Well, the weed pollen count where I live has been classified as “High” for 12 of the past 13 count measurements this month. Historically, fall pollen has been my downfall. Historically, it has compelled me to take over-the-counter antihistamines or loratadine pills by the truck load. For the past 4 years or so, I’ve probably taken 3 such pills, only on days when pollen was really, really high and my suffering was really, really, really, really bad. Otherwise, I’ve been weened from allergy meds. How? I’m convinced it’s my daily EpiCor capsule, which is likely balancing my immune system, making it “smarter” so that pollen does not promote an overreaction of my immune system, which is what, in the simplest terms, creates allergy systems.
Just look at over-the-counter antihistamines. Why do they work? Antihistamines block the release of “histamines.” Histamine is a substance released by immune cells when pollen or other allergen enters the body. As the Cleveland Clinic explains, “histamine then attaches to receptors on nearby blood vessels, causing them to enlarge (dilate). Histamine also binds to other receptors located in nasal tissues, causing redness, swelling, itching, and changes in the secretions.” A well balanced, “smart” immune system, on the other hand, is such that pollen does not stimulate immune cells to begin with. There’s no artificial “blocking” of histamines needed. The immune system, on its own, is “trained” to not go bonkers when it senses pollen. It just lets the pollen pass. Hence, no side effects or other interactions that generally accompany the use of antihistamines.
Having a “new” naturally supported immune system these past few years has been great during allergy season.