By 2050 it is expected that this will rise a further 70% affecting around 7.7 Australians.
Symptoms can range from typical hay fever symptoms of excessive mucous production, sneezing, runny nose, itchy nose & throat & watery eyes, to digestive disorders, to eczema and asthma.
Regardless of the cause, be it environmental or food-induced, the impact on your quality of life can be considerable. And the big question today is… why are people reacting to what should be a benign substance (be that foods, pollens, grasses).
If you suffer from any sort of chronic Intolerance and/or Allergy be that from food or external allergens we always recommend that you seek professional guidance under one of our consulting practitioners. Because it is generally quite complex and multi-factorial.
Unfortunately there are no “quick-fixes” with intolerances and allergies.
Where altered gut permeability underlies allergy and intolerance a practitioner will also need to work with you on your immunity (especially gut immunity), your gut bacteria (microbiome) and your enzymes. They will also need to work with you on your diet. Eliminating foods long-term is never ideal but a short 6-12week “Rest and Reset” dietary protocol can be a key to restoring homeostasis.
And again, based on your presentation, your history and your symptoms, your Practitioner will guide you on the best dietary protocol for you, whether that be a low FODMAP diet, a low histamine diet or an individually-customised elimination diet.
Treating the underlying drivers of any intolerances or allergies is paramount for long-term success however addressing symptoms is also critical for quality of life.
Natural Medicine to the Rescue
There are a number of foods, nutrients and herbs that are extremely beneficial for alleviating symptoms.
- Quercetin reduces inflammation and inhibits the release of histamine to down-regulate an allergic response
- Herbs such as Perilla, Baical skullcap, Reishi and Shitake have wonderful anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties as well as considerable immune regulating activity.
- Vitamin C with bioflavonoids are a potent natural antihistamine that help reduce the allergenic response by strengthening the mast cells responsible for triggering the hay fever response. Vitamin C also boosts the immune system, an additional bonus in combating hay fever and environmental allergy symptoms.
- A probiotic which includes the strain Lactobacillus rhamnosus which is an important strain shown to be effective in rebalancing the immune response in allergy by suppressing the IgE response.
Lactobacillus paracasei is also a highly researched strain of probiotic and together these strains have been shown to help people who react to foods and environmental allergens.
- Bromelain is a powerful digestive enzyme with strong systemic anti-inflammatory effects, which helps decrease mucosal inflammation and nasal congestion. Pineapples are a rich source of bromelain.
- Horseradish and garlic act as decongestants, helping clear nasal passages.
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