• Karina Koltai

Natural Treatments for Your Seasonal Allergies


Itchy eyes, runny nose, congestion, and sneezing...If you suffer from any of these symptoms, you are not alone. Nashville ranks in the top 30 “Allergy Capitals”, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

Our immune system is designed to keep us safe and ward off illness, but sometimes it can mistake an innocuous particle, such as pollen, for a foreign invader, like bacteria or a parasite. Pollen and other usually harmless particles can cause your immune system to get over stimulated. Actually, your allergic reaction is your body’s way of trying to protect itself from these tiny invaders. Your overactive immune system then becomes overly sensitive to these allergens, and you experience symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, congestion, and itchy eyes.

More than 2,000 years ago, Hippocrates stated that “All Disease Begins in the Gut”. Thousands of years later, research has confirmed that 70-80% of your immune system is located in your gut.

Naturally, your gut plays a huge role in your immune health. That’s why the key to reducing seasonal allergies is to heal your gut, in order to restore your immune system’s balance.

Here are several of the natural treatments I use to help my clients’ allergy symptoms:

Whole food, anti-inflammatory diet- A healthy organic diet low in Omega-6 fatty acids and high in Omega-3 fatty acids, and natural anti-inflammatory foods can help to reduce your allergy symptoms. Increase your consumption of turmeric, onions, pineapple, oranges, and wild Alaskan salmon.


Eat a variety of fermented foods- Fermented foods and probiotics can help bring your immune system back into balance. Try these probiotic-rich fermented foods for optimal gut and immune health: yogurt, kefir, kombucha, miso, sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh, natto.


Local honey and bee pollen- Ingesting local honey and bee pollen will potentially help the body to build resistance to seasonal allergens and, in turn, reduce allergy symptoms.


Supplements:

  • Balance your overactive immune system with Reishi mushroom by Fungi Perfecti

  • Stinging Nettle reduces inflammation and may be useful in bringing relief of relief of symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes

  • Black Cumin Seed Oil has been shown to boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, and may help reduce symptoms of allergic rhinitis


Essential Oils- Combining peppermint, lavender and lemon oils creates an effective and soothing allergy relief combination

As a Holistic Wellness Coach, my goal is to guide and support my clients to take responsibility for their health and well-being by taking the time to get to know themselves better. If you need help finding a natural solution for your seasonal allergies, I invite you to schedule a complimentary 30 minute health assessment at www.karinakoltai.com