Allergy Season

Spring has arrived! For some of us this is great news and for the rest of us, this may mean seasonal allergies.

Hay fever occurs when your immune system overreacts to an outdoor allergen, such as pollen. The most common culprits are pollen from wind-pollinated plants, such as trees, grasses, flowers and weeds. The pollen from insect-pollinated plants are too heavy to remain airborne for long, and they’re less likely to trigger an allergic reaction.

Common symptoms include:

– sneezing
– runny or stuffy nose
– watery and itchy eyes 29424984_1390519211053485_5138279576199233536_o
– itchy sinuses, throat, or ear canals
– ear congestion
– postnasal drainage

Less common symptoms include:

– headache
– shortness of breath
– wheezing
– coughing
– fatigue

Treatment strategies for allergies:

– Stay indoors when the pollen release is the worst.
– Rinse your sinuses with saline or use a Neti pot.
– Quercetin/ Vitamin C in large doses.
– Use local honey and local bee pollen as they can help desensitize.
– Desensitize with oral medical pollen serums.

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, we can help! Call us at Kelowna Naturopathic Clinic for an appointment to have your allergies tested and treated.

  • Top 10 Winter/Christmas Health Tips Listen here:

  • Join Our Newsletter!

    Daily Wellness Inspiration Straight To Your Inbox.

    Our natural medicine clinic offers a wide array of leading edge services.

    New Posts

    Women’s Health Tidbits
    By Dr. Swetlikoff
    Are Cellphones Dangerous?
    By Dr. Swetlikoff

    Additional Articles

    Are Cellphones Dangerous?
    By Dr. Swetlikoff

    Health Tips

    Coffee…Not All Bad!

    beverage, breakfast, brewed coffee

     Coffee: As one of the most consumed beverages in the world, coffee data continues to evolve.
    Research is shedding new light on the benefits of regular, but moderate coffee consumption. Here are a few highlights….

    Coffee is loaded with antioxidants and polyphenols that quench “bad” free radicals. Also, a reasonable source of vitamins B1, B5, B3 and minerals magnesium, manganese, and potassium.

    Caffeine certainly contributes to many of the properties we associate with coffee. It can increase energy, memory, mood, reaction time and physical performance. It inhibits the brain chemical adenosine, which makes us sleepy and relaxed, but increases dopamine and norepinephrine, which are “feel good” chemicals. Caffeine stimulates fat burning and increases metabolism by 3-10 %. Consequently, it is found in all supplement “fat burners”.

    Coffee has been shown to reduce the risk of getting some diseases. They are: type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s and dementia, Parkinson’s, liver cirrhosis, depression, stroke and liver/colorectal/prostate and uterine cancers.

    Not all people do well with coffee. Some are allergic to the roasted bean, which can cause stomach cramping, diarrhea, headaches and just a sense of feeling unwell. Others, it may temporary raise blood pressure and heart rate, increase anxiety and restlessness and worsen insomnia. Coffee should not be drunk late at night and ideally, not when pregnant.

    Dark roast coffee has less caffeine in it than lighter roasts. Drip coffee has more caffeine in it than espresso. Black coffee is best, minus the sugar, dairy products and flavorings.

    Buy high quality, fresh, organic whole beans when possible. Grind the beans before use. Like all things in life, moderation is best.

     

    Why Choose Natural Medicine?
    By Youtube
Kelowna Naturopathic Clinic