There are many symptoms that show up when an allergy attack is occurring ranging from sneezes, coughing, itchy rashes, and swellings to name a few. These reactions show that the immune system is overreacting and fighting off an intruder which causes the body to release an excess of histamine, an inhibitory neurotransmitter which causes the familiar sensations known as allergies.
Allergies: Common Causes
There are so many things that cause allergic reactions the common ones are shellfish, pollen, pets, nuts, cheese, wine, beer, and dust so once you know and identify the allergen you can minimize and even prevent the attack.
The frequency of allergic reactions vary widely from person to person. There are factors that contribute to weakening the immune system, and if avoided can help minimize the intensity of the attack; these are alcohol, sugar, tobacco, and refined foods.
Detoxify: Eating right helps
When the body has registered a toxin, any kind of food that encourages detoxification will help remove the allergen. The best of this lot are foods high in water content. Vegetables and fruits are the most effective, as is water. You can juice the vegetables for maximum effect.
A water soluble plant pigment bioflavonoid acts as a natural antihistamine called Quercetin. Foods that are rich in this amazing substance are onions, apples and black tea, leafy greens and beans are secondary sources of this useful bioflavonoid. Vitamin C is another natural antihistamine. Ironically pharmaceutical antihistamines usually prescribed as allergy relief use up the body’s reserves of vitamin C.
Vitamin C also acts as an anti inflammatory this is why food sources are indeed much more effective not only as a relief but a good supply of much needed vitamins that build the immune system.
Aloe Vera also discourages the release of excessive histamines.
Helpful Foods & Nutrients
- Leafy greens
- Citrus fruits
- Wheat grass/Barley grass
- Flaxseed Oil
- Vitamin B1
- Vitamin B6
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