Delight touch super foods and herbs for improved health and skincare
Hi to one and all,
Summer is here or at least it’s showed signs of it’s arrival……… paaarty!!!
But summertime is not a time for everyone to party, as it is the peak time for allergies for a lot of people.
Now the truth about allergies, this is yet another subject that can get me heated under the collar.
My viewpoint of western medicine is if you have a car accident, break a bone, need stitches a hospital can do an excellent job. Any other thing where you need a cure and not drugs, I will avoid the standard western medical system of drugs chemo and cutting people open.
Thank god I have good health and good enough knowledge to help and guide family and friends around me to find the right solutions to problems that have come up impeding their health.
It is estimated that at least 21 million adults in the uk suffer with at least one allergy, and that over 10 million suffer with upwards of two, at this rate what will we be like in another 10 or 20 years…… we can only wonder.
I used to think about 7 years back that people who had hay fever just had a weak immune system, until one summer I came down with it myself and had runny eyes and sneezed like a sick little boy for most the summer.
I was shocked as I had never suffered with this or had any previous allergy before. I now had joined the ranks of millions of allergy sufferers in the uk and I was not happy.
The very next year I mixed up plenty of various super foods and had herbs ready for hay fever season. I like to use super foods and herbs for general health anyway, but was extra ready to keep my immune system on full alert.
I have had friends and family members who have been prescribed medication and have had complications. They are always told that either it is a side effect or that they are allergic to the medicine.
Never ever is the drug at fault. We are told it is always you who is allergic to the medication or the fact that you have come out in a red rash is just a side effect.
My father used to have a cabinet full to the brim with all kinds of different medication with names that i won’t even attempt to pronounce, and when he first visited his doctor he started off with just one bottle of pills.
Someone and some people (i.e big pharma) is making a lot of money keeping us taking more medication and not less.
Has anyone ever read the insert on medication with all the possible many side effects, you may say wow the effects that you can get are worse that the complaint you are trying to rectify in the first place.
YOU WOULD BE RIGHT
Lets take chlorine, I think it is said that about 2% of people have an allergy to chlorine that will bring them up in a rash of some sort. However are the rest of us who do not come up in a rash, immune from chlorine? I would say not. . . . . allergies and immune-system diseases have doubled, tripled or even quadrupled.
I do not like my daughter to swim around in chlorine because of the later risk of getting ill. Because not everyone who comes into contact with something bad like chlorine will develop any visible signs of skin irritation straight off it could be months or years.
So the truth is, when your skin (and you) come into contact with a lot of things that can be harmful for you, there will be no immediate effect for most people.
Lets take cigarettes. I do not smoke but at school after doing a cross country run when I was 12 or 13, I was offered a pull of a cigarette over the park at dinner time. I took 2 pulls and coughed relentlessly for the next minute.
I was lucky because I had just done a high paced run and my first impression of smoking made sure I didn’t take up smoking daily. Had I not just done physical exercise, I may not of coughed so much and in turn taken up smoking.
Would the tobacco industry say that the reason I had coughed so much was because I had an allergy to tobacco? What about the people who later after 5, 10 or 20 years, develop throat cancer.
If you instantly have a reaction to something you may be lucky, in the sense you know straight off this is something you need to avoid, rather than have no immediate effect and then years later have a serious complaint that may not be easily reversed.
Now the way forward to avoid allergies is to avoid as many of the causes of allergies (and there are many). But if you do suffer with allergies already and look for a more natural route, here are a few things you can start with:
- Avoiding clothing made of synthetic fabrics, as they can produce an electric charge when rubbed that attracts and makes pollen stick to you. Better options include natural fibers like cotton.
- Exercising outdoors before dawn, in the late afternoon, and/or early evening, as pollen counts are at the lowest at these times. Intense exercise may be best done indoors, as your increased breathing rate could make you inhale more pollen.
- Wearing gloves and a mask when gardening. To filter pollen, wear a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)-rated 95 filter mask. Also avoid touching your eyes and when done be sure to take a shower and wash your clothes.
- Reducing your exposure to indoor allergens may also help reduce spring allergy symptoms.
To improve your indoor air quality regularly vacuum your home, including furniture, using a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner, leave shoes by the door to avoid trekking dirt through the house, and use a dehumidifier and/or a HEPA filter air purifier.
Try Natural Remedies
Nature provides allergy relief in a number of natural herbs and vitamins. You may want to consider:
- Hot peppers: Hot chilli peppers, horseradish, and hot mustards work as natural decongestants. In fact, a nasal spray containing capsaicin (derived from hot peppers) significantly reduced nasal allergy symptoms in a 2009 study.
