My health history included seasonal allergies. When I was younger, nutritionally depleted and stressed, you would find me googly eyed, kleenex box in hand from August 15th until the first freeze in October.
I will admit that I did try drugs for my ragweed allergy or hayfever as it’s often called.
Everyone else popped those over the counter antihistamines and decongestants why shouldn’t I?
I may have stopped sneezing while on them, yet I felt like they dried up every mucousal membrance in my body.
Take dry mouth and multiply it times 100.
This effected my nose, my eyes, my mouth, my lungs, and my vaginal track.
I’d feel drowsy or wired. One or the other. Never somewhere nice in between.
It made my heart feel racey.
Once the stuff wore off I’d be a sneezing watery eyed monster again ready for my next fix.
This didn’t seem to get to the root of the problem.
What do you think?
Below is commentary I found in my files, I can’t say who wrote this, I’d assume it was my mentor and nutritionist Barbara Lagoni, but for this particular parcel of information I can’t be sure.
It’s good stuff, worth sharing. Thank you someone….
By the by…when I improved my nutrition. My seasonal allergies disappeared.
Causes of Allergies and/ or Sinus Congestion
Weakened immune system. Allergies are not the norm.They are an inappropriate response of the immune system. The immune system completely overreacts to normal stimuli: cats, dogs, pollen, grass, blooming everything. Exposure to toxins, nutritional deficiencies, poorly functioning digestive system, incomplete digestion and candida overgrowth ALL play a role in allergies and/ or sinus congestion
Side Effects of Allergy Medications
difficulty in school
altered taste and smell
bitter taste in mouth
loss of libido
infertility in woman
increased blood pressure
increased heart rate
worsening of prostate enlargement
severe mood swings and depression
Factors that Weaken the Immune System
Stress; emotional or physical
Lack of Rest – less than 8 hours
Exposure to Toxins
Nutritional Deficiencies – specifically C, B and Zinc
Factors that Strengthen the Immune System
Healthy diet – 50% vegetables, fish and poultry, and as little sugar, wheat and baked goods as possible
If you aren’t quite at the point of 6 – 9 servings of vegetables a day, consider supplementing them
Herbal Products that Boost the Immune System
perhaps a kava free stress relief product , if stress is a contributor
Natural Action Steps
Take a two prong approach to strengthening your immune system; improve your diet, realize that this is a process, add high quality nutritional supplements to provide immediate nutrition for your immune cells.
Try natural herbal products instead of drugs
Consider Air Purification
If your allergies flare…many allergy sufferers report very good results with a saturation or therapeutic dose of Vitamin C, Natural Interferon, Zinc, Garlic and Echinacea
ragweed is upon us flickr image credit