Eliminating Allergies

Spring is prime time for allergies: fresh cut grass, dirt from the winter, pollen all leading to runny noses, a scratchy throat, sneezing, rashes, wheezing and asthma. “Allergic reactions occur when a person's immune system reacts to normally harmless substances in the environment. A substance that causes a reaction is called an allergen.” (1) Your immune system works overtime and is designed to deal with these irritants and evacuate them. BUT, what if there was something you could do, a supplement you could take, or foods you could avoid to eliminate these allergies in the first place?

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Quercitin

I discovered this natural miracle about 8 yrs ago. Basically an extract of fruit, it is a potent flavonoid designed to naturally block the release of Histamine.  It “supports the immune system, clearing excess congestion, supporting bone health, and aids in fighting mild allergy problems.” (2)

 

Green Tea

Starting your day with a couple of cups of fresh loose leaf green tea is a great way to get antioxidants to cleanse the body, regulate digestion, and boost your immune system. “A green tea compound was recently found to have a powerful ability to increase the number of T cells that play a regulatory role, a key participant in the immune system function. EGCG, (Epigallocatechin gallate), is a powerful polyphenol antioxidant with known health benefits. In addition, it possesses anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory characteristics.” (3) All Green Teas are not created equal, Order yours from HERE

 

Neti Pot

I know, pouring warm salt water up your nasal passages may sound hippie, but really folks, huge benefits. Technically called Nasal Irrigation, it flushes out mucus and other debris thus cleansing the sinuses. Learn how to use it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8sDIbRAXlg

 

Astragalus Root

This precious herb is a very potent immune system booster.

The triterpenoid sapponins known as astragalosides support the integrity of mucous membranes and epithelial cells in the respiratory tract through an antioxidant mechanism. It also supports deep immune function by promoting normal levels of specific immune cells and aids in their function. It appears especially effective when immune function is stressed by environmental or endogenous challenges.” (6)

 

Avoid Milk

If you are indeed Paleo or attempting to live just a little bit more healthy, you have to punt milk. The commercial grade stuff found at your local grocery store is horrible stuff from animals that have been treated horrible. My take on Dairy can be found HERE.

With regard to allergies though, milk is one of the most common food allergies and mucus forming foods on the planet. And, definitely a promoter of asthma and other autoimmune disorders. If your lungs are full of mucus, you can’t breath or take air in efficiently, but also you can’t eliminate toxins from the bloodstream either. Read THIS

 

Avoid Sugar

If you want the quickest way to shut your immune system down for 4 hours or so, eat or drink some sugar. Dealt with by Neutrophils in our bloodstream as an inflammatory emergency, sugar takes up all of our immune system fighting ability leaving zero to deal with allergens.

 

Lack of Sleep and Exercise

Getting good quality restful sleep is huge for hormone regeneration and strengthening the immune system. Having techniques to distress like exercise and purging that which is troubling you is imperative. Exercise ties into both reducing stress and increasing quality sleep, just don’t go overboard. Too much exercise, to high intense of exercise can have the opposite effect and raise stress hormones like Cortisol.

 

 

Sources:

 

1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allergies

 

2. http://www.naturalnews.com/029182_quercetin_health.html

 

3. http://howtogetwellfaster.com/health-2/nutrition/can-green-tea-boost-your-immune-system

 

4. http://www.naturalnews.com/010443_cows_milk_asthma.html

 

5. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/sugar-suppresses-immune-system/#axzz2RKldTsYH

 

6. http://www.gaiaherbs.com/products/ingredient/89/Astragalus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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