Are you struggling with allergies and have tried all kinds of things to try to cure yourself of them? Are you tired of pharmaceutical drugs? Do you suffer from all kinds other side affects that come from either the drugs or because of the allergies?
There is hope!
Just because allergies is a history does not mean it has to be a future.
There is a cure!
Just because what you tried in the past does not mean that there is nothing that will work.
What is an Allergy?
According to The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), “An allergy is when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance, called an allergen. It could be something you eat, inhale into your lungs, inject into your body or touch. This reaction could cause coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, a runny nose and a scratchy throat. In severe cases, it can cause rashes, hives, low blood pressure, breathing trouble, asthma attacks and even death” (The Asthma and Allergy Foundation, n.d.).
What Cause Allergies?
Some people experience seasonal allergies, while others experience more long term or consistent allergy symptoms. Dr. Axe, a naturopathic doctor, created a list of common causes for allergies, while still maintaining that it is not always easy to pinpoint the cause.
Here are some of the common contributors for allergy symptoms:
- Pollen from trees, plants, and grass
- Dust, including the kinds found around your home
- Certain foods, especially those known to cause the most food allergies, including gluten, dairy, tree nuts (especially peanuts), eggs, soy, and shellfish
- Insect bites and stings
- Animal fur and dander
- Certain medications such as antibiotics
- Latex, such as the kind used to make latex gloves or condoms
Allergy Symptom List
There is a seemingly endless list of allergy symptoms, but American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology has created this list of common symptoms:
- Runny/Stuffy nose
- Wheezing/Shortness of breath
- Excess mucus
- Watery/Itchy eyes
- Itchy Throat
Eliminating Food Allergies
If your doctor suspects your allergies are food related, you may be advised to go on an elimination diet for two to four weeks to help identify what foods that are causing your allergy symptoms.
An elimination diet will eliminate some of the most problematic foods associated with allergies, and then slowly reintroduce them to pinpoint the cause of the allergy.
Here is a list of foods from Food Allergy research and Education that your doctor will likely eliminate if you are experiencing symptoms of a food allergy:
- Refined/added sugar
- Eggs, in some cases
- Usually all packaged, processed, or fast foods
The first step to eliminating allergies is eating right.
For a lot of us, lunch happens on the go, or is eaten without too much thought. With our busy lives, planning and preparing lunches is going to be a challenge on an allergy-free diet, but
It’s worth it to take the time to prepare for your day to maintain your energy levels so that you stay on track with making the right choices.