When spring allergies make food sensitivities worse…

Have you ever noticed your food sensitivities seem a little more sensitive during certain times of the year? Maybe in the spring and fall? For those of us who deal with both allergies and sensitivities, spring and fall are typically really bad for both due to environmental allergies.

When your allergies are more ramped up, your body is more sensitized to everything, and there's more histamine and inflammation in your body, you are going to be more sensitive to some of those foods you can usually eat in small amounts without significant reactions.  (And that includes sugar!)

When we're looking for spring and fall allergy/sensitivity survival skills, one of the best things you can do is avoid those foods which are known to be triggers, either sensitivities or allergies.

But the other side of this (because who wants to be miserable and not eat anything for all of spring and all of fall!) is to address those environmental allergies. Don’t know if you have environmental allergies?  If you go outside in the spring, especially on a warm, breezy morning and experience any of the following symptoms, you likely have environmental allergies!

Symptoms of environmental allergies: stuffy nose, watery eyes, itchy eyes, fatigue, foggy brain, etc.  Sounds like fun, right?!

What do people react to in the environment?  The big ones are going to be pollens and mold.  Pollen is more of an outdoor issue, of course, while mold could be indoor or outdoor.  As with all of this food sensitivity adventure, a big chunk of the solving the puzzle is figuring out your specific triggers and reactions.  (Works the same for food reactions and environmental reactions!)

So…what works for one person may not work for the other, especially when we talk about medications and supplements.  

That said, there are a handful of things we all can very concretely do that will decrease the amount of inflammation, histamine and reactivity in your system during spring allergy season.  And they are all related to minimizing how much pollen is on your body, how much you're exposed to, and then how much stays on your body, especially when you go to bed. 

Ready?  Here’s your spring allergy season toolbox:

  • Wear a mask outside during high pollen times.  The pollen count is usually higher in the morning or during breezy, windy days.  Both are a great time to wear a mask while you’re outside.  When you come inside, get rid of it!

  • Change your clothes when you come in from being outside.  Think of your clothes as “dirty clothes” because they are covered in pollen.  Change them out for a clean outfit and…

  • Take a shower when you’re coming inside for the day or before bed.  If it’s just a quick inside break, consider just washing your face.  A shower before bed is a great way to wash off the pollen so you don’t sleep in it.  (There’s a visual!)  And if a shower isn’t in the cards for the night or you can’t/don’t wash your hair daily, consider using a microfiber cloth to gently wipe your hair.

  • Another approach to keeping your hair pollen-free (which I totally forgot in the video!) is to pull it up and hide it in a hat.  Remember – we’re looking for mechanical ways to minimize how much pollen is on you.  Your hair has a lot of surface area and pollen sticks really well!

  • Keep windows closed – both in the car and at home.  This will help with indoor air quality in regards to the pollen count.  

  • Just like you wipe down your hair and take a shower, consider wiping down any pets that spend time outside and then come into the house.  One big hug of a fluffy pup that’s been playing outside and you’ll have a stuffy nose from all that pollen!  (Trust me…I know!)

  • Consider using a HEPA air filter in your bedroom overnight.  I even got one for my car because this year is already a tough one for my allergies.  (I’ll let you know how well it works!) 

There is your beginning toolbox for seasonal allergies!  Remember the goal is to decrease your exposure to environmental allergens so that your body isn’t as reactive to those foods you love. 

Another quick reminder – this whole food sensitivity thing is a complex puzzle.  It’s a lot of learning what serves our bodies well and what doesn’t…and knowing it changes over time.  Regardless, no one knows your body better than you.  You can solve this puzzle.  I know it!

Not really sure if you've got allergies, sensitivities, or what's going on. One of the best ways to figure it out is to test. To help you figure out your next step, here is your link to request a copy of my free resource called food sensitivity testing: which test is right for you?  It walks you through five different tests for food sensitivities, including one that is my favorite but still seriously underutilized, and the one test available for food allergies.


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food sensitivities, histamine, pollen, seasonal allergies, self-care


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