Defense Against Pollen & Other Allergens
Approximately 40% of the world’s population suffers from at least one allergic condition.
The 5 most common allergens include: pollen, grass, dust, mold, and weeds.
Unfortunately allergy medications come with a significant number of side effects which include drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, moodiness (in some children), trouble urinating, blurred vision, and confusion.
Allergies occur when the immune system encounters an irritant. Inhaling or ingesting an irritant causes the body to produce specific antibodies which trigger the release of chemicals called histamines. Histamines ravage the body in the form of an inflammatory response that incorrectly warns the immune system of danger. Cascades of miserable symptoms accompany the histamines in the forms of itching, sneezing, nausea, and congestion.
The intimate relationship between the nervous system and immune system makes Chiropractic the healthiest alternative to drugs when combating allergies.
Research shows over 90% of allergy sufferers experience vertebral misalignments in the middle part of their spine. 70% of those allergy sufferers achieved a reduction in their symptoms after receiving a series of painless spinal adjustments.
Adjustments do not specifically target certain allergy symptoms or conditions. Chiropractic care reduces interference in the nervous system and promotes an environment that allows the body to better cope with allergens.
4 Tips to Reducing Allergies (including Pollen)
1) Keep the spine healthy with regular adjustments.
2) Reduce Inflammatory Foods – sugar, dairy, bad fat, refined carbohydrates, processed grains, and cow’s milk should be reduced and/or eliminated.
3) Consume raw local honey. Raw local honey exposes the body to all forms of pollen and allows the body to build up immunity to the local pollen.
4) Add 1tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) into a glass of water with fresh squeezed lemon juice and drink.
For further reading on irritants and allergens (specifically in relation to children) read this article
The Internet Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery – 2003 “Relationship Between Vertebral Deformitiies and Allergic Diseases” Y Takeda, S Arai