Apr 16 2017

Have your Seasonal Allergies got you down?

Published by at 12:30 pm under Allergies

Allergies got you down?
Before heading to the pharmacy, try a more natural approach to alleviating allergy symptoms.

 Last week we took a look at allergies and how our gut health can play a major role in their presence and their severity. Is it any wonder that all roads, when it comes to our health, lead back to the delicate balance of the microbiome? After all, our entire immune system is affected by the health of our microbiome, and if our gut is unhealthy, our immune system is weakened, and health conditions, including allergies, are exacerbated. 1*

There are many things we can do to alleviate allergies and the uncomfortable symptoms that accompany them. Of course severe allergic reactions are not something to take lightly, and for those with anaphylaxis, a certain degree of allergic sensitivity will most likely always be present, and prescribed precautions as laid out by a knowledgeable health care practitioner should be followed.  But there are many things we can do to alleviate allergy symptoms as opposed to always reaching for Benadryl or other allergy medications which are expensive, and can often leave us feeling drowsy or out of sorts. Wouldn’t you rather find relief naturally? Let’s look at several things you can do to improve your quality of life during allergy season.*

Heal from within.

The first and best place to start is by healing your gut. If you have been overindulging in sweets, alcohol and other foods and habits that damage gut health, it is time to stop. It is however time to start back on a diet rich in nutrients, and whole organic foods as well as increase your intake of Body Bioticsâ„¢ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortiaâ„¢. These simple steps can help balance your microbiota and thus, improve your immune system. Certain friendly bacteria are histamine-degrading strains which are particularly helpful for individuals with histamine sensitivities. This include Lactobacillus plantarum which can be found in Body Bioticsâ„¢ Bio-Identical SBO probiotics Consortiaâ„¢ . (1,2)*

Increase your intake of fermentable fiber

By consuming a variety of complex fibers you can improve gut health as they act as probiotics for our healthy gut bacteria. Additionally, “…Plantains, cassava, or sweet potatoes are fermented by gut bacteria, resulting in the formation of short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) like butyrate, acetate, and propionate that regulate the immune system. Butyrate has been shown to reduce intestinal permeability to dietary antigens in a mouse model of food allergy and induce regulatory T cells, which suppress immune responses. In mice, propionate has been shown to reduce allergic airway disease…” 2*

Get allergy tested.

To make sure you are informed about what your body may be sensitive to and to avoid further exposure to those foods and allergens, consider allergy testing. When we continue to consume foods that we are sensitive to, it can cause low-grade inflammation and interfere with the healing of your gut.2*

Eliminate certain foods from your diet.

When it comes to food allergies, you may want to perform your own allergy testing by eliminating certain foods from your diet that are known to cause problems for a lot of people. Eliminate grains, gluten, sugars and dairy from your diet, then slowly introduce them back to see which ones  affect you and which ones don’t. Dairy can cause problems for a lot of people. “…Pasteurization of dairy denatures fragile milk proteins and renders them allergenic among other problems…” Note: Some people have serious food allergies that can be extremely dangerous and in those cases always consult with a health care practitioner to avoid serious consequences.*

Eat foods low in histamine.

By avoiding histamine in our diet, we can reduce the severity of allergy symptoms. Foods high in histamine include red wine, citrus fruits, fermented foods, aged cheese,  fish, shellfish, cocoa, and many more. (For a great reference on foods high and low in histamines, go to Resource 3 below.) Additionally, ask your naturopath about natural antihistamines such as quercetin or diamine oxidase, which is an enzyme responsible for breaking down histamine). There are also antihistamine herbs such as thyme and holy basil which can be used in cooking.(2,3)*

Rule out SIBO

Consider getting tested for Small Intestine Bowel Overgrowth SIBO or intestinal pathogens. These are often overlooked causes of allergies and can be a common cause of histamine intolerance.2*

Eat raw, local honey.

Raw, unfiltered local honey can help with local allergies at it can contain trace amounts of pollen picked up by bees from local flora and it contains beneficial bacteria. It also has a low glycemic index. “…Consuming raw honey produced in your area can help to “educate” your immune system to tolerate these local pollens. A randomized controlled pilot trial published in 2011 showed that allergic patients who consumed birch pollen honey had 60 percent reduced allergy symptoms and twice as many asymptomatic days during birch pollen season…”2*
Use a nasal wash.
Using a saline solution to cleanse the nasal passages can help with environmental allergies. Taking other steps like keeping windows closed and showering after coming inside can help when pollen is especially thick outside.*
 
Remember, when it comes to your health, all paths lead back to the gut. Keep it healthy, and your whole body will be healthier. I hope you are not suffering too much from allergies, but if you are, try these steps to see if it might give you relief before heading to the pharmacy.
 
Healthiest wishes,
 
Kelli

 

www.bodybiotics.com

 

Resources:
 

  1. http://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/pollen-is-not-the-problem/
  2. https://chriskresser.com/got-allergies-your-microbes-could-be-responsible/
  3. http://www.histamineintolerance.org.uk/about/the-food-diary/the-food-list/

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