April showers bring May flowers and…allergies. Do you know what you are allergic to? If not, we can help. How can you determine if your symptoms are allergies or something else? Learn how to prepare for the onslaught of spring and how testing and changes in nutrition can help boost your immunity levels.
Spring Allergies by the Numbers
If you suffer from spring allergies, you are not alone! Consider the following stats about spring allergies:
“More than 50 million Americans have experienced various types of allergies each year. Allergies are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S.,” the AAFA said.
Watch out for the following signs and symptoms to know if you are suffering from allergies and then give Balanced Well Being Healthcare a call to get help–there is no need to stay uncomfortable!
Allergy Symptoms to Watch Out for
Tree pollination starts in February, followed by grass pollination later on in spring. Spring showers feed molds and similar allergens so they are more abundant, reports the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
Do you find yourself sneezing, chasing a runny/stuffy nose, or pinned down under the weight of head and chest congestion. What about swollen lymph nodes, itchy or watery eyes, fatigue, digestive or bowel issues coughing, and/or aching? If these symptoms sound familiar chances are high that your immune system is reacting to an allergen (or allergens) in your area.
Spring and summer months can be especially challenging for allergy sufferers since it is the time when flowers, trees, weeds and more start to come up from their long winter slumber.
What Does Your Immune System do with Allergens?
Your immune system is highly sensitive to foreign invaders to help fend off bacteria attacks. So what does it do when it encounters an allergen?
“Allergies are the result of your immune system’s response to a substance. Immune responses can be mild, from coughing and a runny nose, to a life-threatening reaction known as anaphylaxis. A person becomes allergic when their body develops antigens against a substance. Upon repeated exposure the severity of the reaction may increase,” Johns Hopkins Medicine said.
Getting help for your immune system so it doesn’t trigger these unwanted side effects is of prime importance for restoring you to your prior health and well-being.
Tips for Helping Boost Your Defense Against Allergens
“People think they’re doing everything they can to battle spring allergies,” the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) says. “But many still find themselves under siege from pollen and other allergens that appear once the weather starts to warm up. What they don’t realize is that by following a few simple rules they can make life a lot more pleasant, and their allergies more bearable.”
Some things recommended by the ACAAI that you can do: 1) Spring clean to rid your environment of dust and mold; 2) See an allergist to get help; 3) Use a HEPA room air cleaner rated with a Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR); 4) If you use central air, change your air filter every three months and use filters; and 5) Keep your house and car windows shut during allergy season.
The Link Between Your Gut and Immunity
“All disease begins in the gut,” Hippocrates stated over 2,000 years ago. Science agrees. Research has proven that when your gut contains more bad bacteria than good bacteria, your immune system is compromised. Chronic digestive issues also reduce the effectiveness of your immune system. Conditions like dyspepsia, acid reflux, and leaky gut can all limit how well you fend off disease.
Balanced Well-Being Healthcare can improve the health of your immune system by helping you restore the healthy function of your gastrointestinal system. During your in-office consultation, we can also counsel you on ways you can boost your immunity through dietary and lifestyle changes.
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