Did you know that the key to fighting off seasonal allergies lies in your gut?
Your immune system “lives” in your digestive tract, where all of the healthy bacteria live. If the balance of healthy bacteria gets out of whack, your immune system is compromised. Which means, for those of us who suffer from seasonal allergies, we cannot fight them off on our own and might resort to taking OTC meds (and have the resulting side effects like brain fog!).
In order to keep your gut in tip top shape for allergy season (and all year long!), try these:
Foods containing probiotics will help your gut replenish its supply. Especially if you have been on medications, some of which can kill both bad and good bacteria and get your system off kilter. Things like Greek yogurt, cottage cheese with live active cultures, Kefir, and fermented foods like Sauerkraut and Kim Chee. Apple Cider Vinegar also contains probiotics.
Omega 3 Fats
Olive Oil, avocados, wild caught salmon, and fish oil tablets all contain the healthy fat Omega 3, which also keeps your gut in good function. If probiotics do not appeal to you, then add more healthy Omega 3 fats to your daily intake.
There are a number of probiotic supplements on the market, all containing varying levels of these good little fighters. If you have never taken a probiotic supplement, or if you are on any prescription medications, please check with your doctor before you begin a supplement regiment.
So, to help your body to make its own antihistamines, and avoid the brain fog associated with some OTC meds, consider these tips to keep your gut healthy and your immune system strong.
Hoping your allergy season is not too bad,