Living in the Sacramento region, it is likely that you or someone you know have experienced mild to severe seasonal allergies. After all, Sacramento was previously known as the “City of Trees”! As we head into spring, let’s dive into why we are affected by allergens and explore ways to combat irritation and discomfort.
When a person comes into contact with an unfamiliar substance, the immune system naturally makes antibodies to protect you and to prepare to fight in the event it might need to. It is the proteins found on pollen that cause allergic reactions in people who are susceptible. The immune system reacts when these proteins are sensed which can lead to watery eyes, sinus issues, and in extreme cases, anaphylaxis.
According to research, the growing season for many plants that contribute to allergy suffering has been lasting longer than it had previously. One theory as to why this has happened is the rising CO2 levels in the atmosphere. CO2 provides the oxygen required for photosynthesis, and the more CO2 available, the more rapidly these weeds will grow to produce their pollen. In addition, different plants bloom later in the season, which can make allergy suffering last for a longer amount of time.
The goal for seasonal allergy relief is to support the immune system while it is fighting. Some natural remedies that may ease allergy discomfort are staying hydrated, consuming local honey that contains pollen from your geographic region, and avoiding items that don’t support immune function such as alcohol and added sugar. Other remedies may include taking a multivitamin and consuming teas that contain ingredients such as milk thistle or stinging nettle, which may help combat inflammation. The next time your seasonal allergies strike, think about easing the discomfort with some natural remedies that you can find here at Market 5-ONE-5.