Holistic Treatment and Natural Health Remedies for Allergies and Asthma
Posted Apr 10 2009 11:00pm
Lately, I have been searching holistic treatment for allergies and asthma. It was only in the recent years that I found out that they are related to each other.
After speaking to several Chinese doctors and naturopaths, I understand that a weak immune system may be the underlying cause of allergies and asthma. Medical experts agree that a lowered or improperly functioning immune system can and does result in several diseases such as asthma, allergies, arthritis, psoriasis, lupus, chronic fatigue syndrome and cancer to name just a few.
Antigens are large protein molecules of bacteria, viruses, chemicals and other substances that appear harmful from entering your body and our body’s immune systems form a barrier and work as the first line of defense against these diseases. The barriers include your skin, mucus, cough reflex, stomach acid and even enzymes in your tears, which destroy toxins. If the antigen or toxin manages to get past these barriers, then the immune system launches a second line of defense, found in your blood. They are white blood cells, which perform a protective function by seeking out and destroying foreign protein antigens.
If you suffer from a weak immune system it is important to avoid things that suppress or destroy it, such as a high cholesterol diet, heavy metals (lead, mercury, cadmium), fat, alcohol, fried foods, food additives, obesity, industrial pollutants, pesticides, herbicides, stress, prescription drugs, too much sunlight, tobacco, and radiation.
Unfortunately, there is no “magic cure” that you can take to quickly repair your immune system, but there are several natural remedies adn holistic ways to help build and support it by providing your body with proper nutrition, regular exercise, adequate rest, relaxation and maintaining a positive mental attitude.
A holistic treatment to protect and strengthen the immune system would require you to follow these steps:
1. Limit saturated and trans fats, food additives and alcohol 2. Take a good quality multi-vitamin/mineral supplement daily 3. Ensure your diet includes adequate protein 4. Take 1000 mg of Vitamin C daily. 5. Eat 3 to 4 servings of vegetables daily. 6. Eat 3 to 4 servings of legumes weekly. 7. Eat 3 to 4 servings of omega-3 fatty acid-rich foods weekly 8. Avoid late nights and get adequate sleep
Any holistic treatment or natural health remedies you embark on is never an overnight process. The time to heal differs from one to another. It can take three months to two years. Children tend to heal much more quickly than adults or the elderly. People with allergies and asthma will find that their asthma and allergy symptoms become less frequent and less severe when their immune systems become stronger.