First off I want to say that allergies can show themselves in many different forms, from stuffy nose, to high blood pressure, headaches and diarrhea. I have them all! For a long time I couldn't figure out why I was having these episodes of high blood pressure, accompanied with headaches and diarrhea. One of the doctors told me "oh, you get high blood pressure from pain, so the headaches are what causes your high blood pressure. Bah hambug!!! I believe that the headaches ARE my high blood pressure, regardless if some doctors may think you cannot "feel" high blood pressure. People in tune with their bodies CAN! Finally I figured out that it was every time I ate a LOT of cheese, or if I ate at Chinese Restaurants. My Allergist then told me there was such a thing as being allergic to a Protein called Tyramine, found in most foods, especially aged cheeses and other "older" foods, since this protein multiplies the older the food gets, so I also eliminated most left-overs and voila-most of my troubles are gone. Then there was a time when I used nasal spray every day. I had a constant cold. I was miserable trying to sleep and would wake up with nightmares of someone choking me to death, cause I wasn't able to breath out of my nose. I also noticed that I would get severe Heartburn from certain foods, like Watermelon, so I quit eating them. And boy, I wasn't able to touch my little critters at all without itching severely. Finally I went and got an Allergy Test done. They put a bunch of substances on a pallet and "poked" them under my skin. I found out I am allergic pretty much year around... Trees, Grass, Ragweed and Dust mites - that would explain the constant cold. I am also allergic to all furry critters, but not to feathered ones. And well, the food... I'm allergic to Bananas, Watermelon, Kiwi, and the rest of that fruit family. I was put on Flonase, which I have to say did wonders and I didn't have to use my other nasal spray anymore. I was also put on Claritin and that helped with the rest quite a bit. I also looked into other solutions a bit. Here we go:
Doctors of Chiropractic claim that “cracking” will help, if not eliminate Allergies.
Even though "cracking" has helped in a lot of other ways, I personally have not seen any benefits with my Allergies.
However, the Chiropractor I see told me Mega Doses of Vitamin C would do wonders for Allergies and boy was he right!!
I took 2500 mg of Chewable Vitamin C for a couple of months and am now able to enjoy ALL foods I used to be allergic to
I love you Dr. Paul!!
Other methods that help:
HEPA filters are your first defense. You can purchase them for your home. They can be installed on the air return of a heating and air-conditioning unit. One brand is called Space-Guard, and requires professional installation. We did get a filter installed and I have noticed somewhat of a difference. An alternative approach is to purchase a portable HEPA room air purifier. The following portable HEPA air filters were highly rated by Consumer Reports:
Also use a vacuum with HEPA filter
Researchers have demonstrated that enclosing your box spring, mattress, pillow, and bedding with either an impermeable (plastic) or semi-permeable (micro-porous) cover can dramatically reduce your contact with mite poop. You can also kill mites by frequently washing sheets and covers in hot water (greater than 130 Fahrenheit).
Cleaning the nose with salt water is an ancient Yoga practice. Put a teaspoon of salt in warm water and then pour from the neti pot into one nostril. Do this over the sink, as the water should drain out the other nostril. Once it has drained, repeat the procedure on the other side.
Large doses of Vitamin C may reduce antibody-allergen binding and diminish allergic symptoms. Take 500 mg periodically throughout the day up to a maximum of 2.5 to 3 grams. If you experience diarrhea, reduce the dose. Added Bioflavonoids may give you added benefit.
400 mg Magnesium, Blackberries, Cranberries, Onions, Raspberries, and Kale fight Allergies.
Drink Eyebright, ground Ivy or Ribwort plantain tea
|Stinging Nettle:||300 mg of freeze dried nettle in capsules two or three times per day.|
|Peppermint:||Inhaling the oils makes you breathe easier. Drink mint tea (steep 1 teaspoon of dried herb in 1 cup of hot water for 15 minutes) as needed if it helps. You can also use essential oil of peppermint in steam inhalation. Simply boil a pot of water, pour it carefully in a heat resistant bowl, and add three to five drops of essential oil. Cover your head with a towel. Holding your face at least 12 inches from the steam, breathe deeply through your nose for several minutes.|
|Licorice Root:||It's an anti-inflammatory and antiallergy. For hay fever you want whole licorice, not DGL variety. Up to six 400 or 500 mg capsules per day, or 20 to 30 drops of tincture up to 3 times per day. Do not use longer than 6 weeks.|
|Feverfew:||Possesses anti-inflammatory properties. You can nibble one to two fresh leaves a day or make them into a tea. Instead you may choose to use up to three 400 to 500 mg capsules per day or 15 to 30 drops of tincture per day.|
|Garlic:||Garlic contains the anti-inflammatory substance quercetin, which can help calm the allergic response during hay fever season. It's also a potent antibacterial and antiviral agent. Up to three 500 to 600 mg capsules per day, or just eat one or more fresh, raw cloves per day.|
|Reishi:||Reishi inhibits some of body chemicals that trigger inflammation, including histamine. Up to five 420 mg capsules per day, or up to three 1,000 mg tablets up to 3 times per day.|
Wash out your nose with salt water.
