From stress to poor diet, there are many factors that may contribute to a weak immune system. This may lead to an increased frequency of colds and flu, but could allergies be a sign of a weak immune system too? I look at this question in more detail here, plus I offer some tips to support both allergies and the immune system.
Louise Baillie S.A.C. Dip (Diet, Exercise & Fitness), Advanced Human Anatomy & Physiology Level 3 @ActiveLouise Ask Louise
Allergies generally indicate that the immune system is in a kind of overdrive, reacting to a whole host of things that don't actually cause any harm to the body. A little bit of animal dander, for example, poses no threat to the body; but, in allergy sufferers, the immune system basically believes that it does.
Also, unfortunately, if the immune system isn't working at top form, it may be more likely to react to allergens like dander, and symptoms may become more persistent.
My Self-Care Tip: Strengthen the immune system to tackle allergies
Give your immune system a helping hand and manage your allergies at the same time!
How to help both allergies and the immune system
When it comes to tackling allergies and supporting immune health, keep in mind 'ABC': antihistamines, botany and vitamin C. Let me explain a little further...
A natural antihistamine helps to manage allergy symptoms by blocking the release of histamine, which triggers many allergy-related issues. This makes them a good option if you already have symptoms, or know they are about to come on. During the hayfever season, for example, would be a good time to start taking antihistamines.
Next, when I mention botany, I mean plants (of course!) and, more specifically, nettle. It is another natural antihistamine, so a couple of cups of nettle tea a day could benefit those prone to allergy symptoms. Alternatively, a nettle tincture could be an option.
Lastly, vitamin C. It is yet another of nature's very own antihistamines, plus it is very good for the immune system. Double bonus! You can take it in supplement form, such as Nature C Tablets, or pack it into your food. A smoothie or soup is a great way to boost your vitamin C intake. Use foods like carrot, broccoli and pepper to make your own creations, or check out our recipe hub if you would like a step-by-step guide.