously decrease symptoms. It is best taken a month before allergy season commences.
EFA – this stands for Essential Fatty Acids. These are important because they decrease inflammation in the body. Omega-3s are the most important in this category and are best derived from the smallest fish possible to decrease toxicity (sardines, anchovies etc.).
Probiotic – these are important because they re-colonize the mucous membranes in the gut which are the same as those in the nasal cavity. Probiotics work to re-establish the body’s natural flora and bacteria to better respond to allergens. It is important to choose human strain probiotics – cow strains won’t help a human system!
Wishing you all a happy and healthy Spring Season!
Yours in good health,
Dr. Kate Hunter, Naturopathic Doctor