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Part 3: Lifestyle and Seasonal Allergies

Here’s your chance to discover the top easy-to-adopt lifestyle recommendations for dealing with and finding relief from allergies. Includes research-based natural approaches that work, as well as personal accounts of what’s been helpful over the years. Malia Curran, MS, MPH is a nutrition consultant and speaker, and sees clients in the Boston region.

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Gina Clowes says …

I agree completely with the recommendation of probiotics, however it's a real challenge to find probiotics that are not cultured on dairy. Hopefully more varieties will become available in the future. Gina www.allergymoms.com

Barbara Deschenes says …

I just wanted to let you know that I have been using the Sinus Buster Allergy formula for some time and it is FANTASTIC! With in a couple of days of starting Sinus Buster Allergy my symptoms were gone. I have not had that happen in years. It is a product that people should definetly try!!!

Amy says …

Okay, that's the 2nd thing I've heard about probiotics -- definitely need to strongly consider using them!

TinaMarie says …

Gina, I have just started researching probiotics and was wondering, since we have a milk allergy in the house, if you could list some probiotics that are dairy-free. TIA, TinaMarie

Patty Santella says …

My son has nut and egg allergies. I have seasonal allergies. I can definitely feel a difference when I went on a whole foods diet and incorporated EFA oils and probiotics just like the podcast said.

Patty Santella says …

I agree with everything the podcast said. I can definitely feel a diiference when I went on a whole foods diet and incorporated EFA oils and probiotics just like the podcast said.

Kathy says …

My son has terrible allergies and I have been giving him fish oil supplements in addition to medication prescribed by his doctor. I will be looking into probiotics for children as well.

Janet Mash says …

I'm happy that more people are understanding the relationship between allergies and the digestive system. Maybe the reason we have so many more allergies in this generation is because we sterilize our foods and don't get the natural phytonutrients and friendly flora. I also am constantly looking for a non-dairy, non-corn, non-rice, non-grape probiotic.

Tracey says …

Thanks for the information, I've never explored holistic solutions for my son's allergies!

Kathleen Forrester says …

I wonder if somebody could recommend proper dosages for children on some of these supplements? Thanks for the ideas. I plan on trying some for myself for this allergy season. Kathleen

Denise says …

I agree with Gina. It's tough to find probiotics that are not cultured on dairy. We recently found a Wildwood Soy product that uses probiotic and is dairy-free. My son loves it. Can we get that at Whole Foods? Hope so! Also, would love to hear more about how to introduce Omega 3 fats into a diet of someone who is allergic or potentially allergic to fish/seafood. Are there substitutes that are safe?

S.Donohue says …

Thanks for the reminder to get back on my Flax seed oil. My homeopath also recommended a remedy for me, I use pulsatilla- but everyone is different. I also like a neti pot when I get stuffed up. And of course, avoidance is key!

Courtney Kloehs says …

I listened to all 3 podcasts and was especially interested in #3. The discussion about probiotics intrigued me so much i listened to the podcast 3 times! I agree probiotics is something we all take for granted but is essential to keeping our bodies running smoothly. I found encouragement in this piece of information and look forward to researching it more to help find 'relief' for my daughter who has several food allergies and a grain intolerance. Thanks!

Heather says …

Thank you for producing these podcasts. We have been using probiotics for years and cannot imagine a day without them.

Jen says …

Some people with dairy allergy can tolerate Kirkmans probiotics. WF had a bunch of different EFA supplements--even ones that dont have fish oil.

Kristen says …

This totally confirms the guidance provided by my son's chiropractor. We turned to him to treat my son's chronic ear fluid and allergies. He recommended a vegetarian and dairy free probiotic by Original Medicine, and fish oil supplements. We've seen a world of difference! In 1 month his ears were free of fluid and he had such a healthier winter! There really is something to this.

MARTHA says …

IM A MOTHER OF 3 WHICH 2 OF THEM HAD PEANUT ALLERGY. NOW A GRANDMOTHER OF 3 WHICH 2 OF THEM HAVE PEANUT ALLERGY. I CANNOT EXPLAIN THE TIMES IVE SPENT IN EMERGENCY ROOMS AND DOCTOR OFFICES IVE SPENT WITH PEANUT REATION. MOSTLY FROM HIDDEN INGREDIENTS IN MEXICAN AND CHINESE FOODS. BE CAREFUL WITH RESTAURANTS AND FLYING IN AIRPLANES THAT PASS OUT PEANUTS FOR A SNACK. OUR FAMILY HAS EPI PENS EVERY WHERE AND THANK FOR HIS GOD GRACE FOR THE TIMES HES HELPED. MY PRAYERS GOES OUT TO THIS FAMILY. I FEEL THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE PUBLIC AWARENESS IN SCHOOLS AND RESTAURANTS ABOUT THIS. MY FAMILY CAN HAVE AN ATTACK BY JUST SMELLING THE PEANUTS.

