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Spring Allergy Relief

Allergies and the Cortisol Connection

Trees are budding.  Spring is in the air. And so is pollen.  Is it affecting you?  Over fifty million Americans suffer from hay fever, making it the sixth most common chronic illness.

The root cause of your sniffles and sneezes, watery eyes, itchy nose, scratchy throat, or draining sinuses may be a little-known factor. 

Most allergic reactions are a sign of an imbalanced immune system.  An overreactive or overly sensitive immune can result in stressed adrenal glands.  Allergic reactions involve the release of histamine and other pro-inflammatory substances. Cortisol, released by the adrenal glands, is a primary anti-inflammatory agent. The amount of cortisol circulating in the blood is a key factor in controlling inflammatory reactions in the body.  Cortisol is secreted as part of the anti-inflammatory response. It helps prevent reactions like keeping eyes from swelling shut due to allergies. Healthy adrenal function plays an important role in histamine release and inflammatory reactions that cause allergic reactions.

When the adrenals are fatigued, they are less likely to produce enough cortisol to adequately counteract inflammatory reactions. Allergy symptoms can flare up and make us miserable. Have you noticed that when you are more stressed, your allergic reactions are worse? People going through times of adrenal fatigue often experience worse symptoms.  When more histamine is released, it takes additional cortisol to control the inflammatory response.  This pushes the adrenal glands harder. The more they have to work, the more fatigued they may become, and the less cortisol they produce.  Elevated histamine levels inflame the tissues even more. A destructive cycle is set in motion that can lead to deepening adrenal fatigue and more severe allergic reactions.

To break this cycle, it is imperative to give your adrenal glands the support they need.  This is far better than simply manipulating your body with anti-histamines.  Supporting your immune system and adrenal glands helps you get to the root of the problem.

What you can do right away:

  • Juice lots of vegetables and include plenty of ginger root–it’s an anti-inflammatory agent.
  • NAC has been shown in studies as well as symptoms of nasal and sinus congestion due to allergies or infections. (https://www.cysticfibrosisjournal.com/article/S1569-1993(14)00208-2/fulltext) NAC will also help you prevent gets a virus such as Covid.
  • Quercetin inhibits the production and release of histamine and other allergic and inflammatory substances. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6273625/)
  • Don’t drink coffee or anything else with caffeine; this whips tired adrenals forcing them to work when they need to rest.
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Eating adequate protein is important
  • Take extra vitamin C with bioflavonoids.

• Take Vitality Renew

• Reduce stress; take a break, decompress, schedule times to relax, meditate, pray

• Find out how stressed your adrenal glands are; take the Adrenal Fatigue Quiz

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