October and those pesky allergies

By Dr Christina Rahm on 13th Oct 2023

According to a national Gallup survey in which 1,000 Americans were asked what their favorite month of the year was, October was their favorite. I could not agree more as I love October, especially living in Nashville!

By October, we are through summer’s hot temperatures and transition into a new season of cooler temperatures, amazingly vibrant Nashville foliage, football, crisp air, pumpkin spice, Halloween, and yes, my Birthday!

Though for me, like many others, October seems to always be the season for sneezing, itchy eyes, and runny noses due to nature’s evolution. Fall allergies, otherwise known as ‘seasonal allergies’ are often triggered by ragweed pollen, mold spores, and other culprits, while sometimes placing a damper on the activities of this visually gorgeous season. Thankfully, there are natural remedies to help ease these allergy symptoms.

Likewise, during recent travels to India and Italy, I encountered various plants and landscapes, each potentially harboring allergens to which my immune system was not accustomed. The bustling cities, lush forests, and serene countryside presented unique challenges when it came to managing my allergies, as they were heavily triggered, comparable to what I often experience while in Nashville during the fall season.

I began taking a product that hosts Quercetin, a natural, antioxidant, herb compound, and plant pigment that hosts bioactive flavonoids, found in varying types of onions, grapes, berries, cherries, broccoli, and citrus fruits.

I was amazed at how well it worked for my allergies. Quercetin also boasts impressive anti-inflammatory properties by reducing inflammation in the nasal passages and airways. This helps ease congestion and makes breathing more comfortable. Much like in the case of seasonal allergies in the spring, Quercetin can also block histamine release, thus minimizing sneezing and itching. Luckily, this little-known secret has become a valuable tool against my allergy symptoms.

Additionally, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), studies have shown flavonoids, such as Quercetin, can also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, metabolic disorders, and certain types of cancer. The NIH also states Quercetin is one of the most important bioflavonoids present in more than twenty plant materials. It is known for its anti-hypertensive, and vasodilator (dilation of blood vessels) effects. It also contains anti-obesity, anti-hypercholesterolemic (controlling cholesterol levels), and anti-atherosclerotic (chronic inflammatory disease) properties.

Dr. Christina Rahm

Further, as most Americans have been prescribed plenty of medications over the years, Quercetin is also known to help protect against tissue injury induced by drug toxicities. This year, I am determined not to let annoying allergies spoil the season’s charm. I am planning to relish every moment of the season guarded with Immune Defense Shield, which is loaded with Quercetin, so as not to need the constant tissues or unnecessary allergy medications. For more information on this specific supplement, go to www.therootbrands.com/purelivingroot.

I am happy to be back in Nashville to watch the enchanting transformation of the Fall leaves while spending quality time with my family. It is such a magical time and October has always been (along with the other 1,000 Americans surveyed) my favorite month of the year.

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