Anu says …

I have been giving my daughter (with several allergies) probiotics and omega oils supplements. But I am not sure of how much is appropriate for her. I give her a 1/2 a acidophilus tablet once in a week and 1 fish oil capsule once in 2-3 days. Does anyone have any suggestions on how much is appropriate?

Kathryn Griffin says …

I thought this was really interesting, my daughter has severe milk and egg allergy. I might try some of this information. Thank you for making this available

Abigail Pilarski says …

I am curious about getting the omega 3 into diets with fish and seafood allergies as well as Denise mentioned. My husband has severe allergies to these as well as other allergies Thank you to Gina for giving us this link it was definitely worth listening to the podcasts. Thank you for helping us help each other.

Jen says …

Be careful with the oils that you use. Some cant use fish oils. Others will have trouble with flax if there are seed allergies. And some EFA/DHA blends have sesame which is becoming a more common allergen.

Kristy Slate says …

After discovering my daughter had milk and egg allergies, I am wanting to read and discover all I can about food allergies. Since neither my husband nor myself have food allergies, I feel like it is something I ate, or came in contact with that may have caused her allergies. I want to maintain a healthier lifestyle, and heard some wonderful ideas mentioned in this podcast. Thank you

Karen says …

I am going to find probiotics. It was nice to know that taking flax oil like I have been doing was smart.

Heather says …

Very interesting. I need to start doing some of these things (probiotics), since my dd has allergys like her father and I want to avoid medicines at all costs.

Cindi says …

Hi, I learned a lot from the podcast. Our whole family has some type of allergy or rhinitis. I like the ideas of more fiber, keeping hydrated and looking for any food allergies. I have heard of probiotics and know they are making products with them. I have used the liquid form. Also, essential fats need to be gotten from food like walnuts, fish and flaxseed. Thanks,Cindi

Melanie says …

Great information. I have horrible allergies and didn't want to accept that allergy shots were my only option/

Michelle says …

I found this series to be very informative. Thank you for posting it.

meg says …

This was my favorite part of the series. I had never really heard of the diet/allergy connection. These things are SO doable. Im going to amp up my water intake for sure and start taking EFAs again, THANK YOU!!!!!!

Theresa Shafer says …

Wow great podcast. learned a lot. some I know - drink lots of water. But probiotics is something new. Not having enough of the right biotics in your tummy. hummmm. thank you for the information and the help it will bring to my family. Very helpful.

Jessica says …

I never realized that diet had so much to do with my allergies. I will definitely try to eat healthier to get them under control

Christie says …

This is awesome information! Thanks!

Betty N. says …

My husband and I have not had much of a problem with allergies but we are doing some things right: high fiber diet, limit processed foods, plenty of water, etc..I have heard of probiotics but have not yet purchased/used any of these products.

CanCan says …

My son and husband have allergies...these tips are great! Especially the water drinking...so easy to do, but it could make a big difference!

CanCan says …

One more thing, are probiotics suitable for infants under age one?

Marilu Mann says …

modmom.blogspot.com told me to come check out these podcasts. I'm going to subscribe. This is great!

Erica Greca says …

I didn't realize diet would have such an impact on allergies. It makes sense though.

Erica Greca says …

. I didn’t realize diet would have such an impact on allergies. It makes sense though.

saph says …

This has been great as my husband just recently developed allergies.

Tamara (AK) says …

Great info - thanks!

emily says …

So interesting, thanks!

Heather says …

Very interesting

Dawn Bates says …

My husband has been using conventional treatment for his allergies and his symptoms just don't seem to subside anymore. I think the answer may be treating him in a more natural way.

Anita says …

I didn't realize how much diet affected allergies! Thanks!

Kelly says …

Thank you! As parents of a child with food allergy we are always looking to hear new things. Hear experts talking about it, and just raising public awareness.

betty rood says …

thanks for all this great info..i have been using for several years now,the added info was something i was looking for ! thanks again

Emma Jane says …

Homeopathic nasal sprays rock! I'm glad they recommended them, because they really work and they're so much easier than a neti pot for me.

Teri says …

I totally agreed with everything in this podcast. It just makes sense! I have infertility issues (which isn't an allergy, but I digress) and I've heard great things about how switching to whole foods can really help many women be successful in achieving pregnancy!

Sue says …

Excellent ideas that I had not considered with both myself and my egg-allergic preschooler.

Amy M. says …

Thank you for all this great information. I haven't explored any of these avenues yet, but will look further.

Caryn B says …

Thank you for the info on diet and allergies (and the link between the immune system and the gut). Apart from pro-biotics, I found the part about acupuncture very interesting. I was referred by modmom

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