Sneezing, Sniffing and Scratching? Allergies Blow!
Does your dog send you into a sneezing frenzy? Do certain
foods leave you bloated and headachy? Or do pollens and
certain grasses leave your skin desperately itchy? If you
answered yes, then you know this is a daily reality for you and
the millions of people living with allergic conditions such as hay
fever, asthma, food allergies and eczema.
So why does your body react this way? Essentially, your body
believes that these otherwise harmless substances (animal hair,
foods and grasses) are threatening. Hence, when it comes into
contact with these substances, known as allergens, your
immune system releases large amounts of the chemical
histamine. Histamine is like a burly bouncer outside a club: its
job is to muscle an allergen out of your body by any means
necessary. Some of the ways histamine does this job is by
producing redness and inflammation, a running nose, itchy
eyes, constricted airways, bloating and diarrhoea;
manifestations of allergic disease.
Allergies are Like Onions, They Have Layers
Current approaches to allergy management centre on both
allergen avoidance and reducing histamine (e.g. antihistamine
medication). But why does your body think these substances
are harmful and mount this response against them in the first
place? Several contributing factors lead your body’s immune
system to respond this way, including:
Inflammation within your digestive tract (where the
majority of your immune system is found).
Damage to the lining of your digestive tract commonly
known as ‘leaky gut’, allowing small particles (undigested
food, bacteria and/or toxins) to pass through to the blood
stream causing inflammation in other areas of the body).
Low levels of good bacteria and/or an overgrowth of bad
bacteria within your intestine that interferes with your
body’s immune response.
Addressing the Roots of Your Reactivity
Truly holistic allergy management encompasses symptomatic
relief while also retraining the body’s immune system to tolerate
‘threatening’ allergens. One way you can achieve this is by
following an Allergy and Reactivity Reduction Program guided
by your Practitioner. This specially designed and professionally
supported program incorporates carefully selected herbs and
nutrients combined with tailored diet and lifestyle
recommendations; to help repair your gut, improve your ability to
tolerate allergens, and reduce your reactive symptoms.
The Ingredients That Reduce Reactivity
A number of herbs and nutrients can help you manage your
symptoms of allergy and reactivity; by helping to restore balance
to your immune system:
Aller-7®: This unique combination of seven traditional
Ayurvedic herbs has antihistamine and anti-inflammatory
actions – key to providing you with symptomatic relief.
Quercetin and Bromelains: These potent antioxidant
nutrients help retrain your immune system, minimise
respiratory congestion, and reduce mucus production.
Avoid processed sugar and processed fats: excess
calories from these sources are stored as fat, especially
around your waistline. They also encourage dysbiosis
within your digestive tract.
Reishi and Shiitake: Medicinal mushrooms support
healthy immune system function and neutralise
allergens, along with reducing wheeze and excess
A Tolerable Diet
Following a prescribed diet in conjunction with specialised
supplementation greatly assists in reducing symptoms and
building tolerance to allergens. Your Practitioner will recommend
a specific dietary plan depending on your symptom presentation
and health history. While following the Allergy and Reactivity
Reduction Program you will ‘rest’ from foods that may be
creating inflammation and damage within your gut, giving your
immune system an opportunity to ‘reset’ and become more
tolerant. Your Practitioner may also work with you to
strategically re-test the foods you have been ‘resting’ from to
determine the right amount for you in the future; so you can
remain symptom free, while still enjoying the foods and activities
Time to Breathe Easy
Now is the time to address those irritating allergic symptoms by
tackling the underlying causes. Completing this program can
help you gain control of your reactivity and increase your
tolerance levels, leading to a reduction in symptoms. Imagine
indulging in the foods and activities you enjoy; patting your dog
without sneezing, eating the foods you love without bloating, or
having a picnic in the grass without itching – now that would be