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Did you know that allergies affect some 30% of adults and 40% of children?
Dust. Pollen. Pet dander. These harmless substances can send our immune systems into overdrive and make us feel miserable. More often than not, people reach for over the counter drugs to relieve their symptoms. But, those can have some pretty serious negative health consequences.
We love utilizing nature as a means to help optimize our health. And when it comes to allergies, nature provides some incredible nutrients.
Why do allergies occur and why doesn’t everyone have them?
Mast cells, which play a vital role in our immune system, also play a role in allergic reactions. Mast cells help us stay safe from pathogens. However, mast cells release histamines when encountering the allergen. This encounter is what causes us to experience sneezing, watery eyes, and itching.
There are a lot of variables involved with allergies. What you’re allergic to is one. Some allergies are seasonal like pollen and ragweed. Others are present year round like dust or pet dander. Genetics play a role too, and you’re more likely to have allergies if your parents do. Still, personal exposure thresholds tend to be the biggest factor. People tend to have different levels at which the immune system kicks in to remove the allergen. Taking a daily supplement can help raise those thresholds and ease allergic responses.
Think you may have a histamine intolerance? Check out this article to discover what it is, where it comes from, how to fix it.
Side Effects for OTC Allergy Drug Use
We’re bombarded with ads on TV for over the counter allergy medications. They are readily available and they are super affordable. But, OTC drugs mask symptoms associated with histamine rather than addressing the root cause of allergies which is our immune system. It's the responsibility of our immune system to release these histamines. So it’s important to address that.
Short Term Side Effects:
Long Term Side Effects:
Increased blood pressure
Increased risk of cognitive decline
Nutrients That Can Help With Allergies
Quercetin is a powerful antioxidant proven to inhibit mast cell activation. And in some peer reviewed studies, it even out-performed drugs. The great thing is that it is non-habit forming and is non-drowsy.
Stinging nettle helps stabilize mast cell walls. It calms histamine production and supports normal inflammatory response. It is great for the airways and nasal passages and can help restore healthy breathing.
A Supplement That Combines All of These Nutrients
Our friends at Lifeseasons have put together a fantastic product called Breathe-X. Breathe-X helps to ease allergy symptoms and sinus discomfort within 30 minutes of use. What we love about this product is that it takes all the guesswork out of picking a supplement for allergies. They use clinically proven ingredients at the clinically studied dosages. And they do their due diligence to ensure the products work. All the nutrients they include work synergistically!
Many customers report even greater results when taking this product over a longer period of time. That sweet spot tends to be 3 to 4 months. Of course, everyone is different and results may vary, so consistency is key to make an accurate assessment.
Want to Learn More?
If you need help in managing your seasonal allergy symptoms, we’d be happy to help you explore your options. Stop by and see us in the store. You can even do virtual appointments with our highly trained certified wellness experts.