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Say No To Allergy Medications

Posted Mar 04 2009 2:09pm

My health history included seasonal allergies. When I was younger, nutritionally depleted and stressed, you would find me googly eyed, kleenex box in hand from August 15th until the first freeze in October.

I will admit that I did try drugs for my ragweed allergy or hayfever as it's often called.

Everyone else popped those over the counter antihistamines and decongestants why shouldn't I?

I may have stopped sneezing while on them, yet I felt like they dried up every mucousal membrance in my body.

Take dry mouth and multiply it times 100.

This effected my nose, my eyes, my mouth, my lungs, and my vaginal track.

I'd feel drowsy or wired. One or the other. Never somewhere nice in between.

It made my heart feel racey.

Once the stuff wore off I'd be a sneezing watery eyed monster again ready for my next fix.

This didn't seem to get to the root of the problem.

What do you think?

Below is commentary I found in my files, I can't say who wrote this, I'd assume it was my mentor and nutritionist Barbara Lagoni, but for this particular parcel of information I can't be sure.

It's good stuff, worth sharing. Thank you someone....

By the by...when I improved my nutrition. My seasonal allergies disappeared.

Causes of Allergies and/ or Sinus Congestion

Weakened immune system. Allergies are not the norm.They are an inappropriate response of the immune system. The immune system completely overreacts to normal stimuli: cats, dogs, pollen, grass, blooming everything.  Exposure to toxins, nutritional deficiencies, poorly functioning digestive system, incomplete digestion and candida overgrowth ALL play a role in allergies and/ or sinus congestion

Side Effects of Allergy Medications

drowsiness
cognitive impairment
sluggish thinking
difficulty in school
difficulty driving
depression
anxiety
heart palpatations
insomnia
altered taste and smell
bitter taste in mouth
dry mouth
headache
nausea
sore throat
loss of libido
increased appetite
infertility in woman
suppressed growth
cataracts
osteoporosis
diabetes
crusting
nosebleeds
light headedness
increased blood pressure
increased heart rate
worsening of prostate enlargement
blurred vision
muscle weakness
dizziness
liver damage
severe mood swings and depression

Factors that Weaken the Immune System

Stress; emotional or physical
Sugar
Alcohol
Poor Diet
Lack of Rest - less than 8 hours
Genetics
Aging
Exposure to Toxins
Nutritional Deficiencies - specifically C, B and Zinc
 
Factors that Strengthen the Immune System

Healthy diet - 50% vegetables, fish and poultry, and as little sugar, wheat and baked goods as possible

If you aren't quite at the point of 6 - 9 servings of vegetables a day, consider supplementing them

If you find you have food cravings add B Complex  and quality sources of protein
 
Nutrients essential to the Immune System

High Quality
Multi -Vitamin
Vitamin C
Zinc
Friendly Bacteria
Alfalfa
All in One Immune System Product

Herbal Products that Boost the Immune System

Garlic

Natural Interferon

Echinacea


perhaps a kava free stress relief product  , if stress is a contributor

Natural Action Steps

Take a two prong approach to strengthening your immune system; improve your diet, realize that this is a process, add high quality nutritional supplements  to provide immediate nutrition for your immune cells.

Try natural herbal products instead of drugs

If you have strong food cravings for sweets and snacks. Stabalize your blood sugar with Protein and B Complex

Eliminate Toxic Substances from your home and work place

Get non-toxic cleaners

Consider Air Purification

If your allergies flare...many allergy sufferers report very good results with a saturation or therapeutic dose of Vitamin C, Natural Interferon, Zinc,Garlic and Echinacea


ragweed is upon us flickr image credit

karen hanrahan | wellness educator and consultant | writer
nutrition ~green clean~inch loss ~ anti-aging

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