Seasonal allergies are very common among the general population. Whether acute or chronic – allergies can be quite debilitating to the people who suffer from them. Allergic rhinitis, the medical term for hay fever is what cause the symptoms of seasonal allergies. During allergy attacks, our body’s immune system becomes sensitized to an allergen (pollen, dust, mold, animal dander, etc.) in the environment and produces antibodies against it. Those antibodies go directly into our cells causing a release of histamine and other chemicals that induce an allergic reaction.
Over 40 to 60 million of people develop allergies at some point in their lives. Common symptoms include: runny nose, nasal congestion, watery eyes, and even headaches. Moreover, the prevalence of seasonal allergies has been increasing due to changes in environmental pollution and our diets. Some research supports that allergies may be caused by adrenal fatigue, weak immune system, and poor digestive function. Good health can help ease allergy symptoms, and good health starts with nutrition.
During seasonal allergies, individuals that develop allergic rhinitis should include and avoid certain foods in their diet.
Foods that are good for your immune system:
- 1. Dark green leafy vegetables: they are an excellent source of fiber, vitamins C, E, A, K, iron, and calcium acting as a powerful antioxidant for our body.
- Garlic, ginger, horseradish, and turmeric: are rich in anti-inflammatory properties.
Foods that weakens our immune system:
- Red meat
- Dairy products
All these products are pro-inflammatory causing an overreaction of our immune system that prevents it from fighting potential allergens in our environment.
Supplements are also a big part of a proper nutrition against allergies.
- Multivitamin: It is always recommended to take on a daily basis to replenish your body from deficient vitamins and minerals.
- Zinc and Vitamin C: are essential components for our immune system in helping maintain healthy tissues.
- Probiotics: provide a healthy flora allowing our digestive system to function at its fullest potential.
- Bioflavonoids: they are a natural antihistamine and anti-allergenic – allowing your body fight any allergic threat.
Essential oils are used as a natural way to relieving the symptoms of allergic rhinitis. Oils that have anti-inflammatory properties are lavender, tea tree, geranius, rose, basil, peppermint, and eucalyptus. All of these oils are exceptional in relieving respiratory conditions. They can increase sweat and urination, helping your body to eliminate of toxins. Lemon is another great oil that may be used for its antibacterial properties. It works great as a cleaning substance for your house or any area that is filled with potential allergens. Massaging your sinuses and lymph nodes with essential oils promote proper drainage of congestion. They can also be added to a diffuser to relieve sinus pressure, helping to open your lungs and improve circulation. Ingestion of 1-2 drops of certain oils is also recommended as it can ease the inflammation in our body.
Seasonal allergies are generally due to a weak immune system. Don’t you think that having your spine aligned, allowing the correct communication to every system of your body would help your immune system? Well, the answer is yes! Adjustments can be an effective boost to your immune system. Next time you are suffering from allergies try on any of these recommendations and get adjusted! Don’t forget to watch “Benefits of Essential Oils for Allergies”
Yours in health,
Dr. Adriana Huertas