Spring has finally arrived in North Carolina. Unfortunately for us allergy sufferers the pollen has arrived in full force. My car is yellow, my deck is yellow and my dogs are a faint shade of yellow!

Seasonal allergies or hay fever are also known as allergic rhinitis. This is an allergic inflammatory condition of the nasal passages that affects a large portion of Americans. For some individuals, allergies are a seasonal manifestation. For others, allergies are a year-round challenge.

The term “hay fever” originated in the early 1800s when individuals seemed to suffer allergy symptoms during the hay growing season. The symptoms commonly seen with hay fever and seasonal allergies are watery, itchy eyes, nasal congestion, excessive mucous production, and sneezing. Histamine, which is produced by the mast cells, creates a cascade of events that are meant to flush out the offending substance from the body. That is why antihistamines are commonly used to address the symptoms of histamine release. However, antihistamines come with a number of adverse side effects. Fortunately, there are several natural substances that may help to manage allergy challenges without the side effects found in traditional antihistamine products.

Vitamin C cannot be made by the body and has to be consumed in the diet. Vitamin C 500 mg taken 2-3 times daily has been shown to be beneficial against allergies by expediting the elimination of inflammatory histamine from the body. Quercetin, another natural substance, can serve as a mast cell stabilizer, blocking the release of histamine. Quercetin has also demonstrated a bronchodilator effect, helping to open the airways of individuals with asthma. Bromelain enhances the absorption of quercetin and supports mucosal tissue health. Stinging nettle helps to balance hyper-immune response. N-acetylcysteine clears the airways by promoting normal viscosity of mucus.

Natural DHIST is a unique formulation featuring a synergistic combination of all the above ingredients. Natural DHIST has been shown to help relieve allergy symptoms in most individuals with allergies and asthma, as well as minimizing the need for prescription medications. It is safe for both children and adults.

Evidence indicates that for many individuals, allergic reactions can be caused by permeability in the gut, or what is known as leaky gut syndrome. Since most allergens are protein based, low stomach acid and the inability to digest offending proteins can create issues when those proteins cross over from the gut into the serum. For individuals presenting chronic allergic problems, a gut program can be helpful in restoring healthy gut immune function. As a part of a gut program a quality probiotic can help to maintain microbial balance. Omega-3 essential fatty acids like those found in have been shown to be beneficial in managing inflammatory allergic and asthmatic symptoms. 70 percent of our immune function and our ability to resist allergens is found in our gut. So maintaining good gut health on a daily basis can be essential for the management of allergic issues, regardless of the source.

Natural DHIST is in stock and many of staff have personal experience with this product. Stop by to speak to our knowledgeable staff this week. If you would like to learn about a gut program, call or go to our website to schedule a 15 minute free consult for us to discuss this with you. Now, let me go take my morning dose of DHIST!