Do you suffer with seasonal allergies?
Seasonal allergies are caused by the body’s immune system having an overly aggressive response to pollen, ragweed, grass, and other harmless substances in the environment. When the immune system sees these substances as a threat, it releases chemicals that cause the inflammation linked to your troublesome allergy symptoms, from common hay fever symptoms to seasonal asthma.
So why do we look at the gut and not your nose?
Hayfever is the response of an overactive immune system, it is believed that this immune system is controlled to a large proportion by your gut microflora – healthy bacteria. Therefore, the thinking goes, the healthier your gut, the more effective your immune system and less likely you will have an overactive response to pollens. If you read my last post you will see the connection between your gut and immune systems.
Nutritional and herbal support can help with the symptoms and to treat the root cause of your allergies. Some nutrients that would be considered are:
Vitamin D – is a key nutrient for good immune function.
Vitamin C – is needed for both innate and adaptive immune responses. It is also helpful in reducing histamine release.
Zinc – helps with gut permeability (leaky gut) and non-specific immune responses.
Quercetin – is a powerful antiflammatory and antioxidant that helps make Vitamin C work better and helps to stop the histamine response.
Overall nutrient intake along with food triggers is also relevant and would be assessed with the initial consult.
So if you suffer from seasonal allergies and need some help and support then book in for a consult with me and be on your way to a happier spring time.
This article was written by Jan Caton BHSc of Naturopathy. Jan is the owner, naturopath, nutritionist and herbalist of Magnolia Apothecary. Jan practices in the yarra ranges.