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Navigate Allergy Season with Ease


Despite the chilly weather, spring 2018 is underway in Ontario. And as the season continues to develop and temperatures start rising, many of us will experience the return of allergy symptoms that lead to physical discomfort and prevent us from enjoying life to the fullest. Common allergy symptoms can include:

  • Sneezing or itchy nose;
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue eyes or face;
  • Watering, itchy or red eyes;
  • And wheezing, chest tightness and shortness of breath.

 

Not only are these symptoms unpleasant, depending on the severity of the reaction, they can potentially be life-threatening. Fortunately, there are a number of natural remedies that can help control allergic reactions. To get a clearer understanding of what allergies are, how they work and tips to alleviate the symptoms, keep reading!

 

 

 

What Are Allergies?

 

Allergies are overreactions of the body to certain substances (i.e., pollen, dust, certain foods, etc.). Allergies can stem from immune dysregulation within the small and large intestines. Our gut and airways comprise between 60 and 80 percent of the body’s immune system, which is why the Naturopathic approach to allergies and immune irregularities starts by strengthening the intestinal tract, identifying and removing food sensitivities and reprogramming the body for milder reactions to improper stimuli. So, what are natural ways to avert the effects of allergies?

 

 

IgG Testing

 

Part of dealing with negative symptoms in the body is understanding what’s causing the symptoms. Issues that are often labelled as chronic illnesses may actually be attributed to food sensitivities/allergies.

IgG testing provides a detailed and comprehensive analysis, to allow for precise diagnosis of food and environmental allergies.

 

 

Nettle Leaf

 

To understand the value Nettle leaf can provide you when dealing with allergies, you must first understand a Histamine. Histamine is a compound that our cells release in the case of injury or allergic and inflammatory reaction. This compound is what causes the undesirable side-effects of allergies. Nettle leaf can be an effective method to block the body’s overreactions to certain substances, as it’s a natural antihistamine.

 

 

Probiotics

 

The presence of beneficial bacteria in the gut impacts the body’s immunity and in turn can affect allergies. Studies have linked beneficial bacteria in the gut to reduced cases of allergies. A varied diet with adequate fermented foods and drinks and taking a high-quality probiotic capsule, helps you achieve appropriate beneficial gut bacteria levels.

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