Some of the many reasons our allergies may flare up this time of year include:
1) Exposure to allergens - As we start closing our windows and doors to keep the warmth in, our living and working environments suddenly get a lot less ventilation. And this is the type of environment where allergens (like moulds, dust mites) thrive. Some people also find that their allergies are also be triggered when warm clothing and bedding (that has been in storage for six months or more) make a reappearance.
2) Change of diet - change of season usually brings a change in diet. During the cooler months, light summer foods are pushed aside to make way for comfort foods, which can be higher in certain food triggers, and fresh produce can also be harder to find and more expensive.
3) Low Vitamin D levels - Nearly one-third of Australian adults are deficient in vitamin D – essential for strong bones, muscle function, immunity and mood. Low vitamin D levels are associated with several allergy-related conditions, and tend to drop during the cooler months when the days become shorter, and we start covering up more and spend less time outdoors.
4) Cold and flu season - Viruses like the cold and flu are more common during the cooler months because they thrive in colder, less humid environments, and because people spend more time indoors with each other. Cold and flu's cause stress on the immune system, which may trigger the development of allergies in sensitive people. Change of season can also throw your body into a state of flux, which compromises your immunity and makes you more vulnerable to infection.
Combat the cooler months
With the autumn weather starting to set in, it’s important to get on top of your health early:
Supplement your health: Some basic supplements prescribed by natural therapists at this time of year are designed to improve our immunity and to help us adjust physically to the lifestyle changes that come about as one season gives way to another. For instance supplementing with vitamin D, vitamin C and zinc or medicinal herbs like echinacea, astragalus and olive leaf may help strengthen your immune system and reduce risk of cold and flu, as well as allergy flare-ups. Speak to your practitioner about the best course for you.
Manage allergy triggers: At Health & Wellness Australia & Auckland, use a technique called muscle testing (or kinesiology) to help identify your food and environmental triggers. Following testing, you can work with your practitioner to address your sensitivities using a natural allergy treatment called Positive Association Technique (PAT).
PAT is a non-invasive holistic therapy, which:
This blog is intended as general information only. PAT cannot diagnose or cure allergies – it is intended to decrease reactions and help manage symptoms. It is not intended to raise unrealistic expectations. If symptoms persist, consult your GP.