What is an allergy?
An "Allergy" is a condition in which the body's immune system produces antibodies to certain substances (known as allergens) which would not usually cause antibody formation. An allergy can be divided into 2 separate categories - contact/airborne and food related. Common airborne allergens are pollen, animal hair, animal dander, feathers, house mites and house dust. Shellfish, peanuts and eggs, in some people, may cause a severe reaction such as anaphylaxis.
Common manifestations of allergic reaction are Asthma, Hayfever, Eczema, Contact Dermatitis, Urticaria and Bowel problems.
How do you reduce this type of immunological response?
Reducing this type of immunological response is normally accomplished through two steps;
- Increasing the liver's ability to deal with allergens and reducing the body's sensitivity to airborne irritants. When an allergy is established, exposure to the allergen causes antibodies to affect the mast cells - which are scattered widely throughout the body, causing them to release histamine, the culprit chemical which contributes to the symptoms in allergic reactions. Histamine causes various local or generalised disturbances, which affect the flow of blood and involuntary muscle activity.
- Therefore the second step is to desensitise the body to allergens, using specific anti-inflammatory nutrients/herbs known to help reduce mast cell degranulation and increase tolerance to irritants.
Food allergy sufferers are frequently confronted with headaches, fatigue, pain, swelling, sinus inflammation and depression. A complete detoxification program corrects a lot of associated food allergy complications, as improper digestive function is often an underlying cause. This may be achieved by using the Internal Cleansing Program. As well as this, we stock a number of herbal formula's specifically for detoxification, such as General Tonic, Burdock, Livatone & OSR.
Maintaining proper digestive function and identifying the offending foods has been shown to improve many food allergies. Food allergies can be caused by increased gut permeability, alcohol, corticosteroid use, poor digestive function and bowel toxicity.
Common manifestations of allergic reaction are Asthma, Hay fever, Eczema, Contact Dermatitis and Urticaria and Bowel problems. Treatment is by avoidance of the allergen, detoxification and taking supplements that can help to reduce the allergic reaction.
Nutritional and Herbal support for allergies include:
Allergy Check - A potent combination of nutrients effective for helping to prevent the onset of mild allergic reactions. Combines Boswellia a natural anti inflammatory, perilla a respiratory tonic & histadine a natural anti histamine. Ideal for sinus & hay fever.
ALJ -specifically for illness relating to the lungs & respiration. Acts as an expectorant to help eliminate mucous. Contains herbs that are supportive during colds, flu & fever, sinusitis.
HAS Formula - specifically for hay fever, allergies and sinus problems.
Quercetin/Bromelain - an anti inflammatory that may help in cases of sinusitis, bronchitis, bursitis, tendonitis, gout, hives, sports injuries and allergic reactions.
Vitamin C - powerful antioxidant, enhances immunity, assists in cases of bacterial infections, promotes fine bone and teeth formation, helps with collagen formation and wound healing.
Primrose and Fish Oil with Vitamin E - regulates prostaglandin balance, reducing inflammatory mediators i.e. histamine.
Some important points about Allergies:
- Rotate your foods. Avoid eating the same food type/family more than once every four days. Pay close attention to foods that you crave or consume in excessive amounts. Varied and diverse food choices are essential to avoid developing allergies.
- Complete a "Spring clean". This will help your body to be less reactive.
- Avoid food containing artificial colours and sulphites (food preservatives) to which you are allergic to. These substances cause an overload on the liver.
- Organise a comprehensive allergy profile, to detect allergies and 'hidden' or 'delayed' allergies to foods. This speeds up the process of elimination and associated treatment. These tests are available from Ideal Health.
- Keep rooms free from dust and wash bedding regularly.
- Do not smoke and avoid passive smoking.
- Keeping a food diary helps with suspect allergic foods, and your response to these.
- Regular exercise is vital for optimum oxygenation of the blood. Good oxygen levels are required for your body to function at its best.