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Fall Harvest = Fall Allergies

Summer is officially behind us and now the leaves are starting to change, the air’s getting cooler and we’re  watching lots of footb091102_late_harvest_combineall-whether it’s on TV or going to your favorite high school team’s Friday night game. With fall comes a busy time for farmers who will be working long, grueling, days harvesting. If you are prone to allergies, you might not exactly welcome harvest time each year. With the pollen particles blowing around and getting into your eyes, nose and mouth you might find yourself getting as desperate as praying for an early snow, just so you can get relief from your allergies!

The primary fall allergy triggers are weed pollens, with the most common one being ragweed. This allergen causes an itchy, runny nose, nasal congestion, repeated sneezing, watery eyes, inflamed sinuses and, in severe cases, difficulty breathing. Mold spores are another common fall allergy and can be an asthma trigger, whether indoor or outdoor. With all of these allergens triggering your allergies or asthma, how can you seek relief so you can enjoy this beautiful season?! Sure, you can go down to Walgreens and pick up an over-the-counter allergy medication to help suppress the symptoms, but how long is that really going to give you relief? If your asthma is getting worse is it really a good idea to increase your dosage of medication or use your inhaler more often? So why not try something you probably never would have thought of- something that is a safer, more natural approach to healing you? Chiropractic care could be just the thing to save you from having to go through yet another miserable fall season.

Have you ever wondered why everyone doesn’t have allergies? This is because it’s not the pollen or the mold that is to blame. It’s your nervous system. Your nervous system is the master system that orchestrates your immune system, glandular system, respiratory system and every other system that reacts inappropriately to an allergen. Normally, these systems help you respond and adapt to the world around you. But suffering from uncontrollable sneezing around a house cat is probably an inappropriate reaction.

If your nervous system isn’t working right, you don’t work right. So, rather than direct our attention to the countless potential allergens, we locate and reduce the disturbances we find to your nervous system. So, we don’t treat allergies. We look for ways to restore your ability to adapt to allergens by locating and reducing disturbances to your nervous system. Simple, really. The same goes for asthma. Chiropractic is not a treatment for asthma. However, many who suffer from asthma report improvement by receiving chiropractic care. Reducing subluxations in the spine may help restore proper nervous system control of the lungs and improved function can begin. Chiropractic care may help reduce the frequency and severity of asthma attacks. Naturally, we can’t make any promises, however, if you have subluxations, and they are the cause of their symptoms, many have found relief with conservative chiropractic care.

vitamin d3A number of supplements have been shown to have a positive impact on allergies and asthma as well. Vitamin D3 is a known immune system modulator and has been shown to have a benefit to some allergies.  Probiotics and prebiotics used the right way have also been shown to improve allergy response by working with the integrity of the GI tract. As always, buying high quality supplements from a reputable source can make all the difference.  The same people who demand the best name medications have been known to shop at discount stores for their supplements.  Not a good idea!!

I hope you have a safe, happy and healthy harvest season and if you find yourself sneezing and rubbing your itchy, watery eyes all the time, try a different approach and come in to receive an adjustment. The results may surprise you!

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