Many Canadians deal with allergies this time of the year. You tell yourself every year that you want to do something different to address your allergies, as the season gets closer you find yourself going back to your favourite over the counter anti-histamines. This has got to stop! Your favourite anti-histamine is not helping to treat the cause, as a matter of fact, it is accelerating your allergies to react more intensely as each season goes by. Anti-histamines actually put tremendous amount of stress on the liver.
The naturopathic approach to allergies is to identify why the individual has the allergy, and then treat the root cause of the problem. There are a number of root causes that ramp up your immune system to hyper react and cause increased inflammation. You may need to explore food sensitivities, environmental sensitivities, whole body toxic burden, liver stress, adrenal fatigue, digestive issues and a hypersensitive immune system.
Get your food sensitivities tested and remove suspected foods from the diet for four weeks. Reintroduce each food one at a time and watch how your body reacts. Do not perform a challenge with foods (ie Peanuts) if there is history of anaphylactic shock.
Reduce the inflammatory foods that are in your diet including saturated fats (meats, especially poultry, and dairy), refined foods, and sugar.
Increase your anti-Inflammatory foods by increasing your intake of vegetables, legumes, beans, and essential fatty acids (cold-water fish, nuts [unless allergic to them], and seeds).
Omega 3 and certain Omega 6 essential fatty acids, such as krill oil, flaxseed, borage, or evening primrose oil can be anti-inflammatory.
Herbs And Homeopathy
A number of herbs and homeopathic medicines are helpful to reducing allergy symptoms and can also improve the body’s immune reaction to allergies. Many of these remedies help alleviate the symptoms with few side effects, while you continue to work at treating the cause.
Natural anti-histamines like vitamin C and quercetin are very safe alternative to over the counter anti-histamines. They have no side effects and do deliver excellent therapeutic results. At the proper (high) level, vitamin C has antihistamine properties. Several laboratory studies show quercetin may have anti-inflammatory properties, quercetin has been reported to be of use in alleviating symptoms of seasonal allergies.
Buying Time to Treat the Cause
A commitment to treating allergies is needed when you embark on the journey to rid yourself of this annual dreadful event. The journey will take you through an intense healing crisis, but once done, you will look at your quality of life and wish you would had done this sooner.
Dr. Elias Markou, ND