It depends what you are allergic to. Treating an allergy to cat dander is very different from treating a food allergy or a mold allergy. And not everyone responds to the same treatment.
There is a book called "Eat Right for your Type" that is absolutely wonderful. It suggests specific dietary changes for different blood types. While reviews for it aren't too good, I believe that's because most people take it for a lose-weight diet book, rather than a build-up-your-natural-immunities book. Everyone I've talked to that followed it had wonderful improvements. I was able to stop all my allergy shots and OTC meds, which is unusual because I have a rare congenital adrenal problem, and have few immunities. It takes quite a bit of committment to follow, since there is no easy cure-all, but was well worth it for me. If you're looking to pop a pill and get better, this book will not work for you. I had to quit eating all dairy, wheat, peanuts, and corn, along with several other stuff. It takes a lot of planning and work. I must make everything from scratch. I hope you find what works for you.
Over ten years ago, I was constantly getting sinusitis and bronchitis. I rarely would get a cold or be sick. I would go to the doctor, he would prescribe an antibiotic. I would get better but about two weeks after the medication was done, I would get sick again. He tried different medications but nothing seemed to work. So he advised me to go to an allergist.
I was tested for allergies and it showed that I was not allergic to anything. To my surprise, the doctor prescribed specific vitamins for me to take on a daily basis for a month. He explained to me that sometimes in a persons' life, their body requires extra nutrients or it could be due to me having young children at home and my body just needed more help.
When I told my husband this he thought the doctor was a quack because most doctors prescribe drugs. I followed the doctors advice and it worked. I have never ever gotten sick like that again.
Adelle Davis said to use B vitamins, if you can find a copy of "Let's Get Well" you will find it gripping reading. I have been taking extra Bs for years and the rest of my family gets massive allergies and I don't. If I sneeze or something, I'm glad, because it means my sinuses are getting rinsed and staying clean, rather than stagnant (don't some people claim allergies with every sneeze? Some 'allergy' symptoms mean that you are reacting to something as you should, it means your immune system is at work.)
I notice that everything I've ever read about a Naturopath, they ALWAYS tell people no eggs or dairy, automatically, probably even for a broken leg!
A yeast imbalance is common in anyone who has ever had antibiotics and eats the Standard American Diet (carbs and sugars.) Eventually this can lead to a leaky gut and allow particles to pass through intestinal lining and bring about reactions to foods we eat. Acidophilus from the refrigerated section of your local healthfood store needs taken for 3 months while also avoiding sugar and simple carbs. There are other supplements available to kill the yeast, just ask your health food store clerk. In some cases, people experience a yeast "die-off" in which yeast and toxins are dumped into the bloodstream and you can feel pretty sick for a few days, usually the first 4 days of beginning the regimen. Stick with it and drink LOTS of water and it will be worth it.
It depends on exactly what kind of allergies you have. If you have allergies to POLLEN, then you can be greatly helped by taking a bit of LOCAL Bee Pollen... You will need to buy your local bee pollen from someone who sells at your closest Farmers Market... Or, find a bee keeper in your local area. If the bee pollen doesn't come from your local area it won't have the right pollens in it & it won't work!
---> USE CARE!
Start SLOWLY & take only a tiny bit of bee pollen at first (about 1/8 of a teaspoon) and SLOWLY work up to about a Tablespoon 2 or 3 times per day. STOP taking the bee pollen if your mouth, tongue or throat starts to itch, OR, you can try some from another supplier. (my boyfriend's mouth itches with one type of bee pollen, but not any others)
* NEVER give Bee Pollen to small children (kids over 5 with pollen allergies would probably be okay, if care is used & you gave them only a tiny bit to test, but I would first ask their doctor for an okay!)
---> The pollen works the same way Allergy Shots work, by slowly getting your body used to the pollen. If the Pollen isn't Local, it won't have the types of pollen you need in it & it won't work!
---> Bee Pollen needs to be refrigerated.
Another allergy option is Homeopathy. You could experiment with homeopathic remedies that sometimes are sold at health food stores, but FAR BETTER would it be, if you went to a Naturopath that specializes in Homeopathy. Homeopathy is no "mumbo jumbo" stuff, but a well recognized healing craft that helps millions of folks of all ages each year.
A Homeopath will mix a special Remedy JUST for YOU! This is what you want...
Here's a crazy story:
A friend of mine whose family grew all of their own organic food & raised their own meat & ate no "fake" or processed foods had such nasty allergies to a type of thistle that she couldn't function. Her eyes would turn Bright Red & tear up each spring & her nose would run & she sneezed constantly. I can't even begin go into just how miserable she was each year. Until she went to a well know Naturopath. (one that movie stars had gone to) The Naturopath surprised her by telling her to TOTALLY avoid 4 things:
-- Eggs & Dairy Products
-- Sugar (this includes any type of Alcohol & honey)
-- Oils of any type
-- Wheat products
+ Plus to eat Beef & meat very sparingly
She wondered just how changing her diet for those months when it was allergy season would help her allergies. But with nothing to loose, she gave it a try. And low & behold, IT WORKED! ... Nothing in the past had helped her allergies!... But this "Allergy Diet" did, and another thing happened too: She had never been able to loose weight, no matter how much she lowered her calorie intake. But while she was on this "allergy diet" she lost weight, even though she ate the same amount of calories daily & was never hungry.
I would also recommend avoiding Peanuts & use only a tiny bit or no salt. She are Corn Tortillas instead of Wheat or bread... She ate beans, veggies & brown rice. She found that she could drink an occasional Margeritta (lime flavor only) with no salt & it wouldn't bother her to badly, but NO beer!
* If you are allergic to any pollen, try totally avoiding the 4 foods above. My friend noticed that if she even fudged just a little & ate ANY of these things even just a bite, her allergies would come right back, right away! One more thing: stay away from fake, processed foods... that means boxed foods & NO fake sugars like "Splenda" & Nutrasweet & no diet pop either.... Just eat REAL, natural foods only! You will be pleasantly surprised after about 3 or 4 days... a week at the most. Your allergies should disappear! NO pollen allergies. You'll need to have a lot of willpower & a good cooking imagination to stay on this allergy diet for very long, but it's worth a try & avoiding those foods could very well make a big difference in your quality of life... & it's only for allergy season, so what the heck?!
If anyone tries taking the foods above out of their diet... write a post here & tell us how it worked for you. Did your allergies go away when you changed your diet?
1 tsp of LOCAL honey a day works wonders for many allergy sufferers. Sort of the homeopathic approach that you give a little of the "disease, sickness" and let your body make itself immune. Seems to work well for some of my friends, I can't do it as honey has too much sugar for me, darn!
Vitamin C first thing in the morning is supposed to help. Research first -- high doses of C can cause mouth ulcers and is believed to raise blood pressure.
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