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Allergies

Allergies

March 27, 2024 |

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Tis’ the season! No, not for snow and Christmas lights but something a good majority of you are likely dealing with right now—seasonal allergies.

To start, lets break down what is actually happening when you’re experiencing those dreaded allergy symptoms as the weather starts to warm up. You’ve heard of histamine but what is it and why does it eventually lead to a runny nose and itchy eyes?

Histamine is a molecule released when your immune system responds to foreign particles. Imagine you have a histamine bucket. Long term exposure to inflammatory substances continuously adds to your bucket. By eating inflammatory foods that you should not be eating, (because your immune system is responding negatively to them) your histamine bucket eventually overflows. Two of the most obvious culprits are gluten and dairy. 

As your bucket is overflowing and histamine is released into the blood stream, you will start to experience symptoms such as red itchy eyes, nasal congestion, runny nose, etc. By removing these inflammatory foods and exposures, your immune cells won’t be as reactive and your bucket likely won’t overflow.

The good news is, when we have a bucket that is overflowing with histamine, we also (typically) have enzymes that are responsible for breaking it down. Arguably one of the most important ones is diamine oxidase (DAO). The problem with allergies arises when there is a deficiency of DAO and an abundance of histamine. One out of four people does not make enough DAO.

Next time you reach for your Zyrtec or Claritin, think twice. Conventional antihistamines lower the amount of histamine and DAO- making us more reliant on the drugs.

So, what can you do instead? We have some tried and true supplements that naturally support your immune system and lessen the effects of histamine on your body. D-Hist contains a powerful combination of flavonoids, antioxidants and botanicals that promotes immune balance and respiratory health. Another option is HistaGest-DAO. This provides supplemental diamine oxidase which is responsible for breaking down the excess histamine that we are exposed to – an essential for lessening all the histamine in your bucket!

Ensuring your Vitamin C intake is optimal is another vital component. It acts as an antioxidant and immune-modulating agent so making sure we are consuming Vitamin C daily in the sodium ascorbate form is SO important.

Ultimately, decreasing inflammatory foods and overall inflammation will be your best option– we challenge you to cut out gluten and dairy for at least two weeks! We’d be willing to bet you’ll notice an improvement in your seasonal allergy symptoms. 

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