An allergy is classified as the aggressive response or attack of the immune system, to an outside irritant that the immune system considers a threat. We all suffer from some form of allergy, whether to food, air, pollen, bugs, pollution or a combination – with effects ranging from mild to life-threatening.
One strain of research has shown that increasingly, the mircobiome, or your body’s friendly bacteria, is getting wiped out and therefore rendering us at the mercy of unfriendly bacteria. The “Hygiene Hypthosesis” postulates that ultra-clean environments increase allergies due to lack of exposure to bacteria and allergens in early life.
I Say Organic looks at some home remedies and suggestions, with the caveat that you adapt or pick the ones most suited to you.
Get dirty! Or at least, less clean. Very simply put, this means let kids play in dirt. Or stop over-sanitizing your hands. Sit in a garden for a short while every day or at least once a week. Let the bacteria do their work.
Clean your house and AC filters. Or get in a crew who will vacuum carpets, mattresses, curtains, etc. regularly, especially during peak pollen season.
Lower your usage of antibiotics. The advice of your doctor is always best – especially if you are prescribed antibiotics for a serious illness. But for colds, sore throat, stomach upsets and other common complaints – try to go natural. Eat healthier, look into Ayurveda, fast, steam, drink hot liquids, use Neti pots, saline nasal sprays and try natural remedies first.
Check on your Vitamin D levels. A pandemic is sweeping tropical India – where people are being diagnosed with low Vitamin D levels. We’ve avoided the sun so much that it’s now hurting us. Get 10-15 minutes of early morning sunlight. Eat foods rich in calcium and Vitamin D.
Use probiotics. Fermented foods like yoghurt and idlis have healthy probiotics that are far better than supplements. Eat them regularly and your gut will thank you.
Hydrate and try nutritional healing. Drink lots of water. Eat green leafy veggies, deep yellow and orange veggies like zucchini or pumpkin as well as cabbage, beets and carrots for allergies. Onions, garlic and ginger are also great for colds.
Try natural oils and emollients for skin allergies. Coconut oil, olive oil, apricot oil and almond oil can be very soothing.
Experiment with herbal teas like green, peppermint and chamomile. Green tea in particular contains active antihistamines and therefore is an excellent aid for watery eyes, sneezing and coughs.
Look into natural beauty aids. Experiment with organic make up, besan instead of soaps and oils instead of moisturisers.