Sniffling, runny nose, red eyes… Spring is upon us and along with warmer days and blooming flowers, comes pollen. Pollen from grasses, trees, and weeds sure can take its toll on allergy sufferers. Luckily, there are steps that can be taken to help curb some of these allergy symptoms. Unfortunately, spring isn’t the only time of year that people are plagued by allergy symptoms. Airborne allergens (dust, pollen, molds, animal dander, etc.) and certain food sensitivities (dairy, wheat, gluten, etc.) can trigger symptoms all year round.
The immune system views allergens as a threat to the body. When the allergen contacts a mucous membrane, inflammation occurs due to the release of chemicals such as histamine. It is characterized by redness, itching, swelling and the increased secretion of thin, clear mucous. Eventually, this can lead to infection as inflammation weakens the immune system. Supporting the body with antioxidants, essential fatty acids, bioflavonoids, vitamins, minerals, and specific herbs and enzymes can help provide powerful allergy and respiratory support.
What can you do?
· Consider getting blood tests to uncover allergies and sensitivities.
· Avoid allergens when possible.
· Eat a diet high in antioxidants. Think colorful fruits and vegetables.
· Keep a diary of what you react to. This is especially important for those who may suffer from food sensitivities.
· Keep rooms free of dust and use an air purification system.
· Keep windows closed during times when the allergen is present in the air.
· Wash your nasal passages daily with a saline rinse using a Neti Pot™. This will help to soothe nasal passages and remove allergens from the body.
· Strengthen your immune system with a good multivitamin, essential fatty acids and a great allergy support formula, such as Pathway Allergy Support Plus. This comprehensive formula is great for anyone who experiences common upper respiratory allergies such as hay fever, sinus inflammation, and respiratory irritation.