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Allergy Relief Alternatives


by Dave Foreman
Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
Archives
- Herbal Pharmacist Health Update
- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old manís concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
- Superfoods
- Timing your Training Supplements
- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
- Infant Corner-Homeopathy
- Foundational Health
- Top Toxins
- Fall Cleansing
- Heart Health
- Protein Recovery and Repair
- High Blood Pressure
- Tart Cherries
- Infant Corner: DHA
- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
- Holiday Gift Ideas
- Herbal Tea
- Tired, moody, canít sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
- Eye Health
- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
- TMJ Syndrome
- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
- There's A New CoQ10 In Town
- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
- Ear Infections
- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
- IBS
- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
- Nails
- PMS
- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
- Uterine Fibroid
- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

For allergy sufferers, sneezes, stuffy noses, and wheezing are usually the harbinger of Spring. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America website (www.aafa.org), close to 50 million Americans suffer from all types of allergies. Allergy prevalence overall has been increasing since the early 1980s, with one in five Americans now suffering some form of allergy.

The fifth leading chronic disease in the US and the third most common among children under 18, allergies cost the American public $7 billion annually, $6 billion of which is medication costs. Also, allergies cause nearly four million missed days of work.

Respiratory ďallergyĒ symptoms are often blamed on something in the air, yet oftentimes the underlying cause could be something in your diet. To better understand this idea, it is important you understand what is actually happening in your body that triggers your allergy symptoms.

Allergic Reactions
Allergic reactions occur when the immune system system reacts to foreign proteins found in the environment. Foreign protein can be mold, pollen, yeast or a host of other proteins that for some reason may be considered foreign/strange to the body. Other examples are food, dust mite particles, and animal dander.

When your immune system overreacts to these proteins, it can cause coughing, sneezing, runny nose, wheezing, asthma, and sinusitis symptoms. Certain stresses on your immune system can weaken your body's ability to fight off allergic responses. Since our immune systems are regularly reacting to foreign invaders, removing some of these stresses may help you control your allergy symptoms.

For example, I used to suffer severe sensitivity to wheat, barley, and rye. The symptoms appeared whenever I would work in my family's barn, and were severe enough that I couldn't continue. Antihistamines and decongestants helped, but did nothing to remove the sensitivity altogether.

However, once I realized I had a severe allergy to gluten - a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley, and rye - I was able to greatly reduce my reactions by removing gluten products from my diet. Also, other allergies, including cat dander and perfumes, were alleviated. By reducing my immune systemís exposure to gluten, my body was able to handle a burden that it hadnít been able to before.

The Top Eight
It is estimated that 90 percent of all food allergy (sensitivities) are caused by eight foods: milk, wheat, eggs, soy, peanuts, fish, tree nuts and shellfish. Being sensitive to something will contribute to how well your body handles other things like pollen, dust, mold etc.. Simple blood tests can help you determine what you are sensitive to, then you can remove the offending food from your diet. The blood tests are called "enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay" or ELISA and it detects substances in the blood that could trigger an allergic response.

Herbal Supplements
If removing the offending food from your diet isn't an option, there are nutritional supplements that will give you relief without any side effects. One herb - butterbur - is a natural antihistamine that has proven quite effective in reducing allergic symptoms and reactions.

Rosmarinic acid is another supplement for allergy sufferers. This compound is found in rosemary, basil, sage and mint. The extract of rosmarinic acid can decrease your allergy symptoms in as little as three days. Life Extensionís Butterbur Allergy combines butterbur and rosmarinic acid to give you further relief from allergies.

Nettle leaf also helps reduce allergy symptoms. Be sure to purchase nettle in leaf form - the root is not effective on allergies. Bromelain, an enzyme from the stem of a pineapple, also offers relief. Take this between meals and at bedtime (on an empty stomach) for best results. ResistAid is a relatively new nutritional supplement that addresses allergies on a totally different level. It works to support the immune system and its function. This ingredient can be found in numerous products for immune health and even digestive health. This supplement can be used on a daily basis year-round to support a healthy immune system and can be used long-term to minimize the chances of having problems. It is not recommended or effective for an acute allergy attack.

Homeopathy is another great alternative to prescription medication. Homeopathic products list their specific uses on the labels, making it easy to incorporate into a health regimen. Source Naturals-Allercetin Allergy and Sinus, Boiron-Sabadil (Allergy) or Hyland's-Sinus Tablets are all great examples.

Allergies can be controlled and in many cases reduced or eliminated by taking preventative measures. Removing the potentially offending food(s) from your diet, getting enough activity to boost immune function, and increasing your awareness of how allergies are created can empower you to improve your symptoms and live a more allergy-free life.

 
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