Treating Allergies – Naturally!
Allergy season is upon us and for those who suffer from sneezing, runny nose and itchy, watery eyes. If you suffer from allergies, you may already be grasping for those over the counter anti-histamines! While these medications may help to manage some of your symptoms, they may cause drowsiness and DO NOTHING to address the underlying cause: Your immune system improperly responding to something that should not be a threat.
Natural therapies on the other hand do not suppress the symptoms. Natural therapies strive to improve the immune system and address the underlying cause of the immune dysfunction. Naturopathic treatments can reduce the severity of your allergic symptoms and improve your immune system.
While minimizing your exposure to allergens is important, knowing what you are reacting to is equally important. Dr. Suzanna offers a blood test to test for your reaction to various environmental allergens as well as a test to assess your body’s immune response to various foods. Individuals with food intolerances should reduce the ingestion of these foods during allergy season as this can place an additional burden on the immune system.
Stress also plays a role in the development and worsening of environmental allergies and optimal adrenal gland function is vital to regulating allergy symptoms. Cortisol, a hormone produced by our adrenal glands significantly influences the severity of allergic symptoms. Cortisol controls our body’s histamine response, and in patients with adrenal dysfunction, this allergic response is more severe. Interestingly, many individuals experience their worst allergic symptoms at 3am – the time when our cortisol levels should be the lowest. This creates a cascade of poor sleep, which disrupts the body’s ability to heal and repair.
A naturopathic approach to allergies considers addressing lifestyle factors such as sleep and stress management, while supplementing with various herbs and co-factors to help maintain proper adrenal function. An accurate assessment of cortisol levels and adrenal dysfunction can easily be done using a salivary hormone panel.
A comprehensive approach is required to address the underlying root cause of allergy symptoms!
Naturopathic and homeopathic remedies can help to reduce inflammation and block the action of histamine, while helping to decrease nasal congestion and swelling. Dietary recommendations can help to improve immune system function and reduce mucous and congestion.
Acupuncture can help to reduce the severity of allergy symptoms and natural anti-allergy injections can improve the ability of the immune system to respond to environmental triggers.
Further testing for food allergies, environmental allergies, Vitamin D deficiencies, and adrenal function can help to further targetthe cause of your symptoms.
If you are tired of suffering from allergy symptoms, make a commitment to yourself and make this the year that you are allergy FREE. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Suzanna Ivanovics, ND – Naturopathic doctor. Appointments can be scheduled by phoning our clinic at 416.972.9355. Inquiries are welcome by emailing Dr. Ivanovics at email@example.com.
Dr. Suzanna Ivanovics