Wholistic Treatments for Allergy Sufferers
In the U.S., allergies are currently the 5t h leading chronic disease for all ages, and the 3r d most common chronic disease for children under the age of 18. The Consumer Healthcare Products Association reports that 7.7 billion dollars are spent each year in the United States on over the counter products just to treat allergy and respiratory issues*.
Over the counter allergy treatments are convenient but you may want to try some natural solutions first. Allergy medication can raise your blood pressure, cause severe dizziness, trouble breathing, drowsiness, nosebleeds, headaches, nausea, hyperactivity, loss of appetite, sleep interruption, dehydration, confusion and blurred vision. Before you reach for those expensive and not-so-good for you over the counter drugs, remember that there are natural solutions for treating your allergies. Here are some that you can try:
Eliminate Common Causes
Our environment is over-loaded with irritants. If you are experiencing sneezing, rashes or difficulty breathing, you may see an immediate change in your symptoms when you avoid chemicals in laundry detergent, cleaning products, air fresheners, candles, highly scented soaps, cosmetics, lotions and perfumes. You may want to consider an elimination diet in order to get to the root cause of allergies in the body. Common food irritants are dairy, sugar, wheat (gluten), eggs, soy, processed food, peanuts, and alcohol. Eliminating or cutting back on these trigger foods reduces stress on your liver and colon and can help prevent toxins from building up in the immune system. Finally, antibacterial/ antimicrobial cleaning products can lead to increased risks of food or airborne allergies and even asthma, eczema, and psoriasis. Instead, opt for natural and toxin-free cleaning solutions.
Our body stores allergens in the cells, in our gut, in our lymph glands and all through the body. The Far Infrared Sauna helps to detoxify your body and eliminate allergens. It raises your temperature, increases circulation, moves the lymphatic fluids and helps your body to release toxins. The frequency depends on your individual condition, but usually 2 times a week is effective. This relaxing experience helps your body release toxins naturally while reducing pain, inflammation, and stress.
At home, you can do a foot detox three or four times a week. In a basin with warm water, include 2 cups Epsom salts, 1 cup baking soda and 1⁄2 cup of apple cider vinegar. If you have them, you can include essential oils such as eucalyptus, lavender or peppermint oil. For a more aggressive detox, try an ionic foot bath. This 20-30 minute cleansing foot spa recharges the body with electromagnetic signals. It’s like having your own private mineral hot spring. Ionic foot baths are available as a stand-alone service or as an add-on to any appointment at Divine Health Naturally and can be combined with a sauna treatment.
Some people who struggle with allergies and other inflammatory issues find benefit from frequency alignment treatments. This is a simple and pain-free experience. Electrodes are applied to targeted points on the body. This light electrical stimulation re-aligns the body’s frequency. The body balances itself naturally, allowing organs to function as they were meant to. The pulsing stimulation is painless and can be very relaxing. This treatment is often combined with essential oils. Many people report an immediate improvement in their symptoms after experiencing a frequency treatment.
Another natural option to treat allergy-related conditions is Flower Essences. These customized herbal blends are made from the flowering parts of plants which uniquely address emotional and mental aspects of wellness. For those who have extreme respiratory issues, flower essences are a simple and effective natural option. They can be used topically or taken in the form of droplets, a plus for pets and for people who don’t care for pills and tablets.
For many people, intestinal imbalance issues result in allergy-like symptoms. Nearly 70% of our immune system is found in the gut, so it’s important to have your intestines healthy and working well. Consider gut-building supplements like probiotics or allergy reducers such as fenugreek and mullein(ALJ), essential oils, stinging nettle, zinc, spirulina, vitamins C, D and E, milk thistle, red clover or bee pollen. To find out which supplements will suit your individual needs, you’ll receive a biofeedback scan during your appointment at Divine Health Naturally. This simple scan allows your body to share what it needs most and saves money on supplements that don’t work well for you.
Tracie Yautz, ND is founder and owner of Divine Health Naturally Wholistic Wellness Center. She is a compassionate and intuitive traditional naturopathic doctor, certified health coach, and emotional restoration facilitator.
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*The Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) report. www.chpa.org/marketstats.aspx