It’s that time of year when the sun shines longer, buds are blooming and allergens come out to play. Just ask my poor hair stylist! Knowing there are tons of other allergy sufferers out there, too, here’s a post that lists some natural solutions.
In Tuesday’s post, we discovered what allergies are, how the body reacts during an attack and what causes them. We did this for a reason.
Allergy medications may work for a short-time but like all drugs, the body quickly builds up a tolerance for the dose. Depending on how long the attack lasts, the allergy sufferer may have to switch brands or increase their dose several times.
Drugs are also toxic which pollute the body and zap nutrients in order to process them. Oh, and not to mention: drugs only address the symptoms, not the disease.
For a more sustainable approach to allergies, we determine what the root cause may be and provide natural alternatives. Dr. Allison Tannis, a nutritional scientist, author and leading health educator in nutrition and natural medicine, says:
A weakened immune system is more prone to allergies and other diseases. Strengthening it is key to allergy prevention and treatment.
Ready to finally beat allergy season? With the help from your health practitioner, choose a few of these nutrients, supplements, foods and lifestyle suggestions known for boosting the immune system:
- AntiAllergy formula from Freeda Vitamins. A combo of quercetin, calcium pantothenate and calcium ascorbate (vitamin C).
- Acidophilus. The digestive system is home to almost 70% of the body’s immune system. Try this powerful immune enhancer with digestive enzymes.
- Calcium & Magnesium. These nutrients will help reduce stress.
- Vitamin A. Important to the health of the thymus and spleen which are vital locations for white and red blood cell formation.
- Vitamin B6 & Vitamin C. These nutrients have been shown to have anti-histamine properties.
- Vitamin E. A natural antioxidant that promotes antibody production and stimulates T-cells, a type of white blood cell, to react faster to invaders.
- Quercetin, plus bromelain. Quercetin increases immunity and decreases reactions to certain foods, pollens and other allergens. The bromelain enhances absorption and reduces inflammation.
- Vitamin B complex, plus extra B5, B12 and B6. For the vitamin B complex, it helps proper digestion and nerve function. Use a high-stress formula and consider injections. The B5 is the anti-stress vitamin; B12 is needed for proper assimilation of nutrients; and B6 helps to relieve wheezing and allergy attacks.
- Natural carotenoid complex (Betatene). These are free radical scavengers that inhibit allergic reactions.
- Proteolytic enzymes. To aid digestion and destroy free radicals. Caution: do not give to children.
- Coenzyme A. Supports the immune system’s detoxification of many dangerous substances.
- Coenzyme Q10. Improves cellular oxygenation and immune function.
- Aller Bee-Gone from CC P0llen. A combo of herbs, enzymes and nutrients designed to fight acute allergy attacks.
- Grape seed extract. A powerful antioxidant to prevent free radical damage.
- Glucosamine sulfate or N-acetylglucosamine (N-A-G from Source Naturals). Important to regulating the mucous secretions of the respiratory system.
- Magnesium, Selenium, Manganese & Zinc. These minerals each play an important part to immune function.
- Omega-3 fatty acids. Helps control allergic manifestation by blocking the release of inflammatory products from mast cells.
- Omega-6 fatty acids. Prevent inflammation, block allergic responses and enhance the immune system.
- Pineapple. Only food source with bromelain (see #7) and is an excellent source of maganese (#16), vitamin C (#5) and vitamins B1 & B6 (#8).
- Squash (or any orange veggie). An excellent source of vitamin A & beta-carotene (which turns into vitamin A) and has powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Sesame seeds. High in sterols and sterolins which enhance the activity of the TH1 T-helper cells that control autoimmune processes (including allergies!). They are also a great source of minerals, including zinc which helps develop white blood cells.
- Mushrooms. Helps produce white blood cells. The benefits of shiitake mushrooms have been linked to an active compound, lentinan, which boosts immunity.
- Live yogurt. Contains Lactobacillus casei, a strain of friendly bacteria known to significantly improve immune response.
- Control your emotions & stress. Neuropeptides are known as the `molecules of emotions‘. Immune cells (monocytes & lymphocytes) are covered with receptors for neuropeptides and so emotions and stress are intricately linked to our immune function.
- Avoid known allergens. Although you cannot completely control your exposure to all known allergens, try avoiding what you can: corn, wheat, dairy, eggs, peanuts, beef, pork, caffeine, soda pop and environmental toxins.
- Focus on raw foods. Whole foods are packed with the vitamins and minerals listed above. Chances are you’ll have a few with prebiotics to help your digestive health and boost your immunity.
- Ragweed allergy? Avoid: melon, cantaloupe, cucumber, bananas, sunflower seeds, chamomile and echinacea. These substances add to the symptoms during an episode.
This is a short list of natural allergy solutions. Do you have any suggestions, especially with food, that will help boost the immune system for allergy sufferers?