Naturopathic Doctor Gives Tips to Reduce Allergy Symptoms
Allergy season is here, and that means lots of sneezing, red eyes and more. For an overview of natural remedies to fight allergies, we hosted Loreena Ryder of the Naturopathic Physicians Group.
Common cold-mimicking symptoms are sometimes not the only indicators of allergy season. According to Ryder, other symptoms can include gastrointestinal issues like gas and bloating, as well as general systemic symptoms.
Allergies occur as an immune response to an allergen that the body sees as a threat.
Ryder: “When you breathe in pollen, or a lot of pollen, your body tells you, ‘Okay, it’s a foreign object.’ I have to take it out. That’s when you sneeze, cough, water starts coming out of your eyes and nose, your body is trying to get rid of that allergen because it’s a foreign body.
Are there any natural ways to alleviate some of the discomfort?
Ryder: “One of the quickest ways would be to use a neti pot or a nasal rinse with just saline solution. But I like to hit him systematically to have a more effective treatment. You can look at food sensitivity tests to see what’s causing systemic inflammation. Additionally, you can take IV nutrient therapy to replace any depletion your body has of vitamin C and other antioxidants.
Ryder also recommended indoor air filters to combat allergens, including filters in cars.
“It’s tough. If you really need it, take an antihistamine or an over-the-counter medication. Benadryl works great, but it’ll probably make you sleepy, but you can definitely take over-the-counter medications. I’d say do the full of vitamin C, eat fruits and vegetables, you know, get those bioflavonoids and have pineapple on board, drink lots of water, have a neti pot at home.