What causes allergies?
Allergies are the result of your body recognizing an otherwise benign substance as an intruder. These substances, called allergens, can range from foods and molds to pet dander and pollens. When your immune system confronts them, it has an exaggerated response, which leads to allergy symptoms like:
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Itchy eyes and nose
From a naturopathic doctor’s perspective, the body reacts this way because of weak adrenal, immune, and digestive functions. Because these systems are not performing optimally, it causes the body to overreact to these substances, causing an allergic reaction.
What lifestyle adjustments are recommended to reduce allergy symptoms?
Naturopathic medicine doctors like Dr. Walter recommend multiple lifestyle changes to reduce allergies symptoms. The first line of defense involves learning to identify your allergens and prevent, or limit, exposure to them. This can be done by:
- Avoiding foods to which you’re allergic
- Avoiding the outdoors during high pollen times
- Avoiding environmental allergens when you can
A secondary approach to improving allergies involves supplying your body with the proper nutrition. This includes eating plenty of:
- Dark, leafy greens
- Yellow and orange vegetables
- Nettles and bamboo shoots
- Cabbage, beet tops, and beets
- Onions, garlic, and horseradish
Seasoning your dishes with ginger and cayenne pepper can also reduce your allergy symptoms.
Dr. Walter may also suggest avoiding certain foods that impact your body’s systems, including:
- Dairy Products
- Processed sugars
Additionally, she may suggest supplementing your diet with probiotics to improve gut health.
How does a naturopathic doctor treat allergies?
Naturopathic medicine doctors like Dr. Walter can treat allergies in a variety of ways. Depending on your specific allergies and their severity, Dr. Walter may recommend:
Homeopathic remedies involve exposing the patient to the same substance that would cause a similar reaction in a healthy individual. Dr. Walter does this to stimulate the body's natural healing processes. Acupuncture works to desensitize your body and improve the function of both your immune and adrenal systems.
Immunotherapy uses allergy injections to reduce your body’s response to specific allergens. Repeatedly exposing you to small amounts of the allergens in a controlled setting reduces your body’s response, until the symptoms no longer trouble you. If you’re looking for a natural solution for your allergies, call Dr. Walter’s office or schedule your initial appointment online today.