Seasonal Allergies: Help Is On The Way!
Goodbye winter, hello spring….and allergies!
As the weather gets warmer and wetter, pollen and mold blooms, and unfortunately, disrupts the lives of many Canadians. Seasonal allergies can be caused by tree pollens, grasses, ragweed and outdoor moulds. In susceptible people, these allergens can create negative effects to the overall quality of life. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, then you know the symptoms: sneezing, itchy eyes, coughing, feeling tired and irritable - just to name a few! Allergies can cause individuals to be less productive at work and prevent a good night’s sleep. So how can you reduce the impact that allergies have on you this year? Here are a few tips to follow for better breathing and a good night’s rest!
Follow a non-allergenic diet: If your body is already dealing with food allergies and/or sensitivities, then your immune system will be overactive and will readily react to external allergens. Limiting your consumption of wheat, dairy and sugar, among other foods, can help reduce the overall inflammatory reaction your body creates.
Take Vitamin C: This nutrient is not only an extremely important antioxidant, it also has the ability to stabilize mast cells. Mast cells are tiny cells that release histamine, causing symptoms such as sneezing and runny nose. You can reduce allergy symptoms by making mast cells less reactive with the use of Vitamin C.
Take advantage of the ongoing benefits of Omega-3: This type of essential fatty acid has been shown to reduce the production of inflammatory chemicals in the body. A German study found that people who ate foods high in Omega-3 fatty acid had the fewest allergies. You can increase your omega-3 intake by consuming fish, flax oil and nuts, such as walnuts. In addition, you can use a supplemental form of omega-3 such as Triple Strength Omega-3 with Vitamin D. This product provides the added benefits of vitamin D which have been shown to support the immune system.
Grape Seed Extract: Known to be rich in nutrients and antioxidants, grape seed extract is a powerful and safe tool in fighting allergies of all types. It is a natural antihistamine, therefore it helps to keep your body from releasing histamines (which is what causes you to sneeze and become congested). Grape seed extract is helpful against viruses, allergens and carcinogens.
Bring on the Probiotics: Research has shown that probiotics modulate immune responses in allergic rhinitis and may have the potential to alleviate the severity of allergy symptoms. Using probiotics is a good way to support the digestive system, of which a healthy immune system heavily relies upon. Ensuring a good digestive system is one of the best ways a person can help to ward off allergy symptoms.
So don’t give up! Help is available! Beneficial effects have not only been seen with the above nutrients and dietary suggestions but also with the use of an air purifier, keeping all doors and windows closed as much as possible and having hardwood floors instead of carpet. You may be able to enjoy the nice weather after all!