Ahhchoo! Allergies & Your Gut

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It’s amazing how quickly beautiful weather can turn into allergy season in the mid-west.  We had an 85 degree day on Friday, and suddenly my allergies were switched into high gear!

I’m originally from Iowa.  I didn’t really struggle with environmental allergies much growing up.  Then I moved to Kansas, and the first spring here was pretty bad.  After that though, I had baby, after baby, after baby… and the allergies went away.  Then, like all other things that fell apart hormonally, digestively and the like – the allergies returned.

It should make complete sense to me now – WHY and HOW allergies are tied to our guts, and immune systems.  My nautropath actually wrote on this as well here.  {You know how things used to see really quacky some how totally make sense?  Yes, that’s health and our bodies for me!  Thank you Lord, I get it!}

But back to allergies… mine came in full force, and I was scrambling… because I didn’t have all of the things I got together in one place {remember, it’s SO key to PREPARE so you don’t return to your old bad ways, that are harmful to your body, vs. building your immune system back up!}  The good news is… I *DID* at least have them.  Thanks to my armpits flaring up, I also had a few things out, I just had to recall the rest.

So the picture above is what works for me when I have an allergy attack (it’s similar to a major cold coming on, and ironically someone on Facebook said they had an asthma attack with allergies as well).  Do you think people are more likely to just “grab an inhaler” or “shoot some Nasonex up their nose”?  I am guilty.  I unknowingly did it too.  NOW, I know that isn’t the best for me… and it was probably one more contributor on why I’m where I am.

BUT.  NO MORE.

There are plenty of SAFE. NATURAL. OPTIONS… that God made.  Things that don’t contain a bunch of chemicals and steroids that suppress my immune system in a negative way.  I just had to be willing to invest in learning and proving it to myself.

So here is what I did:

1.  SHOWER & use your NETIPOT.  Get all of the allergens OFF of your skin and hair and flush them out of your sinuses. (and wash your sheets more regularly this time of year!)

2. ELDERBERRY + ZINC lozenges,  These are huge – so I just take half at a time, and I can have up to 3 a day.  They have an ingredient in the particular brand I use that is “questionable” among those with auto immune disease.  “Echinacea”.  I haven’t had a problem with it so far though, and the research I’ve done on it – says, use with caution knowing what happened to (3 select cases where) others who took it (along with other auto immune prescription drugs), and claim to have had a reaction from this.  So, for what it’s worth… be aware of what you’re putting in your body.

3. QUERCETIN with BROMELAIN – to promote health histamine levels and “help manage” seasonal discomfort.  (my husband and I get a chuckle that none of these herbal supplements are allowed to make claims like the box-store brand, filled with chemicals things can… insanity.)

4. CINNAMON & RAW HONEY – I just squirt about a tsp in a bowl and mix in a few shakes of cinnamon and swallow it up. 🙂  It’s AMAZING how much even that helps.

 

Over all, I would say with sinus drainage – FOR ME, the cinnamon/honey helps for minor to medium issues, the Quercetin with Bromelain helps with inflammation and allergies and the Elderberry and Zinc really POUNDS DOWN that allergy flare up!!

If you battle allergies also, I hope you can find something natural that works for you as well to keep you healthy for HIM!  I pray someday, I don’t have to deal with this.  It’s been amazing to see my husband’s transformation with his allergies.  Years ago, he was always fighting them – but with improved gut flora, he barely had one flare last season.  Thanks be to God for the gift of information and health.

 

“Do not  withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.”

Proverbs 3:27

Posted on March 16, 2013, in Celiac/Gluten Sensitivity, Label Reading, Our Struggles and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Haha, ’tis the season to write about allergies! I just wrote a post, which I scheduled for tomorrow. I haven’t tried any of these natural remedies unfortunately (except for a neti pot, which helps to an extent). I have to take prescription medication during allergy season because my asthma gets extremely bad if I don’t. 😦

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