3 Natural ways to reduce seasonal allergies in your family
Itchy eyes! Nasal congestion! Sneezing! These seasonal allergy symptoms can ruin the feeling of spring and summer can’t they?
Seasonal allergies are essentially an overactive immune system that is reacting to substances in the environment that is shouldn’t such as pollens and grasses. The symptoms of seasonal allergies are triggered by repeated exposure to the offending allergens and this condition has a strong genetic link.
Seasonal allergies can be tricky to treat as it is very difficult to remove these substances from the surrounding environment so let’s cover the 3 Natural ways to reduce seasonal allergies in your family.
1 – Support healthy immune balance
The immune system is like a see saw and there are 2 things we can do to support balance in the immune system so it is well balanced and less reactive.
- Ensure healthy Vitamin D levels
- Take a probiotic supplement to support healthy immune balance. The probiotic strain Lactobacillus Rhamnosus (LGG) is the best for this.
2 – Herbal Medicine
Herbs can be very powerful natural medicines to support balance within our bodies. My top pick for hayfever and other seasonal allergies is a herb called Albizia. Albizia is both anti-allergic and anti inflammatory so reduces both the allergic response and the inflammation that makes hayfever so uncomfortable.
3- Eliminate Dairy
Dietary changes can have a huge positive effect on the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Over 17 years of practice as a Naturopath I have found eliminating dairy has the most profound effect on seasonal allergies for the majority of people.
Dairy is inflammatory, mucous producing and a common allergen so it makes sense that eliminating it from the diet will improve the symptoms of hayfever.
It is always a good idea to work with a Naturopath when eliminating food groups to ensure all of your nutrient needs are being met. If you are concerned about calcium intake for your child when eliminating dairy here is some further information
So there it is my 3 natural ways to reduce seasonal allergies in your family.
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