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Spring is just around the corner. 

And that means allergy season is as well.  Ideally the best time to prepare for the onslaught of allergies is the season before.  Just as we boost the immune system in the fall, we shoot decrease our inflammation to prepare for allergy season in the winter. 

When your overall body inflammation is high, the bursting forth of spring (and its pollen) is too much for the body to handle and we slip over the edge.  This is when symptoms appear such as runny nose, congestion, headaches, foggy head and fatigue.  By decreasing your levels of inflammation, supporting the body with particular nutraceuticals and having a healthy immune system there is hope to sail through the height of allergy season. 

Inflammation?  There are many causes of inflammation: trauma, food allergies, stress, sympathetic dominance, infection etc.  Identifying if you have any of these and treating it will help to lower overall inflammation.  In turn the energy that your body was utilizing to manage the imbalance that then be reserved, or returned back to the organ that was working overtime.

Nutraceuticals: 

* Vitamin C (Ascorbate): Is shown to decrease production of histamine, reducing immediate allergy potential, also helps to relieve allergic symptoms and prevent inflammatory reactions, provides an effect like that of an antihistamine and assists in production of adrenal hormones needed to combat the stress that the body suffers which is imposed by allergic reactions.

* Magnesium (Citrate): Considered the anti-stress mineral. Buffers the acidic stage of an allergic reaction. Required in many of the body’s detoxification pathways. May reduce the broncho-constrictor in asthma by relaxing the muscles around the bronchial tubes.

* Selenium (Amino Acid Chelate): Protects cell membranes and stimulates immune function, enhances function of Vitamin C within the body, increases the B-cell antibody response and is essential in the body’s production of Coenzyme Q10.

Immune Health

Stress goes up, immune function goes down.  Keep emotional and physical stress levels in check to support your immunity.  Taking immune tonic herbs such as Astragulus, Ashwaganda,  and Reishi mushroom throughout the winter bring vitality to your immune fighting forces.  Also, 60% of your immune system is in the lining of the gut so keep your GI track healthy and happy.

Aller-Aid is a great product by Oregon’s Wild Harvest which is a combined freeze-dried organic Nettle with other supporting nutraceuticals to provide a formula that has synergistic action provided by its scientifically researched ingredients. The flavonoid, Quercetin, works synergistically with Vitamin C. N-Acetyl Cysteine is an altered form of the amino acid Cysteine and is not provided by our diet.  I find it to be a great support if you do begin to experience the allergy haze and pesky symptoms.

February 22, 2011 by JJ Pursell

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