Here are my quick tips for managing allergies naturally
Do you have seasonal allergies? We’re talking about environmental allergies. Not food allergies or food sensitivities/intolerances. Some pollen symptoms are:
- post nasal drip
- nasal congestion
- constant runny/stuffy nose
- itchy watery eyes
- scratchy throat
- mouth-breathing or snoring
- frequent throat clearing , especially first thing in the morning
- eczema or other frequent itchy rashes
Never had issues with allergies before and wondering why you are now? There’s a concept called “total load” the comes into play here. When your body has reached it’s maximum toxin level, you will begin to feel more allergy symptoms.
So what can you do about it?
- Get good sleep – sleep supports better immune function
- Eat an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant diet. “eat a rainbow” of fruits and vegetables every day. (focus on whole real foods right now)
- Avoid alcohol and sugar and consider reducing caffeine for right now. Especially, chocolate, wine, and strawberries. Other foods that can cause histamine release or are high in histamines include avocados, bananas, dairy, eggs, oranges, peaches, pineapples, raspberries, spinach, and tomatoes. Artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives can increase histamine release.
- Avoid dairy products during allergy season as dairy can thicken mucous secretions, making unpleasant allergy symptoms even less tolerable, in addition to triggering histamine release.
- If it’s windy outside, close up the house to keep extra pollen from coming inside
- Nettles are a great antihistamine – get some nettle tea and use two tea bags to make a strong iced tea or hot tea every day during allergy season
- This is a great time to take inventory of the chemicals in your home, on your skin, in the shower, etc. Clean your home of any toxins and replace them with simple, clean products.
- Rinse your nasal passages with warm water and sea salt daily (twice a day if your allergies are bad) using a neti pot or a spoon to keep them clean and allergen-free
- Support your adrenal glands – strong adrenals mean less allergy symptoms – get good sleep, eat for hormone balanced and take nutrients.
- Check your vitamin D3 levels – 50-100 mg/dl is ideal – Vitamin D3 (or this one if you prefer a tablet) is super important for healthy immune function
- Encourage fermented foods or supplement with probiotics as a powerful way to strengthen the immune system and help relieve allergy symptoms.
- Essential oils can be diffused or massaged into specific acupressure points. Some essential oils that are particularly helpful for allergies are chamomile, eucalyptus, lemon, lavender, and peppermint.
Avoid foods that may cross-react with pollens you are sensitive to. This is known as Oral Allergy Syndrome – you know that itchy mouth you get after eating cantaloupe – it could be due to your ragweed allergy! What are other examples of cross reactivity?
- Ragweed Pollen – bananas, zucchini, cantaloupe, sunflower seeds, cucumber.
- Grass Pollen – melons, oranges, swiss chard, tomatoes, watermelon, wheat.
- Alder Pollen – almonds, apples, cherries, celery, hazelnuts, parsley, peaches, pears.
- Birch – apples, plums, carrots, cherries, fennel, walnuts, pears, potatoes, peaches, wheat.
Take some nutrients to help:
Quercetin is a “natural anti-histamine” with powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Quercetin is found in many foods, such as raw onions, apples (especially the skins!), red grapes, kale, spinach, capers, watercress, cherries, green and black tea leaves, bee pollen, and chili peppers.
B vitamins are super helpful for allergies and they are great adrenal support – take a B complex like this one