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Allergies and Your Immune System

If you are one of many Americans who suffer from allergies, you know that once spring arrives you will be suffering from many signs such as sneezing, sniffling, coughing, itchy eyes, and runny nose. All allergies result from the same cause, the immune system unable to adapt to its environment. A healthy immune system will release a neutralizing agent called Histamine when it encounters a foreign substance. While a unhealthy immune system may release to much Histamine to the same substance. Many people believe it is the dust or pollen in the air that causes these allergic reactions, when it is the immune system’s Overreaction causing these pesky symptoms. If this overreaction is severe it can cause rashes, hives, asthma attacks, lower blood pressure, and even death.

An immune system that does not operate at its optimal level:

*Unable to fight infectious diseases
*Overreact to such things as pollen, bee sting, animal dander, foods, ect.
*Fail to recognize and remove abnormal cells such as those that can be cancerous
*Cause the body to attack itself in cases of autoimmune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, MS, lupus, ect.)
*Become depressed making you more vulnerable to disease

Relieve Allergies the natural way?

Boost your immune system and reduce stressors and you will enjoy the Spring with a healthier body! So it is time to check and make sure your body is functioning at its optimal level.

1. Make sure you have been examined by a Upper Cervical Doctor
to ensure the nervous system is functioning at it optimal level (a misalignment in the upper cervical spine can prohibit or reduce messages from the brain to every part of the body including your immune system)

2. A regular exercise program and/or other stress relieving activities and a regular sleeping pattern.
This will ensure that the adrenal glands that secrete the “stress hormone” Cortisol are on a normal cycle. When the adrenal glands are stressed they produce to much cortisol, putting stress on the immune system. A Healthy amount of cortisol has a anti-inflammatory effect that reduces Histamine secretion.

3. Eliminate problem foods.
If you suspect a food tolerance, consider a food elimination diet. Remove common offenders such as dairy, wheat, corn, soy, yeast, and nuts for a couple of weeks. After you have removed them, start to introduce them one by one over serval weeks watching there affects.

4. Be on a frequent schedule for cleaning your environment.
Avoid cleaners and air fresheners with artificial fragrances and harmful chemicals.These airborne chemicals can work their way into the body causing immune responses. Change your air filters once a month and consider getting a Hepa Air Filter.

5. Supplements and Foods:
Vitamin C- this powerful antioxidant boosts the immune system and helps protect cells from free radicals, debilitating molecules produced during infections and allergic reactions.
Eat Quercetin Rich Foods- This is the time to load up on colorful fruits and veggies! These fruits and veggies have rich sources of bioflavonoid compounds like quercetin and catechins, which have been shown to block histamine release. Green and Black Tea are both filled with allergy preventing bioflavonoids. Try to buy Organic and Non GMO foods when available. Products that are not organic “conventionally raised produce” can be exposed to chemical preservatives which only adds additional stress to the immune system.

Research:
Edward Goetzl. MD professor of medicine and immunology at the University of California has led research that demonstrates that the nervous system directly influences the immune system and can contribute to immune malfunctions such as asthma and allergies. (ScienceDaily Nov. 19 01). Vassilis Koliatsos MD. associate professor at John Hopkins School of Medicine says ” Hay fever and asthma now seem to derive from events not only in the respiratory system, but also from the nervous system that is overreacting to stimuli.” Traditional allergy treatments only look at the symptom and not the cause. This is because western medicine has not found a cure for allergies. Antihistamines overtime or in combination with other medication can be deadly. More recently a article published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute has produce research showing that certain antihistamines (Claritin, Hismanal, and Atarax) make cancerous tumors grow faster.

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