1/2 teaspoons salt or baking soda to 1 cup of warm, clean water. Or make herbal tea and add salt to that. Good herbs include eyebright (anti-inflammatory and astringent), Oregon grape-root or goldenseal (mucous membrane tonics).
Put your saline or herb solution into a creamer with a long spout, an eyedropper, or a neti pot (available at yoga equipment stores).
Turn your head to one side and lower it over the sink. Keeping your forehead slightly higher than your chin, gently pour the solution in to your uppermost nostril. The solution will drain out your other nostril and some may run down the back of your throat.
This form of nasal irrigation helps flush out pollens, molds and other allergens. It also helps thin mucus, making it easier to expel by gently blowing into a tissue.
Hay Fever Preventive:
1/2 teaspoon each tinctures of Siberian ginseng root, nettle leaves, elder flowers, peppermint leaves and Chinese skullcap leaves.
Combine ingredients. Take half a dropperful at least 5 times daily. It is best to start when you experience the earliest signs of hay fever season approaching. Because of the frequency with which you need to take this formula, most people find that a tincture is most convenient, but you can also use these herbs to make a tea.
Food Reaction Tincture:
1 teaspoon each chamomile flower and dandelion root
1/2 teaspoon each gentian rhizome, licorice root and marshmallow root
Combine indgredients. Take half a dropperful an hour before each meal. You could also use these same proportions to make a tea, although gentian is extremely bitter.
1 cucumber, peeled
2 stalks celery
1 bunch spinach
1/2 head broccoli
Pinch of parsley
1/2 cup ice or bottled water to thin down
There are some typical physical characteristics of people who have food reactions: They often have dark circles under their eyes, their eyes are puffy, they have a few horizontal creases in their lower eyelids, they suffer from irregular fluid retention, and they often suffer from swollen glands.
The best way to determine a food reaction is by food elimination. The best way to start is by keeping a food diary for two weeks. In it you record every food you may eat along with all symptoms that might occur. In the diet you will omit for at least seven days any food that you eat more often than twice weekly, as well as common allergenic foods.
The basic elimination diet allows all vegetables save corn and all fruits but citrus fruits, fresh meats (free of preservatives), drinks such as water and juices of the fruits allowed, all nuts but peanuts, honey, pure maple syrup, safflower and sunflower oils, non iodized salt, rice, and oats.
Food Products to Avoid:
|Cookies||Ice Cream||Lunch Meats||Margarines|
|Crackers||Gravies||Lunch Meats||Processed Foods|
|Pancake Mix||Pies||Salad Dressings|
|Corn Chips||Corn Oil||Corn Starch||Corn Syrup|
|Maple Syrup||Salad Dressing||Soft Drinks||Sucrose|
|Flavorings||Colorings||Preservatives||BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole)|
|BHTButylated Hydroytoluence)||MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)||Karaya/gums||Nitrite|
|Alcohol||Carbonation||Coffee||Tea (allow herb)|
|Aspartame||Beans||Black Pepper||Canned Foods|
|Mustard||Peanuts||Processed Meats||Preserved Meats|
When you have followed the elimination diet for 7 to 10 days, you should see a reduction in your symptoms if they are food related. To pinpoint which foods are problematic for you, you then need to do a food challenge, introducing foods, one at a time, to see if you react to them. Here are the foods to use, one at a time:
|Wheat:||Cream of wheat||Shredded wheat||puffed wheat|
|Corn||Corn on the cob||popcorn|
|Milk||Beverage||shake with allowed fruit|
|Citrus fruit||fruit||pure juice|
|Oils||Sauteed with acceptable vegetables|
|Chocolate||cocoa mixed with honey*|
|Yeast||Mixed in tolerated fruit juice*|
|Sugar||Mixed in tolerated fruit juice*|
|Food coloring||mixed in tolerated fruit juice*|
|Monosodium Glutamate||sprinkle on stir-fried vegetables|
|Aspartame or saccharine||mixed with juice*|
*= These foods are not recommended for daily diet regardless of allergy.
Most food reactions occur a few minutes to twenty-four hours after the food is eaten; if a reaction does occur, don't challenge with any other foods until the reaction clears.
If you make a connection between a symptom and a particular food, that food should be eliminated from your diet for six to eight months. You can then reintroduce the food and see if you're still sensitive. Sometimes reactions will disappear when the food is eaten infrequently. If you don't have symptoms then, you can eat the food occasionally. Of course, if symptoms recur, the food should be eliminated.
There's another reaction you might notice and one that will help you identify troublesome foods: a rapid pulse. You might try taking your pulse after meals to see if it's elevated.
Patients often say that when they eliminate a known reactive food from their diet, they go through a period of feeling worse than ever. This can last up to five days. Eventually they'll recover and feel much better after their body adjusts.
As a rule of thumb, don't repeat the same foods two days in a row. You'll help your body to avoid reactions.
So I have been researching a little on Amine Allergies and I'm wondering if there's a connection between Amine Allergies and Disorderly Conduct Charges after Alcohol consumption. It really would make sense, since Amine Allergies can cause Aggressive Behaviors.
What are Amines?