Welcome to another change of season and the onset of fall allergies from pollen ragweed or sensitivities to mold during these damper months. Depending on where you live many are already feeling the aggravating symptoms that makes one reach for over the counter anti-histamines or suffering from an immune response cold.
Being outside and grounding to mother nature brings on many persistent reactions such as scratchy throats, runny noses, watery, itchy eyes, sneezing and sinus congestion for about a quarter of the population here in North America.
During the spring allergic rhinitis can begin with the blooming flowers as the pollen hits the air. While summer it might be the various grasses but the most problematic for some is the ragweed that can disperse billions of pollen particles per plant.
If allergic reactions to airborne pollens known as “hay fever” trigger any symptom from mild to more severe it may be time to address the different root causes. It all begins with the healing of the gut where the immune system is throwing up the red flag in response. When there’s a weak internal environment with an inflamed intestinal tract or a lack of good flora it leads to autoimmune reactions.
The elements that need reducing are the more serious of culprits that cause this tipping of one’s health of ongoing persistent immune reactions which weakens one’s well-being. This dysbiosis or “leaky gut” syndrome only sets a person or child up for a downward spiral to rely on medications in order to relieve symptoms.
Tips to lessen fall allergies begin with removing the culprits:
Read your labels and give up the GMO’s:
The consumption of GMO’s(genetically modified organisms), artificial ingredients, preservatives, refined sugars, additives and chemicals play a major role in creating disharmony in the body causing a rise in allergies, asthma to more severe auto immune disorders.
Ragweed is the harmless substance but the glyphosate that’s sprayed on the farmers crops and grains is now being recognized as one of the worst known provoking inflammatory substances. By the World Health Organization it’s being classified as a “probable human carcinogen”. 11 It’s also been stated, “Glyphosate also causes DNA and chromosomal damage in human cells.”12
This pesticide damages the necessary gut microbes in the digestive tract allowing an overgrowth of harmful pathogens, blocks the assimilation of vital nutrients and has been studied to also impair key enzymes that detoxify the body. It puts more stress on the liver that is already overburdened with toxins, refined sugars, recycling of fats and xenoestrogens which causes a backup on the gallbladder with which more people are being diagnosed with non-fatty liver disease.
Noticeably for those who struggle with weight gain and resistance to proper fat metabolism this is how the body’s ability to produce bile is impaired as a key enzymes in the digestion of fats becomes limited or obstructed.
Crop spraying with glyphosate has been a very common practice since the big agricultural companies introduced this to the farmers to douse massive amounts on the non-GMO crops such as wheat, oats, soybeans, corn and other crops weeks before harvest in order to salvage greater harvesting demands.
Choose organic, avoid processed foods and soak, scrub and clean off produce well:
Glyphosate is used to desiccate a variety of other crops including peanuts, lentils, peas, soybeans, flax, rye, triticale, buckwheat, millet, canola, sugar beets and potatoes. Most processed foods have soy, canola, sugar beets, peanuts and potatoes as ingredients that need to be avoided by getting out of the box or bags.
“According to the EPA, glyphosate is used in the U.S. on at least 70 different food crops, including grains, spinach, avocados, almonds, walnuts, figs, plums, grapes, kiwi, lemons, grapefruit, pistachios, and pomegranates.”13
Giving up the grains is challenging but becoming more of a fact finder by staying in tune with the EWG.org, reading those labels or using products that are marked with the GMO Project label can be detrimental to one’s well-being. The widespread usage of glyphosate makes it nearly impossible to avoid as sadly, “93% of us test positive for glyphosate in our bodies.”
Ces la ve to sugar:
Sugar is the anti-nutrient along with being what most crave and consume which is the leading cause of obesity due to the inflammation that spreads like wild fire within. Remove the refined sugar and reach for berries, apples that are in season to boost the vitamin C component needed for producing natural antihistamine and collagen to fight the fight our bodies are designed to do.
Replace with some of the best gut healing foods and supplements:
These all can be highly beneficial to the lining of your digestive tract to insure better nutrient absorption and improve the integrity to downgrade allergy symptoms.
Bone broth is a great source of collagen, which is a powerful gut healing substance. This gelatin source has a potent anti-inflammatory property because its rich in the amino acids especially glycine which it also protects the lining of the gut from further damage.
