Allergies – natural relief approach

28 Apr
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Allergies – a Natural relief approach discussed by your Mississauga Wellness Clinic

The doctors at your Mississauga wellness clinic discuss natural relief strategies to allergies.  Read below about natural health strategies that you can implement into your life to make your experience with allergies a better one.

What is an allergic response?

An allergic response is your body’s reaction to an external stress that it perceives as harmful. A sneeze gets stuff out. Runny eyes gets stuff out. A Runny nose gets stuff out! The redness in the eyes is the immune system showing up to fight. This is how the body fights the environment.

If you let TV/Radio commercials teach you how to manage this “problem”, you will take an allergy pill to stop the runny eyes, nose, and sneeze. This will definitely make you “feel” better and can be important in emergency or certain social situations (job interviews, church, etc).

BUT,

The pills are turning off your body’s ability to fight and react to the environment

Instead of hampering my body, I assist and empower it:

1 – Address the environment (minimize obvious and less obvious triggers)
2 – Increase your adaptive potential (get adjusted, sleep, drink water, moderate exercise, relax)

Realize that the severity of your allergies today can be because of your behaviour from days earlier. The severity of your allergies can also clue you in to how well your body functioning on other system levels.

So, allergies represent your body’s ability/inability to comprehend your environment.

Your body is taking care of you, it is NOT “sick”! Support and Empower it. Don’t stop it.

Keep reading below about natural ways to approach your seasonal allergies


 

Spring is here, and so can allergens! – Welcome message from our Mississauga Naturopathic Doctor Tiffany Wyse:

With the new season life is sprouting up & the brown & gray landscapes are turning green. I am so pleased to begin the new season as the newest & “greenest” member of Erin Mills Optimum Health. I can see so much potential for healing in this awesome place.

Spring brings so much:

the promise of new life, new blossoms blooming and a new baseball season. For some of us though spring brings allergies and allergies suck.
Sometimes we must retreat inside, even on beautiful days to feel better. Sometimes allergies trigger asthma making them even worse. For some of us we think that the only way to deal with the allergies is to take prescription medicines that may work temporarily but never really get to the cause of why we react.

nice spring blooming tree flowers white in Mississauga


Natural Relief from Seasonal Allergies

As a Chiropractor in Mississauga, I am always discussing health topics such as allergies with my patients.  My patients are often looking for ways to take a more natural approach without the use of drugs towards better health.  Allergies is a perfect example about a health topic that requires an alternative viewpoint such as one from a Chiropractic perspective.  Many community members in Mississauga are often learning about allergies from allergy drug commercials on television, but they don’t stop to think about what allergies are or how to address them from a more natural perspective.

How a Chiropractor views allergies

Allergies are your body’s attempt to address your external world.  You can stop your body’s allergic response with drugs, but in doing so you are shutting down your body’s immune system and interfering with your body’s attempt to deal with your environment.

Chiropractors and Naturopaths agree that allergies can definitely be:

  • Annoying
  • itchy
  • irritating
  • socially unacceptable

Common Allergies & Symptoms include:

  • red, itchy eyes
  • sneezing
  • runny or clogged nose
  • sinus headaches
  • wheezing
  • watery eyes

Chiropractors also realize that allergies can make it difficult to:

  • Breathe, and can be a big component of asthma
  • make your eyes itchy, sore, and watery
  • make you sneeze and coug
  • make you feel sluggish and doz
  • make it difficult to sleep

What can you for allergies then?

  1. Help your body function better.
  2. Minimize your exposure to allergens that your body has difficult with.

1) There are many ways the help your body function better:

Your Mississauga Chiropractor can help determine some spots where you can start.  All aspects of function matter – physical, chemical, and emotional aspects all play a major part at how your body is functioning well.

My practical expertise at Erin Mills Optimum Health is at helping your spine and nervous system work better.  As a Chiropractor I do focus more on the physical impacts on your body, but I also will discuss the emotional and chemical components.  The reason that chiropractic can help is the role of the spine and how it can impact the nerve system which controls your immune system.  If your immune system is coordinated with better instructions from your nerve system, it tends not to over react and create allergic reactions to the mundane allergens.

By reducing stress on your nerve system, it also allows your body to have a greater capacity for handling the external world.  A greater capacity to manage is very important in the allergy world.  By increasing your capacity to adapt to the environment as well as by reducing the allergens you are exposed to, you can greatly improve your allergy experience.  It does take effort, but you are worth it!

2) Minimize your exposure to allergens that your body has difficult with.

Minimizing your exposure to allergens just makes sense.  Avoid what you are allergic to! Clean, fresh air is better than air filled with allergens.  You won’t be able to avoid everything, but your body will definitely appreciate your attempts to reduce your exposure to irritants.  Vacuum more, filter your air, and avoid foods and events that you know will over stress your body’s immune system.

