When spring begins, plants and trees release pollen into the air. Certain types of fungi also produce mold spores. If you’re allergic to any of these substances, your immune system will try to alert you to avoid them. It does this by releasing allergic (IgE) antibodies. Seasonal allergies are starting to affect more individuals each year.
- itchy eyes
- dark circles under the eyes
- watery eyes
- swollen sinuses
- runny or stuffy nose
- scratchy throat
- post-nasal drip
- itching in the mouth, ears, nose, and throat
- sinus headache
- facial pain
- anosmia (loss or diminishment of the sense of smell)
Allergies & The Liver
The liver is the major cleansing and detoxification organ of the body. It has the vital role of cleansing the blood and removing harmful toxins, chemicals and waste products from the body. When the liver is functioning optimally, it does this very well and filters out the nasties at a rapid rate in order to prevent them causing harm to the body. If you are constantly overloading your liver with toxins from the environment, the food you eat, cleaning products, pain medication, alcohol, skin products and so forth, your liver becomes overwhelmed, slows down, becomes sluggish and starts to store the toxins. This toxic load can cause the immune system to be overstimulated.
The liver is also responsible for breaking down excess histamine. If the liver is sluggish, histamine is not broken down properly and builds up in the body, awaiting its time to attack. When pollen or another allergen enters the system, both the immune system and the liver pump out histamine in response. When this happens, all the symptoms of seasonal allergies flare up. Your immune system will remember this particular allergen as an invader and will respond even quicker the next time you’re exposed to it. Your body thinks it is protecting you, but in reality, it’s forcing you to stay indoors during Spring, or to go to work with puffy eyes and a runny nose.
- Load up on fruit and veggies
- Fresh fruit and vegetables are jam-packed with wonderful antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that are required by the liver to function properly. The best ones for the liver are cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli and cauliflower), onion and garlic, beetroot, capsicum, herbs, chili, citrus fruits (like lemon and lime) and berries.
- Cut the carbs
- Eating lots of carbohydrates can cause the liver to become fatty. Minimize the amount of rice, pasta, bread, cake, soft drink, sugar, biscuits, donuts, muffins and potato chips you are eating. Reach for lower-carb options instead.
- Ditch the chemicals
- Literally everything that you put on your skin or inhale, enters the blood stream and has to be filtered out by the liver. Conventional shampoos, soap, makeup, deodorant, washing up liquid, laundry detergent and air fresheners contain nasty chemicals. Swap these for chemical-free/natural options.
- Stay hydrated
- Water! Your liver needs water! The liver can process as many chemicals as it likes, but if your body doesn’t have enough water to flush the chemicals out through the kidneys, bowels and skin, they will sit there in the body causing damage. Aim for at least 2 liters per day.
- Get moving
- Move that body! When you exercise you facilitate detoxification through sweat and bowel movements. Get your body moving to keep the sweat coming and the bowel movements regular, to get rid of those nasty toxins.
- Cleanse your body
- People who suffer with airborne allergies usually have an immune system that is chronically hyper stimulated because it is dealing with internal toxicity. Having excess bad bacteria in the gut, and having a leaky gut means excess wastes will get into the bloodstream and travel to the liver. The liver will then not be able to cleanse and detoxify the bloodstream adequately. This means allergens we are all exposed to in the air we breathe won’t be cleared adequately.
Advanced Allergy Therapeutics
Advanced Allergy Therapeutics, or AAT, offers a unique and highly effective approach for the treatment of the many symptoms associated with allergies and sensitivities. AAT is a precision-based treatment that addresses the organ systems that are involved in an overreaction. AAT does not treat the immune system. The therapy instead focuses on the relationship between symptoms and organ systems in order to produce rapid, long-term results.
Common Symptoms Relieved with AAT:
•Digestive System: reflux, heartburn, abdominal and intestinal pain, cramping, gas, bloating, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting
•Respiratory System: sneezing, congestion, runny nose, wheezing, shortness of breath, coughs, post nasal drip, skin conditions, rashes and itch watery eyes
•Multiple Systems: headaches, irritability, hyperactivity, mood swings, tiredness, fatigue and inflammation
•Skin: scaly, red, itchy skin, rashes, blisters with oozing and crusting, dry leathery skin areas, hives, plants, contactants and chemicals
•Headaches & Migraines: chocolate and caffeine, airborne irritants such as pollens, chemicals including household cleaners, perfumes and vehicle fumes
•Chemical and Occupational Sensitivities: household cleaners, chemicals, perfumes, detergents, latex, petrol and building materials such as pains, glues, carpets, woods and varnishes
By treating the organ systems related to a reaction to an offending substance, the symptoms stemming from those organ systems are directly affected. In most cases symptoms are reduced significantly within the first 1-3 treatments. AAT is non-invasive and does not require needles, herbal remedies or supplements.
Some examples of organ dysfunction include:
•Intestines: gas, bloating, pain, diarrhea
•Lungs: cough, sneezing, congestion, wheezing
•Stomach: cramping, bloating, nausea, heartburn
•Heart: tachycardia, elevated blood pressure
•Kidneys: fatigue, tiredness
•Liver: stress, mood swings, irritability
•Skin: red, itchy or scaly skin, rashes, hives
Sensitivities AAT can help treat: