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September 13, 2017

Back to School, Fall colors, Apple Orchards and Pumpkin Patches.  All the things we love about fall, they just make you want to cozy up to a campfire and roast some marshmallows with the kids.  

 

Fall also brings falling leaves and harvest dust and many other things that can make your seasonal allergies flare up.  

 

Allergies are a complex phenomenon with tons of  biochemistry and physiology tangled up behind them, and since you're already suffering enough, I won't bore you with talk of mysterious things like interleukins and histamines.  Instead, I'll just give you the skinny on those dreaded allergies.  

 

Allergies are simply your body's inappropriate response to what is called a benign (non-harmful) stimulus.  What happens is you get something like leaf dust in your nose and your immune system sees that dust and goes more crazy than an ablutomaniac trying to clean that dust away.  Your immune system mobilizes its troops releasing a whole cascade of chemistry designed to isolate the leaf dust and flush it away, all the while making you miserable with stuffed sinuses, runny nose, sneezing, etc.  

 

In normal situations you might get a little dust caught and you'd just sneeze away the stuck dust and all would be well, despite the continued exposure to the dust.  In an allergic situation, the continual exposure to the dust prompts a reaction even though the dust is not stuck in your nose, it is, in other words, benign. 

 

Treating Allergies

 

There are several ways to treat allergies: shots, antihistamines, moving to Arizona, etc.  While these often work they do have limitations and side-effects.  Antihistamines, depending on the generation, can make you very drowsy or not work as well at the cost of being "Claritin Clear."

 

Natural remedies that work can be hard to come by, partially because 80% of supplements bought over the counter don't have in them what the label says they have in them and because of the complexity of the allergic response you may not be addressing your specific needs with the product you have chosen. 

 

Fortunately, there are a couple tried and true options that I have found work very well:

  • Sinuplex/Aller Pro:  These two products are nearly identical and work very well for allergy related troubles. I first came across them 2 years ago and have only had a couple of cases where they didn't work or a person was sensitive to one of the ingredients.

  • Nazanol:  This product is new to me and is more focused on opening up the sinuses and nasal passages.  it is a blend of Chinese medicinal compounds and we have had very good initial success with it. 

Both of these products work well by themselves and are cost effective, best of all because they come from Metagenics you can be sure they have in them what they clam to have in them and it is held to the highest potency and purity standards in the world.

 

So pick up a bottle at your next visit or give us a call 515-868-0202 and breathe easy!

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