We can all agree that allergies are the absolute worst. Defined as an overaggressive immune response, allergies are usually triggered by ingesting certain foods, touching certain substances, or inhaling an irritant such as pollen or animal dander.
Allergies to pollen, spores, mold, and dust (also called hay fever or allergic rhinitis) affect the respiratory system and are usually the most difficult to control. What’s even worse than allergies nowadays are the side-effects that over-the-counter allergy medicines can cause.
From a naturopathic viewpoint, allergies are often associated with weak adrenal, immune, and digestive functions. Natural treatments are used to support and improve those functions and to alleviate hay fever symptoms. For seasonal allergies, beginning natural treatments (e.g., Stinging nettles) 1–2 months before the season starts can help reduce the severity of symptoms.
Good health can help ease allergy symptoms, and good health starts with nutrition. People sensitive to airborne allergens may also be sensitive to certain foods. Identifying and removing those foods from the