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Jane’s Blog Allergies

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Allergies are an overreaction of the immune system’s natural response to help fight infection. The trick is to get ahead of the allergy reaction and cut it off at the pass.

Allergic reactions can trigger sneezing, wheezing, mucus, coughing, itching and hives. Allergies are not only irritating, but many have been linked to chronic respiratory problems such as sinusitis and asthma. Allergic reactions can range from mild and annoying to sudden and life-threatening.

Mast cells are a type of white blood cell which contains histamine, an important natural chemical weapon in the body's arsenal for fighting infection. However too much histamine increases the inflammatory symptoms associated with allergies.

Healthy adrenal function is very important for mediating the histamine release and inflammatory reactions that produce the symptoms experienced with allergies.

 Every day a variety of stressors signal our adrenal glands to produce stress hormones. A wide range of physical and psychological demands like a stressful job, family responsibilities, relationship dynamics, lack of sleep, financial concerns, pain and emotional distress trigger our adrenals.

According to the findings in the 2014 April issue of the “Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology” people with seasonal allergies who had high levels of stress suffer more severe symptoms.

Stress appears to trigger symptom flare-ups. Dr. Amber Patterson, of Ohio State University states, "Symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose and watery eyes can cause added stress for allergy sufferers and may even be the root of stress for some. While alleviating stress won't cure allergies, it may help decrease episodes of intense symptoms."

One of the best things you can do is to reduce your stress factors as much as possible. Don’t take on extras that you don’t absolutely need to do. Get to bed earlier. Sleep is very important for adrenal rejuvenation. Start toning down the amount of caffeine you consume. It may jack you up for the moment, but will burn out you adrenals faster in the long run. Eat a balanced diet of protein and carbohydrates and no skipping meals. Hypoglycemia only aggravates the problem of adrenal fatigue.

The Mayo Clinic states Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a hormone that your body naturally produces in the adrenal gland. DHEA helps produce other hormones, including testosterone and estrogen. Natural DHEA levels peak in early adulthood and then slowly fall as you age, which can effect allergic response.

Allergies may be caused by an overproduction of Th2 cells—immune cells responsible for destroying foreign pathogens—in response to an allergen. Overproduction of Th2 may generate immunoglobin E (IgE) antibodies against harmless foods or other environmental materials. IgE in turn signals allergic mediators like histamine, prostaglandins, and leukotrienes to be released, leading to the symptoms associated with an allergic reaction.

Double-blind, placebo-controlled human studies provided evidence to support DHEA exerts an immunomodulatory action, increasing the number of monocytes, T cells expressing T-cell receptor gamma/delta (TCRγδ) and natural killer (NK) cells. DHEA/DHEAS appear protective in asthma and allergy. It attenuates T helper 2 allergic inflammation and reduces eosinophilia and airway hyperreactivity. Low levels of DHEAS accompany adrenal suppression.  

Studies reported by the NIH show DHEA is able to reverse cytokine imbalances associated with asthma, may prevent and attenuate allergic inflammation in airways, and does not possess the undesirable side effects of glucocorticoids; therefore, it may be potentially applied in the treatment of asthma. The steroid-sparing effect observed with DHEA clinically could appear especially favorable in asthmatic patients receiving oral treatment and those inhaling high doses of glucocorticoids. In addition, DHEA and its analogs might prove useful in reversing relative glucocorticoids insensitivity in patients with corticosteroid-resistant asthma. 

Beneficial Supplements for Allergies:

Twist 25 DHEA cream (Health 2 Go) For adults Twist 25 cream is top quality DHEA cream, made with select pharmaceutical grade ingredients in a carefully engineered coconut oil cream base. The formulation of Twist 25 is the result of more than twenty years of testing and refinement. Medical research shows that most DHEA metabolism occurs in the skin.* Twist 25 is a bioidentical DHEA cream that is absorbed into the skin. “Bioidentical” means that the DHEA in Twist 25 is the same molecular structure as is produced in humans.

Quercetin (Solaray) is a bioflavanoid found in ability to stabilize mast cells, which release histamine and other inflammatory signals. It is also a potent antioxidant that is said to help reduce inflammation. It is best used as a long term remedy and many people start taking it about 3 weeks before allergy season to help prevent allergy symptoms.

Stinging Nettle is a natural antihistamine, which means it naturally reduces the body’s ability to over produce histamine. It is often used in combination with other herbs for allergy relief.

Allergy Support Plus (Health Products Distributors) This formula combines anti-allergy nutrients such as Vitamin C, VinCare® Grape Extract, Nettle Leaf Extract, Bromelain, and Turmeric extract (>95% curcuminoids), plus synergistic nutrients. Take as directed on label.

Butterbur (Solaray) is a flowering herb European clinical studies have demonstrated that can be as effective as the leading allergy drugs Zyrtec® and Allegra®. Best of all it is free of the debilitating side effects of traditional antihistamines used to treat allergies, including palpitations, severe drowsiness, and fatigue. Research show rosmarinic found in Butterbur normalizes the inflammation and immune response that accompany allergic reactions.

Adrenal Cytotrophin (Enzyme Process) a glandular formula which is pure nutrition for the adrenals 1 Tablet 2x day.

Xlear Sinus Nasal spray (Xlear) washed out allergens from the sinuses & rehydrates the tissues so they don’t get overly dried out. To prevent sinus infections alternate with a Colloidal Silver nasal spray.

Calm Breath (Herb Pharm) & or Ivy Extract (Natures Way) are herbal formulas that help to keep the bronchial airways open. They are particularly beneficial for those with asthma or COPD.

Lung Bronchial Sinus Formula (Natural Factors) is an expectorant which also helps to prevent & decrease mucus production in the sinuses and lungs.

Dietary Changes: Decrease mucus producing foods such as dairy (including yogurt & cheese), soy products, and wheat. Try to eat more greens as they are natural detoxifiers. Also drink lots of water.

Telephone and in-office appointments are available at the Tree of Life Wellness Center Seekonk MA 02771 508-336-4242

 Jane Jansen  Holistic Practitioner Tree of Life Wellness Center Inc.

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