Updated: Feb 12
It’s the end of football season and almost the start of the allergy season. When is allergy season? For seasonal allergies due to pollen we’re talking roughly March through June. We’re going to have pollen counts popping up on our cell phones soon. Don’t wait until your stuffy nose, runny eyes and sneezing make you miserable. The time to plan for allergy season is now. And you should be focused on prevention. There are easy steps you can take to reduce the impact allergy season will have on your body.
Eating a Plant Based Diet
Research shows that consuming a plant based diet will help lower overall inflammation levels and therefore decrease allergy incidence and symptoms. A plant based diet doesn’t mean you can’t eat meat. It means you should make the meat a side dish. When you do eat meat it should be healthy and clean. Think organic or pasture raised. An unhealthy, poorly fed animal is likely to have elevated inflammation levels that can be passed on.
Don’t forget about fish! Fish don’t have the same inflammatory potential as red meats and are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3’s help reduce inflammation. We get into Omega-3’s and other useful supplements to help with allergy prevention toward the end of the blog.
There are specific fruits and vegetables that have strong anti-allergy potential. Quercetin is one of the most abundant antioxidants, commonly found in apples, peppers, fale, asparagus and onions. Think about incorporating some of these foods into your diet over the next 30 days!
Cruciferous vegetables such as kale, broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprouts contain another chemical with anti-allergy benefits called sulforaphane. Studies have confirmed that broccoli sprouts can reduce the impact of pollution, allergy, and asthma.
Studies have also shown that raw vegetables have the highest levels of sulforaphane; raw broccoli has up to ten times more sulforaphane than cooked broccoli. Think about steaming your vegetables instead of boiling or microwaving!
The second item is a little more obvious, especially living in a desert, but you need to stay well hydrated. Over the next month drink more water! The amount of dehydrated people we see in the clinic is astounding. Urination is one of the ways our body detoxifies itself. If you’re not hydrated, your body isn’t regularly ridding itself of chemicals it doesn’t need. You should drink half your body weight in ounces of water per day. Click here to see the symptoms of dehydration.
Take Your Supplements
The supplements we’re going to recommend are useful to treat acute symptoms such as conjunctivitis and sinusitis, but they are also good for your overall health. Supplements like this include Vitamin C and fish oil. Vitamin C can be taken in capsules or powders. Most people take 1000-2000mg a couple times per day. One word of caution: too much Vitamin C taken orally can cause loose stool.
Omega-3 fatty acids are another important part of our anti-allergy strategy. While Flax seeds, chia seeds, salmon, and other foods containing naturally occurring omega-3s are an important part of any diet, a high quality fish oil can really help to boost levels. For a higher dose fish oil, check out Alpha Omega by Chambers Supplements.
The next one might get some objections, but you need to get enough Vitamin D. Even getting plenty of time in the sun does not ensure you are getting enough Vitamin D. We routinely test levels in the office and 9 times out of 10, if people aren’t taking a Vitamin D3 supplement, they’re deficient.
The last product we’d recommend is HISTAPRO, a formula designed by Dr. Jake Psenka at his prior clinic, Longevity Medical Health Center. It’s a combination of vitamin C, quercetin, stinging nettle, bromelain, and N-acetyl cysteine. This formula can stop allergy symptoms fast, doesn’t cause drowsiness, and is all natural.
Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT)
If you find yourself experiencing serious allergy symptoms or you’re allergic to a variety of things you should consider sublingual immunotherapy or SLIT. Say goodbye to allergy shots. This treatment is a way to train your body not to be allergic anymore. This is a similar strategy used by allergy shots - without the shots.
This is not a one size fits all treatment. Using a simple blood test, our team will administer a patient specific dose of allergy extracts that can be sprayed under the tongue and effect the immune system through specialized cells that are found under the tongue. This helps the body to build a tolerance to different allergens. We’ve seen success with all types of allergens, from pollen to cats and dogs.
If you’re looking for more in depth education into the world of allergies and allergy treatment, you can check out Dr. Psenka’s book, The Seasonal Allergy Solution.
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You can also call our office to schedule an allergy consultation.