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When the immune system overreacts to something in the air, in your food, or in your environment, this hypersensitivity is what is known as an allergy.
Mild respiratory allergies may show up as:
- Red eyes
- Runny nose
- Skin disorders, like eczema or hives
The redness, itchiness, and swelling associated with respiratory allergies are byproducts of histamine, a compound that triggers an inflammatory response from the immune system.
You don't have to live in fear of an allergy attack throughout "allergy season". By strengthening your inner ecosystem and exploring alternative therapies, you can treat allergies safely to finally find year-round relief!
While many things can trigger respiratory allergies, so far, conventional medicine hasn’t come up with a way to safely keep allergies at bay.
Treatment options include steroids, antihistamines, and decongestants, which can zap the body of its fundamental energy reserves and chase after the symptoms without ever getting down to the root cause.
A series of allergy shots, or immunotherapy, is another option. However, a 2011 study of 773 volunteers that received allergy shots over a one-year time period found that 4% of the volunteers had a systemic reaction. (1) In a systemic reaction, the immune system sends out an alarm throughout the entire body. The outcome can be as mild as hives or as severe as death.
2 Tips to Safely Get Rid Of Respiratory Allergies
When it comes to allergies, especially those found in the environment, it might seem as though there are very few options. In order to make any headway on allergies in preparation for the next allergy season, consider these tips:
1. Strengthen Your Inner Ecosystem: What does the digestive tract have to do with the respiratory system? As it turns out, the two systems have a lot in common. Both the respiratory system and the digestive system act as a barrier and a filter from the outside world. The same type of cell that lines the gut also lines the respiratory tract.
In fact, one study found a direct link between bacteria in the gut and the development of allergies later in life.
Professor Hans Bisgaard, head of the Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood, found that in over 400 children there was a “direct link between the number of different bacteria in their rectums and the risk of development of allergic disease later in life.” (2)
Bisgaard discovered that the greater the diversity of bacterial communities in the gut, the less likely a child was to develop an allergic response in the future.
When a community of microbes is diverse, this means that there are several different kinds of microbes populating the gut, rather than a select few. Bacterial diversity ensures a system of balance within any ecosystem. This means that no one organism has the opportunity to take over resources.
Not only can an absence of diversity set you up for asthma later in life, but this has also been found to contribute to conditions like obesity. (3)
Did you know that over 80 percent of the immune system is found in the gut? You can see why it’s absolutely essential to protect and nourish digestive function!
Fortunately, like any other environment, the inner ecosystem of the gut can be influenced. The best ways to do this is to:
- Eat foods that support a healthy inner ecosystem. Some foods, like refined starches and sugar, will feed only one group of bacteria, which allows them to dominate the environment and become pathogenic. Usually, these are the same bacteria that cause disease and infection. The best way to combat bacterial overgrowth and infection is to eat a diet that is mostly alkaline.
- Eat a plant-based diet that adheres to the principle of 80/20, as well as other principles outlined in The Body Ecology Diet. This can be incredibly healing for the entire body. The principle of 80/20 tells us to eat 80 percent land and ocean vegetables and 20 percent grains, animal proteins, and starchy vegetables. It also tells us to stop eating when 80 percent full.
- Eat a daily serving of cultured vegetables, a probiotic-rich food, to help protect the gut lining and regulate immune function. When we introduce fermented foods that are full of beneficial microorganisms to the body, we make sure that the inner ecology of the gut is diverse and balanced.
- Drink just a few ounces a day of probiotic-rich InnergyBiotic or homemade coconut water kefir.
2. Try the Emotional Freedom Technique: EFT is an unlikely remedy for common allergies. It turns out that by using principles from Chinese medicine, neuro-linguistic programming, and psychology, EFT has given to many people what other forms of medicine could not give: allergy relief.
According to psychologists Fred Gallo and Henry Vincenzi, who call it “energy tapping,” EFT releases stuck mental and emotional patterns that are the foundation for many physical disorders. Including allergies. (4)
Gallo and Vincenzi describe EFT as a combination of neuroimmunology, acupuncture, and energetic psychology. Using 17 treatment points, which are also points along the acupuncture pathways, EFT can harmonize the emotions and the nervous system. According to acupuncture theory, manipulation of an acupuncture pathway can affect cells and chemical throughout the entire body.
The best part about EFT? It’s safe! This therapy cannot harm the body or send it into shock. The risk-free and long-lasting benefits of EFT make it an attractive alternative to more aggressive and possibly harmful therapies.
What To Remember Most About This Article:
Mild respiratory allergies have a number of symptoms like red eyes, runny nose, asthma, and even skin disorders like eczema. Although countless factors can trigger allergies, conventional medicine still provides very few treatment options.
If you want to safely alleviate respiratory allergies far before allergy season rolls around, try these two helpful tips today:
1. Strengthen your inner ecosystem. Both the digestive system and respiratory system work as a barrier against the outside world; the same type of cell found in the gut lining can also be found in the respiratory tract lining. One study even showed a direct link between gut bacteria and the potential for developing allergies later on in life! As it turns out, the greater the bacterial diversity in the gut, the less likely it is that an allergic response will occur in the future.
You can support gut health to resist allergies by eating an alkaline diet that follows the principle of 80/20 in The Body Ecology Diet. It's also recommended to eat cultured vegetables and drink probiotic-rich InnergyBiotic or homemade coconut water kefir every day to boost your inner ecology with beneficial microorganisms.
2. Try the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). EFT is an alternative remedy for allergies, based on Chinese medicine principles, neuro-linguistic programming, and psychology. EFT can work to release mental and emotional patterns that are the root cause of a number of physical disorders, including allergies. The treatment is completely safe, especially compared to more aggressive health therapies.
- JF Phillips, et al. Systemic reactions to subcutaneous allergen immunotherapy and the response to epinephrine. Allergy and Asthma Proceedings. 2011 Jul; 32 (4): 288 – 294.
- Bisgaard, Hans, et al. Reduced diversity of the intestinal microbiota during infancy is associated with increased risk of allergic disease at school age. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 2011; 128 (3): 646.
- RE Ley, et al. Obesity alters gut microbial ecology. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2005 Aug 2; 102 (31): 11070 - 11075. Epub 2005 Jul 20.
- Gallo, Fred and Harry Vincenzi. Energy Tapping. Oakland: New Harbinger Publications, 2008.