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  • Writer's pictureRachel Bright, N.D.

Are seasonal allergies nagging you?

By Rachel Bright, ND Posted on May 1, 2019.

As most of us are aware, this allergy season has been reported to be the worst versus previous years. When the body is functioning properly and well adapted to its environment, it does not experience allergies. The question then becomes, “how can you support proper function to help your body adapt to its environment?” Below are some of my top suggestions that you can start immediately.

Tip 1: Hydration. Your cells only really become hydrated with plain, filtered water (feel free to add in lemon or lime juice and sweeten with stevia, if you wish). Tea and coffee will dehydrate you- avoid them if you’re seeking to hydrate your cells. To determine your daily water intake: Take your weight and divide it by 2. EX: 150 lbs/2= 75 fl. Oz a day.

Tip 2: Keep your blood sugar levels balanced. This means avoiding refined sugar and always eating a carbohydrate with either protein or fat. EX: an apple with nut butter or a piece of hard cheese.

Tip 3: Getting your essential fatty acids daily. They’re called essential because they can only be obtained through food. Supplement source: Nordic Naturals DHA and EPA (1 tbsp a day). Food sources: Wild-caught salmon, walnuts, and flaxseed oil.

Tip 4: The most obvious – clean up your diet. By eliminating engineered foods, refined sugar and inflammatory fats (canola, rapeseed, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, margarine), you’re already making a voluntary effort to control how many toxins you put into your body. This is half the battle!

While over-the-counter medications help in the short-term, their long-term and short-term side effects have negative consequences – just look at the small, fine print on the label! Following my suggestions will already help fuel your immune system with the nutrients it needs to do its job properly, along with other supportive therapies that a skilled practitioner can do. There are always natural remedies to use for short-term allergy support. They are homeopathic remedies and food-based supplements. Call our office for further information, if you wish to explore a natural approach to allergies.

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