A: Spring is upon us! Unfortunately for many, springtime means allergy time. When exposed to an allergen, the body triggers the immune system to go into action. The immune system releases histamine that attaches to receptors in blood vessels causing them to enlarge. Histamine binds to receptors causing redness, swelling and itching. Over-the-counter allergy medications are focused only on relieving the symptoms. These medications do not get to the source of the symptoms, and they come with many side effects. While treating the symptoms may seem easiest, it’s important to understand that the side effects of these chemicals increase in severity with long-term usage and may even eventually worsen the symptoms.
One of the primary causes of allergies is an impaired immune system, which substantially increases the risk of allergic reactions. The immune system becomes stressed due to an overload of toxins. To improve immune system function and reduce allergic reactions, avoid sugar, as it overtaxes the body during digestion. Avoid dairy products as they increase the production of mucus and can mimic allergic reactions. Eat only whole foods. Healthy foods build the immune system and actually help to alleviate allergic reactions.
Chiropractors recognize the important role a healthy nervous system plays in a healthier immune system. Most over-the-counter and prescription allergy treatments adversely affect the nervous system, which means that they will adversely affect your overall health and wellness. Chiropractic adjustments remove interferences to the nervous system and improve immune system functioning. Many people report allergies improve with regular chiropractic care.
Information provided by Dr. Kari Swain, Swain Chiropractic, 410 Center Place S.W., 967-9300.