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How To Deal With Seasonal Allergies

How To Deal With Seasonal Allergies

With the beautiful Canadian summers comes pollen, which causes allergies for many! By definition, allergies are your body's reaction to allergens, a sign that the immune system is working overtime. Allergens are particles your body considers foreign, which forces your immune system to respond to them—sometimes too much of a response! Allergies can affect us suddenly for no apparent reason. One can go for years experiencing no symptoms at all and, out of nowhere, become affected. Many factors can cause someone to suffer from allergies. Environmental factors (pollen, mold) commonly trigger food and animals.


As a naturopath, I strongly believe that gut health is a huge factor in allergic reactions. Since 80% of our immune system is in our gut, it is easily understood that food we do not digest well can contribute to or counteract immune function.


According to Dr. Loren Cordain, a professor at Colorado State University, “When undigested proteins enter your bloodstream, these substances are antigenic and allergenic, meaning they stimulate your immune system to produce antibodies against them. This is what sets the stage for the occurrence of allergies and other autoimmune disorders.”


Allergies can lead to other health issues, including muscle aches and pains, fatigue, and inflammation. This is why I like to address allergies as they present themselves by looking at diet and lifestyle. Many over-the-counter remedies can help with allergies but only provide momentary relief. Sadly, they can also cause side effects, making you feel worse. We know that treating the symptoms does not address the root cause of the problem.


Staying away from processed foods, refined sugars, grains, and dairy can support your digestive health and improve your immune system's response to disease, including allergies.


Here are some tips on how you can change your diet to help alleviate allergies:


  • Increase your intake of vitamin C by including more fruits
  • Dark leafy greens all have immune-enhancing properties.
  • Pay attention to how you feel. Bloating, gas, constipation, and diarrhea are all signs that your digestive system is struggling. 


Until next time, 




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