Probiotics are one of those essential supplements that offer necessary strains of “good flora” to improve the micro biome balance that is the first line of defense to regulate the immune systems reaction to a real threat versus overreacting to something harmless.
Include fermented foods and more prebiotic produce:
These significant probiotic strains are found in fermented vegetables, kombucha tea’s, apple cider vinegar, kefir and yogurts that have not been destroyed through the pasteurization process.
Changing up your diet to include more prebiotic foods such as fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, onions, garlic, leeks, asparagus and artichokes are known for their non-digestible components that enhances the growth of helpful bacteria in the gut.
Bring on the veggies, fiber and plant powerhouses:
The fall is a perfect time to put more sulfur rich foods onto your plate that will help resist bacteria and protect against toxic substances. Those from the cruciferous family like brussels sprouts, cabbage, kale, turnips, broccoli, but also good protein sources lentils and legumes are loaded with this micronutrient to improve immune function .
Allium vegetables are similar as their cell walls contain an enzyme allinase and when chopped, crushed or chewed synergistically contain a organosulfur compound that has anti-inflammatory benefits. The onion family which includes garlic, leeks, shallots, chives and scallions have been studied for their association to lower risk of infections, disease and cancer.
Rebuild your gut health and strengthen your immune system:
As the gut leaks and inflammation flares it simultaneously causes deficiencies in the absorption of vitamins A, B’s and D3 while it binds with vital minerals like iron, selenium, molybdenum, copper that weakens many metabolic functions. Mineral deficiencies are so common due to the Standard American diet and noticeably for many it exacerbates normal processes like energy production, sleep cycles, insulin resistance and hormone dysregulation.
Vitamin D not only plays a crucial part in immune regulation, brain, bone and heart health but is responsible for keeping the junctions in the small intestine tight so there’s less inflammation leaking out into the blood. This helps lessen the immune systems hypersensitive response to airborne, environmental and mistaken food identity alarm signals.
Minerals make all the difference and plant foods are filled with these catalysts that become powerhouse sources of our energy. By drinking your supergreens it can ignite one’s health by first giving you the energy your body needs to bring balance within.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids or the healthy phospholipids essential for brain, gut and overall influence to aid in pushing out the inflammation. Also for better absorption of critical nutrients with their ability to get beyond the cells membrane and boost the immune system. Flaxseeds, chia’s, hempseeds, olives, avocado’s, coconuts and their oil, salmon, krill, sardines, nuts and grass-fed meats all contain good amounts of omega 3 essential fatty acids.
Vitamin C is to the immune system as a key is to a lock. Drink it, eat it, but boost it to support relieving symptoms of allergic distress. Berries are the best sources, but so are lemons and hydrating with water.
Spice up your diet from meals to drinks for rebuilding health.
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory effects have been well researched. It can easily be added to smoothies, eggs, chicken and even healthier versions of spiced latte’s. This spice should top your list of pro-active support and is best taken with pepperine or a healthy fat for boosting its remarkable capabilities.
Ginger is another marvelous anti-inflammatory spice that can be added to a lot of dishes, into drinking water or tea with this beneficial proactive digestive herb. Especially known for helping with nauseas and the propulsion movement of the gastrointestinal tract.
L-Glutamine is another amino acid which is the main fuel that the intestinal epithelial cells need for maintenance, repair and healing of the barrier walls to combat invaders. The more energy they have the better they are able to repair damage done and clean up the inflammation around the “leaks”. It has been shown to decrease this intestinal permeability in IBD patients.essential for restoring the integrity to the cell walls of the gastrointestinal lining.
N-acetyl-glucosamine is a specific enzyme necessary for the synthesis of proteins contained within the mucus lining of your gut while it also supports the extracellular tissue surrounding intestinal epithelial cells to decrease the binding of lectins.
Resistant starch has its healing benefits to the digestive tract as it bypasses breaking down during initial digestion until it is converted to a short-chain fatty acid called butyrate in the large intestine. This starch is another fuel for the probiotic bacteria to rebuild, repair and replenish the population of good bacteria in the colon to ward off disease. These superfood starches assist with supporting the dysfunctional imbalance of pH in the large intestine. Green banana’s or plantains, legumes, lentils, chickpea’s, cashews, raw oats, cooked and cooled potatoes are good sources.
