No more Flonase: A Natural Cure for Seasonal Allergies

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Lauryn

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Dr. Lauryn Lax, OTD, MS

Dr. Lauryn, OTD, MS is a doctor of occupational therapy, clinical nutritionists and functional medicine expert with 25 years of clinical and personal experience in healing from complex chronic health issues and helping others do the same.

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If you’re like any one of the 3-in-10 adults or 4-in-10 children who has allergies, the spring is not your BFF.

  • Runny nose.
  • Watery eyes.
  • Sneezing.
  • Itching.
  • Dry skin.

Allergies to pollen, dust, cedar, grass, trees, “something in the air”, can all impact your quality of life as everything blooms.

(Never fear though: Flonase, Claritin and Allegra to the rescue!!!)

If you’d rather not turn to allergy shots or medications, read on for simple allergy remedies and solutions.

The Root of Allergies 

While the spring is commonly known as “allergy season” (like the fall and winter are often associated as “cold and flu” season) there’s more to the story than “just being the way things are.”

Allergies are directly related to our immune system.

A weaker immune system is more susceptible to an allergy attack.

How do you end up with a “weakened” immune system?

Look no further than your gut—or lack thereof (of gut health).

In fact, about 80% of our immune health is directly attributed to our gut and digestive systems.

If we have plenty of good bacteria in there and a well-oiled digestive system (running smoothly), then we are able to battle bad bacteria and foreign invaders, as well as deliver all the nutrients (like Zinc, Iron, Vitamin C) our cells need to ward off any low immunity.

“Good” gut health comes from chewing our food well, drinking water throughout the day, eating in a relaxed state, choosing foods our body recognizes as real food, and incorporating probiotics (foods or supplements) into our regime.

If we have poor gut health (i.e. from poor digestion practices, poor quality foods, low water intake, antibiotics and medications, etc.), then of course we are unable to fight off outside invaders, making us more susceptible to allergies, inflammation and “feeling under the weather.”

‘But I’ve had allergies for as long as I can remember…’ you say.

Chances are there’s a reason!

From the processed foods we ate as kiddos or poor digestion practices (not chewing fully), lack of adequate water intake or poor quality water supply, even the length of time you breastfed as a baby, drank poor quality (highly processed) formulas, and even if you were a C-Sectioned baby (affects your gut flora)—all these reasons cause poor gut health.

Regardless of where a leaky gut or unhealthy gut stems from, the GOOD news is you can focus on strengthening the gut now to experience LESS inflammation and sensitivity during “allergy season.”

(Note: As you focus on strengthening your gut, you will not only will you notice a difference in how seasonal allergies affect you, but your foods as well!)

One thing you can try TODAY to begin incorporating?

 Probiotic up. Doubling up on your probiotic (or STARTING to take one) during allergy season will help spread good bacteria throughout your gut. You can also find probiotics in foods like kimchi, sauerkraut, and kombucha.

 

Bonus:  

Targeting your gut health for your seasonal allergies, may surprise you as you…

Although you think you’re just trying to sneeze less or get rid of the Kleenex box attached to your hip… you may discover food allergies, sensitivies and other inflammation (skin flares, breakouts, higher blood pressure, etc.) also begin to subside.

Ironically, very few folks associate seasonal allergies with food allergies—in other words: they think they are completely different.

News flash: Seasonal allergies and food allergies/sensitivities stem from the SAME place (the gut).

 

With food, you don’t even have to be formally tested’ to find out what exactly you’re allergic to.

Want to experiment or know if you are sensitive to certain foods?

Try the Cocoa’s Pulse Test with any suspected foods for allergies.

Coacoa’s Pulse Test (Food Allergy Self-Test)

  • Collect any foods you’d like to test for possible food allergies (ex. oatmeal, bread, nuts, cheese, rice, tomato, apples, eggs, etc.)
  • Take your resting pulse x 1 minute while seated.
  • Then place test food in your mouth.
  • Salivate on it for 30-seconds.
  • Retake your resting pulse x 1 minute.
  • Pulse change 6 beats or more? Suggests “allergic tension.”

Do this for as many suspected foods as you like…and take care of your gut!

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