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Dealing with Fall Allergies

Fall leaves are beautiful to look at during the autumn months, however the crisp days also mark the beginning of ragweed season.  In addition, warmer weather can extend into the fall months which allow pollen-producing plants to continue producing pollen.  Don’t let your runny nose, itchy eyes, sinus congestion get you down; try some of these natural ways to combat fall allergies.

Diet is an important part of staying healthy, but did you know certain foods can help lessen allergy symptoms?  Broccoli, kale, garlic, onions, collard greens, pumpkins, carrots, and celery are all packed with nutrients which can help. Some foods which should be avoided or cooked before eaten because they contain the same allergic proteins in ragweed are bananas, melons, cucumber, zucchini, and nuts. 

Herbal formulas which can build up immunity with antioxidants, reduce inflammation caused by allergies or have anti-histamine properties include quercetin, bromelain, stinging nettle, butterbur, spirulina, eyebright, goldenseal, omega-3 fatty acids, and astragalus,

In the clinic we treat seasonal allergies from both a Chinese medicine and a Functional medicine point of view. In TCM, as the name seasonal allergies implies, is a transition time from the heat of summer to cool fall days. This transition can cause stagnation of the body’s qi and blood, especially if coupled with an over consumption of cold damp foods such as; salads, yogurt, dairy, soft drinks.

From a tcm point of view, all of the body’s energies and nutrition is derived in the gut. Over consumption of cold foods impacts the body’s abilities to break foods down and derive the nutritional content. Taking a food elimination approach for a couple of weeks, like avoiding dairy and wheat combined with taking a Chinese herb, such as Blue Earth Dragon can be an excellent starting point to begin truly welcoming Autumn at your best.  

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