- Quercetin: Quercetin is an antioxidant that belongs to a class of water-soluble plant substances called flavonoids.
Quercetin-rich foods (such as apples, berries, red grapes, red onions, capers and black tea) prevent histamine release — so they are “natural antihistamines.”
Quercetin is also available in supplement form — a typical dose for hay fever is between 200 and 400 milligrams (mg) per day.
- Butterbur (Petasites hybridus): Another natural antihistamine, butterbur was used to treat coughs and asthma as far back as the 17th century.
Researchers have since identified the compounds in butterbur that help reduce symptoms in asthma by inhibiting leukotrienes and histamines, which are responsible for symptom aggravation in asthma.
In a German study, 40 percent of patients taking butterbur root extract were able to reduce their intake of traditional asthma medications.6 A word of caution is needed, however.
Butterbur is a member of the ragweed family, so if you are allergic to ragweed, marigold, daisy, or chrysanthemum, you should not use butterbur.
Also, the raw herb should not be used because it contains substances called pyrrolizidine alkaloids that can be toxic to your liver and kidneys and may cause cancer. Commercial butterbur products have had a lot of these alkaloids removed.
- Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis): Goldenseal may be helpful for seasonal allergies. Laboratory studies suggest that berberine, the active ingredient in goldenseal, has antibacterial and immune-enhancing properties.
- Eucalyptus oil: This pure essential oil can be healing to mucus membranes. You can apply a drop on a cotton ball and sniff it several times a day, add a few drops to water (or to a nebulizer, if you own one) for a steam treatment, or use a few drops in your bath water.
- Vitamin C: Vitamin C is another natural antihistamine. Naturopathic doctor Dr. Doni Wilson told the Huffington Post, “ … you need to take 500 to 1,000 mg., three times a day to reduce symptoms.”7
- GREEN Tea: If you have cedar pollen allergies, you should know about a type of slightly fermented, organic Japanese green tea called “Benifuuki.”
The tea has been shown to strongly inhibit mast cell activation and histamine release, as well as relieve symptoms of runny nose and eye itching in people with cedar pollen allergy.
Using a neti pot (a small, teapot-like pot) is a simple technique to safely cleanse your sinuses of irritants, including allergens. It involves pouring water into one nostril and allowing it to flow out the other.
Be sure to avoid using tap water, as it could potentially be contaminated with brain-eating amoeba or other contaminants. Only use water that is distilled, sterilized, previously boiled or filtered using a filter with an absolute pore size of 1 micron or smaller.
Homeopathic solutions contain miniscule doses of plants, minerals, animal products, or other compounds that cause symptoms similar to what you are already experiencing.
The remedies have been diluted many times over, and the idea is that the substance will stimulate your body’s own healing process. While research on homeopathy is limited, anecdotally many have found relief from allergy symptoms using homeopathic remedies.
Diet, Exercise and Stress Relief
Many people aren’t aware that lifestyle habits may influence your allergy symptoms,”healing and sealing” your gut has been shown to help alleviate allergy symptoms, and the key to this is eliminating inflammatory foods like grains and processed foods and introducing healthier foods, including fermented foods, that will support a proper balance of bacteria in your gut.
Eating a wholesome diet based on unprocessed, ideally organic and/or locally grown foods, including fermented foods, along with optimizing your vitamin D levels and correcting your omega 3 to omega-6 ratio, will form the foundation upon which your immune system can function in an optimal manner.
Interestingly, while we’re on the topic of diet, if you have tree pollen allergies, you should avoid avocados when the trees are pollinating to avoid exacerbating your symptoms. In the Huffington Post, Mike Tringale, senior vice president of External Affairs for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), further explained the importance of a healthy lifestyle for fighting allergies:
“An allergic disorder means you have a chronic disease of your immune system … Exercise can bolster your immune system, which means it can be a helpful strategy when you’re fighting your allergies. Immunotherapy [like allergy shots] increase your tolerance to a trigger, but your body will still produce antibodies to those allergens.”
When you’re healthy, your body will be able to tolerate more of the trigger before a reaction occurs. Even stress relief is important, aschronic stress weakens your immune system. Research shows that people with persistent emotional stress have more frequent allergy flare-ups, so be sure you’re tending to your emotional health.
So that’s as the american’s say “my truth on allergies” and I will point out since about 7 years back I haven’t had another hay fever outbreak happen (apart from once or twice while cutting the lawn) I have had a slight tickly nose.
So till next time, look after yourselves, your skin, your beauty, your life’s