Got Allergies?

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Its allergy season, and it’s a doozy this year.  Because of our harsh northern winter, it seems that everything from ticks to pollens are coming out in droves and they’re making the best of the warmer weather before winter 2014/2015 starts (I know, that last reminder was cruel). No matter how cruel, it’s a fact, and you can choose to relieve your allergies using temporary methods such as dealing with only the symptoms, or you can choose to alleviate your symptoms AND get to the root cause once and for all.

For me, I have allergies every spring and fall, however I’d never know it.  In fact, it’s only when I don’t eat enough alfalfa (yup, you heard right!) that I actually notice any of my symptoms.  But I digress, let’s do a little allergy 101 to gain a better understanding, and for you to make the best informed decision for you and your valuable horse and recreation time.

Allergies-Why and Cost

Simply put, an allergy is an over reaction of the human immune system to a foreign protein substance typically called an allergen.  Typical symptoms include sneezing, wheezing, runny watery eyes and more.  For the purpose of this article, I’m going to stick to airborne allergies as opposed to including food allergies as well. 

Allergies are costly; we spend nearly $6 billion (yes Billion) in medications alone, and that doesn’t include things like job absenteeism or worse yet, lost horse time!  I don’t know about you, but when I’m on the trail, I want to enjoy the scenery and not sneeze my way off my horse.

So you get the picture now, allergies are not pretty and neither are the side effects of the medications you may be taking in order to feel better (oxymoron?).  Natural approaches to allergies include three things:  rebuild the immune system, restore the health of the digestive tract (70% of your immune system is in your digestive tract, wow!) and remove toxins from your environment.

Allergies-the How

If a more natural approach is on your radar screen, you can do so now, to help not only with the allergies of today, but the allergies of tomorrow.  And many times when we work with the immune and digestive systems, we get other benefits like less illness, more energy, better sleep and better stress management to boot…now that’s a side effect I like!

Rebuild the Immune System

Restore the Health of the Digestive Tract

Remove toxins from your Environment

In short, be as healthy or healthier than your horse!  And by being the best you can be for you, you’re helping your horse be the best that he can be too because you’re a stronger partner both physically and mentally, when you’re not reaching for tissues or antihistamines to breathe.

I can help you to customize your best allergy relief plan, give me a shout and well set up a time to get rid of the Kleenex and start riding!