As fall approaches, and before the first frost bites your nose, there’s a ‘secret season’ coming before the first snow arrives. Yes, the next season for many isn’t winter, but allergy season. Whether it’s grass, hay, cottonwood, pine and other pollen, or ragweed and dust, millions of folks dread the day the clouds erupt.
Allergic Rhinitis or Hay Fever Is No Treat.
Whether it gets your eyes, or throat or lungs, or nose, the allergic reactions endured caused by histamines (the body’s immunity response to allergens) is like suffering the longest cold ever. And I say like because the word “hay” gets people hung-up … fevers are not necessarily a symptom of a hay fever allergy! it’s really about a systemic increase of inflammation. And shows up as watery eyes, itching in the throat, and constant sneezing. In fact, hay fever is a common allergic condition that affects up to one-in-five people at some point in their life.
After exposure to allergens, and after your body releases histamines, your cells can literally explode with reactions. This is why the inflamed response infiltrates the cells into other tissues. This is why hay fever links up with asthma, chronic sinusitis, even sinus polyposis (trust me, if you don’t know, it messy and I’ve got three words for you … inflammatory nasal mucosa. Catch my drift?).
Drawbacks of Traditional Medical Approaches
Most “effective” therapies work around steroids, and blocking the mast cell–generated histamine response, but conventional treatments don’t actually influence of the pro-inflammatory loop in the body.
Oral corticosteroids can provide the systemic anti-inflammatory relief, but these anti-inflammatory pharmaceuticals are toxic to the overall immune system! (You may have seen someone with a “moon face” — this is what likely did it). The best these treatments can do is modulate the inflammation, but they do not seem to effectively or safely treat deeper tissues.
(Sidebar) Allergy Triggers include: pollen, dust mites, house dust, chemicals, animal dander, cockroaches (betchya didn’t know that one!), wood dust, grass dust, fungal spores; smoke, humidity, and air pollution, hairspray, cigarette, and fragrances.
So Will Juicing Help My Allergies? … YES!
. . . and here’s why: Juicing is great or inflammation (link). Green or vegetable juice in particular. And, when you choose to commit to juicing everyday, you are supplying your body with what it needs to deeply saturate your tissues to alleviate the systemic inflammatory allergic response. If you combine this with allergy drops (which expose your body to allergens in small doses over time), it is possible to find complete relief from your allergies!
Complete allergy relief may be a large order, and while everyone is different, your discomfort will DRASTICALLY be reduced.
One of the most helpful things for reducing the allergic and inflammatory reaction are actually very simple things like Vitamin C, Quercitin, and bioflavonoids.
Quercetin is a flavonoid found in lots of fruits and vegetables. It’s touted as improving mental and physical performance, and as being anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antioxidant, and a psychostimulant. If you’re into Bulletproof Coffee, you’ll be excited to learn that it stimulates mitochondrial biogenesis.
According to one author:
“Quercetin-type flavonol is . . . found in a variëty of foods including apples, berries, brassica vegetables, capers, grapes, onions, shallots, tea, and tomatoes, as well as many seeds, nuts, flowers, barks, and leaves. […] One study found that organically grown tomatoes had 79% more quercetin than chemically grown fruit.”
It also inhibits inflammatory processes that work to breakdown of collagen matrix or overall membrane stabilization. So it’s really important, if you are struggling with these types of issues and symptoms) getting the equivalent of 270mg of quercitin in our food and around 3000mg vitamin C could really do wonders to curtail hay fever symptoms and their consequential triggers.
According to Ayurveda (a centuries-old Indian natural herb-based medicial approach), allergic rhinitis stems from a few factors such as aggravation of the doshas, a weakened immune system, and digestive problems. So, it recommens a series of remedies (and necessary aversions) to slay allergies and restore your body’s health.
Ayurveda says to nix the following foods to avoid overwhelming an inflammatory response due to seasonal allergies (these all can make a troubled immune system sluggish and work harder):
- Dairy-based Ice cream
- Oily, fried foods
- Processed Foods (Link)
Instead, boost your immunity by:
- eating warm soups and liquids to liquefy the congestion.
- Including turmeric (link) and amalaki in the daily diet (link)
- eating more natural licorice, black pepper, basil, and ginger before the hay fever season starts.
- consuming more juced green vegetables
So let’s review some of our high Vitamin C and Quercitin-rich Foods, low histamine foods and then, sign up for your Juicing email for great recipes to help you deal with inflammation and allergies or hay fever.
ALSO, THESE JUICES ARE SUPERB TO ADD INTO YOUR ROTATION
But, fruits with a dark red or blue hue have the highest quercetin content.
Black Cherries (link)
Chilies (link forthcoming)
Dinosaur Kale (link)
…And the Last Way to Avoid or Repair Seasonal Allergies:
Strengthen Your Digestion
Inflammation begins in the gut. So there’s no better place to start than to really hone in on your environment, especially your digestive biome. So we want juices that clean us out, and bring wonderful anit-inflammatory affects, and also, taking on those juices that will really increase and stabilize our digestive fire, increase our bile and smooth out the entire elimination process in the body.
Curious to see some Juice recipes to Get You Ready For a Better Relationship with Allergy Season?
Here We Go.