We are in the midst of Allergy Awareness Week 2018 in the UK, which is designed to raise awareness of people living with allergies and this year focusses on travelling with allergies. So, in our mission to keep you all fighting fit, looking and feeling your best and enjoying full lives, we thought we’d offer some tips on getting to grips with allergies.
What is an allergy?
An allergy is a damaging immune response by the body to a substance, especially a food, pollen, fur or dust, to which it has become hypersensitive. Seasonal allergies can also affect us, especially now in the UK with springtime bringing fresh growth of grasses and pollen.
Unfortunately, every substance on earth that can be eaten, inhaled or touched is a potential allergen, depending on your individual genetic profile and how well your system is running. Your emotional inheritance, lifestyle, diet and physical environment are also important because they define the burden your system must detoxify and process daily. With this in mind, you can see how holidays and trips to new places can trigger allergies, when many of these factors change from your day-to-day life.
How well you process this ‘body burden’ is crucial to how you feel each day. The older we get, the greater this toxic burden becomes and the less able our bodies are to deal with it.
Allergies are at the root of many difficult and chronic health problems, including respiratory ailments, skin conditions, mood disorders and gastrointestinal symptoms. On top of these, the negative health effects from allergy-triggered inflammation can be profound. Neither a chronic nor an acute allergic response is something you should ignore.
Responding to your allergic reactions
If you suspect sensitivities, start taking note of how certain foods or substances in the environment, affect you on a day-to-day basis. Chances are you’ll notice a pattern, especially as you age. Keeping an ‘allergy diary’ is a useful first step in connecting the dots between your symptoms and the foods or environmental factors that you are reacting to.
Foods to look out for
There are eight foods that are formally recognised as common triggers for allergic reactions. These include peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, milk, shellfish, fish, wheat and their derivatives (gluten intolerance), and soy and their derivatives, as well as sulphites (often found in flavours and colours in foods).
Fight back against allergies
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