Got Allergies?

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Finally, warm weather is upon us! With the changing of seasons though, come allergies. While most welcome the summer season, allergy victims are constantly battling nasal congestion, sneezing and watery, itchy eyes.

Hay fever—or allergic rhinitis—is the inflammation of the mucous membranes of the nose, resulting in a runny nose and congestion. These symptoms can be provoked by pollen, mold, pet dander and dust. It involves an inappropriate immune response from excess histamine release.

Conventional treatment involves anti-histamines. However, prolonged usage of anti-histamines results in fatigue, dry mouth and headaches—and the biggest problem with drug therapy is that it does not address the cause of the allergy. Since allergy symptoms are a result of inflammation, the first step should be to address the inflammation.

There are many things you can do to naturally relieve allergy symptoms before they start.

Research has shown a relationship between asthma, allergies and diet. In order to reduce allergy symptoms, we need to reduce inflammation. Certain foods are considered inflammatory, such as milk, cheese, gluten and saturated fats. These should be avoided as much as possible. A Mediterranean based diet has been shown to have the most health benefits among all chronic conditions. The foods contained in the Mediterranean diet include fish and lean meats, nuts and seeds, vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

Second, adding particular supplements can offer support for patients. Look for products that contain ...

Quercetin: a flavonoid that can protect the mast cells and block histamine release.
Curcumin: a spice that works on various inflammatory conditions and relieves pain.
Stinging Nettles: an herb that blocks release of histamine.
Vitamin C: which expedites the elimination of histamine from the body.
Bromelain: an enzyme found in pineapple helps to break up mucous.
Omega-3 fatty acids: an anti-inflammatory fat, beneficial for all populations.
Probiotics: good bacteria that support proper immune function.

Don't suffer through another year. Let us work together to get some relief this allergy season. Feel free to contact me with any questions: [email protected].

Written by Brandi Grimmer, nutritional consultant, Keystone Nutrition. Brandi completed her certification as a Nutritional Consultant through Natural Healing College and graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in Human Biology. She is a Licensed Pharmacy Technician with over 10 years of experience. Brandi believes total health is dependent on proper diet, exercise and nutritional supplementation.

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