Allergies are very common, they involve an alteration in our body’s response to substances in our environment, most of which are harmless. The substances eliciting a reaction are known as allergens, they can be proteins in pollen, food, fur, dust mites or mould, in addition to metals and substances used in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.
When an allergy occurs, this means the immune system is reacting to an allergen. This can happen in varying degrees of severity.
Specifically, respiratory allergies are caused by proteins in the air that are inhaled and trigger airway inflammation.
The main symptoms are:
Coughing and difficulty breathing
Allergies occur in every age group. Children are most likely to experience respiratory allergies, although they sometimes grow out of them.
The best way to ‘treat’ a respiratory allergy is to avoid the allergen. This may seem obvious, however, in many instances, it may prove difficult to do so. Typical treatment involves certain medications, such as antihistamines.
Supplements and herbs are also an option for relieving symptoms.
Elecampane Tincture - Organic (50ml) - Elecampane is used for respiratory illnesses including asthma, bronchitis, and respiratory infection. It is also used to prevent coughing and as an expectorant to help loosen phlegm, so it can be coughed up more easily[i].
Mico Sol (Capsules) - Mico-Sol is an extraction high in antioxidants from selected specimens of the Royal Sun Agaricus mushroom. In studies, this mushroom has been linked to the attenuation of respiratory inflammation[v].
Applephenon (30 caps) – Originating from wild green apples, potent phytochemicals in this product are said to have anti-inflammatory effects. Among other foods, the consumption of apples has been linked to reduced incidence of atopic dermatitis and respiratory allergy[vi].
Aller-G Formula (60 Capsules) - High in natural antioxidants including quercetin[viii]. It includes optimal levels of vitamins A, C and D, zinc and selenium, all of which contribute to the normal function of the immune system, which is your body’s defence against allergens such as pollen.
Quercetin Nettle Complex - Rich in quercetin alongside other key ingredients including: nettle leaf, turmeric root and elderflower. Evidence suggests that freeze-dried nettle leaf may help support a healthy inflammatory response to environmental allergens, especially in the respiratory tissue. Likewise, research suggests turmeric produces a powerful inhibition of certain inflammatory chemicals associated with allergies. Lastly, the content of anti-inflammatory compounds seems to warrant the use of elderflower to support the respiratory tract against allergens[ix].
Black Seed Oil - Organic - Ingesting black seed oil helps your respiratory health by opening airways to improve lung health. It has been shown in various studies to benefit those suffering from COPD, and thus observations of its beneficial actions may transfer to respiratory allergies[xi].
Drink green tea each morning. Green tea contains natural antihistamines that have been proven to reduce allergic reactions[xii].
Adopt the Mediterranean Diet. Foods included in this diet: fruits, vegetables, beans, whole grains, fish and olive oil—have been thought to help many respiratory allergies, including asthma[xiii].
Maintain a healthy body weight. There have been a number of studies that conclusively suggest that obesity can make asthmatics more prone to attacks. A healthy weight can greatly benefit individuals suffering from this condition[xiv].
Use less salt. Consuming less salt regularly can improve lung function. Much of the salt individuals consume comes from processed foods which should be avoided. To further reduce your salt intake, use fresh herbs and spices to season dishes[xv].
The reasons for allergy development may vary between individuals. As is often the case, gut health can be a driving factor. Speak to us today for more advice on nutritional consultations, herbs and supplements, as well as suggestions for testing options to get to the root cause.
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