Spring Allergen Reactions – Say Goodbye
by vpk® by Maharishi Ayurveda & Linda Egenes on May 10, 2012
I personally don’t suffer from spring allergen reactions, but since I live in the “allergen belt” of the great Mississippi River basin, I know a lot of people who do. Take my friend Carolyn. Every year when the spring grasses grew long enough for their first haircut, Carolyn’s nose started running and her eyes itched so much she had to miss work.
Then Carolyn started an alternative allergen program within a traditional Ayurvedic regimen in February for preventing allergen reactions, to shore up her immune system before the spring allergen season hit.
In her own words, the result from her alternative allergen regimen was nothing short of miraculous. “When May and June rolled around my nose had stopped running, my eyes were no longer itching and I didn’t have to stop working for two weeks like I did before.”
What were the changes that helped Carolyn?
Three Steps to Cope with Spring Allergen Reactions
Step 1: Cleansing the body of toxins and eating a lighter diet for two weeks while the seasons change.
This is especially important for allergen sufferers, as it is the accumulated toxins from winter that cause spring allergen reactions, and the accumulated toxins from summer that cause them in the fall.
In the weeks when winter is changing to spring in March, eating a nourishing diet of cooked, lightly-spiced organic, fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains and split mung bean (dhal) soups for protein can give your digestion a break. Staying away from cheese, ice cream and hard-to-digest foods such as leftovers and packaged foods will also help.
At the same time, you can take Elim-Tox (or Elim-Tox-O if you have more hot Pitta dosha in your body), because both products remove toxins through the liver, sweat, blood, urine and bowels. Taking 2-4 Organic Digest Tone (Triphala Plus) tablets or Herbal Cleanse capsules at night will help sweep toxins out of the body through the elimination system.
Step 2: Eating according to the seasons.
During the allergen season (once spring starts), it’s best to follow the seasonal diet recommended for that season, taking into account your body type. For instance, spring is Kapha season, when the wet, cool qualities of Kapha dosha predominate. This is the perfect time to eat more soups and cooked greens, and to stay away from greasy foods and heavy desserts. An overloaded digestion can only lead to a build-up of digestive impurities that are at the basis of seasonal allergen reactions.
Turmeric, sage, coriander and cumin are effective spices for helping to cope with allergens, as they improve digestion and immunity.
Step 3: Taking herbal supplements to support immunity and clear away toxins simultaneously.
Herbal products such as Aller-Defense and Aller-Breathe are designed to support immunity and help in coping with spring allergens.
Aller-Breathe works by promoting resistance to allergens in the upper respiratory tract, opening the tiny passages of the lungs by clearing away toxins. It also helps to support the liver in screening the body’s toxins and digestive impurities.
Once the allergen season begins, taking Aller-Defense simultaneously removes toxins from your body while supporting your immunity. These tablets also can help the body cope with allergens, promote digestion, cleanse the microcirculatory channels and decrease sensitivity to allergens by nourishing and purifying the liver.