Al­ler­gies are com­mon

The Glengarry News - - Health, Beauty, Fitness, Nutrition -

Sub­mit­ted by JoAnne Y. Gau­thier Health Bou­tique Santé Ac­cord­ing to the Al­lergy and Asthma Foun­da­tion of Amer­ica, one in five peo­ple, or an es­ti­mated 50 mil­lion Amer­i­cans, suf­fers from some type of al­ler­gies.

The chances are high that you or some­one you know suf­fers from al­ler­gies, whether sea­sonal al­ler­gies, food al­ler­gies or an­other type. Most peo­ple who are strug­gling with an al­lergy go to the doc­tor to be treated and are rou­tinely given phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals from ac­etaminophens to an­ti­his­tamines, both of which may ac­tu­ally fur­ther ag­gra­vate the al­lergy symp­toms they were given for.

Be­fore you know it al­lergy sea­son will be upon us again, which means that mil­lions of Cana­di­ans are go­ing to turn to Be­nadryl, Clar­itin and other med­i­ca­tions to try and find some re­lief. The good news is that you might not nec­es­sar­ily need to take any med­i­ca­tions to con­trol your al­lergy symp­toms. There are many nat­u­ral al­lergy re­lief reme­dies you can try first.

Al­ler­gies are a type of “bod­ily re­ac­tiv­ity (hy­per­sen­si­tiv­ity) to an anti­gen in re­sponse to a first ex­po­sure,” or an “ex­ag­ger­ated or patho­log­i­cal im­muno­log­i­cal re­ac­tions (as by sneez­ing, dif­fi­cult breath­ing, itch­ing, or skin rashes) to sub­stances, sit­u­a­tions, or phys­i­cal states.” In other words, al­ler­gies are due to hy­per­sen­si­tiv­ity of the im­mune sys­tem that causes dam­ag­ing re­sponses that can af­fect the whole body. Some of the most com­mon causes of al­ler­gies are things like pollen found out­doors, an­i­mal fur, dust or par­tic­u­lar foods.

Al­lergy symp­toms oc­cur when your body re­sponds to al­ler­gens by pro­duc­ing a chem­i­cal called his­tamine, which works by help­ing to coun­ter­act the al­ler­gen. The im­mune sys­tem causes al­ler­gic re­ac­tions by pro­duc­ing Im­munoglob­u­lin E (IgE) an­ti­bod­ies that cause wide­spread symp­toms. There are sev­eral broad cat­e­gories of al­ler­gies.

When we take pre­scribed med­i­ca­tions for al­ler­gies, we’re only ad­dress­ing the symp­toms of al­ler­gies (itchy skin or wa­tery eyes, for ex­am­ple) but this does not un­cover the root cause and build your nat­u­ral de­fence sys­tem.

Pre­scribed med­i­ca­tions can dis­turb nat­u­ral pro­cesses of your im­mune sys­tem and have other dele­te­ri­ous ef­fects like al­ter­ing your pH bal­ance. To keep symp­toms at bay, you will al­ways have to take a drug be­cause your body doesn’t learn how to adapt to al­ler­gens. Al­lergy drugs, drops and creams al­le­vi­ate and hide symp­toms, but they don’t ad­dress the fact that the prob­lem still ex­ists.

Al­ler­gies are due to hy­per­sen­si­tiv­ity of the im­mune sys­tem that causes the re­lease of dam­ag­ing his­tamines. Al­ler­gies can af­fect the whole body, espe­cially the skin, eyes, nasal pas­sage­ways and lungs. • Some of the most com­mon causes of al­ler­gies in­clude pollen, an­i­mal fur, dust, mold, in­sect bites, med­i­ca­tions or par­tic­u­lar foods.

• For help with nat­u­ral al­lergy re­lief, you can eat an anti-in­flam­ma­tory diet, con­sume raw honey and ap­ple cider vine­gar, take quercetin sup­ple­ments and sting­ing net­tle, and use es­sen­tial oils like frank­in­cense and eu­ca­lyp­tus, to name a few op­tions.

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