Hello my dearest friends! THANK YOU to everyone that responded to my survey last month! It was so wonderful hearing from you and hearing what you guys want to know more about!! So with that... next up is allergies!! This is the time of year when the sunshine is ever more present, the birds begin to chirp, people are spending more time outside... but for so many people all they pay attention to is how the pollen, trees buds, grass and weeds effect them as they begin experiencing the symptoms of allergies.
Itchy, Watery eyes
More mucous production in nose & throat
Ears plugging up
Build up in throat, excessive coughing
asthma flares, harder time breathing
These "common" symptoms send people running to their local drug store to grab allergy meds like Claritin, Zyrtec and the like, or if you have them as bad as I used to... grabbing multiple of them, getting an inhaler AND going to the doctor for steroid shots in the bum. This was me 10 years ago. I used to think seasonal allergies (and food allergies) were normal because they were so common. However, this is a sign of imbalances in the body. Common root causes for allergies and asthma are as follows:
Allergies (and asthma) can be histamine mediated. It's best to lower histamine intake during this time and work with someone to reverse your histamine sensitivity/intolerance.
Avoid inflammatory foods that trigger an immune response. For most people, gluten, dairy, soy and eggs can create a lot of inflammation. It's also best you take a reliable food sensitivities test to discover if you are eating any foods that are creating inflammatory responses by IgG, IgE, and IgA antibodies. In my practice, this is something we can order for any client who is interested.
Reduce yeast containing foods and beverages if using any steroids, especially steroidal inhalers. They can create yeast overgrowths that can turn into yeast intolerance in the body. This can happen in the lungs and/or gut predominately. Candida is the most common yeast overgrowth that happens in the gut.
Fix your gut! This is a very bio-individual process and can change from person to person depending on what is going on there. When I work with people in my practice, some gut protocols can go for months due to its complexity of the root cause and the person's unique healing process. If you have specific questions, please feel free to ask!
Look for toxicity in the body. This can range from heavy metals, perfumes, chemicals in/on your food, pollution, what you are putting on your largest organ (your skin), drugs & medications, over the counter and drug store quality supplements, etc.
Typical anti-histamine medications can leave my clients feeling drugged, sleepy, or foggy-brained. They can have other potent (but seldom publicized) side effects such as dizziness, blurred vision, nausea, or making an enlarged prostate or a yeast infection worse. I encourage my clients to avoid them whenever possible.
Some rapid relief options to try instead WHILE you are working with someone to find the root cause can include:
Taking a Quercetin supplement or eating foods that have Quercetin in it. This can include plant foods like onions, apples, tea, berries, buckwheat, and citrus fruit. (Avoid buckwheat if you have a gluten sensitivity)
Keep a food log. Record the foods you are eating and avoid foods that make your symptoms worse.
Stay hydrated!! As our bodies are trying to 'fight" off these allergens, it will require that our cells and tissues are well hydrated.
Work with someone who does allergy clearings. The functional medicine practitioner I worked with was able to clear my allergies one by one. I am certified in clearings and work with my clients to teach them how to do it themselves as well. If you are interested, reply to this email with any questions.
Try Stinging Nettle Leaf. This makes the histamine receptors less sensitive in the body.
Try out Butterbur. Studies have shown that it can be as effective as Zyrtec.
Avoid all dairy
Include more healthy fats like coconut oil with medium chain fatty acids in the diet to help break down histamine in the gut.
I had 55+ allergies & sensitivities at one point. Reactions all the way up to not being able to breathe with my lungs, my throat closing up, and rashes all over my throat. However, after finding the root cause, healing my body and clearing the imbalances I had going on I have not taken ANYTHING for allergies in over 9 years! If you are sick and tired of your allergies and want to be free of them forever, hit reply and I'd love to see how I can serve you. Or if you know someone who suffers from allergies, please feel free to forward this link to them and spread the love!
May you go out into this world blessing it with the gifts you have to offer!
If you would like to get help on putting the puzzle pieces together and addressing the root cause of your health issues, I would be honored to work with you so you can find relief and healing in your body.
Just visit my website to contact me and set up a free Discovery Call! Look forward to hearing from you!
May you live your life with purpose, passion, and joy!
Have Courage, my Friends!
In Health & Wellness,