Allergies

Do you suffer from allergies?  Or know of someone who does?  Chances are the answer is “yes” to at least one of those questions.

Our reaction to allergies has been allergy medication and I can’t believe the number of different medications/prescriptions used:

Aerius, Claritn, Reactine, Allegra, Benadryl, Claritin, Chlor-Trimeton, Dimetane, Zyrtec, and Tavist,  Clarinex, Xyzal, Astelin, Patanol, Elestat and Optivar.

Why is this our first response?  Allergies are not something you have to live with for the rest of your life.

Yes, you read that right.

Let’s back up a bit and start from the beginning.

First, allergies can go anywhere in the body.

They love inflammation and usually are linked to pain swelling, heat and redness.

They are hard to recognize and diagnose.

So, often times they go unnoticed, creating further stress on the body, and decreasing the immune system’s ability to function properly.

What are the possible causes of allergies?

  • Heredity
  • Biochemical Individuality – some people require higher amounts of nutrients to prevent disease or reactions in certain individuals can be heightened to various substances more so than others
  • Increased toxic load (through our environment or food we eat)
  • Stress
  • Drugs (decreases liver function, increases chemical overload and destroys enzyme systems)
  • Foods – repeated consumption of specific foods that don’t agree with our bodies – depletes enzyme function

As noted from the laundry list of medications above, you can buy medications to relieve, control or manage your symptoms, but please make no mistake you are not healing the body, you are masking the issue.

SO, what is the most important thing to realize?

Symptoms are a good thing, only IF you stop to pay attention, ask why and proceed to change your habits.

I know easier said than done.  However, I also know….where there is a will there IS a way.

If you continue ignoring the symptoms, it will manifest into conditions and eventually disease.

Examining what you are eating is an important place to start when dealing with allergies.  Start paying attention to how you feel after you eat certain foods – Stomach aches?  Bloating?  Headaches?  Fatigue?  Irritability?  Also notice any outward symptoms such as rashes or hives that may appear.

Next, start adding nutrient dense foods and supplements to start the healing process of the body.  Plant based foods, lots of veggies, essential fatty acids and nutrients to support the growth of good bacteria are a fantastic start!

You didn’t just all of a sudden manifest allergies.  That took time, so the healing process will also take time.

Be patient.  Anything worthwhile takes time, perseverance and hard work.

Cheers until next time!

Krista

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