April 22, 2020
Allergy season is upon us! And with it comes symptoms like itchy eyes, itchy ears, sneezing, fatigue, and more. While many of us have come to rely on over-the-counter antihistamines, there’s a more natural approach. Here’s how certain nutrients and herbs can help to calm symptoms:
1. Reduce Histamine Release Naturally
Mast cells are a kind of immune cell that releases histamine in response to allergy or injury. They’re responsible for the histamine release that occurs when we come into contact with pollen or dust. Certain nutrients can stabilize mast cells and prevent them from releasing excess histamine and other inflammatory chemicals that cause allergy symptoms.
Important note: it can take about two weeks for the benefits of quercetin to kick in, so it’s a good idea to start taking this before symptoms start.
2. Balance Inflammation
Our bodies need a certain amount of inflammation to fight off foreign invaders — it’s when the inflammatory process gets out of hand that we start having chronic symptoms and cellular damage. Certain nutrients help to resolve the inflammatory cascade set off by allergens:
3. Thin Out Mucus
Allergies often involve excessive mucus production in the nose and upper respiratory tract, and specific natural supplements can help to thin it out and reduce congestion.
Additional Support for Asthma:
Resprin is a blend of 17 organic traditional Chinese herbs designed to support respiratory health, including key ingredients that can help the body expel phlegm. We recommend two capsules daily.
And of course, all of these supplements do their best work in the context of the foundational elements of health: a whole-foods anti-inflammatory diet, adequate hydration, restorative sleep, regular exercise and consistent stress management. If you could use some support with strengthening your healthy foundations, come see one of our integrative nutritionist-health coaches for a customized health plan.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult your health care provider before beginning any new supplements.
Robin is a registered dietitian nutritionist specializing in Integrative Medicine, Functional Medicine and holistic healing modalities. She helps her clients address complicated conditions and return to wellness.
Stephanie is a Holistic Nutrition Consultant and Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner with a passion for helping her clients fulfill their potential through both emotional and physical optimization.
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