Naturopathy – Spring Time and Seasonal Allergies.

What are seasonal allergies/hay fever?

The medical term for hay fever is Allergic Rhinitis.
It’s what happens when the sun comes out, the flowers are smiling, pollen is in the air and your body reacts with a runny nose, sneezing, itchy, watery eyes and/or a scratchy throat.

Your body thinks all of the fresh airborne particles are toxic, and your immune system responds with Histamine.
Histamine causes increased mucus and dilation of blood vessels to block entry of any foreign particles trying to get into your lungs.

Once this occurs, your body stores information on the foreign agent, remembering what it looks like so it can respond much faster in the case of a second attack. This is why it comes around every year!

What puts you at a heightened risk?

Asthma, stress, recent illnesses, pregnancy and food allergies.
And anything that depletes your immune system (lack of sleep, poor diet, over-work).

And most importantly – what can you do?
Certain foods can make your allergies worse due to their inflammatory nature.

Foods to avoid:
1. Alcohol
2. Caffeine
3. Dairy
4. Dried fruits
5. Chocolate
6. Peanuts
7. Sugar, artificial sweeteners and processed foods
8. Wheat

If you do have these foods, watch your symptoms of hay fever after you consume them.
The proof may be in the pudding!

And most exciting – the foods that you can include:

1. Find yourself a raw local honey, go to the markets!
2. Bone broth
3. Garlic, onion, ginger, cinnamon, cayenne – rid that mucus with hot and spicy foods.
4. Pineapple
5. Apple Cider Vinegar
6. Fresh vegetables
7. Grass fed meats
8. Wild Caught fish
9. Nettle Tea

If you can’t quite put the finger on what is causing your symptoms, come see me at Acupuncture Works!

Until next week,