Histamine Detox

Allergies are caused by a hypersensitive reaction to substances which are ordinarily harmless to others. These substances that make you overreact are known as allergens. There are a variety of allergens, namely pollen, pet dander, dust, house mites and a lot more. Allergies can be seasonal and chronic (all-year round). Most of the time doctors do two things when it comes to patients with allergies, one is to prescribe anti-histamine, and two, they tell you to stay away from allergens. But there are other ways to treat your allergies and one is through the use of natural remedies. Natural remedies can include a change in your diet, habit and utilization of herbs.

Natural remedies for allergies:
Nettle has natural antihistamine which suppresses the histamine produced by your body to induced swelling and a flare-up response by hindering or reducing the binding histamine receptors of your immune system. You may find this at health food stores. Another herb that works well with allergies is Gingko Biloba. Gingko Biloba has "ginkogolides". Gingko biloba is popularly known to fight viruses, bacteria and prevents or slows down the progression of Alzheimer disease but these are bonuses. Include in your diet foods that are rich in Quercetin. Quercetin is the color that gives grapes, green tea and pineapple their colorful shade. It stops your body from releasing histamine when it comes in contact with your allergens. The best sources of Quercetin are found in whole raw foods but you can also purchase Quercetin capsules at a health food store. Do not take this capsule if you are already taking Nettle because nestle has Quercetin. Increase the amount of Omega-3 in your diet. It counteracts your body's inflammatory reaction to your allergens. Omega-3 can be found in salmon and flaxseed. Honey. Honey has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. It is also an allergen to some people; some experts believe that if you slowly introduce your allergen into your body then your body will become immune to it. Simply take one teaspoon of raw, organic, unheated honey. Farmers markets usually carry the highest quality of honey.Probiotics. Probiotics provide good bacteria to your digestive system. Several naturopathic doctors say that the health of your digestive system is directly associated to the health of your immune system. Look for probiotic capsules in the refrigerated section at your local health food store. Remember to refrigerate your probiotics as soon as possible.
After being outdoors during allergy season, be sure to take a hot shower right away, to wash away an allergens that may have been obtained and also to wash the clothes you just wore right away. To be properly diagnosed for what allergies you are allergic to, please consult with a naturopathic doctor. They do much more extensive allergy testing compared to regular western doctors. Once you have found out what your allergens are then your naturopathic doctor can provide you with safe, natural and effective treatments without the use of drugs.

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Histamine Detox Diet

Healing an Allergic Population

The rise in allergy complaints is on the increase, but the extent comes as a quite a surprise. In recent information produced by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, 54.6% of U.S citizens test positive to one or more allergens. So the question is how can you easily identify your allergies and overcome the problems they produce?

IgE vs IgG Allergy Responses

Occasionally you might come in contact with a substance that your body tells you it doesn't like. How does it tell you that this particular food, airborne allergen, grass or other source does not agree with you? Answer- It produces IgE antibodies which cause an inflammatory chemical, known as histamine, to be released. This then produces an allergy such as a skin problem, asthma, runny nose or even a life-threatening anaphylaxsis response.

An IgE response is one that occurs almost immediately or within 4 hours after contact or ingestion. Because the effect is rapid, you are usually aware of the negative response. But then there are the other types of not so obvious bodily responses that may occur many hours or days after coming in contact with the allergen.

These IgG responses can produce ongoing low grade symptoms and are subsequently often consumed in the diet on a regular basis. They are often labeled more as food intolerances rather than actual allergens, however there accumulative and delayed response in conditions such as eczema, cannot be ignored.

Skin prick testing is another means of testing for a response to an allergen. This particular test is rarely considered suitable for young children, and unfortunately research reveals a great variability in the results (according to who is the supplier of the kit).

What is the easiest and most reliable way of testing and treating and allergy response?

Whilst very accurate testing for IgE antibodies can be performed using the Immunocap system, the problem with all IgE antibody testing is the limited amount of foods and other allergens that can be tested at once, not to mention the associated expense. Skin prick testing is traumatic and similarly not 100% accurate. And then there are the other symptoms such as aggressive behavior, abdominal pain, bowel irregularities or learning disorders that are often believed to be related to a poor reaction to a certain food, but are not picked up on any of the tests.

So is there a way of working out what foods are causing harm, whilst reducing the allergy response, and without any traumatic testing?

The answer is yes.

Challenge diets have been used effectively by nutritionists, naturopaths and some doctors for many years to help relieve symptoms and work out which foods do not agree with their patients. Quite simply, certain foods are taken out of the diet for a given period of time (the time needed to diminish the harmful antibodies) and are later re-introduced using a specific program, that will highlight and help identify what the real problem foods are. Mums and dads are often amazed how their children's disruptive behavior problems diminish, how sleep improves, bowels become regular etc. In adults some notably changes might be diminishing headaches and other pain, no more post nasal drip and sinus problems or energy levels increasing.

Known as a Low Reactive, Elimination or Challenge diet, this process is inexpensive, enlightening and healing. For the novice or busy person, finding alternative food sources and nourishing recipes that will actually get eaten on such a diet, can be a challenge however. Fortunately a new book has been written to help overcome these issues. It contains shopping guides, gluten, dairy free, low salicylate recipes as well as eating plans, a symptom diary and in depth (but easy to understand) information about why the body can react to some foods plus how to re-balance the immune system.

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