As soon as spring has sprung, everyone most likely has the need to stock up on Kleenex.
It’s good to understand a little bit about what seasonal allergies are and why we get them.
Seasonal allergies are, at the most basic level, our immune system stressing out.
Pollen in the air can make ANYONE sneeze for a moment, just the same as sawdust can, but it should not cause a complete attach on your nose, eyes and sinuses.
So how can we calm the body?
Each body can handle a certain amount of stress. Stress can come from your job, your in-laws, environmental toxins, hidden food allergies, viruses, bacteria and pollen.
If your body can handle high amounts of stress, you can stand in front of somebody who sneezes and you won’t get sick. But if your body has reached its tipping point you might come down with the flu. What I am trying to say is that something that should be normal-like pollen-are suddenly a big problem.
Another factor in allergies is the tag-team of your liver and kidneys. You need your liver to break down excess histamines that your body produces in case of allergens. This residual material, together with waste water, is then passed in the form of urine, through the bladder before being finally expelled from the body. So in case your kidneys and liver are not doing a great job, your blood stream will reabsorb the histamines again which can cause a vicious cycle.
Here are just a few things you can do to relief your allergies. .
Reduce your exposure to toxins. Wear gloves and a mask when using dangerous chemicals, especially pesticides, paints and cleaning products. Buy green products and don’t use any synthetic beauty products they all cause extra burden on your cleansing organs like kidney, liver, intestines and lung.
Get enough sleep. During allergy season your body needs a minimum of 7-8 hours sleep. If your body does not get enough sleep, it won’t have enough time to detox throughout the night. The first sign of inadequate cleansing is a feeling of tiredness in the morning even if you had enough sleep.
Eat whole foods. Processed foods contain all sorts of additives, from artificial colorings to preservatives.
Reduce stress. Stress causes high production of cortisol. Usually small amounts of cortisol are a great anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine but in excess it can counteract and cause extra burden to every single cell in the body. Symptoms of cortisol exhaustion are chronic fatigue, weight gain, increased food sensitivity. Did you ever think about why most of the people develop seasonal allergies in their late thirties?
Reduce mucous forming foods. 80% of people are sensitive to certain foods. Food sensitivity can cause high mucous production within the membranes (nose, lungs, intestines). Did you ever wake up in the morning and you needed to clear your throat, that’s a sign of food sensitivity. Wheat, sugar and dairy are one of the highest mucous building foods.
Support your liver. The herb milk thistle is a known liver ally. I personal like to increase my intake on Bitter Greens like dandelions, mustard greens and radish leaves. Bitter greens help the liver to release toxins and dead tissue. Chlorophyll is another great liver ally, it can protect the body from carcinogens and it strengthens and detoxifies liver and blood. (Use chlorophyll or chlorolla tablets) Drink a tea made from dandelion roots, burdock roots and nettle.
Support your kidneys and adrenals Holy Basil or Tulsi reduces cortisol levels and brings back hormonal balance. Horsetail is another great kidney and bladder support. Drink lots of clear filtered water at least 8-10 cups a day. Cut down on salt! Avoid high sodium products like bacon, salami, piece of jerky, sun-dried tomatoes (1000mg one cup), cheeses and snack foods. And again NETTLE, nettle is a natural diuretic, which means it helps eliminate excess water from the body by increasing urination.
As you can see there are lots of things you can do to relief allergies. Most important be prepared -plan ahead for the next spring season ;)