Guest post written by Dr. Fred Pescatore:
While the fall season brings about a change in weather, new trends, sending the kids back to school, it also brings with it mold and ragweed season. The fall season which began in August causes discomfort and attacks up until the first frost.
Due to an unusually warm summer across the country, this allergy season is proving to be disastrous. Luckily, there are some ways to help prevent allergy sufferers from experiencing so much discomfort.
Let’s transition into this wonderful season in a healthy, allergy-free way and enjoy the rich bounty of Fall. Keep in mind that much of what I say here can also be applicable to those who suffer from asthma.
Here are some ways to help prevent an onset of reactions to these pesky allergens. Simple changes in our daily diet can minimize reactions from occurring. For example:
- If you are allergic to Ragweed, do not consume corn, tomatoes, melon, apples, peaches, pears, apricots, cherries, berries, plums, bananas, cucumbers, squash or chamomile tea.
- If you are allergic to Molds, do not consume cheese, mushrooms, beer, wine or vinegar.
- Avoid sugar and simple carbohydrates as they tend to suppress your immune system. A single teaspoon of sugar will suppress your immune system by 54%. The average American consumes 35 teaspoons of sugar per day.
Nutritional supplements can also boost the body’s immune response and help keep allergies at bay:
- Probiotics – These all natural health products help maintain the balance of intestinal microflora, which is important to a healthy immune system and overall good health.
- Pycnogenol – This amazing supplement derived from a special pine tree bark grown exclusively in southwestern France has been the subject of major clinical research on allergies and asthma.
- Vitamin D3 – The wonder vitamin can decrease inflammation.
- Vitamin C – Helps to combat the added stress on our bodies caused by allergies.
- Vitamin A – Used to help rid the body of mucous and allow our gut to have a defense mechanism.
- Vitamin B12 – This is important to stabilize the imbalance of bacteria in our gut that occurs for most allergy sufferers.
- Pantethine – Helps produce coenzyme A, which is the basis for the production of hemoglobin, bile, adrenal steroids and cholesterol. This works as a natural steroid.
- Quercetin – One of nature’s best antihistamines.
- Magnesium – Helps our body rid itself of the toxins we consume and face daily, while helping us breathe more easily.
For a more in-depth look at these supplements, I encourage you to check out my book, The Allergy & Asthma Cure.
Other preventative measures to consider:
- Closing your windows at night. This prevents allergens from coming into your home.
- Purchasing an air purifier, preferably HEPA-based. If you are an allergy or asthma sufferer, having an air purifier in your home can significantly reduce airborne allergens, including mold. This will help prevent symptoms from occurring. Mold can contaminate the air you breathe with chemical mycotoxins and respirable particles, not to mention it can cause an unpleasant musty odor in the air.
- Take your shoes off before going inside, so as to not track allergens through the house.
- Keep your car in the garage and wash it regularly and, including vacuuming the inside where pollen can hide.
- Use the recirculation button on your car’s ventilation system.
- Rub olive oil on your hair at night. Not only is this good as a conditioner, but it will keep the pollen from getting on your bedding.
Allergy season, which seems to last longer and longer each year, does not have to be one of despair. The world of natural healing offers much help without pesky side effects.
Give some of these tips a try and let me know how you did by visiting my website www.drpescatore.com.
Fred Pescatore, MD, is a traditionally trained physician who practices nutritional medicine. He is the author of the New York Times best selling book, The Hamptons Diet and the number 1 best-selling children's health book, Feed Your Kids Well, amongst others. Dr. Pescatore’s other books include: Thin For Good, The Allergy and Asthma Cure, The Hamptons Diet Cookbook and Boost Your Health with Bacteria.