REGINA – Runny nose and itchy eyes, those are the tall tale sign of an allergy sufferer.
But not all allergies are equal. April allergens consist of trees, dust and pollen.
Spring cleaning both inside and out can move dust around. Municipal street cleaning, which is currently in effect, will litter the air with sand, dust and dirt that was once blanketed by the snow.
Trees are another inevitable trigger, specifically elms and maples to name a few.
Anti-histamines are a common cure, and your local pharmacy has a few different options. However, if you’re looking for a more natural remedy, naturopath Dr. Allison Ziegler says you should stick to the basics.
It all starts within the gut. If you have an unhealthy gut it means your cells are more separated, and toxins then have a clearer path into your blood stream causing symptoms.
“To keep the gut healthy we want to look at that whole foods diet so eating things as close as they are to nature. So stay away from the quick convenience processed foods,” Ziegler said.
She encourages using probiotics, along with fruits and vegetables. But keeping in mind that they grow alongside many allergen triggers, so it is important to wash them thoroughly.
Foods high in omega 3 fatty acids such as nuts, seeds, fish, and avocados can help decrease inflammation.
Dairy is a no-go for allergy sufferers, it will increase inflammation prolonging symptoms such as sinus headaches making them more difficult to drain.
If suffering from environmental allergies you should try to stay inside as much as possible, and keep any air conditioning on an internal cycle.