Spring is a beautiful season, but for many people, it also means the onset of seasonal allergies. These allergies are caused by an overreaction of the immune system to allergens such as pollen, dust mites, and animal dander, which trigger the release of histamine in the body. This histamine response leads to symptoms like sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes, and runny nose.
If you’re someone who suffers from seasonal allergies, you may find that certain foods can also trigger your symptoms. This is because the gut and immune system are closely connected, and food sensitivities can lead to extra histamine production that exacerbates allergy symptoms. The microbiome (or all the bacteria that inhabit your GI tract) also produce histamine and are affected by it! There is a large connection between the gut, the brain and the microbiome that influences your experience of histamine induced responses – ie, allergy symptoms. By noticing these the foods that tend to cause you more issues and avoiding high histamine foods, you may be able to reduce the severity of your allergy symptoms.
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There are many natural remedies that can help alleviate allergy symptoms, including homeopathic remedies. One such remedy is Allium cepa, which is made from onions and can help relieve symptoms like watery eyes and a runny nose. Another remedy is Sabadilla, which is made from the seeds of the Cevadilla plant and can help with sneezing and itchy eyes. Not sure what homeopathic remedy might be right for you? Schedule a homeopathic consult with Dr. Herrst today and devise a plan for your unique symptoms!
Other natural remedies include quercetin, a bioflavonoid found in many fruits and vegetables that can help stabilize mast cells and reduce histamine release. Probiotics, which help support gut health and the immune system, can also be helpful in reducing allergy symptoms. Remember to include naturally anti-histamine foods in your diet as well!
If you’re struggling with seasonal allergies, there is hope with digging deeper into your unique experience and formulating a plan just for you. With the right support, you can find relief and enjoy all that spring has to offer!