- On: 01 Sep 2017
- Written by Suzanna
Seasonal allergies can occur all year round but are at their worst in the pollen seasons starting as early as late winter when the trees start to pollen, soon after the grass starts to seed,
then the flowers start to release their pollens the greatest culprit of all allergies is the beautiful Australian wattle flower.
Whatever triggers the allergy it can be very debilitating preventing you from doing everyday duties efficiently. When the body is subjected to allergens and foreign objects the body responds by releasing histamines.
Histamines help protect the body from invaders such as bad bacteria and foreign particles unfortunately bringing on inconvenient symptoms that make us feel terrible causing inflammation responses.
Antihistamines are frequently used to help block histamine from activating and causing an allergy response. Antihistamines do not work as well if the body has already been exposed to the allergen as the body has already started to release histamine and the inflammation processes. Unless you can predict an allergy flair up it can be very hard to control allergies which is why allergies are so debilitating and why antihistamines are not always useful.
Antihistamines can cause symptoms such as; sleepiness, abdominal discomfort, nausea, digestive issues, clumsiness, increased appetite and weight gain. When working with clients with allergies I always work on building the immune system up and working through any other health issues that may contribute to severe flair ups. I often find that allergies are reduced and that everyday life can be enjoyed without the debilitating symptoms of allergies and without the heavy use of antihistamines. Vitamin C, Natures Natural Antihistamine
Diets high in vitamin C can reduce allergy symptoms significantly as vitamin C works similar to antihistamines. Vitamin C is also great at building a strong immune response to help with reducing the severity of the allergy, while building the immune system up.
Foods high in vitamin C include; citrus fruit, broccoli, brussel sprouts, parsley, paw paw, pineapple, rosehips, strawberries, tomatoes and sweet potatoes. Including these foods in your diet every day can help strengthen the immune system and reduce inflammation in the body along with a healthy diet, fresh drinking water and adequate exercise.
If you suffer severe allergies it is recommended you work with a health practitioner so a treatment plan can be advised for a point of attack. The good thing about working with a practitioner with your allergies is you will learn skills you can implement yourself for the following year and every year after that getting stronger every year.