Spring has sprung, and if you’re one of more than 50 million Americans with seasonal allergies, your hay fever is probably also bursting into life. Hay fever, which is technically known as allergic rhinitis, induces cold-like symptoms including sneezing, nasal drip, congestion, eye irritation, and coughing, and is caused by an allergic reaction to pollen and spores from a variety of plants. Allergies are your body’s way of misinterpreting these different irritants as threats to the immune system and attempting to expel them.

There are some environmental conditions that can exacerbate allergies, including an early and particularly warm Spring that causes plants to pollinate early. Given Seattle’s record-breaking April temperatures, it’s no surprise that seasonal allergies have been hitting people hard and early.

What Can You Do?

Naturopathic therapy has much to offer allergy sufferers. It’s kind of like fighting fire with fire–there are many natural, environmental things you can do to combat natural, environmental irritants. Some of our favorite recommendations that are proven to be effective for combatting seasonal allergies include:

  • High doses of vitamins C and D
  • Fish Oil
  • Quercetin (an anti-inflammatory found in many plants)
  • Turmeric
  • Butterbur (a shrub and natural antihistamine, also known as petasites)

These and more can be found at our online dispensary, though we suggest meeting with a physician to discuss your allergies before seeking treatment.

How Our 30-Day Detox Can Help Your Allergies

Something else that is highly recommended for allergy sufferers is an elimination diet and detox. Allergists estimate that 70 percent of people affected by allergic rhinitis also have what’s known as Oral Allergy Syndrome. Never heard of it? That’s not surprising, as it’s often underdiagnosed, but those with allergies to pollen also have oral allergic responses to foods that contain similar protein structures, causing swelling and irritation of the mouth and throat. A few of the most commonly-associated fruits and vegetables include:

  • Birch pollen: Apple, almond, carrot, celery, cherry, hazelnut, kiwi, peach, pear, plum
  • Grass pollen: Celery, melons, oranges, peaches, tomato
  • Ragweed pollen: Banana, cucumber, melons, sunflower seeds, zucchini

More importantly, most people with hay fever also have food sensitivities that can worsen the symptoms of their allergies. This isn’t OAS because rather than producing tingling or irritation in the mouth, a food sensitivity will just produce ever worse symptoms of allergic rhinitis, meaning your coughing, sneezing, nasal drip, or puffy eyes will be even worse. These food sensitivities are extremely difficult to identify on your own, which is why it’s ideal if you work with a naturopathic doctor or nutritionist on a carefully-designed elimination diet.

Our 30-day Detoxification Program not only includes an elimination diet that will help you identify foods that can trigger Oral Allergy Syndrome or exacerbate your hay fever, but will also help you feel cleaner, healthier, more energetic, and generally help you identify all the environmental problems that are affecting your health and fitness. Many of our clients have identified allergic issues and solutions through our Detoxification Program, and we can guarantee that it will help you to be your healthiest, most productive, and most balanced self.

About the 30-day Detoxification Program – Wellness Center Seattle

This physician designed program is a guided detox program to help your body remove toxins that cause hormone imbalances and weight gain. It includes a modified elimination diet and basic recommendations for removing the toxic burden that is keeping you fat. Get started right here.