Discovering respiratory allergy health triggers
Common symptoms of respiratory allergies are:
- nasal congestion
- runny or dripping nose
- difficulty breathing while trying to sleep
- loss of sense of smell
- nasal itching
- puffy or red eyes
- Some allergies can be traced back to the nutrition of the mother during pregnancy. There is some evidence that the higher a pregnant mother’s vitamin D intake from food during pregnancy, the lower the risk her child would suffer with allergies and asthma. Food sources of natural vitamin D are fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, or cod. The yolks of eggs are another good food source. Of course, many commercial foods are fortified with vitamin D but that is not necessarily the best source… usually D2 and not easily utilized by the body. Supplemental vitamin D should be the natural form D3 as it is better absorbed by the body.
- There has been some research that indicates modern hygiene could be a contributing factor to hay fever, asthma, and allergies. It seems that those who have or have had infections associated with poor hygiene or those raised on a farm have a lower incidence of allergies. Increased exposure to germs early in life may affect the immune system in decreasing the risk of allergies later in life. Now this doesn’t mean we shouldn’t practice common sense hygiene for our young families, it’s just not necessary to go overboard with cleanliness and keep your children in a bubble.
- Frequency of exposure to truck traffic has been associated with being more susceptible to wheezing and allergic reactions. Car air conditioners are also known to trigger allergy symptoms in some people. I personally have noticed that my nose will often become slightly stuffy when riding or driving in a car with the air conditioner on.
- Common triggers of respiratory allergies are pollens, dust, mold, dust mites, pet saliva, and pet hair. Certain foods such as peas, beans, coffee, tea, cola, chocolate, corn, banana, margarine, powered foods like garlic powder, and additives such as MSG or sodium benzoate can cause allergy reactions. Eliminating these items from your life can be beneficial and are often necessary to combat allergic reactions but once again… it’s no fun living in a bubble.
- Essential fatty acids: A grain concentrate supplement of whole-food blending of extracts from wheat, rice and soy (no gluten and from grains without GMO) with essential nutrients such as omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids to assure cell function and rebuilding from adrenal exhaustion. Salmon oil supplements help reduce inflammation throughout the body thus reducing inflammation in the respiratory system.
- Protein: Daily supplementation with a balanced ratio of protein, carbohydrates, and fiber that supplies all 22 amino acids assures the body of having the building blocks for a healthy immune system and adrenal function. The consumption of nuts is beneficial in reducing wheezing for those who have asthma symptoms.
- Antioxidants: Supplementation with full spectrum carotenoids and flavonoids offers significant protection against the development of allergic conditions. Flavonoids have been shown to reduce the severity of allergic response to birch pollen so no doubt will offer reduction of allergic response to other pollens. An interesting note is that the sooner prior to the allergy season, the flavonoid supplementation is started the more effective it is. Lycopene, a red carotenoid is very effective in neutralizing free radical oxygen thus reducing allergic inflammation in the lungs and throughout the body… it may protect against asthma. An important fact: different carotenoids perform different functions and some rely on the presence of others to work so we need to have a well rounded intake of the entire family of carotenoids.
- Vitamins: Supplementation with a water miscible vitamin A enhances the health of the mucus membranes. Personally, I tend to suffer from a dry, stuffy nose sometimes at night so each morning and evening, I puncture a vitamin A capsule, dab a small amount in each nostril, and swallow the remainder of the capsule. It definitely adds moisture and reduces the dry, stuffy nose.
- Vitamin C has been shown to relieve hay fewer symptoms by 88%. Vitamin C also helps prevent the damage of histamines from antihistamine medicines used by allergy sufferers.
- Vitamin E, particularly the natural form of gamma tocopherol, has been known to reduce allergy symptoms.
- Minerals: Supplementation with magnesium 3 times daily for 1 month has been shown to reduce allergy symptoms. Zinc deficiency has been found in people with allergies and asthma.
- Children who use a good multivitamin prior to 4 years of age have a decreased risk for allergic responses to both foods and inhalants.
- Another quick suggestion if you suffer from digestive issues. Addressing digestive problems will ease many allergy problems especially those associated with foods. Digestive aids in the form of natural hydrochloric acid, plant sourced enzymes, and probiotics are very important when dealing with food allergies.
- There are also herbal alternatives that can relieve sinus discomfort and lung respiratory discomfort.
Please take a quick moment and leave your comments and/or questions below in the comment section.
For more indepth information please refer to Dr. James McAfee newsletter on Respiratory Allergies.
Not sure what supplements you should be taking, contact me for a one on one consultation about your personal needs. There are so many different supplements so let me help you establish an individual priority program.
Pat has been married to the same man for over 51 years, is the mother of 3 adult children, and gramma to 8 grandchildren. Growing up in the country gave her a head start to living a healthy lifestyle. This gramma became interested in nutrition as a mother and for the past 27 plus years she has specialized in teaching others the importance of good nutrition. Challenges along the road have been many; her father overcoming congestive heart failure with nutrition, her husband's battle with GERD and avoiding a major heart attack, her daughter's battle with a brain tumor, her grandson beating Hodgkin's Lymphoma, her mother's stage 4 lung cancer, her mom-n-law's dementia, and others. Her goal is to help others have the BEST REAL HEALTH possible and slow the aging process. The products Pat has personally used since 1985 are featured at www.bestrealhealth.gnld.net.
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