Changes in the seasons bring with them renewal and growth. However, they are also associated with changes in weather, plant pollination and exfoliation of leaves, all of which are triggers for various allergies. Those who suffer from seasonal allergies know how disruptive and intolerable they can be.
What is an allergy?
An allergy is an exaggerated reaction of the immune system. The role of the immune system is to protect the body from invasive foreign elements. Sometimes this system is overly sensitive and overreacts to everyday stimuli in the environment that usually do not cause any reaction at all.
An allergic reaction is caused by the invasion of an allergen in the body which activates antibodies of the IgE type. This, in turn, results in a series of chemical processes that activate mast cells. These cells release many chemical substances, among them histamine. They also cause allergic symptoms such as itchiness, sneezing, watery eyes, rashes, and in the case of asthma, shortness of breath, coughing and phlegm.
There are a group of allergic diseases referred to as atopic diseases, among them: hay fever, asthma, and atopic dermatitis. Common allergens include dust mites, pollen, mold and fungi, animal fur and feathers and certain types of food, including milk, eggs, peanuts, artificial food preservatives, food coloring and various medications.
Many individuals respond to seasonal and weather changes with extreme allergic reactions that cause great suffering and a decrease in quality of life.
Conventional treatments for allergies treat the allergic symptoms and include, among other things, antihistamines and steroids taken by mouth, inhalers or in creams, drops and other medications to reduce stuffiness; adrenaline (in cases of life-threatening allergies), anti- leukotrienes; and vaccines (injection of allergens in various dosages).
Naturopathic treatment for seasonal allergies
The main goal of naturopathic treatment is to prevent allergies that reoccur with every change in the seasons. In the event of an allergic reaction, the objective is to get through it as quickly as possible and to prevent a recurrence. Those who suffer from allergies need to learn to recognize triggers and bodily reactions in order to prepare for changes in the seasons as follows.
- Undergo a short detoxification process - 2-3 weeks prior to the end of a season
- Begin the morning with a glass of hot water, the juice of half a lemon and a slice of lemon, on an empty stomach
- Consume foods that strengthen the immune system:
Those that contain vitamin C, such as kiwi, red peppers, green leaves and broccoli in addition to lemon
Those that include beta-carotene, such as orange vegetables that have been cooked and ground
(See recipe for Orange Soup attached)
- Increase consumption of allergen reducing foods such as apples, red onion and nigella
- Increase consumption of anti-inflammatory foods that include essential fatty acids such as fish from the Northern Sea, sardines, fresh garlic, flax seeds, chia seeds, turmeric, fresh almonds and walnuts
- Increase consumption of ginger, cinnamon and cardamom
- Increase high fiber foods and plant protein- lentils, beans, whole rice, quinoa, chick peas, pearl barley, etc.
- Avoid food allergens such as wheat, milk and milk products, soya, peanuts, corn, eggs and other foods known to trigger specific allergies
- In cases of increased phlegm, stuffy nose or other symptoms of asthma, increase consumption of foods known to reduce these effects-parsley, celery, radishes, cabbage and kohlrabi
- Decrease foods that cause phlegm, such as citrus fruits (with the exception of lemon), bananas, avocado, peanuts and sugars
- Avoid products that weaken the immune system
Simple sugars and carbohydrates such as white flour and sugar
Animal products- meat, fish, milk
Alcohol and tobacco
- Use natural creams with olive oil or Calendula base
- Many herbs are available for treatment according to specific type of allergy and area of the body affected
A healthy drink for those suffering from seasonal allergies
- Ginger root (2 cc.) – remember ginger can increase blood pressure so for those who suffer from blood pressure please avoid using it.
- 1/2 t. Glycyrrhizin
- 1 stick of cinnamon
- 1 t. dry nettle plant
- 1 cup water
- Boil the water with the ginger and Glycyrrhizin in a small covered pan
- Lower the heat and continue cooking for 10 minutes
- Remove from heat and add other ingredients
- Wait 10 minutes, strain and drink
- Can be sweetened with a bit of natural, organic honey or maple syrup
Recommended supplements and herbal preparations
- Omega 3
Interested in specific supplements to help with allergies?
Sophorax- Ran Botanicals - A traditional plant composite found to be effective for the treatment and prevention of allergic episodes and asthma associated with seasonal changes. Sophorax has been tested clinically in a study conducted at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC in collaboration with a Chinese medical institution. The staff at Ran Botanicals has produced a specially designed herbal compound based on this unique composite.
Turmeric – natural anti-inflammatory herb with powerful antioxidants.
Fortify Moringa – Moringa is a very rich superfood that is used for centuries in India to treat symptoms of asthma and allergies among other health issues. Healtop sells it as an herbal supplement but if you wish to trial a complementary product that can enhance wellness in many levels and over time, this product is good to use.
You can find those products and others as well at: Asthma & Allergies
WARNING: the above products are not intended to cure or alleviate or prevent any illness. If you are pregnant or taking medications or under the age of 18 please consult your personal doctor before using any supplement including the ones above.