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It's Nasal Allergies Season Again !!!

Our founder, Andrew Streat - nutreeplus

Andrew Streat 
Nutritional Supplement blogger

I suffer every year and especially around fall time with nasal allergies problem. I was not born in North America but immigrated here back in 1989. I am originally from Barbados and when I lived there, I had no nasal allergies problem.

My first doctor wanted me to try yearly anti-allergy shots. But when he said that it might not work and there are always some side effects, I felt it was time that I took charge of my health and truly start to understand what causes nasal allergies.

Here is some research I found on nasal allergies which I will now share with everyone.

What are nasal allergies?

Nasal allergies are caused when your nose become over sensitive. When you have nasal allergies, you're more sensitive than others to certain substances. These substances are usually considered harmless, such as pollen or mould. They cause an allergic reaction in your nose, eyes, and sinuses, triggering symptoms such as stuffiness, itching, runny nose, and watery eyes. And when you blow your nose instead of just wiping it or do not consume enough water each day to stop your body from becoming dehydrated, the problem is increase ten times.

Now let’s talk about your immune system…

Allergies and Immune System

Your immune system is your body's defence system against invading agents, such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites. These agents are called antigens. White blood cells are our main defence against these antigens. Your body makes many different types of white blood cells that work 24 hours a day to keep you healthy.

One important type of white blood cell is a lymphocyte. These are made in the marrow of your bones. You may have as many as 2 trillion lymphocytes in your bloodstream at any one time. Two major types of lymphocytes involved in protecting the body against invaders are T lymphocyte cells and B lymphocyte cells. T lymphocyte cells destroy cells that have been infected or damaged by the antigens. B lymphocytes are found in immunity-related organs such as the lymph nodes. They direct the making of immunoglobulin E, called IgE. IgE is a special disease-fighting protein known as an antibody. It binds to an antigen in your body, such as bacteria, rendering it harmless.

Antibodies such as IgE are very specific. Much like a lock-and-key system, they only work on particular antigens. If, for instance, a flu virus enters your body, special flu antibodies attack it. Each time you're exposed to a new invading agent, or antigen, your body creates different antibodies to fight it.

How Allergic Reactions Develop

When you have nasal allergies, your body sees harmless substances, including pollen, mold, or pet dander, as dangerous invaders. Your immune system immediately goes into action, releasing IgE. Each of these IgE antibodies is made especially for the particular type of allergen. For instance, the body produces one type of IgE antibody for ragweed pollen and another type for oak pollen.

The IgE antibodies attach tightly to the membrane of your body's mast cells and a kind of blood cell known as basophils. Thus the allergen, the IgE antibody, and the mast cell or basophil form a complex. The basophils circulate in the bloodstream and gather in the tissues of your nose, skin, stomach, and lungs. The mast cells remain stationary. The next time these complexes come in contact with the same allergen, the mast cells or basophils release powerful chemicals, called histamines, to fight the invader.

Histamines cause:

  • Smooth muscles to relax. These are in your lungs, stomach lining, and other areas.
  • your blood vessels to open up, causing more blood to flow
  • fluids containing more defensive chemicals to flow more easily from your bloodstream into individual cells

As the small blood vessels in your nose widen, fluids leak out into the surrounding tissues, causing the runny nose, watery eyes, itching, swelling, and other symptoms of nasal allergies.

This entire process is called the allergic inflammatory response. It's an effective way to fight invading agents. Unfortunately, when the agent is harmless, it's a wasted effort that only results in misery for you.

Source of Information

Written by Karen Serrano, MD
Emergency Medicine resident at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Reviewed by Lisa V. Suffian, MD
Instructor of Clinical Pediatrics in the Division of Allergy and Pulmonary Medicine at Saint Louis Children's Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine
Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital, Saint Louis University
Board certified in Allergy and Immunology

By learning now what you can do to help yourself, you will soon be able to take charge of your life rather than letting your allergies control you.

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Here are some products I suggest you try for relief

Please note that drinking lots of water is vital to keeping your body and stomach in proper order. You need to drink at least one-half ounce per pound of body weight daily. So, for example, if you weigh 180 pounds, you would drink 90 ounces (about 3 quarts) of water. During exercise or hot weather, you should increase your water intake significantly, depending on how much you sweat, how long you exercise, or how hot the temperature is.

In Water: for Health, for Healing, for Life, author Dr. Batmanghelidj writes: "Histamine is an important neurotransmitter that primarily regulates thirst mechanism for increased water intake. It also establishes a system of water rationing for the available water in the drought-stricken body."

When the body is dehydrated, histamine production increases significantly. Histamine's primary job is to make sure that the available water in the 
body is preserved for the most vital functions. Thus, increased histamine is not the problem; it's one of the body's ingenious adaptations for survival.

 

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In summary, nature can help prevent and alleviate allergies problems.  Increasing your intake of allergy-friendly nutrients through supplements diet or both can help you achieve your best allergy protection possible.

I use Proanthenols  and Vitamin C Plus along with a regular nutritional supplement regiment to combat my nasal allergies problem. Besides drinking lots of water as mention above, I also have a regular daily exercise routine, get adequate sleep and control my body weight. The result from my regiment is fantastic relief which was better than the beginning when I knew nothing about this nasal allergy problem.

I sincerely hope that you do find great relief from your nasal allergy problem. And if you need further assistance shoot me off an email message by clicking on the help link below.

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