Alleviate Allergies for good
WHAT ARE ALLERGIES?
Allergies are an overreaction from your immune system. When a substance enters your body that triggers an abnormal, exacerbated reaction it is called an allergen. These allergens could theoretically pass through the body without doing harm yet your immune system sees them as a threat and evokes a response we know as allergies.
There are typically multiple environmental factors and foods that contribute to allergies. Allergy symptoms are wide ranging and often include irritation in/on the:
- Stomach lining
Chances are, if you have allergies, you have a combination of these symptoms.
Even though symptomatically allergies manifest as written above, to get ahold of your allergies you need to address the root cause of the issue which is chronic inflammation and an overreaction of the immune system. Liver support and sometimes adrenal support is needed as well for optimal healing.
HOW TO GOODBYE TO YOUR ALLERGIES
Eat Anti-inflammatory foods
Excess inflammation triggers allergy symptoms and responses. Eating anti-inflammatory foods will reduce inflammation and provide nutrients your immune system needs to heal itself. Our body is made of nutrients and runs on nutrients. So what we put into our bodies matter!
Some foods to add in include:
- Green leafy vegetables
- Bone broth
- Raw honey
- Apple cider vinegar
AVOID INFLAMMATORY FOODS
Inflammatory foods feed inflammation and keep your immune system overreacting.
- Processed foods
- Refined foods
- Artificial ingredients
- Rancid oils
ADDRESS ANY FOOD INTOLERANCES
This can be tricky. If you suspect you have food intolerances working with a qualified practitioner may be necessary. However, you can start by trying an elimination diet. This diet is a short-term diet that has you avoid the most common allergen containing foods for 4-6 weeks. Then each week you can introduce one food/food group back in and see if your symptoms come back. If symptoms arise then it is best to avoid that food/food group.
Foods to avoid include:
- Added sugar
- Processed foods
- Hydrogenated oils
DISINFECT YOUR HOME
There are often mold, fungus, yeast, and other allergy triggers lurking about in our homes. You can make a DIY disinfecting spray that can replace any harsh cleaners you are using. This spray will sanitize your house and benefit your health.
In a 16oz bottle: 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water. Add 40 drops of lemon oil and 20 drops of tea tree oil. BOOM! You got yourself a allergy fighting powerhouse spray.
Remedies to help heal and manage allergy symptoms
- Raw honey
- Raw apple cider vinegar
- 1tsp with 1tsp lemon juice in water
- Quercetin is a compound that stabilizes the release of histamine. Histamine gets released when we consume an allergen and causes inflammation.
- Quercetin rich foods are: Onions, broccoli, cauliflower, green tea, and citrus fruits.
- Neti pot
- Stinging nettle
- Essential oils
- Can use topically by diluting it in coconut oil to relieve congestion.
- Take internally to help with asthma, respiratory issues, inflammation, yeast, and mold. 1 drop diluted in liquid of choice.
- Diffuse in air to help fight off allergy related pollutants like mold.
- Apply topically to chest and temples to improve sinus and chest congestion.
- Apply topically to chest and/or behind ears
- Diffuse to eliminate allergy triggers.
- Add 1-2 drops in water to help flush out toxins that can lead to an overreaction of the immune system.
- You can also use it to disinfect your household for a natural cleaner.
- Apply topically to chest or anywhere you have congestion
- Can be taken internally. 1-2 drops diluted in water can help lower inflammation and clear out mucus.
- Tea Tree
- Diffuse to kill mold, bacteria, and fungus in the house.
- Apply topically to hives or rashes. Can be diluted in coconut oil first.
Allergies can be the thing of the past when you take control of your health narrative and use food as your medicine.
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