Are you dreading this time of year with all the sneezing, itchy eyes and runny nose?


Spring allergies are associated with different triggers than the fall although the symptoms are very similar to fall reactions. In spring people are primarily sensitive to the trees as they are blooming. Birch is considered to be one of the most allergic tree pollens. In the summer grass and weeds are usually the culprits. Grains of pollen are released into the air by trees, grass and weeds in order to fertilize other plants.
Some people who suffer from allergies also have food sensitivities, so testing for and eliminating these foods can reduce the allergic burden on your immune system throughout the year. My priority is to look at the person as a whole and to find the underlying issues that are causing the disturbance and in this case the allergic reaction. These can be physical and emotional. We shouldn’t be allergic or sensitive to trees, grasses and pollens if our mucus membrane defence system is intact and functioning optimally.
Mucous membranes and the mucus they secrete serve primarily in protection by preventing particulate matter such has pollen from entering into deeper tissues by trapping them in the secreted mucus. Mucus membranes also provide lubrication to keep the underlying skin moist. An allergen is always a protein irritant that has gotten through the mucus membrane barriers, known as the micro biome, which causes inflammation and the histamine response. My goal is to educate my clients on how and why their barriers are not doing their job. By strengthening and repairing the mucus membranes and the micro biome, springtime allergies can be greatly reduced or eliminated all together.
I suggest starting the prevention and repair process in late winter and early spring to allow the body time to respond and build up its defences. It is very important to eliminate all known food sensitivities, to avoid sugar, salty and process foods as they not only weaken the immune system but they also contribute to the allergic reactions.
Staying well hydrated with clean water helps the body to eliminate more efficiently and to keep the membranes moist. The internal and external skin requires specific nutrients for repair. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables is one way to ingest these nutrients. I also suggest including a whole food supplement in addition to achieve the higher amounts required. Most importantly we must build up the micro biome as this is our first line of defense.
A salt and water nasal rinse solution can help rid the body of bacteria, viruses and other irritants as well as reducing inflammation. Natural antihistamines and many safe and effect homeopathic and natural remedies that will help with the symptoms while bringing about the healing process. Commonly used over-the-counter and prescription medications have been reported to have many adverse side effects because they effect the central nervous system. They include, decreased learning, mood changes, irritability, psychotic reactions, drowsiness, slowed reactions and hallucinations. It is best to avoid antihistamine formulas as they will dry out the mucus membranes allowing the invader the opportunity to irritate the inner skin.
It is important to heal the underlying issue of weak barriers and a poor micro biome to resolve the reactions rather than just band aid the symptoms with drugs.

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