Spring Allergies Have Sprung

by Dr. Shelese Pratt ND @ The Pratt Clinics

Boulder, Colorado

It’s that sniffling, sneezing, itchy-eyed, drowsy time of year again. If you suffer from seasonal allergies or asthma, spring can be a difficult time of year. Luckily there are natural solutions to help you feel great during allergy season.

To reduce your exposure to allergens:

  • Keep your windows closed at home and in your car. This means if you need fresh air, use your air conditioner on a recalculating setting, and have your cabin air filter replaced if you have one.
  • Replace your home furnace filter.
  • Increase your laundry temperature and wash your bedding and pillows frequently. Research shows that most people who suffer from seasonal allergies also have allergies to dust mites.
  • Limit outdoor activity when pollen counts are high. Don’t go outside more than necessary on windy days.
  • Shower prior to going to bed, and thoroughly wash your hair. Pollen settles in your clothes and on your body throughout the day.
  • Keep Fido and Felix out of your bedroom. Pets also collect pollen in their hair and fur.
  • Change your clothes after spending time outdoors.
  • Get 8 hours of restorative sleep a night.
  • Avoid environmental exposure to toxins.
  • Air pollution also exacerbates seasonal allergies and asthma.

Treat your gut

  • Avoid leaky gut by limiting sugar and refined carbohydrates, reducing antibiotic use and avoiding emotional stress.
  • Take a high quality probiotic. These “good” bacteria reduce inflammation and help manage your immune response to allergens. For example, Saccharomyces cerevisiae has shown to reduce inflammation and protect the mucous membranes by increasing immune protection against allergens.
  • Avoid foods that increase mucous and cause inflammation
  • Dairy, wheat, tomato, refined sugar, and spicy food can create more mucous production.
  • Avoid alcohol on the days you are symptomatic.
  • Uncover your specific food allergies by running high quality IgG and IgA testing.  

Contact my office to set up an appointment: 303-284-3180. Through testing and personal health analysis, I can help you find the best natural remedies for your seasonal allergies and asthma.

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