Keep reading below to get more ideas at how you can help your body function better this allergy season, but don’t forget to minimize those allergens too!

What causes allergies?

Seasonal allergies are a form of allergic rhinitis, or inflammation of the nose. This occurs when the immune system reacts defensively to substances in your environment– like pollen, mold and pet dander – by releasing a flood of histamine, a neurotransmitter that triggers inflammation.

Inflammation is a normal, healthy response to pathogens, which helps the body naturally heal itself. Like any allergy, hay fever is an immunity disorder in which the body overreacts to a non-dangerous trigger, such as pollen.

Risk factors for allergic rhinitis include a family history of allergy, having other allergies, such as food allergies or eczema, exposure to second-hand smoke, a poor diet, lack of exercise, fatigue and stress.

Researchers also speculate that an aggressive childhood vaccination schedule may prompt an autoimmune response, which might be associated with the rise of cases of allergic rhinitis.  To learn more about this check out Vaccine Choice Canada.

-Dr. Callum Peever

So what causes seasonal allergies?

Seasonal allergies, allergic rhinitis or hayfever is a type 1 hypersensitivity to airborne allergens such as pollens, pets, dust and foods. When a sensitized individual breathes in the allergens it creates a response by IgE antibodies which release multiple inflammatory modulators, like Histamine.

-Dr. Tiffany Wyse

Chiropractic’s Holistic Perspective of Allergy Prevention

Chiropractors, like your doctor at Erin Mills Optimum Health, view all aspects of wellness – including a healthy immune system – as directly connected to the nervous system. The spinal cord is at the center of the nervous system, and can be hindered by vertebral subluxations. These areas of dysfunction in the spine result from misaligned spinal bones.

Chiropractors correct vertebral subluxations with specific maneuvers called chiropractic adjustments. Correcting vertebral subluxations can calm the inflammation of allergies caused by an over-excited nervous system.  The nerve system has an intricate role with regards to the immune system, or the inflammatory process –

The Role of Mast Cells in Inflammatory Processes: Evidence for Nerve/Mast Cell Interactions 

Chiropractic and the Neuroimmune Connection

Improved Allergen-Specific IgE Levels in an 8-year-old Female Following Chiropractic Care to Reduce Vertebral Subluxation: A Case Study & Selective Review of the Literature

The Risks of Allergy Medication

Many people attempt to counteract the inflammatory action of histamines with allergy drugs called antihistamines. They function by blocking the histamine receptors in certain cells.

The common use of antihistamines is concerning because they carry certain risks, which people are not aware of. Some of these drugs cross the blood-brain barrier and have strong sedative effects, including drowsiness, dizziness, poor concentration, blurred vision and tremors.  The brain is being seen as more and more important, and allowing it to be exposed to chemicals from drugs doesn’t make sense.

Other antihistamines can cause dangerous drug interactions.

Allergic rhinitis already hinders learning, decision-making speed and psychomotor speed – why take a chance of making the situation worse by adding drugs into the mix?

Keep it clean with nasal irrigation.

Nasal irrigation is a safe and highly effective method of allergy control. Used for centuries in some cultures and now popular in the West as well, nasal irrigation involves flushing the nose and sinuses with saline solution, either from cupped hands, a syringe or a neti pot.  The process rinses dried mucus and foreign matter like pollen from the nasal and sinus cavities.

The Efficacy of Hypertonic Saline Nasal Irrigation for Chronic Sinonasal Symptoms  

 Efficacy of daily hypertonic saline nasal irrigation among patients with sinusitis: A randomized controlled trial


What can we do Naturopathically for Allergy Relief?

Instead of focusing on the what we are allergic to, as Naturopaths we are interested in why we are allergic. Seasonal allergies are frequently only symptoms of an imbalanced immune system and an overburdened detoxification system. If we can address those things then we can get rid of allergies for good!

We have many tools at our disposal to help. We may begin by addressing the gut and any underlying sensitivities, we also use immunomodulators specific for allergies to restore the immune system, we use hepatics to improve liver function in order to decrease the allergic response and then reinoculate the system with probiotics in order to establish & maintain a healthy terrain.

-Dr. Tiffany Wyse Naturopath

Want to learn more? Watch the interview with one of our Mississauga Naturopathic Doctors below:

A big congratulations to our very own Dr. Aisling Lanigan for a wonderful interview on naturopathy and allergies! Check it out:

Fight Allergies with Nutrition

Certain nutrients also fight the inflammation response that triggers allergies. Vitamin C, for instance, suppresses histamine production by white blood cells. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant found in many of the fruits and vegetables the doctor recommends consuming for optimal health. The nutrient is especially plentiful in rose hips, acerola, red peppers, guava, kiwifruit and broccoli.

