Allergy Season Solutions

It wasn’t until I was 25 years old that I started to experience seasonal allergies: head pressure, exhaustion…yuck. I had no idea what it was and didn’t know why I was sneezing and having a runny nose like a faucet. Well, leave it to allergies! Every fall and spring they come out full bloom- but I’ve learned a few tips n’ tricks along the way and learned to embrace natural allergy remedies that have helped me when allergy season approaches.

Natural Allergy Relief: What to avoid during allergy season (and what I avoid year-round):

Gluten and Wheat.

  • These foods bring stress onto our body and if you are like me with a gluten allergy or sensitivity, celiac disease or an autoimmune disease- you surely want to kick gluten to the curb and ban it from your pantry. Wheat and gluten can make us more sensitive to other substances such as pollen.

Dairy.

  • I’ve been lactose intolerant my whole life but there were a few years in my 20’s where I could handle a bit of Greek yogurt and cheese. Then, I got Candida and had to toss it all out- and boy oh boy did I see a big difference. Dairy is acid forming in our bodies and just like sugar; it creates a breeding ground for those bad bugs- leaving us with more bad bacteria than we want or need. I’m sure you’ve all heard or experienced the fact that dairy gives us that mucous-feeling, too which doesn’t help congestion or seasonal allergies- it actually makes them much worse. Check out my Dairy-Free Page for more information.

Sugar.

  • We all know sugar is acidic and welcomes bacteria, viruses and fungus. Since I have Candida, I have to avoid sugar at all times because it just causes more bacteria build-up and inflammation in our guts. Also, Vitamin C is a natural anti-histamine but glucose (sugar) takes over and tries to compete against Vitamin C in our bodies. So, the more sugar we eat, the less Vitamin C we absorb, which leaves us with a weak immune system and a sick ‘gut’. Not a fun or pretty picture. Check out my How to Live a Sugar Free Lifestyle Page for more tips.

Processed Food.

  • Your body doesn’t need the extra stress during allergy season- or during any season for that matter to try to identify these random processed foods and make something out of them in your gut. Chances are-processed foods are not doing you any good. They are just wasted calories that turn into fat and cause inflammation.

Natural Allergy Remedies for Seasonal Allergies from my Integrative M.D.’s:

 It is essential to work with a nutritionist and an Integrative M.D. because I am sharing general information that is not intended to be medical advice. This information is only given for informational purposes.

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