Allergy symptoms are from abnormal reactions of your immune system to normal substances whether these substances are environmental such as pollen, dust, and mold, or whether these substances are foods you’ve eaten. A calm and happy immune system sees these factors and ignores them. An unhappy or already reactive immune system sees these as foreign invaders and literally goes to war against them by producing a chemical called histamine. It is the histamine that gives you the itchy, watery eyes, scratchy throat, headaches, rashes and everything else that makes you miserable. While an anti-histamine will stop this reaction by preventing your body from making histamine, my goal is to figure out why your immune system is over-reacting in the first place.
One of the main causes that I see of this over-reaction is the infamous “leaky gut” (Click HERE to read more about Leaky Gut). Approximately 80% of your immune system resides in the lining of your digestive tract. If you aren’t able to break down and process your food properly, your immune system sees it as another foreign invader and attacks. Now your immune system is spending all of its time “fighting” your food, making it over-reactive to other natural substances in the world.
Here are a few of my favorite things that help combat allergies:
1. 5 grams of L-glutamine a day- this is the amino acid that is a key component to healing “leaky gut”.
2. Herbal anti-histamines that help your body slow its over-reaction – Try drinking 2-4 cups of Nettle Tea a day
3. Raw Honey also helps calm your immune system down – a teaspoon, twice a day when you are having symptoms. A teaspoon once a day the rest of the year