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3 Reasons Supplements Aren’t A Long-Term Solution for Chronic Hives

If you’re looking for a natural approach to managing and even reversing your urticaria, you may be wondering…“Which supplements are best for chronic hives?”

It’s a common question I get asked by many of my hive-free clients, but unfortunately the answer isn’t as simple as one would think. 

Supplements like probiotics, digestive enzymes, and multivitamins have become a popular tool for practitioners who want to offer more holistic options.

For people wary of prescription drugs like Xolair, supplements seem like the next best thing. They have less long-term side effects, and are made with natural ingredients.  

While supplements have their place as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle, too many practitioners rely on them as a band-aid solution, skipping past the important work that must be done to reverse your hives

Today I’ll address why I don’t recommend supplements as a long-term treatment plan for chronic hives, and what to focus on instead. 

My Problem With Using Supplements for Chronic Hives 

Here are three reasons I’m not a big fan of relying on supplements:

  1. Supplements don’t address WHY you have hives in the first place

Many clients I work with are frustrated with the conventional treatment model because they approach health issues from a symptoms-only lens, treating everything with a pill for an ill. 

This leads many people to believe they have to be on medications for the rest of their lives if they want to find relief.

Taking supplements is pretty much the same thing! 

Supplements, while beneficial to the body in some cases, do nothing to address the underlying imbalances causing your hives. They’re simply another surface level solution to a deep seated problem.

Instead of relying on supplements to do the heavy lifting for you, it’s important to address why you have hives in the first place

While each person’s triggers are different, hives are typically the result of an overactive immune system. This can be caused by a variety of things like:

  • Poor gut health
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Chronic stress
  • Unresolved trauma
  • Overexposure to toxins

Once you understand where you’re struggling in each of these areas, you can fix the problem at the root level, and eliminate the need for unnecessary supplements. 

  1. Supplements are hard to hack on your own 

Like I mentioned above, each person’s experience with hives is different. 

A daily dose of vitamin D or magnesium may work wonders for one person, but solve nothing for another. Similarly, common supplements for hives like quercetin and DAO may temporarily relieve your symptoms, but fail to address the reason you have hives in the first place. 

Instead of Googling ‘best supplements for chronic hives’ and trying whatever comes up, you need to understand which functions in the body you’re trying to target. 

It can also be difficult to assess the difference between a good quality supplement, and a mediocre one. The last thing you want is to invest money into a supplement that your body is unable to absorb or use properly. 

A practitioner can help you assess the quality, dosage, and type of supplement you need (if any), ensuring it has the greatest impact on your health.

  1. Supplements can discourage healthy diet and lifestyle changes

This is probably the BIGGEST reason I avoid using supplements long-term with my clients — they’re used as a band-aid to cover up a poor diet and lifestyle

If you want to heal your hives long-term, you need to make fundamental and foundational changes, and that starts with the food you eat.

Your immune system is likely dysfunctioning due to nutrient deficiencies. Today’s food supply is highly processed, and the soil is lacking the nutrients you need to thrive. The amount of fruits and vegetables you should be eating is actually a lot higher than you think

That’s why I always encourage my clients to start with nutrition FIRST to address these deficiencies, before turning to supplements. For some people, taking supplements is still not enough because they’re not digesting and absorbing their food. In these cases, healing the gut becomes the critical next step to optimize digestion and immune function.

If you invest in supplements before improving your diet and healing your gut, it will likely be a waste of time, energy, and money

How I Use Supplements With My Hive-Free Clients

Although I don’t use supplements as a quick-fix solution, they can be a wonderful supportive tool when introduced at the right time with a targeted goal in mind.

I use supplements to support my client’s digestive function during the gut-healing phase of my coaching program. 

All of my clients receive the same supplement protocol to help them accomplish three things:

  1. Combat bacteria that inhibits digestion 
  2. Rebuild their gut lining
  3. Improve stomach acid to better digest and absorb the nutrients in their food

Once gut health and nutrient absorption has improved, the only supplements I recommend are to fill nutritional gaps that can’t otherwise be addressed by diet

For example, if you live in a cold environment during the winter months, you may consider a vitamin D supplement to make up for the lack of sun. Similarly, if you don’t eat a lot of fish, you might want to take an omega-3 supplement.

The bottom line is that you should always start with nutrition and nutrient absorption first before turning to supplements. 

How to Treat Chronic Hives Without Supplements

Luckily there ARE steps you can take that don’t involve filling your cabinet with tons of supplement bottles. If you aren’t ready to work with a practitioner yet, you can start to heal your symptoms now by making a few targeted diet and lifestyle changes. 

  1. Cut out highly processed and inflammatory foods 

Like I mentioned above, nutrition is the first step to healing your hives. Foods like gluten,  dairy, sugar, and refined oils inflame the gut lining, which can lead to an overactive immune system, higher histamine levels, and flare ups. 

Cut these foods from your diet for at least 7 days, and see if it makes a difference in your symptoms. To make it easy for you, I created a free 7 Day Clean Eating Challenge to help keep you on track. 

  1. Increase the amount of plants you’re eating

Once you’ve eliminated processed and inflammatory foods, introduce high amounts of nutrient dense plants into your diet. If you can, prioritize organic fruits and vegetables with lower levels of toxic pesticides. The Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists are great resources for learning more about avoiding pesticides in food. 

If you’re struggling to include more plants, try incorporating nutrient-dense smoothies! Smoothies were one of the biggest game changers for me on my hive-free journey

  1. Remove as many toxins as possible

It’s no secret that our environment is loaded with toxic products, chemicals, and drugs. Over time, toxins become a heavy burden on the liver, slowing your body’s ability to heal on its own. 

Avoiding them completely may be impossible, but there are things you can do to significantly reduce your exposure. 

  • Switch out your cleaning/personal care products

Many conventional home products contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals like parabens, phthalates, and fragrance. Choose natural fragrance-free products, or make your own!

  • Seek and remove toxins in your environment

From cookware, to cleaning products to new furniture or mold, toxins can be lurking in our home or work environment. By reducing your exposure in your everyday life, you can reduce the burden on your immune system.

  • Reduce exposure to medications where possible

Although medications can provide quick relief in the short-term, they present a long-term burden for our livers as they need to be detoxified from the body. By combining the benefits of a nutrient dense diet, hydration and gut health, most people can begin to wean off medications and not be dependent on them long-term.

  • Filter your water

Filtering your tap water not only reduces dependency on bottled water, but protects you from harmful chemicals like lead, chlorine and pharmaceuticals that have made their way into the water supply.

Once you’ve made diet and lifestyle changes to improve your health, you can start considering the role supplements play in addressing any remaining symptoms or underlying imbalances. 

Remember — Taking supplements without understanding the function they’re supporting in the body is like throwing spaghetti at the wall and hoping something will stick.

If you’re tired of trying to figure out things on your own, and would love the guidance and support of a professional who has supported others like you to become hive-free, book a free Breakthrough Session with me to explore if working together could be a match. 

We’ll discuss the strategies you’ve already tried, why they haven’t worked, and how you can start seeing real results fast.

Book your free Breakthrough Session and finally break free from your hives HERE.

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