By Dr. Jason Barker, ND
Here in the United States, an estimated 20-40 million people suffer from seasonal allergic disease.
Allergies are really nothing more than an inappropriate immune response to a normally harmless substance. Our bodies react to pollen, molds and animal dander by producing more than normal amounts of histamine and other inflammatory chemicals.
It’s these chemicals –and the immune cells they recruit – that cause those irritating allergic symptoms.
So, what can you do to minimize this?
Here’s a list of the best ways to reduce your allergic symptoms:
Eat a diet rich in phytonutrients. These are plant based chemicals found primarily in fruits and veggies. They act like natural antihistamines and anti-inflammatories in our bodies.
- Onions, garlic, cabbage, broccoli, kale and cauliflower contain quercetin and other flavonoids that lessen allergic symptoms.
- Citrus fruits (oranges, pineapple, lemons, limes, grapefruit) contain vitamin C and bioflavonoids, which are potent antihistamines.
- Beets, berries, cherries and red grapes contain the anti-inflammatory anthocyanins.
Also, cut back or remove all dairy – it has a common side effect of increasing mucus production – people with allergies always do better without dairy in their diets!
If you can’t eat your phytonutrients, you can get them in a supplement. Try our Greens First supplement. Greens First is a superfood (49 of them!) powder of fruits, veggies, extracts and concentrates that is equivalent to 10 servings of fruits and veggies.
Another product you can try is Aller-G Plus. This is a powerful and effective natural formula that may significantly reduce the frequency and severity of common allergy symptoms. It contains bioflavonoids, quercetin, vitamin C and stinging nettle leaf, an effective herbal anti-allergy.
- Acupuncture can help relieve allergies as well. It may take a few sessions, but it can really work wonders with severe allergies.
There you have it! Give these a try, or come in to see one of our providers soon, so you can enjoy your spring!