Allergies... Is your "allergy season" lasting longer and longer?

Have you noticed more people sneezing this year. Are you skipping outdoor events to avoid what seems like a drippy sneeze event? Allergy experts agree, your definitely not alone.

If you have been watching pollen levels, you may have noted they have worsened in recent years and do not seem to be returning to previous lower levels. The why is being looked at, but an increase in pollution and weather patterns seem to be contributing. In addition, genetically modified foods, unwanted food additives, poor diet and increasingly poor gut health may be lessening your inability to tolerate allergy season.  

It's important to consider you may also be experiencing a combination of environmental allergies, food allergies, food or chemical sensitivities, food intolerances or other health imbalances. 

Unfortunately, the typical antihistamines have side effects including leaving some feeling tired and drowsy, jittery, or experiencing dry mouth.   

A food as medicine approach and healthy lifestyle tips may help you move through your day feeling more energetic and clear headed. 

Start early to optimize good gut health. I recommend including one to two servings everyday of a probiotic rich food    such as sauerkraut, kefir, miso, kimchee, and kombucha. Make certain the label does not include vinegar as vinegar destroys the good gut bacteria.   

Take a good quality probiotic daily during your allergy season similar to the Innate Response brand on my Wellevate site,   www.debrahilliardjonesnutrition.com/contact (see butterfly link).

Reduce refined flours, added sugars, fried foods, unhealthy oils, and other inflammatory foods especially during allergy season to avoid extra challenges to gut health. 

Most people benefit from avoiding dairy products during allergy season. 

Drink plenty water. Every biochemical reaction your body performs requires water. 

Eat a plant based diet including leafy greens that will provide nutrients to strengthen your defense.

Enjoy a cup of tea. 

  • Nettle tea contains quercetin, an antioxidant that helps reduce symptoms of allergies by helping to prevent     immune cells from releasing histamines. Inother words, researchers believe it acts like a natural anti-histamine. 
  • Holy basil tea helps calms stress and blunt negative effects of cortisol. Part of a good program for decreasing allergic reactions also includes ensuring a healthy stress response. 
  • Marshmallow tea is soothing and healing to our gastrointestinal tract.

Minimizing stress is essential to good health. 

Taking a night time shower will help rinse off pollens and help you breathe better during sleep. 

Change your pillow case daily to cut down on pollens near your face. 

When these strategies just aren’t enough, I work with folks individually to learn where the the imbalance in their health may be. We can then target nutritional therapies to strengthen your body's ability to thrive.