Feeling the Med-High pollen count this week?
A great way to prevent allergy flares are to …
1. Drink lots of water. * This will keep you hydrated and allow you to keep flushing out all the internal toxins.
2. Get lots of sleep and on the same sleep regimen. * This gives your body time to repair and heal. It also gives your adrenal glands (stress glands) an opportunity to relax! The healthier your adrenal glands, the better your immune system functions. And if your immune system is healthy, then you are less likely to have an allergic flare or get a bacterial or viral infection!
3. Omit inflammatory foods from your diet. * Some examples of inflammatory foods are gluten (wheat and some other grains), corn, dairy, soy, tomatoes and peanuts. Inflammatory foods are foods that cause a mini-reaction inside your gut when it’s being digested and constant mini-reactions eventually lead to the entire body feeling inflamed. If your immune system is working over time on “fighting” with these inflammatory foods, then it gets tired and has a harder time fighting off the bad bugs we come in contact with.
4. Common nutraceuticals that can help are quercetin and bromaline. *Quercetin is a flavonoid that is specific for allergies, asthma, hives and hayfever. It calms down the immune response naturally. Bromaline (a digestive aid when eaten with food) is also an anti-inflammatory; aiding in the inflammatory reaction or response that happens with allergies, asthma, hay-fever and hives.
5. Adding in some additional immune support or builders such as Zinc, Vitamin C and an herb we are all familiar with, Echinacea.
~ Dr. Michelle, ND ~