Itchy skin & watery eyes? You could have allergies!
Aug 10, 2015
An allergy is an abnormal reaction to something in your environment or to a food you eat. Triggers are called allergens.
The allergens in food are somewhat of a mystery to medical science. It is largely unknown why some food proteins are more allergenic than others.
Allergies are labeled, identified, and classified by how, and to what degree, the body’s cells react to specific allergens. They are further divided based on how soon the body responds to the allergen, either a quick or a delayed response. An example of the delayed type of allergic reaction can be seen in contact with poison ivy. After exposure, it normally takes a day or two for a rash to appear.
Rashes are a common symptom of allergic reactions. Other symptoms include watery, swollen eyes, lung or nasal congestion, itching, fever, and even vomiting. For some people, allergic reactions can be fatal.
Since the immune system identifies everything that enters the body as either friend or foe, nutritional support for the immune system is important.
Incorporate the following ingredients into your nutritional program:
Vitamin A: Essential for the immune system.
Vitamin C: Essential for the proper functioning of the immune system and for antioxidant protection of white blood cells.
Pantothenic Acid: This nutrient helps to nourish the adrenal glands, which are tied directly to the proper functioning of the immune system.
Zinc: Necessary for proper immune system function.
Manganese: Helps certain white blood cells carry out the process of phagocytosis, the ingestion and destruction of toxins or other invaders.
NAC (N-Acetyl Cysteine): For detoxification.
Dandelion Root: Wonderful for the liver, which helps in the detoxification process.
Stinging Nettle Leaf: Traditionally used by herbalists for hay fever.
Try adding the above nutrients to your regimen and let us know how helpful they are for you.
- Michael Schwartz, N.M.D.