Allergies – How to Run Past the Sniffles

sick-child-sneezingCoughing, sneezing, watery eyes and difficulty breathing can be quite a hurdle when you want to enjoy time outside. In the US alone there are over 35-40 million people suffering from allergies. Seasonal allergies include – a reaction to pollen, dust mites, feathers, and animal dander. These reactions can occur throughout the year but generally are seen in the spring and fall seasons.

The immune system, the body’s natural defense, recognizes threats and eliminates intruders to the body. Sometimes the body treats something safe as a foreign invader, thus triggering an allergic response. The immune response is helpful when the invader is a bacteria or a virus but not very useful when the substance is harmless.

The nervous system is in charge of everything in the body including the immune system. When the nervous system is under stress, one of the effects is an over active immune system. Simply put – mild to moderate allergies may get significantly worse. A doctor of chiropractic knows how to gently adjust the nervous system thereby removing stress and enhancing proper function. Chiropractic is not a treatment for allergies, but chiropractic is a safe and effective means of improving health and improving immune system response.

As a compliment to chiropractic care there are natural foods and supplements that can help with allergies.  For more natural health tips visit www.mercola.com

Raw honey: Raw honey contains pollen in small amounts and if used regularly the body may develop immunity to the spores, reducing allergic reactions.  Note this is not for infants and small children as their immune systems are not developed enough.

Omega 3 fish oil: Omega 3 fish oil has been shown to reduce inflammation in the body.  Children who ate fish on the regular basis before 1 year of age, fish contain omega 3 oil, had fewer allergies by age 4.

Butterbur: Butterbur is a natural antihistamine.  In comparison studies, Butterbur was shown to be as effective as zyrtec.

Vitamin D:  Vitamin D is essential for a healthy immune system.  Deficiency of vitamin D has been linked to allergies and asthma.

Probiotics:  Probiotics or “good “bacteria are fantastic for improving allergy responses.   Infants who are given probiotics have been shown to have fewer allergic reactions.

 

Platinum Chiropractic 

Serving the greater Grand Rapids area; Standale, Walker, Wyoming, and Grandville

Grand Rapids, MI 49534

616-419-4996

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