Avoiding allergies this Spring

Avoiding Alergies This Spring

Spring is here and I’ve already heard of people stocking up on anti-histamines in preparation for the onslought of allergens this season brings.  Until a few years ago, I was one of these people, until I learned what was really going on with my body.

Did you know that allergic responses are caused by your immune system?

This is why many Australians manage to stay healthy througout winter, but as soon as Spring arrives the allergies start to kick in and the common cold or flu is able to take hold.  Then it’s months of anti-histamines, avoiding gardens and cupboards full of tissues to survive the warmer months.

There’s nothing you can do about the air quality outside. The plants are going to flower, the grass is going to seed and the wind is going to blow. You can however control the triggers you put into your body.

Think of your immune system like a container.  While the container’s contents are below the top, the immune system can keep everything in check and allow the body to continue to function as you like it.  If the container is allowed to get full, then you may start to experience some slight allergies or cold symptoms, but nothing too severe, its when this container overflows and the contents are allowed to go where-ever they choose, the immune system kicks into overdrive to run around, chasing everything that overflowed.  In the mean time, the contents of the container are having a field day with the other body systems.

For the past 3 years I have been anti-histamine free! It all started when I discovered some foods stimulated my allergies.  As a general rule, for everyone who sufferes allergies, cut out:

  • Dairy
  • Wheat

In addition to this, I discovered personally (through trial and error), red wine, beer and refined sugars (usually combined with preservaitves) triggered my allergies.

This is the ideal time of year to cut out all of the foods which trigger allergies, just for a few weeks.  Keep the immune sytem’s container in check and not overflowing.  This will allow your immune system to start working on the allergens it has to, without extra focus on the additional allergens you choose to put in your body.  After a few weeks of cutting out the allergenic foods, begin to re-introduce them and work out what your threshold is.

Listen to your body – its sending you a message. Learn the lesson and discover how enjoyable Spring and Summer can be and how healthy you feel as a result. While it may feel like your body punishes you for not listening through allergies, it is also very rewarding when you listen and give your body just what it needs.