Allergies have one thing in common - an irritant, spoken of as an antigen, gets into the blood and causes specific symptoms to occur. The offending substance may be house dust, dandruff from almost any animal, pollens from plants, or bits of incompletely digested foods. The trick in overcoming allergies is to build up the body so that few, if any of the offending substances can get into the blood, and so that those antigens that do gain access into the body are quickly detoxified.
Healthy individuals remain unaffected when exposed to allergies; hence emphasis must be placed on building health rather than avoiding an offending substance.
Allergic symptoms are often nothing more than the body's reaction to stress - such as inadequate diet, emotional upsets, insufficient sleep, infections, or the use of drugs precede the onset of allergies. A key vitamin is Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) - if deficient, produces fatigue, listlessness, poor appetite, digestive disturbances, headaches, irritability, nervousness, mental depression, quarrelsomeness, increased need for sleep, recurrent respiratory infections.
Daily intake - 100 - 200mg Vitamin B5 daily.
Under stress - 100mg Vitamin B5 + 500mg Vitamin C + 2mg of Vitamin B2 and B6 + a high protein shake every 3 hours until allergic symptom has reduced.
Due to undigested proteins, the amino acid histidine can be changed by putrefactive intestinal bacteria into a toxic substance, histamine. Histamine is abnormally high in the blood of allergic persons.
Anti-histamine action - Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and Vitamin B5. Major emphasis in overcoming food allergies must be on supplying these vitamins, improving digestion and destroying undesirable intestinal bacteria - take acidophilus and yoghurt (see write up on digestion).
Liver damage can play a role - adequate diet followed, liver function becomes normal.
Healthy cells can prevent harmful substances from entering them. A lack of almost any nutrient however increases cell permeability, therefore valuable nutrients can leak from such cells and toxic materials pass into them. To prevent cell permeability, needed are Vit C, essential oils, Vit E and Vitamin A. Vitamin A prevents permeability of cells both in skin and mucous membranes.
Role of each vitamin in overcoming allergies:
List of common allergies and recommended solutions:
Nutrition is the study of building and maintaining health. Nutrition is an aid to both the physician and the patient. One should avoid "self doctoring" which can be extremely dangerous. When an abnormality occurs, two steps should be taken: one should improve his nutrition, and consult a physician. e-Health is a free service to raise awareness of nutrition as a means to build and maintain health and to reduce the individuals dependency on drugs to handle illnesses. For more information on health articles, personalised health programs or any questions, e-mail Allan Wohrnitz on firstname.lastname@example.org
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