Whether you live in California, Texas or anywhere in between, allergy season is beginning! Those on the East or North are still under snow (one benefit!) and are not in allergy season yet. Many people in Texas have “Cedar” allergies and soon “Oak” allergies. The common medical approach is the use of antihistamine’s. Canada reported in 1994 that three commonly used antihistamine’s could spur cancer growth. These drugs were Claritin (Loratadine), Hismanal (astemizole) and Atarax. Researchers suggested a warning label on the drugs but U.S. officials refused.
Some research suggests that modern hygiene has lead to higher levels of allergies. Not being exposed to “dirt” growing up has not “tuned up” the immune system. I’m sure many of you remember playing in dirt, building forts and my favorite, dirt clod wars! Another theory is many of us live near busy highways and our exposure to exhaust has increased our sensitivity to allergens. A study at Louisiana State University Medical Center found that 18% of patients with allergic rhinitis or asthma experienced exacerbation’s of their symptoms when they used their auto air conditioners. The other connection is food allergies. One study attempted to rank the frequency with which specific foods could trigger nasal symptoms.
The most common triggers were:
2. Wheat and Milk
6.The Cabbage family
7. Corn and Apples
9. Pork and Onions
10. Peas and Beans and
11. coffee, Tea and cola.
Chocolate was by far the most common trigger!! (sorry ladies)
So let’s look at nutrients that can help minimize allergic responses.
1. Carotenoids – fat soluble antioxidants found in colorful fruits and vegetables. Consumption of a diet high in fruits, vegetables and nuts offers protection against the development of allergic conditions by 66%!
2. Vitamin C and Flavonoids – Flavonoids are the “water soluble” family of antioxidants. Supplementation with 2,000mg of Vitamin C for two days has been shown to decrease responsiveness to inhaled histamine. In another study, 88% of hay fever sufferers reported improvement after supplementing with Vitamin C. The doses used were in the 500mg range spread throughout the day. Flavonoids help you utilize Vitamin C and the sooner you start before allergy season hits the better the results. Always use a Vitamin C from a food source that contains Flavonoids.
3. Zinc- Zinc deficiency has been found in patients suffering with both allergic asthma and allergic rhinitis. The deficiency was more severe in the asthma cases. Zinc supplementation has been shown to greatly reduce the likelihood of Vitamin A deficiency.
4. Vitamin A – Over the many years I have worked with clients and allergies Vitamin A has shown to decrease symptoms. I could be because it enhances the health of the mucous membranes by promoting mucous secretion and ciliary action to prevent contact by the allergen to the cells which release the inflammatory compounds.
5. Adrenal Support- Many of the nutrients mentioned here support adrenal function. Dr. John Tintera, M.D. wrote “I’m an endocrinologist. In more than twenty years of a busy practice with thousands of patients, I’ve yet to work with an allergic person whose troubles weren’t basically due to his poorly functioning adrenals, or who wasn’t relieved of all his allergic woes when his adrenals were put into proper working order.”
When I was going to school we all had to pick a year end project with a group of people. One of the students picked Adrenal Exhaustion. The goal was 1 healthy adrenal person, 1 exhausted adrenal person and 1 control, she tested 10 people and could not find ONE healthy adrenal person! Our fast paced lives, poor food choices, too much coffee, lack of sleep and stress have left us as a society with exhausted adrenals.
Many of these vitamins can be found in a high quality whole food supplement. Everyone should be on a foundational program and when allergy season is around the corner you can increase the Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Zinc to higher levels. It’s important to use a water miscible Vitamin A for higher absorption, Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids and Chelated Zinc for the best results!
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