Springtime allergies are upon us. As the flowers bloom and the pollen circulates through the air, you may begin sneezing.
Pollen is the fertilizing agent found in plants. While it’s harmless to people, not everyone’s body gets the message, instead mistaking pollen for a dangerous invader. The immune system then immediately releases antibodies to fight the pollen.
Chemicals called histamines release into the blood and cause symptoms you typically associate with allergies, like a runny nose, sneezing, coughing, and itchy eyes.
At Monarque Health & Wellness in Ashland, Oregon, we care about your holistic health.
Managing your allergies
Many people experience the following symptoms:
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Itchy eyes and nose
- Dark circles
A holistic approach to allergies is key to long-term success. You can take preventive steps to prepare for seasonal allergies.
Pack your plate with phytonutrients
Phytonutrients protect plants from germs, fungi, bugs, and other threats. We can benefit from eating foods high in phytonutrients. We can use the same defense mechanism as plants to fight off inflammation and other chronic illnesses.
At meal or snack time, eat the colors of the rainbow. For example, choose red foods like bell peppers, apples and tomatoes. These are high in anti-inflammatory properties, protect against liver conditions, and can improve heart health.
Eat orange foods like carrots and turmeric. These are anti-bacterial, provide cell protection and are a source of vitamin A.
IV nutrient treatment therapy
If your body has difficulty absorbing nutrients, consider IV nutrient treatment therapy. Intravenous nutrient therapy is a mode of delivering vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants right to the bloodstream.
Most IV treatments can raise the levels of nutrients 100 times higher than by taking them orally, when the digestive process can negate some of the absorption. IV therapies can improve gut health and flood cells with the right nutrients to improve digestion, decrease inflammation, and boost cellular function.
Ramp up your supplement routine
Consider taking a holistic look at your supplement routine. While many supplements can decrease the effects of springtime allergies, biminne is a common supplement that does the trick.
Biminne is made of ginkgo biloba. One study found that people who took biminne five times a day for 12 weeks still felt the benefits a year later. Talk to your functional doctor before beginning any supplement routine.
Keep your home clean
A clean home makes a world of difference. Clean your floors with a vacuum cleaner that has a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter. These filters are highly effective in trapping allergens. They detect 99.97% of microscopic particles in the air and help purify your space.
When springtime is a few weeks away, start prepping your house, mind, and body for allergies. If you detect pollen outside or start feeling the symptoms of allergies, take preventive allergy medication or opt for an allergy shot.
Managing springtime allergies begins with a healthy diet, exercise and regular visits to us at Monarque Health & Wellness. To find out how we can help manage your seasonal allergies, call 541-326-4777 or book an in-person appointment or online visit.