Hay Fever, Grrrr its sooo annoying.
Allergic reactions occur when the body’s immune system misidentifies a normally harmless substance as a threat to the body. Common allergens (substances that produce allergic reactions) are foods, pollen, animal dander, mold, insect venom, drugs, and dust mites. An inflammatory reaction takes place in an attempt to eject this substance from the system, resulting in a variety of symptoms.
There are other insidious factors that can set you up to be much more reactive as your immune system is already on alert and trigger happy.
The Gut or more specifically, if you have a compromised lining of your small intestine and instead of just absorbing the nourishing minerals and digested goodness into your body, small food particles are getting though. This can cause the body to freak out and your immune system wakes up to attack them, causing either local inflammation of your gut wall or a systemic inflammation. Gluten and dairy are common culprits.
The Liver, either you don’t have the co-factors and minerals needed to naturally fulfill your daily detoxification processes or your lifestyle is putting pressure on this organ to do its job, this can drive inflammation in the body also.
The Adrenals + Stress, if you have depleted cortisol stores you lose the anti-inflammatory power of that powerful hormone.
The Immune System, If you are already immunocompromised, not in great health then your resistance is not going to be very effective.
Hot Hay Fever Tips to Reduce Severity
- Limit your exposure and wash your hands, more than usual, after you come in from outside.
- Where possible take extra showers when returning home and change your clothes, especially on windy days. Now I’m not talking bubble boy but particularly those of you who are simply just affected by pollen, get into this one.
- Wear an extra layer. Four seasons in one day is the dayum truth here in Melbourne, if your immune system is firing up or on the edge, it will be less susceptible if you stay warm.
- Treat wind as though it is a pathogen. Limit your exposure to it & stay out of it.
- Cut out dairy and gluten, pretty much the major players that can fire up the immune system of the gut.
- Limit alcohol and sugar. Australians are renowned for their binge drinking. This particular habit especially outside on high pollen count days (sunny days) can be disastrous for hay fever as it weakens your gut, pressures the liver and drives inflammation sky high.
- Detox. On a detox you cut out things that can be toxic triggers for your immune system and put in place diet, supplements and practices that support your bodies growth and repair processes. You move into optimum health and therefore have increased resilience and recovery ability
- Increase your fitness.
- Do Gua Sha , a traditional Chinese massage technique that involves scraping the skin to enhance blood and qi flow. Its thought that Gua Sha creates an histamine response , stimulating the body to produce a natural anti-histamine. Typically done on the back, gua sha is difficult to perform on yourself, but it’s a great home remedy for friends and family
- Vaccum under your bed! Seriously, have you seen whats under there?
The Morning and Evening Facial Ritual.
Use a neti pot
Do some alternate nostril breathing – nadi shoda on the daily.
Warm Coconut or Black sesame oil, sniff it into the nostrils and massage up towards the eyebrow centre and circle the eyes
Use essential oils (such as eucalyptus, peppermint or a little bit of a Chinese herbal liniment called Po Sum Oil) on pressure points . If you don’t have essential oil, just do acupressure.
Do acupressure on tender points at the beginning of your eyebrow, centre of your eyebrow, next to the outer edge of your nostril and rub up the line on the side of your nose. Your temples and on a little notch on the bone under neath your eye.
Finish off by tapping the centre of your chest.