WHAT TO DO FOR A LESS SNEEZY SPRING

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Ah, spring. A magical time of year filled with blooming meadows, tweeting birds and ha-choo!

Hay fever.

Formally known as allergic rhinitis, hay fever technically takes two different forms:

Seasonal: This type of allergy is triggered by mould spores or pollens from grass, trees, and weeds, which happen more during changes of season.

Perennial: This type of allergy happens year-round. It's generally caused by pet hair or dander, mould, dust mites, or cockroaches.

Seasonal allergies can present in the form of an array of different symptoms, many of which are the same as the common cold. The most common signs are sneezing, a runny nose, congested sinuses, fatigue and itchiness in the eyes, mouth, nose or throat areas.

Some medical practitioners believe that seasonal allergies are not only the result of a change in the weather or a little extra pollen. Ultimately, allergies may be the result of the immune system overreacting to an external factor, whether it is some kind of food you've unsuspectingly eaten, a toxin you are exposed to, or a change in the environment and increase in pollen in the air.

When your immune system is compromised, it produces antibodies to defend itself from even the smallest triggers or invaders to your system. In the case of seasonal allergies, this might result in more severe symptoms like watery eyes, runny nose, itchiness, and more.

As with most conditions, being proactive is better than being reactive. In other words, it’s better to try to prevent allergies than cure them. So while certain over-the-counter allergy medications, prescription medications, and allergy shots can be helpful in some cases, it’s important to try and fight allergies at the source. Some top remedies for both preventing and combating seasonal allergies include:

Adaptogens

There’s pretty much an adaptogen out there for every health issue. Red ginseng has shown to be a powerful anti-allergenic with the ability to alleviate symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, itching, and allergy-induced nasal inflammation.

Support your gut

If allergies are related to gut health, boosting your microbiome health is essential. This can be done by adding natural gut supporters into your wellness routine. The average adult gut can take up to a year or two to reach a state of wellness. So while you may experience some relief within a couple of weeks to a few months, a good probiotic, taken daily, can assist in alleviating more persistent long term symptoms. Check out Releaf’s range of probiotics to find a probiotic that suits your needs and lifestyle.

 
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Up your intake of probiotic-rich fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, or coconut yoghurt.

Include bone broth in your diet. This gut-healing superfood is rich in nutrients, like collagen, which could possibly assist by soothing an inflamed gut.

 

Try an elimination diet

Food plays one of the biggest roles in your gut health. Everyone knows that an overload of sugar, gluten, or other processed junk foods could seriously affect your microbiome. But even the healthiest foods might be at the root of inflammation and problems. An elimination diet is a great way to discover what foods your body loves and what foods disagree with you, to come up with an eating plan that works for you personally, to promote proactive healing.

Take African Ginger

African Ginger has a long history in African traditional medicine, to support a range of conditions including everything from arthritis, asthma, candida, headaches, cramps, sinusitis, throat infections and nausea. The root has an expectorant action in the lungs, aiding to expel phlegm and possibly also helping to alleviate upper respiratory tract infections. As it is a natural anti-inflammatory, it helps to reduce inflammation from allergy-induced sinusitis as well as bronchial inflammation.

 
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Releaf African Ginger is a product of natural origin that has antihistaminic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits traditionally used for the symptomatic management of allergic reactions, colds, coughs and influenza, and may assist in clearing the nasal passages, associated with cold symptoms and for the relief of asthma.

 

Releaf Pharma believes all treatment of illness should begin with your doctor’s opinion.

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Carmen Coetzer