The pollen has come!  You can see it on your cars, trash cans and everywhere else.  Spring is associated with liver health.  The liver is a major detoxifier.  Think ‘Spring Cleaning.’

It does not make sense that pollen in general would cause allergic responses in anyone’s system, but air pollution and our bodies being out of balance contribute to this paradox.

If you have spring allergies, this is an especially great time to avoid the foods that you know inflame or congest you, because they can worsen your allergic response to pollen.  This can present as more sneezing, more throat scratching, itchier eyes, and fatigue from your immune system trying to combat the pollen.

For some of you, following an anti-histamine diet may be important.  For others, it may only be certain foods or drinks that are triggers.  Perhaps it is sweet fruits like bananas, meat, or grains that are the issue.  Or perhaps it is just processed foods in general.  It is helpful to figure out your personal triggers.

Your hair can carry pollen.  If you have long hair, you can keep your hair pulled back during the day to avoid it brushing up against your sinuses.  Also, if you do not wash your hair before bed, keep it covered at night so that pollen does not get on your pillow.  Pollen on your pillow could worsen your allergies at night, or have you waking up in the middle of the night with symptoms.  Washing your sheets more often may also help reduce exposure.

Essential oils that you can apply multiple times per day to your sinuses to help calm the reactions are peppermint, lemon, and other citrus-based oils.

Citrus is great for the liver and a nice cleanser this time of year.  Citrus fruits tend to contain Vitamin C, which reduces histamine and stabilize mast cells.  Mast cells release histamine when they detect a substance that the body is allergic to.  You can also supplement with extra Vitamin C.  If lemonade comes to mind, a little sweetener like honey or stevia may be okay, but do not over-sweeten and do not fill it with sugar, which could be counterproductive.

Diamine oxidase, an enzyme that degrades histamine, is something I offer most of my clients when I think they may need histamine support.  N-acetyl Cysteine is another supplement that can help support liver health and reduce histamine.  Bitter tasting foods and herbs, such as dandelion, both support liver health.

Of course, wearing a mask and sunglasses is a nice way to just block the pollen from your face.  This can be particularly helpful if you are getting exposed to larger amounts of pollen at once, such as during a bike ride or when breathing heavily during a morning run outside.

Dealing with spring allergies can wear you out, so don’t forget to rest more if this is the case.

Kidney damage can occur due to an allergic response to a drug, but in some cases it can be due to an allergic response to pollen, mold or dust. You can read more via the links below about drug induced kidney damage and in which kidney situations pollen may be a trigger, but here is the summary:  If you have a case of kidney damage that is autoimmune-based (perhaps treated with prednisone) or considered ‘idiopathic,’ or if you are noticing an increase in signs or symptoms of compromised kidney function during pollen seasons, that is a good time to get your kidney function checked.  Work with a kidney-informed doctor so that they can help to support you during pollen seasons.

  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2895907/
  • https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/806395/
  • https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/newsroom/news-releases/2023/07/study-identifies-biomarker-for-allergic-reaction-in-kidneys
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK482323/
  • https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/5989-nephrotic-syndrome#outlook-prognosis

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