Seasonal allergies can make a beautiful time of year feel miserable. Itchy eyes, scratchy throat, coughing, skin breakouts (hives, eczema) and sniffles leave many people hiding inside and living in discomfort, during the spring and summertime. While conventional treatments may offer some relief, they are not always immediately effective and also come with side-effects; for example, sleepiness and fatigue.
There’s good news-- natural remedies and lifestyle modifications can help relieve and even prevent allergies.
Lifestyle Modifications to help relieve and prevent allergies:
When it comes to natural healing, it is important to consider the root causes of symptoms. According to Dr. Aviva Romm, “While the connection between your gut and seasonal allergy symptoms might not be instantly obvious, healing your gut is the first step to waving your seasonal allergies goodbye.” Our guts play an important role in breaking down potentially allergenic proteins; a barrier of cells prevents these proteins from entering the bloodstream. Our guts also host special bacteria and immune cells, which function to break down and eliminate these proteins. When the gut lining is weakened and inflamed (which can result from processed foods, food sensitivities, antibiotic use, chronic stress, etc,), these proteins are able to get into the bloodstream. This ultimately results in systemic inflammation; the body reacts to these foreign proteins, for example tree pollen, as dangers and an allergic reaction ensues.