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Help for This Allergy Season

March 22, 2018
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I love spring, the first blades of grass and new buds on the trees. But I haven’t always been a spring lover. A few years ago, those first signs of spring were met with a different response: ACHOO! Interestingly, allergies and hay-fever have not always been a human trait. In fact, they’re relatively new to us. Seasonal allergies may have begun as recently as the Industrial Revolution, and—this is the intriguing part—they only hit the upper classes. It was so…

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Managing Histamines: A Natural Approach

December 21, 2017
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Histamines are biochemicals produced by normal human immune cells and gut bacteria. And they are fascinating. The first surprise? Histamines mainly function as neurotransmitters. It’s a brain chemical, like serotonin or dopamine. Antihistamines are sometimes used to treat anxiety! So, how come when we say histamines, most people think antihistamines, as in something to get rid of allergy symptoms? Histamines get connected to allergic response because it is stored and released by mast cells. Mast cells are specialized white blood cells, which are part…

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The Gut and Immune Connection

October 13, 2017
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Seasonal allergies are a just a part of life, right? Super common, everyone has them, just a fact of life…right? What if I told you that they’re not just an annoying part of life, that they’re actually relatively new for us. And, along with auto-immune conditions, they’re on the rise and the culprit might be our super clean lives. It might just be that clean and purified water you’re drinking, and/or the flushing toilet you have in the bathroom that…

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Allergies Are Nothing to Sneeze At…

June 5, 2016
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Spring time! Sun shining…flowers blooming…tree leaves growing…bees buzzing…wind blowing…and feeling like zombies…welcome to the world of seasonal allergies. Plants vs….Pollen? Congestion, sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, and lots of clear, runny mucus. Anywhere from 10-30% of the population is dealing with allergic rhinitis (“hay fever”) each spring and looking for anything that can help ease being so stuffed up. Medications can sometimes help but can also leave some people too drowsy or too stimulated depending on which they take. Seasonal allergy…

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