A: While anti-histamines help reduce the severity of some allergy symptoms, these are not without side effects. Especially concerning is treating children with medications which do nothing to resolve the cause of allergies, but merely reduce the symptom severity. For this reason, natural alternatives to anti-histamine medication should be pursued. Because allergies are caused by an improper immune response, reducing allergies requires improving the health of the immune system. There are several ways to accomplish this:
• Nutrition. Without essential nutrients, the body cannot produce the cells needed for proper immune function. Consuming adequate fruits and vegetables, plenty of water and complex carbohydrates and essential fatty acids with whole grains, fish and healthy oils provides the building blocks for healthy immune components.
• Exercise. Aerobic exercise boosts immune function by stimulating proper immune cells (IgG) and suppressing histamine-producing cells (IgE) to balance the response to allergens.
• Chiropractic. The nervous system regulates the immune system’s response to allergens. Spinal misalignments that interfere with a properly functioning nervous system may inhibit the body’s coordinated immune cell activity. Injuries, poor work or sleep posture and stress can cause spinal misalignments that impair your nervous system. Chiropractic adjustments have helped many allergy sufferers and allowed them to enjoy life outdoors.
Information provided by Jodi K. Kuhse D.C., D.I.C.C.P., Luellen Chiropractic, 608 Greene St., Suite C, 993-1117.