It’s that time of year: The trees are blooming, the grass is growing and the flowers are opening, releasing the pollen that adds to the misery of so many.
If you suffer from allergies, your immune system is in hyperdrive, overstimulated and over-reactive to the environment around you. When activated, your immune cells release compounds that make you sneeze, your eyes water, your nose runny, your throat scratchy and your sinuses congested.
Most people think there isn’t anything they can do about it, but they're wrong. Here are some tips:
1. Work on calming and balancing your immune system at its foundations.
This means making sure your gut is healthy. Seventy percent of the immune system lives in your intestinal lining, and healthy gut flora is key to a well-balanced immune reaction. Sometimes you might not have enough of the good bacteria, but sometimes the problem is an overgrowth of yeast, parasites, or harmful bacteria that shouldn’t be there. If you have IBS or other gut symptoms, this is a sign that you really need to work on this.
2. Consider probiotics.
The simplest step to begin helping your gut-immune system is to take a probiotic daily. For many, a probiotic might not be enough and you might need an herbal gut-healing program to remove the harmful microbes that might be hurting your immune system. Check out our free online program that can help you get started.
3. Find natural relief
While working on healing your gut-immune system, you can take natural antihistamines without side effects to control the symptoms. There are several products on the market, but look for something with quercetin and nettles to get you through allergy season.
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