Have you ever wondered why some people get allergies and others don’t? I used to wonder about this every time the seasons would change. And then several years ago I wondered why I didn’t suffer from this phenomenon like I use to. Well, I have discovered that it has a lot to do with overall health. Your Metabolic Health affects allergies.
Allergies are the body’s immune system over-reacting to normally harmless substances known as allergens.
The immune system makes antibodies to protect you from bacterial or other infections. Although allergens are harmless, the body identifies them as dangerous, creating antibodies which cause a variety of inflammatory reactions.
These may include:
- skin disorders (rashes or eczema),
- respiratory problems (hay fever or even asthma), or
- digestive discomforts.
Allergens may originate from:
- Environmental: molds, dust, pollen from trees, flowers, grasses, etc.
- Animals: hair, dander, urine, dust mites, etc.
- Foods: lactose, gluten, nuts, corn, soy, etc.
- Insect bites. Some develop allergic reactions after multiple instances of bee stings and other insect bites.
While external influences like pollen, dust, airborne chemicals may cause allergic reactions. It is your diet that actually plays an important role regarding the development of allergies or asthma. Those of you who have been following me know that I have a BIG grin because that means we do have more control over our health than we thought!!!
Turns out that a body that is in the higher acidity range (this can come from nutrition and/or stress) affects the body's regulatory capability.
Nearly 70% of the body's immune system can be found within the gut and if the intestinal flora is unbalanced, well those mucous membrane cells can't do their job very well.
When our immune system is out of balance then our antibodies can mistakenly think a harmless substance like pollen is an invader. Histamine is a way the body protects itself against potentially disease-causing agents. When we have too many of these agents the production of histamine goes into overdrive resulting in various symptoms of allergic reactions. (Antihistaminic medication can calm down the allergic reaction for the moment but doesn't contribute to the fight against the root cause.)
Some Immune System Compromisers:
- Toxins and heavy metals in our body also reduce the capability of the immune system in general.
- Some food additives may be another group of toxins that may compromise the immune system since many are genetically modified or of chemical origin.
- Many prescription and over-the-counter medications harm the intestinal flora, causing re-occurrence of allergies.
- Our emotional well-being, mental stress as well as trials and tribulations can contribute to immune systems breakdown.
Every time you deal with allergies, you most likely feel miserable. And when you feel miserable you are putting more stress on your body physically and emotionally. This all compromises your metabolic health and that leads to aging faster than normal.
You can get started today by making changes in your eating habits see the blog post I mentioned.
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Blessings for Health, Joy & Laughter