Seasonal Allergies


  While Spring in New England is certainly a lovely time of year to enjoy the outdoors, for a large portion of the populace it can also be a time of dread and discomfort. For the millions of allergy sufferers among us, the height of Spring is also the height of outdoor allergy season, when pollen levels are at their highest, and all of those green trees and blooming flowers bring new allergens and irritants into our bodies. Some sources say that this year pollen counts are at the highest levels they have reached in a decade, which can mean a tough time for people who suffer from seasonal allergies.

Allergies are a concern for many people, and many of them are looking for new ways of preventing and treating the discomfort they can cause. Here at Advanced Spine Health and Wellness, our philosophy is always to address the root cause of the condition, rather than just treating the symptoms, and to do so in the most natural and holistic ways possible. For this reason, we highly recommend the excellent natural food supplements from Standard Process and Maharishi Ayurveda Products International to help support your immune system and bolster your body's defenses against seasonal allergies and other environmental irritants.

Let us take a brief moment to look at some of the basic science behind seasonal allergies, in order to better understand what causes them and how best to treat them. When pollen, dander, dust or other allergens enter the body, specialized cells in the body's immune system trigger a histamine response. This histamine response produces the outward physical symptoms of allergic reactions in the body, but they are only symptoms of the response, rather than the actual cause. These may be the physical effects that you can see and feel, but they are simply expressions of a shift in the body's defense systems. The reactions which trigger the histamine response affect many other areas of the body's defense mechanisms, including the immune and respiratory systems, the adrenal glands and the liver. Thus, while over-the-counter medications are designed to suppress the body's natural histamine reaction, they do nothing to actually support the affected systems of the body, and can actually further weaken the body's immune system function, resulting in worse allergy symptoms overall. The best solution to this problem is to help strengthen and support the various defensive systems in the body that are affected through interaction with external allergens.

Both Standard Process and Maharishi Ayurveda Products International have developed natural food supplements that can provide effective support to the body's natural immune defenses. We regularly stock many of these supplements in our office, and we can order any additional products needed.

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