Archive for the 'Allergies' Category

Oct 28, 2010 Posted Under: Allergies

Allergies: To Know Them Is To Fight Them

Being an asthmatic myself, this is a topic I’m greatly interested in, on which I’m always trying to keep up to date. So let’s summarize a bit what allergens are and what are the best ways to avoid them or at least keep them at bay.

Although you can never avoid allergens in your home or at the place where you work, there are ways to significantly reduce allergy symptoms.

There are some substances which are real triggers for allergy and asthma problems, so the best way would be for us to find out about the source, trying to minimize the effects by changing our living space.

The most common allergy symptoms are sneezing, watering and itchy eyes, runny nose.

One of the most frequent allergens is pollen, coming from weeds, grass and trees. Usually there are specific charts showing the various types of pollen emanating plants and their peak season (you can get these at your local drugstore or pharmacy). So, the best thing would be to monitor your reactions in each particular period, in this way you will be able to recognize which type of plant will be the most harmless for you and avoid going outdoors in that period (especially on windy days!). Of course, spring and summer months will be the worst periods.

So, you think that you’re safe enough staying indoors? No way, what about dust mites and molds? The same symptoms that make you look like you have a permanent cold, will make your safe homely atmosphere become hell: coughing, sneezing, obstructed nose, wheezing. Think about the underworld inhabiting your mattresses, your duvets, your pillows: a bit of a scary movie, isn’t it?

Do you maybe have a domestic pet – a cat, dog, or bird? Add some more allergy symptoms, or make those enumerated before, become even worse! Cats especially, leave a fine layer of discarded fur all around your floors. There is endless cleaning, dusting and vacuuming and you have to do it daily if you want to have peaceful sleep!
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So, is there a way to prevent all this horror, and to start living normally in a clean and allergy proof home?

I have made a little research trying to find the best remedy for me and to make my home allergy proof. There is a great choice of filters, air cleaners, vacuum cleaners that really do deliver results and that in the long run will make you breathe more easily. Amazon has a wide choice of filters and vacuums with by far the best prices and free shipping.

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Oct 12, 2010 Posted Under: Allergies

Gluten Sensitivity

Gluten sensitivity and other food-based allergies have become increasingly common with the introduction of genetically modified foods. Today, over 3million Americans suffer with celiac disease – an intestinal disease caused by sensitivity to gluten in their diet. This equates to one in every 133 people suffering from the condition showing the desperate need for foods which cater for those who cannot enjoy normal, everyday food items. In addition to this condition, there are millions more who suffer from allergies to peanuts, specific types of oils, seeds and dairy products; showing just how genetically modified foods are affecting our everyday health.

Those who suffer with gluten sensitivity in particular are limited in terms of the foods they can eat without experiencing any complaints. This is due to many store-bought foods containing wheat based products that cannot be tolerated by a digestive system which is sensitive to gluten. However, this is not to say that the individual in question cannot enjoy bread and other baked goods, it simply means that they must have access to gluten-free products in order to enjoy tasty foods without the discomfort they experience from gluten and wheat products.

In order to get the best possible quality from your own milled grain, it is worth spending more than you may have initially intended. You may be hesitant about this at first, but once you begin to reap the benefits from lower grocery bills and a trouble free diet, you too will recognize the difference in your general well being once you enjoy a healthy diet, free from allergens.

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Sep 24, 2010 Posted Under: Allergies

Food Allergy

If you often feel bloated, tired, or not so good after a meal; if you gave frequent have stomach pains, cramps, or bowel problems; if you have strong food cravings or food dislikes; if you experience a collection of symptoms that you just cannot explain, or sometimes become more anxious, irritable, or depressed f you may be suffering from food allergy.

Allergy has reached epidemic, proportions, and it has been estimated that at this rate, half of Europe will have allergies in a few years. Food allergies are of particular concern, as they are now being recognized as a factor in many health problems and diseases, especially in children.

Many scientists and health practitioners believe that a poor diet and the sheer quantity of toxins that are now present in our food are major factors in this unprecedented rise in the number and severity of allergies over the last decades.

The best solution to food allergies is desensitization. There are different treatment options available, some of them immunizing the body to allergens with extracts taken under the tongue or injections. Acupuncture has also been shown effective in treating some allergies. The problem is that these therapies may not address the underlying health issues, such as nutrient deficiencies, toxin overload or stress, that caused food allergies in the first place.

For a real solution to food allergies, choose a program that involves detoxification to clear the body of toxins that contribute to allergies, corrects other underlying health problems, and desensitizes you to the allergens that are affecting you.

Once the food allergies are under control or eliminated, it is important that you obtain solid nutritional advice to help you maintain and build the health of your immune system. If you don’t eat enough of the right foods, or eat too much of the wrong foods, you are at risk of developing new allergies or other problems. A good diet is still your best protection.

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Aug 31, 2010 Posted Under: Allergies

Gluten Free Diet

Learning to adjust to a gluten free diet predominantly means one new thing, how to read and safely understand the ingredient label on all pre-packaged food products. Without this knowledge you may as well be a fish out of water.Every time you open your mouth and insert any food, you are greatly increasing the odds of damaging your health.
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Medications, both over-the-counter and prescription drugs do contain gluten as one of the inactive ingredients. Get in the habit of working with a pharmacist that knows your limitations and is capable of compounding their own mixture of ingredients. Check and be sure all of your records are marked and you must mention it every time you get another prescription filled. Ask for the pharmacist’s guidance also whenever purchasing over-the-counter medications.

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