Most of us welcome spring with open arms, ready to put the dark and dreary days of winter behind us. But for seasonal allergy sufferers, spring’s arrival can mean weeks of misery and discomfort, with congestion, watery itchy eyes, runny nose and coughing.
Allergy drugs may help suppress symptoms, but they bring with them their own undesirable side effects, including drowsiness, edginess, and dry mouth, nose and eyes.
Seasonal allergies are most commonly triggered by tree, grass and weed pollen as plants begin their active cycle into spring and summer. Many people are unaffected by seasonal allergens, but for those who are, this time of year can be miserable.
When you inhale an allergen like pollen, your body responds with an immune reaction that triggers the production of histamine. Histamine is a protein released by mast cells lining your nose, eyes and lungs, eliciting the production of mucus and other symptoms associated with seasonal allergies, including sneezing, nasal congestion, coughing and wheezing, and itchy watery eyes.
Antihistamine drugs are common ingredients in allergy medicines. Because antihistamines tend to make you drowsy, daytime medicines also contain drugs to counter the drowsiness effect, making you edgy. For many people, the side effects of drugs designed to mask allergy symptoms are almost as miserable as the symptoms themselves.
Natural Methods to Reduce Allergy Symptoms
Allergic reactions to pollen particles that do not pose any serious threat to human health may be due to a hyperactive immune response, brought about by an unbalanced immune system. Many factors affect the efficiency of your immune system, including nutrition, physical activity, sleep and other lifestyle factors.
Following are some lifestyle changes you can make to improve your immune function and reduce seasonal allergy symptoms:
- Optimize your nutrition: Certain micronutrients play important roles in regulating immune function, and deficiencies can throw your immune system off balance. Eat plenty of fresh organic vegetables and fruits. Steer clear of pesticide-laden produce and processed foods full of chemicals. To restore optimal nutritional balance and eliminate deficiencies, try vitamin IV therapy.
- Drink plenty of pure filtered water: Water facilitates the removal of waste and toxins from your system, and keeps your vital organs, muscles, skin, digestive tract and brain working at their best. Micronutrient IV hydration therapy can help restore optimal hydration to a depleted system.
- Commit to regular exercise: Physical activity elevates your metabolism and speeds up the removal of toxins from your system. It also helps regulate your metabolic processes by enhancing the circulation of oxygen and nutrients to your cells.
- Get enough quality sleep: Poor sleep hygiene is a sure way to compromise your immune function. Good sleep habits help regulate all of your body’s systems, promoting overall good health.
- Use whole body cryotherapy (WBC): Regular cryotherapy sessions can help boost your immune system and promote good quality sleep. Plus, WBC naturally blocks histamine production and degrades it in your system, eliminating seasonal allergy symptoms. At the same time, WBC triggers the release of epinephrine, a natural steroid that reduces systemic inflammation.
Seasonal Allergy Help in NYC
Whole body cryotherapy and micronutrient IV vitamin therapy can both help improve your resistance to seasonal allergy symptoms. At Advanced Cryo NYC, we offer a selection of micronutrient IV cocktails to meet the demands of a busy modern lifestyle.
We also offer whole body and localized cryotherapy, along with a growing menu of other treatments for health, wellness and beauty. Visit our spa-like clinic in SoHo today, and fight back against seasonal allergy symptoms with WBC and IV therapy.