Do you have a love/hate relationship with Spring because of your allergies?
I did for many years! I know first hand how debilitating it can be to suffer through those long 4-6 weeks of oppressive pollen floating through the air and ultimately landing in your nasal passage. I loved being outdoors so I had all of the classic symptoms of watery eyes, itchy skin, stuffy nose, and congestion. Taking mind-numbing, membrane-drying antihistamines and decongestants actually made me feel worse or at best, was short-lived and didn’t address the root cause of my allergies. I was miserable until I made changes in my diet that resulted in never having to deal with seasonal allergies again. Here’s a few changes that helped me. I hope they give you relief too!
Tips to tame your spring allergies.
Eliminate food allergens. For me, dairy was the primary culprit. I removed ALL dairy from my diet. Not just the overt forms of dairy like milk, cheese, and creamers, but anything that’s made with dairy. There are so many dairy free substitutes, you probably won’t miss it. Be diligent about reading labels if you’re consuming packaged goods. Do this for 2-3 days and I guarantee you’ll feel better!
Boost your immune system. Since your immunity depends greatly on balanced intestinal flora, take a good probiotic or eat cultured food regularly. Steph Jackson, One of the experts who I interviewed for the Your Life In Balance event I hosted, shared her top strategies on how to balance your core health with probiotics and cultured food and some wonderful freebies too. Did you miss it? No worries! There will be an encore presentation of the summit this weekend. If you’ve already registered, you will receive email with details and instructions for access. If you haven’t registered CLICK HERE.
Optimize your Vitamin D. According to Dr. Mercola, “if you have asthma and/or allergies, optimizing your Vitamin D levels is absolutely crucial. In fact, research suggests that Vitamin D deficiency may be a primary underlying cause of asthma.” Get a blood test to determine your level and then begin to remedy it by taking a Vitamin D3 supplement and increasing your exposure to sunlight if you are deficient.
Want to experiment with eating dairy-free?
Enjoy this delicious and nutritious easy to make Blueberry Protein Chia Pudding. It’s one of my favorites! CLICK HERE for the recipe.
Note: This recipe is made with homemade almond milk; If you have tree nut allergies, make milk with your favorite seed instead.
To your health and happiness,