'Tis the Season to be Sneezin'

Written By Chiropractic Health and Wellness on March 28, 2013

Spring is a wonderful time of year, but it is also a time of year when many people suffer from seasonal allergies. Some of you may have noticed that this problem has become even worse in recent years. There is some speculation that with climate change we have seen a worsening of airborne allergies due to an increase in the length of the growing season.  Spring allergies are typically from tree pollen while summer allergies usually come from grasses, and then weed pollens dominate the airways during the late summer and fall.

The basic mechanism is that these allergens, like pollen, interact with specific cells on your mucous membranes, like those in your nose and mouth, which then release histamine and other chemicals that produce the common allergy symptoms. This is a fairly obvious mechanism. What is less obvious is how the manifestation of seasonal allergy symptoms is impacted by other factors. The general level of stress that a person is experiencing in their life has a tremendous impact on the severity of allergy symptoms.   Therefore anything which reduces a persons stress will improve the way they respond to airborne allergens.  For example, if you have misalignments in your spine the stress on your nervous system is increased and allergy symptoms are increased. When chiropractors realign or adjust the spine stress levels drop and allergy symptoms also decline.  The point is that getting adjusted regularly can have a huge impact on your allergies. I have personally experienced this and seen it with hundreds of patients.

Specific foods can make your airborne allergies worse.  If, for example, you are sensitive to wheat, this puts additional stress on your immune system and increases your allergy load.  When you add the airborne allergen to that existing load, the cart tips over and you feel miserable.  It is essential to make sure that you are not eating foods that you are sensitive to.

There are specific supplements that can be very helpful and can reduce dependency on antihistamines and other drugs.  Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce allergy symptoms.  Likewise, research has demonstrated that taking probiotics throughout the allergy season can  lower the level of the antibody responsible for triggering allergy symptoms.  Some evidence has shown that Vitamin D deficiency has been linked with more severe allergies and asthma in children.  There are also natural anithistamines  like quercitin and stinging nettle.  These herbal remedies are readily available and we generally carry them in the clinic throughout the year. We also carry a line of organic, whole-food supplements from Standard Process and they have a couple fantastic allergy relief remedies, Antronex and Allerplex.  We have had excellent results with all of these products.

During the next month we are offering a 10% discount on our allergy relief products . Call today at 952-835-6750 and inquire about natural solutions to your allergy symptoms.

Yours in good health,

Tim Fargo D.C.