Researchers tested a vitamin C nasal spray on patients suffering from allergic rhinitis. After two weeks of daily treatment, 74 percent experienced significant relief of inflammation and nasal secretions.

Treatment of perennial allergic rhinitis with ascorbic acid solution.

 Carotenoids, including beta-carotene, are also abundant in several plant sources. Research shows that these nutrients are associated with lower levels of inflammation.

Association of Serum Carotenoid Levels With N-Terminal Pro-Brain-Type Natriuretic Peptide: A Cross-Sectional Study in Japan

Carotenoid-rich foods include apricots, carrots, pumpkin, sweet potato, spinach, kale, butternut squash and collard greens.

Omega-3 fatty acids are among the “essential” fatty acids that the body cannot synthesize on its own – and therefore must obtain through diet. One investigation correlated low incidence of allergic rhinitis with high levels of onega-3s in the red blood cells of study subjects.

Other studies also show that omega-3s counter the specific type if inflammation associated with allergies.

Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids are consumed during allergic inflammation and affect T helper type 1 (Th1)- and Th2-mediated hypersensitivity differently

To get a healthy dose of this nutritional powerhouse, consume fish and fish oil (taking care to avoid those with high mercury levels), flaxseed and walnuts.

Consume Local Honey

By eating local honey, it is thought that you can be exposed to small amounts of local pollen.  This could train your immune system by having it experience small amounts of the local pollen at a time, as opposed to one big rush during the allergy season.  By making efforts throughout the year you can try to minimize the impact that the allergy season has on your body.

Supplements to Consider from our Naturopathic Doctors

Several plant based remedies also show promise in reducing the symptoms of seasonal allergies. For instance, an analysis of nettle extract uncovered several mechanisms by which it suppresses allergic rhinitis.

Nettle Extract (Urtica dioica) Affects Key Receptors and Enzymes Associated with Allergic Rhinitis

Bromelian, an enzyme extracted from pineapples, is available as a supplements and has been shown to reduce allergic rhinitis.

Blocking of protease allergens with inhibitors reduces allergic responses in allergic rhinitis and other allergic diseases.

Researchers have also found that the flavonoid quercetin, which naturally occurs in tea, impedes histamine release in allergy sufferers.

THE IMMUNOMODULATORY EFFECTS OF PROBIOTIC BACTERIA ON PERIPHERAL BLOOD MONONUCLEAR CELLS OF ALLERGIC PATIENTS

Spirulina, an algae that is a popular health supplement, reduces nasal discharge, itching, sneezing and congestion.

Efficacy of Spirulina Supplementation on Isometric Strength and Isometric Endurance of Quadriceps in Trained and Untrained Individuals – a comparative study

Biminne is a Chinese herbal formula used to treat allergic rhinitis. In one study of 58 people with year-round allergic rhinitis, biminne was found to effectively relieve symptoms in most of the participants.

The Chinese herbal formulation Biminne in management of perennial allergic rhinitis: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, 12-week clinical trial

Tinospora Cordifolia (Guduchi) is a medicinal herb popular in India. In one study, researchers gave 75 allergic rhinitis patients either tinospora cordifolia (TC) extract or placebo for eight weeks. The researchers concluded: “The difference between TC and placebo groups was highly significant…TC significantly decreased all symptoms of allergic rhinitis.”

Efficacy of Tinospora cordifolia in allergic rhinitis

The Power of Allergic Rhinitis

“Probiotic” literally means “for life” and encompasses a variety of microorganisms that live in and confer health benefits on a host.

You may be most familiar with probiotic supplements in the context of digestive health. However, since a large portion of the immune system is in the gut, what protects the digestive system can indirectly help the function of the entire body, including the nose and sinuses.

Guidance for Substantiating the Evidence for Beneficial Effects of Probiotics: Prevention and Management of Allergic Diseases by Probiotics

Probiotics are available in yogurt and other lacto-fermented foods as well as in capsule form.

Stress Reduction

Stress and fatigue may exacerbate allergies. That’s why it is key for allergy sufferers to keep emotional stress in check. Winning stress-reduction strategies include daily aerobic exercise, meditation, prayer, tai chi and yoga. Adequate sleep is also essential.

Exercise

Regular exercise is integral to boosting the immune response and warding off allergies. Talk to the doctor about what type of exercised are right for you.

Mississauga natural scene with a river and bridge

Sniff Out Sniffles with Chiropractic

Before beginning any supplementation program, or individual approach to allergy prevention, it is vital that you consult with a doctor of chiropractic.

Don’t delay.

Call our wellness clinic in Mississauga today to schedule an appointment.


 

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