Beating Springtime Allergies
With the pollens of Spring many people find themselves rushing off to the pharmacy for antihistamines. Unfortunately, these drugs rarely deal with all of the symptoms of seasonal hay fever not to mention the unwanted side effects such as headaches, sleeplessness/sleepiness and rapid heartbeat.
So if you are wanting to tackle your hay fever symptoms naturally this Spring why not try natures proven remedies.
• Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids – The bioflavonoids are natural antihistamines and strongly anti-allergenic while the vitamin C will support your immune system and at the same time significantly depress histamine levels. Recommended product: Metagenics C- Ultrascorb tablets
• Vitamin A – Vitamin A is exceptional at cutting through thick mucus and supporting the immune system. Unless you are trying to conceive, this is a great supplement for nasal and sinus congestion. Recommended product: Thompsons Vitamin A 10000 iu
• Zinc – Zinc supports healthy immune function. Reducing sinus infections, duration of colds and has a modulates inflammatory cytokines and histamine release that exacerbates hay fever symptoms. Recommended product: Metagenics Metazinc tablet or powder
• Probiotics – Probiotics are bowel microflora organisms that help the body to maintain good gut and immune health. It is important to note, that there are many different kinds of probiotics all with different functions in the body. The best type of probiotics proven to reduce occurrence of, and manage allergy symptoms are ones that balance the immune system. Both Lactobacillus Rhamnosus and Lactobacillus Paracasei, have been proven in double blind placebo-controlled trials to improve symptoms of allergic rhinitis by down regulating inflammatory cytokines which are involved in allergy symptoms. Recommended product: Ultra Flora Immune Control
Herbal Medicines have been used for years to reduce congestion, infections and histaminic reactions. My favourite combination of herbs includes; Perilla, Atractylodes and Albizia. This combination of herbs has been proven to relieve symptoms of allergies and hay fever by stabilising mast cells and down regulating the cytokines that cause inflammation. This combination of herbs, along with Quercitin, come in tablet form and have proven to be a favourite of my patients who experience hay fever. Recommended product: Allergeze
Of course your overall good health to reduce allergy symptoms starts with good nutrition. I often see in clinic that it’s my patients who are sensitive to airborne allergens that also tend to be sensitive to certain foods. Identifying and removing those foods from the diet greatly improves their health and reduces allergy symptoms by reducing the histamine reaction in the body.
If you are suspicious that food intolerances may be a factor to your imbalanced immune system, I would recommend booking in for a food intolerance test next time you are in the clinic. This simple blood test (just a finger prick so also suitable for children) is performed in the clinic and within 45 minutes we are able to identify if any of the 55 different foods that are tested are causing IGg reactions in your blood indicating food intolerance.