Your Guide to a Sneeze-Free Season!

Your Guide to a Sneeze-Free Season!

As the Summer fast approaches, we are welcoming brighter, sunnier days and hopefully spending some more time outside. During this shift, many of us can struggle with allergies. I have heard that, as a result of a milder Winter, this years’ allergy season will take place earlier, and with a higher pollen count (yikes!). Here are my tips to help you cruise through a sneeze-free season:

A Healthy Gut Microbiome

This is critical, as our gut dictates our immune-mediated responses to inflammation and foreign invaders. If the gut has enough commensal (good) bacteria, it is then able to process and digest any allergens, and down-regulate histamine responses. This is where a strong, (human strain) probiotic is important to build up those good bacterial populations. I always suggest the HMF line by Seroyal, which stands for Human Strain Microflora, to restore a healthy microbiome.

Food Sensitivity Testing 

This is a test that your ND can run to determine which foods you are sensitive to. The results of this test are a “snapshot in time,” so not exactly a “forever” list of foods to avoid, however it can be very precise at determining which foods are currently causing you inflammation. When a patient eliminates the trigger foods outlined in their test results, their systemic inflammation and histamine responses decrease significantly. As a general rule, the less inflamed the system is, the less histamine cascade and release there will be in one's body.

Vitamin C

This super vitamin acts as a histamine down-regulator. It behaves similarly to a sponge in the system, binding to toxins and allergens. Usually the adult daily dosage averages around 3000mg/day, in order to be beneficial for histamine blocking. Vitamin C is ideal for kids as well, and can be used at doses lower than 1000mg/day.


This magical herb teaches the system to not overreact to an allergen. It is best taken a few months before allergy season, to help the body prepare. It is known as the most potent natural antihistamine, and can be used safely in conjunction with most supplement plans. If you are just trying to prevent seasonal allergies, quercetin can be taken for a month or two before the onset of allergy season – it is not necessary to take it all year round. It is also beneficial as a treatment for asthma and hives.

Wishing you all a sunny and mucous-free month ahead! May we all comfortably enjoy our time outdoors – don’t let your allergies keep you inside!

Be well,

Dr. Kate Hunter, ND