Posted 09 April 2010 - 07:48 AM
HI guys. New to the group, and like the info I've found over here.So, in recent years I have noticed a definite link between spring time seasonal allergies, and IBS-D flareups. Basically during the winter, so long as I'm taking fiber supplements and staying away from high fat stuff, I'm pretty much regular and invincible. However, spring time rolls around, pollen count goes up, and my guts get leaky. Doesn't matter what I eat, there is definitely some sort of inflammatory response going on. Just the other day, I went on pollen.com and looked at their historical pollen count graph for the past month, and each flare up i had was preceded by me being outside on a high pollen count day. And these flareups were happening before i put the pieces together, so it wasn't psychosomatic. Last year I figured out the fiber supplement link, this year my breakthrough has been figuring out the link to allergies. So I started taking some Zyrtec 24 hour. It's only been a week but preliminary results have been favorable. HOWEVER, this is the big bummer. Since I suffer from some male urinary issues, the anti-histamines are aggrivating my condition. I've decided I'll have to try to only take the zyrtec on really high pollen count days, when I know I'll be outside.But I was wondering, if anybody had any advice on 'natural' alternatives to antihistamines? I've started taking some fish oil supplements based on some other research, but its too soon to tell if they have any effect. Anybody else have some recommendations for natural anti-inflammatory/anti-histamine type foods that are IBS friendly?