Food intolerances and seasonal allergies
Have you ever wondered why some people get seasonal allergies such as allergic rhinitis – commonly known as hay fever – and others do not? Did you know that food intolerances and seasonal allergies are linked?
If you are one of those unfortunate people who suffers from seasonal allergies – the fatigue, itchy eyes, blocked and runny nose, and sneezing – you know just how awful it is. However, very few people realise there is a link until they remove the foods they are intolerant to – and often people still don’t really make the connection until I ask them about their hay fever after we have removed those foods.
Could it be because some of us have better gut health than others? Yes, this does play a role. Poor gut health is commonly the cause of seasonal allergies, because most of our immune system is in the gut.
The relationship between gut health and seasonal allergies is complex. In a nutshell, though, when we struggle with seasonal allergies it is because our gut health is poor. Our gut is busy dealing with the onslaught of proteins leaking into our blood stream because we have Leaky Gut Syndrome, and then the pollens come along with the arrival of spring. It is just all too much for the gut to cope with, and your body lets you know via an outbreak of allergies.
It is not something you have to live with. The best way to improve your gut health and reduce the symptoms of seasonal allergies is to understand which foods you are intolerant to, remove those foods and work on improving your gut health.
The benefits will not just be a reduction in your seasonal allergies. You will have more energy, your problematic gut symptoms will disappear and you will feel fantastic.