Allergies are a great example of a health issue that is most commonly treated with symptom management. The root of the issue is often the gut. 60-70% of the immune system is housed in the gut and if it’s irritated, you’ll be much more reactive to everything!
1) Put out the fire!
Remove foods that commonly irritate the gut: wheat, dairy, soy, corn, alcohol.
2) Heal the Gut
Use specific nutrients shown to heal the gut lining and make it less reactive – glutamine, curcumin, fish oil.
3) Manage your stress(cortisol)
Stress reduces your ability to break down food properly and weakens your gut lining – both resulting in increased gut irritation.
4) You need sleep!
Lack of sleep or poor quality sleep = increased inflammation.
5) Some extra help
Quercetin has anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine properties and has shown to reduce allergy symptoms.