I think when it comes to seasonal allergies or environmental allergies, people feel that this condition is unavoidable and that the blame generally can be placed elsewhere, like our beloved pet, or the season. This is only partially true, as what we do with our daily choices has a huge impact on our responses to our beloved pets or the change in seasons––spring allergy symptoms, in particular.
The key point is that we have to set up our immune system to not overreact to common “allergens” like pollen, dust mites, and pets. And, yes, I believe that allergies are nothing more than an overreaction.
The more in balance our immune system is, the less likely we are to react to what we’ve been exposed to for centuries. (Allergies are a more modern illness, as allergies have really only reached epidemic proportions in the last 60 years). Then the question becomes, what simple steps can we take to not overreact to everyday life exposures? Besides the obvious such as using a HEPA filter, here are 3 other solutions you might not know of, and would make the HEPA less of a requirement.
Heal your gut
If you noticed the mention of the immune system above, then healing your gut to improve your immune system/allergies will only seem logical when you consider over 90% of your immune reaction is determined by the GI tract, where the majority of your immune system lives. What are some easy steps to heal your gut?
- Avoid foods that are known gut disruptors like gluten and dairy. I was able to drop 3 different allergy meds by just doing this. Gluten and dairy sensitivity are very real and if you can avoid them for 10-14 days and allergies get better, then you have a solution right there. You may be able to reintroduce small amounts, depending on the health of your gut, which is next.
- Supplements for allergies should start with healing the gut with things like CytoQuel for 14 days and Probiotic Daily Immune. This will calm the immune system down and in doing so, your seasonal/environmental allergy symptoms will improve.
Change your Diet
This is a continuation of the heal your gut theme, as food plays a huge role in gut integrity, but it can also directly affect histamine release through mast cells. Here are some simple dietary interventions that can help:
- Avoid high histamine foods like strawberries, red wine, chocolate, and peanuts to name a few, and when you do eat these foods look at using a histamine degradation enzyme that works in our GI tract such as Umbrellux DAO and take 2 capsules before ingesting. Truly amazing results for people like me whose genetics show me to be lacking in the enzyme DAO, which this supplement addresses.
- Avoid processed foods and focus on colorful whole fruits (not juices) and vegetables. The high antioxidant foods have the cofactors for breaking down histamine, like Vitamin C and Vitamin B6, and will calm the immune system with their polyphenol content.
Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies and Environmental Allergies
Now, supplements for seasonal allergies should not replace the above recommendations. But even with the cleanest dietary choices, sometimes you need help. Here are some seasonal allergy treatments to support you when the allergies are winning, despite your best efforts.
- Quercetin This inexpensive solution is a potent antioxidant but addresses mast cells (which release histamine) very effectively.
- Vitamin C/Ascorbic Acid 1 gram twice a day which, as mentioned above, breaks down histamine along with B6.
- Vitamin B6 This can usually be obtained in a good multivitamin like PureGenomics Multi.
- Histaleve or Natural D-Hist This is a combination product with Quercetin and Vitamin C as well as some extras like Stinging Nettles (which is quite effective for allergies) and NAC (which thins mucus). This is one of my favorites and highly effective, which requires a loading dose of 2 caps 3 times a day for week then 1 cap twice a day thereafter. It also comes in a chewable form for kids.
This of course is not an all-inclusive list, as there are many more natural solutions, but I think this is a great place to start – and is affordable.
Seasonal allergies or environmental allergies are unfortunately a part of modern life for many of us, but the fact that we can overcome them from life choices is extremely empowering.