An allergy is an inappropriate response by the body¡¯s immune system to a substance that is not normally harmful. In this instance, the immune system mistakenly identifies a nontoxix substance as an invader and trigger an overreaction from the white blood cells, creating more damage to the body than the invader.
The release of excessive amounts of Histamine from the Mast Cells due to the body's defense against Antigens is responsible for most of the symptoms of Allergies.
Typical allergic reactions are nasal congestion, coughing, wheezing, itching, shortness of breath, headache, fatigue, hives and other skin rashes.
Substances that could trigger an allergic reaction include:
1. Molds: in the damp environment and even molds that help to make cheese.
2. Foods: chocolate, dairy products, eggs, shellfish, strawberries, wheat and sugars.
3. Chemicals: those artificial substances used in the food processing, packaging, preservation and taste-enhancement might trigger allergic responses.
For people with asthma, allergies can be life-threatening.
Nutrients that help to alleviate allergic problem:
1. Acidophilus: for intestinal health, boost immune system and reduce infection
2. Multivitamin and Mineral complex: needed for stronger immune system
3. Vitamin B Complex: for proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients and nerve function
4. Digestive Enzymes: for improved digestion
5. Coenzyme Q10: for cellular oxygenation and immune function
6. Grape seed extract: to prevent free radical damage
7. MSM: anti-allergen (better than antihistamines)
8. Glucosamine sulfate: to regulate the mucous secretions of respiratory system
9. L-Cysteine and L-tyrosine: to promote healing from respiratory disorders
1. Consider Organically-Certified Foods and Products. Avoid foods that contain artificial colorings and food additives. Read food labels carefully.
2. Food rotation: eat a entirely different group of foods per day for 4 days to ascertain food allergy. Eat a variety of foods each day is a good practice even for healthy ones.
3. Follow a fasting program then add in the foods one by one to find the problematic food(s)
4. Foods to avoid: bananas, beef products, caffeine, chocolate, citrus fruits, corn, dairy products, eggs, shrimps, shellfish, oats, oysters, peanuts, processed and refined foods, salmon, strawberries, tomatoes, wheat, and white rice.
5. Keep rooms free from dust (good quality air cleaner recommended)
6. Dehumidifier might be require should the air is too damp
7. Do not smoke
8. Deep breathing and aerobic exercises might be helpful to strengthen the respiratory system and build up the lung¡¯s capacity and also improve the immune system function.