What’s going on that humans have become allergic to Spring?
Some folks are so allergic in fact, they cannot even leave their home and venture outside on high pollen days.
Clients have told me, “My Allergist told me to shut all of my windows and get an air purifier.”
I would suggest, rather than lock ourselves away, we look into nature for some answers.
Have you ever seen a bird, squirrel or raccoon suffering from chronic allergies or hayfever? I’m not talking about house pets, I’m talking about animals in the wild. Animals may sneeze a few times as pollen and irritants enter their nose, but soon the discomfort passes and they continue going about their day sneeze-free.
Modern humans, on the other hand, can become so debilitated during the spring that they barely function: eyelids become red, itchy and swollen shut, runny nose, uncontrollable sneezing attacks, congested head, and upper respiratory system congestion that will not clear.
Not being able to see, smell and breathe totally stinks! But, there are three main reasons why we are suffering:
Lack of variety of local and seasonal foods
Traditionally, humans have eaten a wide variety of local and seasonal foods throughout the year. This rotation of foods within each season contains various flavors that supports the organ systems and their functions.
Most modern people are eating large quantities of mono-crops throughout the year and don’t vary their diet.
Broccoli is certainly good for you, but eating broccoli every day, three-hundred and sixty-five days per year is not. Broccoli is also one of those vegetables that can grow without being pollinated. If you are NOT exposed to tiny bits of pollen in your food, you may have a stronger reaction to it when you come in contact with it in the outside air.
Plant foods that do NOT need to be pollinated include all leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, parsnips, potatoes, and sweet potatoes, beets, turnips, rutabagas, legumes like beans and peas, celery, onions, leeks, and many herbs.
If the above plant foods make up the majority of your diet, you may think you are eating healthfully but could be missing out on little bits of pollen that can help improve your immunity.
Plants that need to be pollinated include tree fruits, berries, melons, cucumber, squashes, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, and edible flowers. Like this delicious edible flower salad.
Eating the same food over and over again can also promote food sensitivities that can weaken overall immunity. More than 70% of your immunity lives in your gut. The wider your diet, the more you are exposed to, and your immune system can expand its knowledge of what is good for you and what is not.
Hyper-sensitive immune system
Eating the same food over and over again can promote food sensitivities that can weaken overall immunity.
More than 70% of your immunity lives in your gut. The wider your diet, the more you are exposed to, and your immune system can expand its knowledge of what is good for you and what is not.
When the immune system is in a weakened state, it can become hypersensitive and reactive (overreacting) to everything your body, skin, and respiratory system come in contact with including dander, pollen, grass, dirt, and mold.
One of the ways to get beyond this hypersensitivity is to strengthen the health of your immune system.
Use specific immune-boosting foods like mushrooms: Reishi mushrooms, shitake, maitake mushrooms, and morels. By the way, most mushrooms grow in the spring and fall, which is also high allergy season. Eat them!
Try this Golden Reishi Mushroom milk to get a boost in the right direction.
Congested detoxification pathways
Lastly, if the detoxification pathways are congested (i.e.: liver stagnation, lymphatic congestion) debris, toxins and waste will back up and accumulate, and you will probably be allergic to everything, both internally and externally.
The lymphatic system not only transports immune cells where they need to go, but it also removes waste from the cells. If the lymph is not moving well, you are going to be congested. The best way to move your lymphatic system is to move your body.
Go for a run in the park, take a brisk daily walk, jump up and down on a trampoline, or simply do jumping jacks. I say “simply” because we were ALL taught how to do jumping jacks in pre-school. So, start jumping!
Plus, it’s essential that you support liver health and do a gentle “cleanse” in the spring. Learn more about that here: Gentle Liver Cleanse
Incorporate these 3 easy remedies into your routine and soon enough you’ll be able to enjoy spring and all of its beauty without burying your face in a box of tissues.
Wishing you a happy, sneeze-free, Spring!
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker, Herbalist and best-selling author. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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