The main symptoms of seasonal allergies are: running nose, sneezing, and red, watery, itchy eyes, sometimes it accompanies by itching in the throat, ears and even skin rashes. It can occur during specific times of the year (especially Spring and Fall) and researchers are saying that 1 in 6 people in the U.S suffers from seasonal allergies, causing them a period of suffering, diminished energy, lost work days, irritability and other disturbances that are costing much precious time and money.
There's an ever growing amount of dollars spent every year on allergy medications and allergy shots for the treatment of seasonal allergies. But there's little said to educate or help each individual to self care, minimize or mitigate seasonal allergies.
I'm not saying that allergies can be completely eliminated from your life without medication, but it can definitely be the case for many people, and I'm certain that there are ways to minimize it and perhaps even eliminate it naturally. In my own life, I suffered from seasonal allergies for over 10 years! It started when I was living in hot humid Washington, DC area, and interesting enough it got worse once I moved to dry hot Denver, CO back in 2012. And I'm glad to say that I've been allergy free for over 5 years now!
So, I'd like to share some of my personal experience and help you see seasonal allergies from a different angle today. Here's what I've learned:
The main concept I learned is that instead of using medication to suppress my immune defenses, I had to teach my body defenses to think that pollen was NOT an offense to my body.
How did I do that? Well, first I improved my digestion, minimized the ingestion of foods that over taxed my digestion system, and improved the overall health of my digestion system.
Second, I had a lot of help from Acupuncture during my healing process, and I'm glad to help you too if you choose this route of care.
Many people can also benefit from making some changes in their diet, which should start before the peak of allergy season, and perhaps find that their symptoms are no longer so severe.
Here's some dietary changes that you can try:
Foods to avoid: Raw/cold foods, dairy, sugar, wheat/gluten, fast foods!
Why? Well, in an over simplified way, it's because these foods are either harming your digestion health, or taking a lot of your digestion "resources" to break down and transform, causing a deficiency in the digestion system, which in consequence will cause confusion in your immune responses.
If you have questions or are looking for help for your health troubles, don't hesitate to call or email me, I offer a 30-min free consultation to go over your questions and give you a clear idea of how I can help you before you make any commitments.
Have a great Spring Season!