Allergy season is here. Because we are getting so many questions about treating allergies, let's discuss the root cause and what you can do to resolve them once and for all. Treating them with injections and pills fails to address the root cause of the problem.
While many people view allergies simply as a nuisance, the allergic response is a complex and significant process. In fact, at the root of allergies is the inflammatory response. This is the same inflammatory process that leads to chronic diseases like heart disease, cancer, obesity, arthritis, dementia and autoimmune disease. So eliminating seasonal allergies through balancing the immune system is not only important for symptom relief, but for overall health.
Because allergic responses are due in part to imbalances in the immune system and because over 60 percent of the immune system is located in the gut, we need to look at gut health first when treating any kind of immune response. I have helped many clients improve gut health and after healing their guts, their seasonal allergies disappeared. When someone is experiencing leaky gut syndrome all their membranes tend to be leaky, including the membrane in the lungs, brain, blood vessels, etc.
For seasonal allergies, we usually recommend taking a natural product called D-Hist from Ortho Molecular. You can learn more about D-Hist at www.vitopiahealth.com. This product is a targeted blend of flavonoids, antioxidants, proteolytic enzymes and botanicals designed to support healthy histamine levels, balance the immune response, and promote normal viscosity of mucus.
Simultaneously, we recommend the following strategies to address the longer term goal of healing the gut, restoring a healthy immune system and decreasing inflammation.
1) Elimination diet. This is the first step for a healthy gut (and immune health). Focus on temporarily eliminating common toxic triggers like wheat, corn, dairy, soy and alcohol. These food triggers are replaced with whole foods, high-fiber and phytonutrient rich foods that are anti-inflammatory. We have articles and upcoming webinars on the Elimination Diet so feel free to check the website or email us for additional information.
2) Manage stress. Long term stress and the resulting cortisol imbalances can damage your gut and worsen seasonal allergies. So practice relaxation techniques daily.
3) Get adequate sleep. Optimal sleep is crucial for gut health and overall health. Research shows inadequate sleep shortens lifespan and increases inflammation, which can lead to chronic disease. It is also strongly linked to insulin resistance and diabetes. Aim for 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night.
4) Use powerful gut-healing nutrients. This includes products containing glutamine, zinc, curcumin, and omega fish oils. The D-Hist mentioned above also contains several ingredients that decrease inflammation and have anti-histamine effects.
If you try the above recommendations and still suffer, you may need to dig a little deeper for other causes like food additives, pesticides, chemicals and environmental pollutants. You should also consider checking your home and office for mold.
Our lifestyle choices and how we care for our bodies and souls are at the very root of our health and happiness. Unfortunately, too many of us make poor lifestyle choices and ignore our bodies warning signs until we are stricken with chronic disease. Our mission at Vitopia Health is to provide you with the tools and knowledge to take personal control of your health by bringing you the latest information based on the most current scientific evidence.
Mike Woodley, R.Ph., FAARM, ABAAHP
Chief Health Officer