Suffering from seasonal allergies? You are not alone. 50 million Americans – 30% of adults and 40% of children – suffer from nasal allergies. http://www.aafa.org/page/allergy-facts.aspx Spring in the Pacific Northwest is prime time for the annoying symptoms of sneezing, watery and itchy nose and eyes, scratchy sore throats and asthma attacks. Many people have already begun taking antihistamine medicines – with poor, moderate or good symptomatic relief.
Naturopathic Doctors look at the issue of seasonal allergies holistically, wanting to get to the root cause of why the symptoms are happening. Trees do release more pollen into the air in the Spring, but why are some people more susceptible to allergies than others? Why do some people suffer while others do not?
Optimize Your Health
The more we optimize our overall health (terrain), the more we can control the impact that allergens have in our lives. Just as vegetable gardens need nutrients and water to produce healthy vegetables, our human terrain needs nourishment with good food, water, nutrients, movement, healthy relationships, fun and quiet time. A healthy terrain has the energy to adapt to the stress of seasonal allergens, but the the compromised terrain – already overwhelmed – can not protect us from symptoms.
Lifestyle changes such as eating healthily and exercising can take time. Thus, while we are working on improving our terrain we can also decrease our stress/allergen load. Instead of grabbing for synthetic allergy medicine, which has no nutritional value, purchase some freeze dried nettles capsules. In addition to having antihistamine properties nettles are rich in nutrients such as iron, chlorophyll and vitamin C. Also, you can avoid those foods that cross react with whatever you are allergic to in the environment (see chart below).
If you do not know what you are allergic to or you want to reduce your suffering from seasonal allergies, call us today at 503 472-5500 to schedule an appointment.