spring allergies

Yep, it’s that time again…Spring allergies are almost here!

Springtime is just around the corner and that means seasonal allergies will be in full swing very soon. Yuck! But, you can take some precautions now, before the season starts, to get ready for it!

Spring is such a beautiful time of year in Northern Virginia and a great time to be outside. But for many people, it's an unwelcome time of year since they are forced to stay inside just so they can breathe.  

Tree pollens are the most common springtime allergies, followed by grass pollens.  Trees are the earliest pollen producers of the year, releasing their pollen as early as late February to early March.  It's hard to believe but it's coming up quickly!

Tree pollens can be extra problematic since many are wind pollinated. Unfortunately, tree pollens can travel over large distances on the wind, exposing people to more varieties of tree pollens than what is in their immediate areas.  

Some of the most common wind pollinated trees are pines, spruces, firs, aspens, cottonwoods, oaks, ashes, elms, birches, and walnuts. Yikes! These are everywhere in our area! 


What can you do now to get ready for Spring?

Spring Allergy Hacks 101!

1. Increase Quercetin

Quercetin can be found in many delicious foods like green leafy veggies, broccoli, red onions, peppers, apples, grapes, black tea, red wine, etc (not a complete listing). You can also take a Quercetin supplement. If you go the supplement route, about 500 milligrams twice a day is recommended. 

FYI: Quercetin decreases mast cell production, thus reducing histamine levels which will help with allergy symptoms.   


2. Drink Stinging Nettle tea or cook with more Ginger 

These are both natural antihistamines.  


3. Decrease high histamine foods

During the springtime allergy season, embrace a low histamine diet to reduce your overall histamine load.  You can find low histamine food lists online or pick one up when you are at the office.   Some common high histamine foods are cheese, leftovers, vinegars, fermented items, chocolate, citrus fruits, tomatoes, smoked meats, etc. 


4.  Increase Vitamin C  

Studies have shown that about 2,000 milligrams per day of vitamin C will reduce histamine levels.  


5. Eat more pineapple! 

Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapple and papaya that can help with inflammation and swelling in the nose.  A great addition to fighting allergies. 


6. Include Turmeric and garlic

Cook with more turmeric and garlic.  They are both tasty and good for you! These are both great anti-inflammatory options.   


7. Include Spirulina

Make sure to include Spirulina in your smoothies or take it as a supplement. Spirulina has been proven to have anti-allergic properties and will help reduce allergy symptoms. It is also amazingly good for you, packed with vitamins and is high in protein to boot.  


8. Boost your immune system

Get your immune system strong before spring!  There are so many wonderful immune boosting herbs to choose from, but you can start by Increasing herbs like astragalus, elderberries, Schisandra berries or goji berries.   


9. Decrease intake of dairy and sugar

During allergy season, decrease dairy and sugar as they are known to increase mucus production and decrease immune function.  You don't want either working against you if you have allergies. 


10.  Have an oil diffuser? 

Try peppermint, frankincense or eucalyptus essential oils diffused into the air to help with your symptoms. They can help get you breathing easier and with less mucus.   


11. Treatments for allergies

If you are still having symptoms after trying all of the ideas above, give us a call and we can help you get rid of springtime allergy symptoms quickly with an AAT (Advanced Allergy Therapeutics) treatment or we can support your system through the season with acupuncture treatments and/or herbs.   


Good luck this spring!  Let us know if we can help! 



Are you ready for Spring Allergy Season?

Winter weather is still upon us but springtime is just around the corner and that means that seasonal allergies will be in full swing very soon.   Spring is such a beautiful time of year in Northern Virginia and a great time to be outside.  However, for thousands of people, springtime can be debilitating and dreaded by many.  Some people will be forced to stay inside just so they can breathe.  Many experience non-stop symptoms of sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, congestion, and runny nose with a foggy head or headache when they simply walk outdoors.    Others may be luckier and only experience some of the symptoms associated with springtime allergies.

The most common triggers of springtime allergies are pollens, trees and grasses.  Tree pollens especially affect the Northern Virginia area.  The time and duration of springtime allergy symptoms is determined by the species of trees that people are reacting to.  Trees are the earliest pollen producers of the year, releasing their pollen as early as late February to early March and as late as June.  Tree pollens can aggravate allergy symptoms, even if they are not on your property, since trees release large amounts of pollen that can travel miles away from the original source.

When springtime allergies are high, other common, year-round triggers such as mold, dust and dust mites, animal dander or cockroaches may be exacerbated for some individuals.  This can happen because more burden is placed on an already stressed system during this time of the year.

Common springtime allergy symptoms include:


Itchy, red or watery eyes

Runny nose




Skin reactions

If you suffer from any of the above symptoms, you are not alone.   Pollen allergies affect nearly 19 million people in the US alone with one of the main symptom being allergic rhinitis, which affects between 10% and 30% of all adults and as many as 40% of children.

Spring allergy season hit us really hard last year, as the amount of pollen floating around was four times greater than normal.  Pollen is measured in grains per cubic meter.  For Trees, 1,500 grains per cubic meter is considered high. Last spring, some areas of the East Coast measured 6,000 grains per cubic meter, which is crazy high.  There is no way to predict if pollen counts will be as high this year since daily and seasonal weather conditions impact the pollen counts and make it difficult to predict precise pollen counts more than a few days in advance.  But, we need to prepare ourselves since each season seems to bring more and more pollen.

If you experience springtime allergy symptoms, get prepared for the season before it hits and address your symptoms before they arrive.  Why suffer through another spring season when you can get relief from spring time allergy symptoms (before they start) with a needless and pain free treatment that offers rapid long term results! Give us a call for more information or check us out online at www.strivingforhealth.com

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