The following article gives information about allergies and some insight into how allergies can be controlled.
It is possible that allergic reactions can be overcome and the body educated into changing this allergic phenomena.
What are allergies, is there relief and treatment?
An Allergy is your immune system's abnormal reaction to contact with a specific substance. It's your body's reaction and the chemicals it releases, that cause the sneezing, rash, or irritation etc.
It is not the foreign substance or organism itself that causes this but your body's own immune system overreacting. Usually this is an overreaction to histamine, a chemical that the body releases to fight microbial invaders.
Hay fever season
One of the most common allergies is to pollen - Hay fever. But many people react to many different everyday substances. The reactions include sneezing, runny nose, wheezing, swelling or puffiness around the eyes, skin rash, hives, asthma or headaches.
Common "solutions" don't work very often
The conventional handling of allergies is by taking decongestants and antihistamines. Decongestants open clogged nasal passages and have a drying action. Antihistamines suppress the body's release of histamine.
But both of these are handling only the symptoms of the allergies, not addressing the cause, which is a confused immune system. And both have side affects: Decongestants can cause insomnia and raise blood pressure, Antihistamines may cause drowsiness.
Your diet and quality nutrition is an important factor
Another important factor to allergies is malnutrition. If your diet is lacking basic and vital nutrients you are more susceptible to allergies. Persons suffering from allergies have been found to be woefully deficient in every body requirement except carbohydrates, and when the missing nutrients are supplied, the allergies often disappear.
A healthy cell can prevent harmful substances from entering them. A lack of almost any nutrient, however, increases cell permeability, so valuable nutrients can leak from the cells and toxic material passes into them. Ensure a well balanced diet is followed, high in raw and unprocessed foods, fresh fruit and vegetables especially those high in vitamin C.
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