Most allergies involve the release of histamine and other pro-inflammatory substances. Healthy adrenal function is very important for mediating the histamine release and inflammatory reactions that produce the symptoms experienced with allergies.
Every day a variety of stressors signal our adrenal glands to produce stress hormones. A wide range of physical and psychological demands like a stressful job, family responsibilities, relationship dynamics, lack of sleep, financial concerns, pain and emotional distress trigger our adrenals.
According to the findings in the 2014 April issue of the “Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology” people with seasonal allergies who had high levels of stress suffer more severe symptoms.
Stress appears to trigger symptom flare-ups. Dr. Amber Patterson, of Ohio State University states, "Symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes can cause added stress for allergy sufferers, and may even be the root of stress for some. While alleviating stress won't cure allergies, it may help decrease episodes of intense symptoms."
One of the best things you can do is to reduce your stress factors as much as possible. Don’t take on extras that you don’t absolutely need to do. Get to bed earlier. Sleep is very important for adrenal rejuvenation. Start toning down the amount of caffeine you consume. It may jack you up for the moment, but will burn out you adrenals faster in the long run. Eat a balanced diet of protein and carbohydrates and no skipping meals. Hypoglycemia only aggravates the problem of adrenal fatigue.
Some of the supplements we utilize with our patients include:
B-50 complex vitamin 1 capsule in the morning and if needed 1 cap in the afternoon.
Adrenal Cytotrophin a glandular formula which is pure nutrition for the adrenals 2 tabs am and afternoon.
For women Adrenasense (Natural Factors) is a combination herbal formula to support women’s adrenals.
Homeopathic Adrenal Support (Natra Bio) signals the adrenals to balance out (safe for children, pregnant women and people on multiple medications)
There are numerous other formulas we utilize with our patients for adrenal function and alleviating allergies.
The great news is, with proper support, you can tone down and potentially eliminate allergic reactions so you don’t have to be heavily medicated and feel great during allergy season.