Your immune system is designed to fight off potentially dangerous foreign substances that enter your body. In some people, certain substances called allergens cause the immune system to go overboard trying to fight them off, while in other people, the same allergens cause no reaction at all. Allergens can enter the body from the air (inhalant), from contact (hypersensitivity), or from foods (ingestion). Common allergens include the proteins in pollen, animal dander, dust, mold, synthetic chemicals (including household chemicals and food preservatives), and foods (dairy products, wheat, and nuts). As the immune system attacks the allergens, a series of biochemical processes designed to help in the fight begins: secretion of mucus, blood flows to specific areas of the body, inflammation occurs in certain areas of the body, causing teary eyes, itching, sneezing, coughing, and congestion. Serious allergic reactions can include swelling in the mouth, difficulty breathing, and massive inflammation—and can be life threatening.
What Causes Allergies
Allergies are caused by imbalances or deficiencies in the immune system. These deficiencies can be caused by dietary or nutritional imbalances, or a buildup of toxins in the body.
Here are the first steps to controlling allergies:
- Build you immune system with highpotency foods, such as bee pollen, Spirulina, and alfalfa. Drink plenty of water to hydrate your cells.
- Cleanse your colon and liver and use liversupporting foods and herbs.
- Avoid common food allergens, such as dairy and wheat products.
- Avoid toxic chemicals and get off longterm prescriptions medications, including birth control pills.
- Take Echinacea and goldenseal; vitamins A, C, and E; ginseng; and Astragalus to strengthen your immune system.
For airborne allergies, local, raw bee pollen (which must be kept frozen) has been miraculous for many people. Start with a tablespoon, then increase the dose as it feels right. To avoid making matters worse, you should also refrain from smoking (including being exposed to secondhand smoke) and reduce your exposure to other forms of air pollution where possible.
Adrenal cortex extract (150 mg twice daily with food) with 1 gram of pantothenic acid and 2 grams of vitamin C in the morning and before bed may help rebuild the adrenal glands, which will help to ameliorate allergies. Skullcap herb also can help ease allergies.
Your liver plays a large role in allergies as well. An unhealthy liver means that blood is not being processed and cleaned well, which leads to allergies. Use milk thistle and apple juice to support your liver, and consider a liver cleanse.
Additionally, some health experts believe that an undiagnosed, underlying allergy to dairy products is the root of upper respiratory allergies such as hay fever and asthma. You may want to try eliminating dairy products such as milk and cheese from your diet for a while to see if it helps.
To relieve allergy symptoms naturally, use the herb marshmallow root to reduce mucus, burdock root (tea or tincture) and pine oil (essential oil) for congestion, stinging nettle for hayfever symptoms, and rosemary essential oil and grape seed extract as antiinflammatories.