The 5 step strategy to fight off allergy
Determining the exact cause of an allergic reaction seems almost like a true detective story. What caused your skin to go red and itchy – is it something you ate? Or it has something to do with the environment? All those questions are very hard to answer, so you need a good plan. Try this 5-step guidance to deal with your allergies once and for all.
1. Narrow down the suspects
Before you visit your allergist you can try to determine the cause with a little experiment. Avoid common allergens like eggs, wheat, corn, dairy, nuts, honey and shellfish, for example for a week or two, and then add them back one by one, watching for any reactions.
2. Alleviate symptoms
Eat more anti-inflammatory foods, which can ease the symptoms of allergic reactions. These types of food include citrus, broccoli, elderberries, collards, kale, onions, garlic, and parsley.
3. Balance your gut
Take probiotics twice daily for a couple of weeks. If it happens that probiotics lessen your allergic reactions on food, continue the course. If you have any ongoing digestive issues or have taken antibiotics fairly often in your life, get your gut checked out with a practitioner who is aware of gut connections to immunity and who offers specialized lab testing to look at digestion, microbes, and permeability.
Reduce the level of your stress and brighten up. Research shows that chronic stress can trigger allergy flare-ups.
5. Use supplement
Include quercetin and vitamin C, as well as vitamin A and vitamin D. Decide on the exact dosage that fits for you with your doctor. Try the “honey treatment,” starting with 1/2 teaspoon daily of locally produced honey and working up to 1 tablespoon over 2 to 3 weeks. (The research here is mixed, but many patients report good results, as they do with consuming local bee pollen.)