Aloe is known for its mucilage healing properties that absorbs toxins and is a gelatinous fatty acid that takes down inflammation along with it. The interesting thing about taking aloe internally is that it helps to regulate your elimination cycles in whatever way you need. This adaptogen has been a great remedy for people with problems such as constipation, irritable bowel syndrome as well as acid reflux. Full of the all necessary B vitamins especially B12, essential amino acids, vitamins, minerals and an alkaline forming food.
CBD oil is now recognized as a natural therapeutic compound that simply puts a “little red cape” on to help your body reduce inflammation, strengthen the immune system, fight free radicals, cancer, diabetes and relieve pain systemically. There’s over 15,000 published scientific studies and works that correlate positively CBD’s affects with our own Endocannabinoid system. These receptors are found throughout the body where our cells have “messenger molecules” that receive information to initialize a homeostasis response. It has multiple healing properties unlike so many pharmaceutical drugs, but CBD is non-psychoactive and non-addictive. There is different strains of cannabis or industrial hemp that can have higher concentrations of THC and this is why isolating CBD into a purified extract state of an oil can be “more effective as an anti-inflammatory agent than aspirin, fish oil and vitamin C.” 14 The CBD oils on the market all do the same thing by purposefully keeping the peace on a cellular level but their delivery system may be different due to its structure or the percentage of levels of THC versus actual CBD. Primebody is one of the most exceptional brands available on the market for its ability to increase quality of life from many ailments. Always best to consult with your medical health professional before starting any new treatment and simultaneously, it always takes changing up one’s lifestyle, while doing better you will feel better!
Restructure and reset your lifestyle is about getting into a stress management mindset:
Meditation to calm the mind releases serotonin hormones produced in the gut to relax the whole body, bringing better balance back, a homeostasis process that allows for healing within.
Movement makes all the difference and if stress overload has been a common denominator then choose an exercise that will bring on a “feel good” that is right for you. When your adrenals are exhausted sometimes you may need to dial down on pushing your body into exercise regimens that are too strenuous. Consider changing up to one’s that will relax the mind and oxygenate the body. Take up yoga, Tai Chi or Chi Gong, go for a hike or brisk walk.
Exercise shouldn’t be something you dread but know it’s what your body needs to help release the serotonin that’s produced in the gut and is supportive of bringing the body back into a better state of homeostasis.
Sleep is essential for healing, repair and detoxifying the body. EMF’s, the eclectrosmog of cell phone’s, computers, televisions and wi-fi can zap the melatonin hormone needed for the sleep cycle so learning to unplug is vital to one’s cellular health.
Neti pot usage to flush out nasal cavities is a common Ayurvedic practice as “Neti” is actually Sanskrit for “nasal cleansing” which is relevant to remove irritants and sinus congestive allergens. Using boiled water or distilled and sea salt to create a solution for irrigating the nasal airway.
Calming down any allergy response can be broken down into five easier steps:
Removing the culprits that cause inflammation within or which are recognized as an immune reactive response.
Replace the genetically modified or pesticide ridden foods, additives, preservatives, alcohols, dairy or sugar drinks and caffeine that cause the imbalances.
Rebuild your gut with immune boosting and supportive organ tissue foods and supplements.
Restructure your lifestyle to compliment you as an individual for better stress management and create the healthier habits to last a lifetime.
Rewire is to realize our thoughts and beliefs have influence over our cells optimal functioning and it takes an emotional mindset that is positive, upbeat and at peace.
It is possible to Thrive with vitality and age gracefully when we turn more to what God has provided us. We must learn how to eliminate and correct the toxic overload that have become the underlying stressors. We do have a choice by what we are consuming or not. The air we breath may be more polluted but pollens from nature should be the least of our worries or causes for distress.
(11) “Ewg.org, VanHoesen” (2015)
(12) “Institute of Science in Society, Barrett” (2012)
(13) “U.S.Right to Know, Gillam” (2014)
(14) “CBD Made Easy, Minchin” (2016)