A lot of us suffer from allergies but do we actually know what an allergy is? An allergy is a hypersensitive, immune system reaction to certain substances, situations, or physical states. For some, these can be life threatening and for others it is just a nucience we have to deal with every spring or fall. Either way they can be prevented naturally & here’s how:
1. Get Adjusted
This should be your first defense against allergies because your immune system is controlled by your nervous system. Subluxations in the spine decrease the function of the immune system by decreasing the proper messages getting to the immune system, telling it to respond and adapt to the world around you. Any source of allergens can be calmed by an adjustment to re-establish communication between the brain and the immune system which allowing the immune system to react better to allergens.
2. Essential Oils
Essential oils are a great, non-toxic way to help control/prevent your allergy symptoms. Three oils in particular, lemon, lavender, and peppermint, mixed together are called the allergy trio for a reason- they all are anti-inflammatory (part of the hypersensitivity response) and help to improve the detoxification of organisms and toxins that may trigger an attack.
Quality probiotics. Did you know: 80% of your immune system is inside your gut? Taking probiotics help supply your digestive system with good bacteria that not only fight off infections but allergens as well.
Quercetin: this bioflavinoid is a natural anti-histamine and is an active ingredient in Allerpro which can be found and purchased on our shelves by the front desk. It is also in foods such as cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli and cauliflower), shallots, onions, green tea, and citrus fruits.
Anti-inflammatory diet- we are not going to go into detail on this right now but the main point is eating mostly whole foods and avoiding processed food as much as possible. The less we can contribute to the inflammatory process of histamine that is associated with allergies, the better.
4. Avoid OTC meds/ perscriptions
Conventional allergy treatments such as decongestants, antihistamine creams and pills, and corticosteroids can disturb the natural processes of your immune system. As a result, you will ALWAYS have to take these medications to be symptom free! This is because your body never learns how to adapt to the allergen (it doesn’t have to because you took something for it). Plus, all these interventions do is cover up the normal symptoms our bodies have to get rid of the allergens: the runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing. However, they do not remove the cause of those syptoms.