For many of us, seasonal allergies are a nuisance we would like to avoid. The mere thought of pollen makes me want to sneeze and claw my eyes out. My view on seasonal allergies was to avoid the culprit. I was very surprised to learn differently. If you would like to sneeze less and enjoy the outdoors more, please read on!
Tylene Loomer, co-founder of OneBode, changed my view on pollen. Tylene is a candid advocate for health and has trained doctors and athletes on nutrition, with a keen interest in allergy prevention. She continually inspires individuals to do their own personal research and to seek out the best natural sources for supplements and general nutrition.
Did you know that over 30 million Americans deal with seasonal allergies every year? Itchy watery eyes, sneezing, red eyes, asthma and so on are all common symptoms as each season brings new blossoms. So what is happening? Why do some people experience allergies and others don’t? Are you or someone you know suffering with these types of symptoms?
Yes, you are overreacting! If you experience allergies, your immune system is overreacting to “triggers” that you should be able to handle with ease. Your immune system helps to keep your body clean of potential toxins. Depending on how much the immune system is dealing with, known as your “toxic-load”, it can get overwhelmed and overreact to substances that are not life-threatening such as plant pollen or animal dander.
In the case of seasonal allergies related to pollen, here’s something that will change your outlook on how to approach your next attack…
POLLEN IS FOOD
Plant pollen is the coarse powder of a plant that is used to reproduce new plants. This pollen composition includes complex carbohydrates and proteins and is unique from plant to plant. As Spring approaches, increased number of pollen is circulated in the air to which we become in contact with through our eyes, nose and lungs. If your body is not able to breakdown the pollen into something that you can use, your immune system is put to work. If your immune system is already working hard on other toxins and food sensitivities, such as pesticides and chemicals in foods, toxic by-products of bad bacteria in the gut, chemicals in daily use products, etc… creating a high “toxic load”, it can overreact to the pollen for you to experience itchy watery eyes, redness and congestion.
IT IS TIME TO DIGEST YOUR POLLEN
One way to reduce the toxic load is to digest your pollen. Enzymes are the key to digesting complex carbohydrates into smaller simple sugars and proteins into amino acids for the body to use. When taken between meals on an empty stomach, enzymes without food in the gut to work on can be absorbed into the blood stream to circulate. These circulating enzymes can meet up with potential allergens and help break them down into substances that your body can either use or easily get rid of. Proteolytic enzymes that breakdown proteins (specifically serrapetase) has also been shown to reduce the thickness of mucus in the airways.
Reducing your toxic load can also help to condition your immune system to react appropriately to the toxic threat.
HOW TO REDUCE YOUR TOXIC LOAD
Purchase organic foods – free of pesticides and chemicals
Eliminate food sensitivities – foods that create an immune response
Drink filtered water – free of toxic elements and microbes
Purchase toxic-free products – free of chemicals that can accumulate in your body from daily use
Properly hydrate – increase water in the body supports the lymphatic system to flush out toxins
Take enzymes between meals – breakdown circulating food stuff in the body
Keep a clean house to eliminate indoor allergens – pet dander, dust, dust mite droppings, indoor molds
Avoid dairy – can contribute to congestion
And, remember to digest the number one culprit of seasonal allergies – pollen!