As a professional health coach concerned with the health and well-being of my clients it is my intention to improve your well-being and longevity by using the principles of nutrition, fitness, diet, lifestyle dynamics, and anti-aging medicine.
Together you and I will work as a team to accomplish all of your health needs and to ensure that you practice prevention and live your life through the lens of quality.
Remember….your quality of life is the measurement of successful living regardless of your age.
Dr. Kevin. J. McLaughlin
Clinical Director: The Vitality Project
Seasonal allergies are very common and can affect all ages. Typically, depending upon where you reside, the spring, summer and early fall are the worst months if you are an allergy sufferer. Allergy symptoms usually involve the mucous membranes of eyes, nose, throat and upper respiratory track. This can lead to redness, itchiness, mucous discharge and even wheezing, coughing and sneezing. This is very aggravating and can decrease your quality of life significantly. These types of allergic responses following the exposure to pollen, trees, flowering plants and grasses introduce air-borne particles into our mucous membranes. Do you suffer from hay-fever?
These particles react with our immune system and the result is, an increase in the release of a chemical known as histamine. Histamine release causes the annoying symptoms we attribute to allergies. So, what can you take that is natural, safe and helps defend against hay-fever and seasonal allergy symptoms? Here is my top five list!
- Vitamin C
This nutrient, which is contained in dark and lightly colored fruit and vegetables can help prevent the release of histamine from the cells which line the mucous membranes of your upper respiratory tract. I recommend those who regularly suffer from hay-fever to take 500 Mg. of this vitamin 3-4 times per day.
This nutrient, which is considered a bioflavanoid is found in higher amounts in the skins and seeds of certain types of fruit like citrus and grapes. Quercitin works with vitamin C to decrease the affects which histamine has upon our mucous membranes by helping prevent it’s secretion from mast cells. Supplements of quertin in the dosage of 100-200Mg. 2-3 times per day is recommended.
- Grape Seed Extract
This specialized nutrient is called a proanthocyanidin, which is also in the bioflavanoid family of chemicals. It also can decrease inflammation in our upper respiratory track and, combined with the above two nutrients can also decrease free-radical production which can lead to cell damage. I recommend a supplement containing 300 Mg. of grape seed extract per day during the peak allergy season.
- Essential Fatty Acids
The fats found in oily fish and flax seeds are in the omega-3 family of unsaturated fatty acids and are not made in the human body. We need these nutritional “superstars” for so many important reasons. One of the more important functions of the omega-3 family is the control of the inflammatory response. These oils not only prevent inflammation from starting, but can reduce the resulting damage to our cells. The omega-3 fatty acids can also positively affect the way our immune system reacts after we are exposed to air-borne particles. I recommend at least 500Mg. of omega-3 taken three times per day with food.
This mineral which is found in higher amounts in nuts, seeds and whole grains is extremely important if you want to decrease your allergy symptoms. I have found this nutrient to be very important in decreasing the inflammation and resultant wheezing that can be caused from pollen. As an asthmatic myself, I can also speak to the value of this “super mineral” to influence the symptoms of allergic asthma. Magnesium can directly affect the cells which line our bronchial tubes by reducing the inflammation of the mucus membrane and relaxing the muscles which line our bronchioles. This improves our ability to breathe freely! Supplements containing 500 Mg. of magnesium, taken with 800-1000 Mg. of calcium per day are recommended.