Allergy season is in full swing, especially in Tucker. Pollen is the biggest contender this year against those who battle allergy’s afflictions. Flowers, trees, weeds, grass and other plants release tiny pollen grains into the air to fertilize other plants but some people are highly sensitive to this process that keeps nature cycling round. If you suffer from sneezing attacks, hay fever or itchy eyes, what can you do to help yourself naturally? Did you know that chiropractic care can help?
Why Do Allergies Not Affect Everybody?
Before we dive into how regular adjustments and chiropractic care can help with allergies, let’s look first at what is happening in the body.
Your body’s immune system is your defense against infections organisms, such as bacteria, viruses and fungus. When it comes to seasonal allergies, the immune system perceives pollen as an invader, thus activating and beginning a number of processes to fight off the perceived invader. This process results in the sneezy, itchy-eyed symptoms you may experience.
Just as every person is unique, so is his immune system. Some people have hypersensitive and/or overactive immune systems that perceive and react to stimuli whether the “invader” is actually a threat or not. Systems may become overactive or hypersensitive for a number of reasons, including health history, sluggish detox systems, proper development or support and poor diets high in irritants and/or chemicals.
Addressing Seasonal Allergies with Chiropractic Care
It is well documented that chiropractic adjustments offer beneficial effects on the nervous system. The nervous system is the communication system of your body and it should be cared for during your entire life. Your immune system’s function is dependent upon your body’s communication (or nervous) system. If the nervous system is under stress, the immune system will not function optimally. This can be exhibited by a hyperactive or overactive detox system. Considering this, it is safe to say that the stress on one’s nervous system can impact how his body responds to pollen and the degree to which he suffers.
Chiropractic adjustments increase the nervous system’s function and have been subsequently shown to increase the health and activity of the immune system, thus improving lymphatic flow (the body’s waste system) as well as the detoxification process as a whole. Getting adjusted regularly can help your body’s immune system to function optimally so you do not suffer as much during allergy season.
Supplementing Seasonal Allergy Chiropractic Care
The best way to approach seasonal allergies naturally is by taking a multi-layered approach. In addition to chiropractic care, taking these steps can help you to feel better when pollen is floating about in abundance.
Eat a clean diet. By removing irritants from your diet such as genetically modified foods and dairy you can decrease your body’s toxic load, thus decreasing the load on the immune system. When your body’s toxic load is lowered, your immune system will likely be less stressed and less reactive.
Hydrate properly. Getting adequate hydration ensures that your body has enough water to satisfy every cell in your body. Optimal body function takes place when the body is properly hydrated and can lead to improved health and decreased. Additionally, adequate hydration ensures your body can properly flush out toxins.
Do a detox. Detoxification can help your body to get rid of the unwanted junk. In addition to chiropractic care, do a detox to get rid of the toxins in your system.
Sweat it out. Exercise will also help in the process of detoxification so you can work the toxins from your system. Saunas are also a good idea for sweating out the bad stuff. Keep in mind that you should try to keep your exercise indoors as much as possible to keep from ingesting more pollen during your detoxification process. (Once you are feeling better, you may be able to exercise outside again more regularly if your body responds well to it.)
Limit exposure to toxins. This one may be hard especially if you are a nature buff but limit the amount of time you spend outdoors as much as possible. This does not mean you cannot spend any time outside – just that you should be cautious. Keep an eye on the local pollen count (check your weather app). If the wind is blowing heavy, it is likely that the pollen is afloat and you may want to get a rain check on that outdoor picnic or hike with friends.
Getting through pollen season does not have to be miserable. It can be done without medication with chiropractic care and you can easily supplement it by following a few guidelines. Keep your immune system healthy year round with regular trips to your Tucker, GA chiropractor!