Allergies. Something people have to deal with each spring, right? It may be normal, but normal doesn’t always mean natural! Perhaps it’s time to take another look.
Ayurveda views allergies in the light of whole-body health. Pollens, dust, mold and other common allergens cause a response in some people because of a disturbance in the digestive system, where the root of our health lies. If agni, or digestive fire, is not functioning at full strength, it’s easier to become susceptible to allergies. So if you’re suffering from the sniffles this spring, take the steps below to improve your digestion. And if you keep your digestion strong, this could be your last bout of allergies, ever.
Strengthening your agni can be as simple as cutting out foods that are hard to digest, such as meat, and replacing them with lightly cooked, fresh food in proper combinations. In most cases, this means sattvic foods, which bring balance and harmony to the body and mind.
It’s important to remember that allergies, like any manifestation in the body, have an energetic origin. Allergies are a sign of unresolved emotional resistance - when we take on something as our truth that isn't. As nature comes back to life in the spring, it follows that our unresolved emotions rise to the surface so that we can move beyond what is not serving us.
Ayurvedic answers for seasonal sniffles:
Allergy medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, might bring temporary relief but they actually cause greater imbalance in your body. Just take a look at the packaging on any allergy medication and you’ll find the common side effects include sinus infections, fatigue, yeast infections and stomach ulcers. In the long run, the Ayurvedic tips above will correct the root cause of the imbalance and allow your body to transition through every spring with clarity and vitality.