Summer is almost here, and with warmer weather and blooming plants, many people are suffering from the sniffling, sneezing, and congestion that comes from seasonal allergies.
When pollen from flowers, grass, and trees enters the body through the respiratory system, it can cause a reaction from the immune system. Our bodies respond to these unfamiliar particles by producing histamine. This is a naturally produced chemical that’s meant to protect the body from foreign invaders, but it can cause inflammation, coughing, sneezing, a runny nose, and more.
There is also a connection between allergens and liver function. The liver filters the blood. When the liver is overloaded and unable to completely detoxify the body, the result may be an immune system that overreacts to potential allergens, resulting in allergic symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing and congestion.
There are things you can do to avoid allergens that aggravate your symptoms. If you know grass irritates you, try to avoid direct contact with it. If the pollen count is high, try to stay indoors a bit more that day. Other prevention strategies include using air filters to remove pollen and dust from indoor air, changing and washing your clothes, and showering or bathing after spending time outdoors. Regularly cleaning and wiping down surfaces in your home can also help.
Holistic health practices can provide natural ways to help prevent and recover from seasonal allergies. Here are some to try: