In non-tropical countries, as a consequence of the Earth’s orientation and its movements around the sun, there are biological alterations derived from seasonal changes (variation in temperatures, changes in the duration of the day-night cycle, etc.). These changes involve variations in all living things. During spring, animals mate, plants pollinate…
Allergic reactions , sometimes very annoying, are typical at this time due to the greater presence of environmental pollens.
The allergic reaction is an inadequate response of the immune system (SI), locating the most frequent symptoms in the mucous membranes and more specifically in the ENT sphere (otorhinolaryngeal-logical), where it causes tearing and ocular itching, itchy throat, sneezing and rhinitis, etc. Bronchitis and asthma, eczema and skin discomfort, migraines can also occur …
Depending on the individual, since these symptoms are typical of SI and therefore of the particular reactivity of each person, the alterations can be of greater or lesser severity.
The result of these typical discomforts are inflammatory reactions mediated by histamine, which produces blood vasodilation, increased permeability and pain.
To cope with these changes , avoid possible reactive bodily discomfort and adapt comfortably to this season, it is convenient to make a seasonal diet , in order to get from the diet the largest number of nutrients that help us combat the imbalances of seasonal change and alleviate its consequences.
The main measures to prevent spring allergy:
Feeding of season
Leek, carrot, beet, endive, chard, spinach, pumpkin, green pepper, asparagus, turnip, green bean, eggplant, zucchini, artichoke, celery, tomato, pea and fresh beans, pear, apple, medlar, apricot …
- It is a good time to detoxify the body and rid it of excess histamine. To achieve this, it is advisable to avoid especially pork meat and activate liver function (liver detoxification).
- Some substances that can help us are reduced L-glutathione (or the amino acids that compose it: L-methionine and L-cysteine), and plants like milk thistle, rosemary, dandelion, turmeric, fumitory, etc.
Maintenance of the immune system
80% of our immunity resides in the intestine. For any type of allergy (spring or not) it is essential to maintain a correct bacterial flora, and intestinal permeability intact. And for this, in addition to a proper diet, we can reinforce ourselves with taking probiotics and L-Glutamine.
It is also useful to keep pathogenic populations that cause intestinal dysbiosis at bay, such as presence of parasites , fungi and other microorganisms. In this case, plants such as Pau d’arco, Fito-Para (with grapefruit seed, echinacea and mugwort), etc. can be used.
Modulate the allergic reaction
For inflammatory hyperactivity, typical of this season, it is vital to have the help of antioxidant substances, which help us to alleviate the damage caused by inflammation and in regenerative processes. Vitamin C and citrus bioflavonoids are very useful, which reduce HT levels; vitamin A, vitamin D and omega 3 EFAs (all three present in Cod Liver Oil ) and vitamin E, which have activity on chemical mediators of inflammation (prostaglandins and leukotrienes ) and improve the function of numerous immune cells.