Natural allergy relief is possible for those with seasonal allergies. Before attempting to cure allergies naturally, one must understand why have seasonal allergies. They must also understand that taking antihistamines does not provide allergy relief or long-term allergy treatment. In reverse.
Antihistamines are not the answer to seasonal allergies for numerous reasons, one of which is that the side effects of antihistamines are not pleasant:
- dry eyes
- dry breasts
- dry mouth
Antihistamines also don’t address why your body is responding so severely to pollen, hair and other environmental stimuli. Have you ever wondered why some people react seriously to pollen and others don’t? There is a reason for this and it is answered with one word:
Biochemistry is what creates the building blocks for stable cell membranes and a balanced immune system. Individuals with unstable cell membranes are more sensitive to seasonal allergies. Why? Histamine is stored in a cell. If a cell membrane is weak or easily broken, histamine pours into the circulation causing the symptoms of seasonal allergies:
- itchy eyes, nose and throat
- eyes full of tears
- repetitive sneezing
- breathing difficulties or airway limitation
- clear discharge from the sinuses
- tickling in the throat due to mucus, i.e. post-nasal drip
Cell membranes can be stabilized and strengthened by ascorbic acid and fatty acids called EPA and DHA.
With the right quantities of ascorbic acid and anti-inflammatory phospholipids, EPA and DHA, cell membranes regain their fluid structure and increase resistance to breakage.
Let’s focus first on ascorbic acid.
The Journal of Nutrition recently published a research paper called “Effect of Nutrition of Ascorbic Acids on Blood Histamine and Neutrophil Chemotaxis in Guinea Pigs”. The key comment in this noteworthy article is: “Blood histamine was significantly depressed in the high ascorbate group compared to the adequate and low ascorbate groups.” The complete article is available for free online.
Summary of this Research: Taking Increased Ascorbic Acid Levels to Prevent Histamine Release. Remember that histamine release = allergy symptoms.
Now let’s face the phospholipids of EPA and DHA. Cell membranes are made up of phospholipids. Some phospholipids are pro-inflammatory and increase the destruction of the cell membrane, leading to the release of histamine and allergic symptoms.
If an individual eats high amounts of arachidonic acid, an inflammatory phospholipid, they are more prone to allergies, arthritis, autoimmune conditions and so on. However, if this individual reduces the consumption of corn-fed beef and begins to ingest grass-fed or wild salmon-fed beef, their alpha-linolenic acid content in their cell membranes increases. With an increase in alpha-linolenic acid in cell membranes, the symptoms of inflammation and allergy decrease significantly.
It is difficult for many to change their eating habits and takes time. While an individual is recommended to stop eating corn-fed beef and switch to grass-fed beef or wild salmon, this can be expensive and even difficult to find in some areas. A potent form of alpha-linolenic acid has been studied orally to stabilize cell membranes, thereby reducing the symptoms of inflammation and allergy. Research conducted by the National Institute of Health in Japan has shown this point. An excerpt from the results of their study:
“In all cases the concentration of alpha-linolenic acid and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, 22: 6 (n-3)) was increased, while linolenic acid (18: 2 (n-6)) was slightly and arachidonic acid (20: 4 (n-6)) was significantly reduced. The histamine content in the cells treated with alpha-linolenic acid was significantly lower than that of the untreated cells. “
Translation: The researchers had cells that had high amounts of arachidonic acid in the cell membrane. Then they fed the cells with high amounts of alpha-linolenic acid and DHA. They measured the quantities of each afterwards and found that cell membranes absorbed alpha-linolenic acid and DHA which lowered inflammatory arachidonic acid. This led to an overall reduction in histamine.
This means that if people with seasonal allergies take a highly concentrated form of alpha-linolenic acid, histamine will decrease further. Alpha-linolenic acid must be converted by the body into EPA and DHA. Hence, greater results and lesser symptoms of seasonal allergies will occur if EPA and DHA are taken directly. The combination of ascorbic acid, EPA and DHA will significantly reduce histamine release. Many relief from natural allergies can be achieved simply by taking ascorbic acid, EPA and DHA.
However, there is a problem.
It takes time to rebuild and stabilize cell membranes.
For those individuals suffering from severe seasonal allergies, nasal irrigation is paramount. Nasal irrigation bathes the breasts with filtered water and salt which eliminates the cause of seasonal allergies: pollen.
Neti pots they are extremely effective when used in the morning, afternoon and evening. This limits the exposure of pollen to the immune system. If the immune system doesn’t receive a trigger, it won’t react. So, frequently wash your breasts with a neti pot to remove these potential triggers.
Some tricks with nasal irrigation:
- Use a fairly large neti pot. Many neti pots contain only 8 ounces of water. This is not enough to rinse both breasts sufficiently. Also, a smaller neti pot does not provide enough pressure because the water column is smaller. The greater the water column or the greater the amount of water in a neti pot, the more effective it is in washing the breasts.
- Use filtered water. Chlorinated tap water is one of the main irritants for the nasal mucosa. Filter and slightly heat the water.
- Add about 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. This softens the water and also creates a similar salinity of the natural breast mucosa.
- Do it in the shower in the morning if you have a chlorine shower filter. Just fill the neti pot with warm filtered water, add the salt and baking soda and rinse your breasts in the shower.
- You can also perform nasal irrigation on a sink or lean on the tub.
For those with severe seasonal allergies, potent plant sterols are very effective in stabilizing the immune system. If the immune system is hyperactive, the smallest amount of pollen will send the person into a symptom of sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes and suffering. However, with a calm immune system, more pollen is needed to trigger an immune response.
The best way to take plant sterols using Sterol 117 is:
- Take a loading dose of Sterol 117 for 7 days. Take 2 capsules on waking and 2 capsules before bedtime. This loads your body with plant sterols and quickly calms the immune system, stopping or significantly reducing seasonal allergies.
- Once your seasonal allergies have completely subsided, reduce the dose to 1 capsule in AM.
- If you find that you need to increase the dose again to 2 capsules a day or 2 capsules twice a day, do so. The goal, however, is to get to the lowest possible dose.
- Over time, hopefully, the increase in ascorbic acid, EPA and DHA has stabilized cell membranes by reducing the need for potent plant sterols.
You will be able to say something like this: “I started taking Sterol 117 on Dr. Ben’s recommendation because my spring allergies have been terrible this year and I have developed asthma symptoms. Not wanting to take drugs because they bind me or tire me , I wanted a natural solution, but so far no one has helped me. I started taking two Sterol 117 a day and in a couple of days all my symptoms were completely gone, including the symptoms of asthma. Sterol 117 was nothing short of a miracle for me! “
Drinking lots of filtered water during the day is also essential. Histamine levels are more concentrated in people who drink less water. The more concentrated the histamine, the more severe the seasonal allergies. Take filtered water with you all day and drink at least 10 cups a day.
Soon, you can be the person who does not suffer from seasonal allergies. You will have stabilized your cell membranes, washed your nasal sinuses, calmed your immune system, increased your water intake and thrown your antihistamines in the bin.
So when you see that your colleague is unhappy with seasonal allergies climbing the desk in search of antihistamines, tell them how you have overcome your seasonal allergies. They will love you for this. Do it for your boss and who knows what could happen.