Our approach to allergies is all about calming down a histamine response by focusing on the immune system. Eighty percent of your immune system lives in your gut, so it’s important to have your gut tested if you’re struggling with environmental allergies.

If there is an imbalance of bacteria, a yeast overgrowth, or parasites present in your gut, you’ll spin your wheels with different herbs, supplements, and elimination diets, and then end up frustrated and most likely not feeling any better.

If your gut has been tested, then taking supplements that prove beneficial for allergies is the next logical step. These supplements include a high-quality probiotic, Quercetin, Bosweilla, B vitamins, Selenium, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and fish oil. Xymogen’s AllerDHQ is another great supplement for seasonal allergies. Use referral code: funmedid and practitioner code: Warren to purchase these supplements.

There’s also a “hygiene hypothesis” that relates to our worsening asthma, allergies, and eczema-type conditions.

This hypothesis asserts that we’ve created immune responses to allergies through our hyper-hygienic lifestyle choices that might include antibacterial soaps and spending less time outside in nature playing in the dirt. We can mitigate this allergic response by venturing outside and planting a garden!

And don’t forget about food! Avoiding common food sensitivities is key to calming down the immune system. Your FMI providers encourage either an elimination diet or testing your food sensitivities through a simple blood test. We also recommend avoiding food additives and eating the rainbow in fruits and vegetables to ensure you are getting enough antioxidants. Clean, organic food will decrease your toxic load and allow your immune system to thrive.

When combined, these functional tips create a sensible action plan that helps you enjoy springtime without the hassle of seasonal allergies.