Flowers and trees throughout the Grand Valley are staring to bloom, which means the start not only of the summer but of allergy season.
Hugh Plumleigh says it makes him feels "Yucky, it makes me have to take allergy pills."
Allergies can be caused by a number of things, but pollen is the most common culprit. Infiltrating the body and causing the release of histamine.
Dr. Scott Rollins with the integrative medicine center says this, "Causes blood vessels to dilate or swell open and to leak and that is what leads to all our symptoms."
While the best way to prevent allergies is to avoid the things that cause them, that is not always possible. Dr. Rollins says, "So taking anti–histamines regularly can be a lot more successful in treating the symptoms, that's pretty key."
But sometimes the solution is as close as the nearest faucet. "Quite often people aren't even hydrated enough so that their bodies are having trouble even eliminating what comes into their systems," says Naturopathic Doctor Christopher Lepisto.
Another solution is Quercetin but don't worry its not that hard to find.
Lepisto says, "literally all fruits and vegetables have at least a small amount of it." Garlic and onions have an even higher concentration. But if you can't stand the taste try some vitamin c.
"And the other one is Echinacea which of course is the famous herb used for colds and flues," says, Lepisto. "And this time of year is the time to start loading up on them preventatively."