The link between hay fever and mental illness

The sneezing. The coughing. That stuffy, drippy nose.

If you struggle with hay fever or other seasonal allergies, you know what a nightmare they can be.

However, if you’ve been suffering in silence with your allergies for years, it may finally be time to do something about them.

An alarming new study shows that those annoying allergies could be leaving you with long-term psychological damage.

According to research, published in the Journal of Psychosomatic Research, hay fever sufferers are four times more likely to develop severe depression, bipolar disorder and even schizophrenia.

These findings follow a previous Danish study that concluded that people with allergies had a 30 per cent higher risk of suicide than those who were allergy-free.

But it’s not the itchy eyes and leaky nose that trigger the mood disorders.

You see, when you suffer from allergies your body is producing an inflammatory response to attack pollen, mould, or whatever else you’re allergic to.

Researchers believe it’s the long-term inflammation and stress that can actually bring on psychological and emotional problems.

It’s important for your health to get your allergies under control. Unfortunately, lots of the mainstream treatments come with terrible side effects, including drowsiness, constipation, irregular heartbeats, seizures and more.

Fortunately, there are safe treatments that can tame even the most stubborn hay fever without the awful drawbacks.

One of them is acupuncture. Acupuncture has a natural anti-inflammatory effect over the entire body and safely stimulates your body’s healing response. It gets to the root of the problem, instead of just trying to deal with the symptoms.

You should also consider adding a daily probiotic and milk thistle to your supplement regimen. Good bacteria in your gut can help can boost your immune system to make it run better and more efficiently.

Research has also proven that milk thistle, or silymarin, can work wonders for controlling inflammation and relieving common allergy symptoms.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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Hay fever sufferers may be four times more likely to develop mental illness, dailymail.co.uk

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