Allergies – January Problem in July

I had a call from a dear friend who is concerned about her grown son. He suffers with seasonal allergies.

This year for some reason he is feeling worse than usual and he wants relief. He told her that he is willing to give my services a try.

I asked her one question: “What food does he love”?

She said “French fries, he eats them every single day”.

“Ask him if he will give them up”?

“No way” says a big voice in the background!

Seasonal allergies are a January problem showing extra stress in July

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(Here comes some Star Trek techno-babble so be warned)

The root of all allergies is in the liver

It is the body’s major filter, and like most filters it needs a cleaning from time to time.

It filters our blood of:

Our liver filters metabolic toxins, environmental toxins and excess fats. In truth the liver has 500 jobs and keeping the blood clean is just one of them. It also is a major player in our immune system.

This young man is hard on his liver. What he needed to do was to start to clean up his liver in January. Then he could look at a deeper cleaning in the first warm days of May and June.

Would this have solved all his problems? No. It just would have put him in a better position today.

If the liver is already overloaded, once the pollen season kicks in, it is too late for the immune system to muscle up.

Think of it this way:

It is like asking someone to bench-press weights for the first time and starting off with a full 200 pounds.

If we expect someone to lift a huge weight, we need to come up with a training plan that starts with 25 pounds. Slowly and progressively the load increases until the 200 pounds is manageable.

For people who are pollen sensitive, July is when they are hit with the whole big load.

Reduce or avoid foods that slow down or that stagnate the liver:

Fats and fat containing foods congest the liver. This includes coconut oil, too. Eggs, cheese slow the liver down. Frying oils are even harder to break down. Frying oils are toxic as well. This all spells a harder time for the liver. (Ice cream, corn syrup, potato or fried corn chips, chocolate (wax ingredients), sugar, fats, refined oil products, heavy meats and too much alcohol, refined flour and all processed or refined foods.)

Repeated sneezing out of nowhere is a sign that your liver is making a great big fuss about something. Think back to anything you ate within 24 or 48 hours. Was it a big job for your liver?

The first thing this young man can do to help his liver is to reduce the over all burden. Yes the French fries have to go, at least as a staple in his day.

Clean house

What foods can help the liver?

These are the bitter greens like dandelion and kale and artichokes. The liver likes onions and garlic. It likes the warming foods like chilies and cayenne pepper. It likes it when we back off on eating and drink plenty of water and water with lemon.

There are herbs that clean the liver such as dandelion, cleavers and yellow dock. Our bodies love herbs delivered in a tea. In my local grocery store I can find a tea from Traditional Medicinals called ‘Everyday Organic Detox Tea’. I include this in my ice tea recipe; a staple in my life, especially in the summer.

Turn off the allergic response (get help)

Once our body freaks out and sound the alarm bell, it is hard to get the immune system settled down. This can be done through energy balancing techniques which is what I do.

There are products that can be brought into play to strengthen the allergy defenses. This is NOT time for echinacea. You will want to keep the immune system quiet, rather than stimulate it into red alert.

There are a number of herbs such as Ontario Ginseng, and Siberian Ginseng that are adaptogens. What this means is they help your body to deal more easily with stressors, including extremes of temperature and humidity.

There are natural products such as Aller-gen that reduce the histamine response. There are homeopathic single remedies and homeopathic complexes that help reduce discomfort. These are closely matched to the symptoms which are unique for each person.

Being Pro-active

I always believe it is better to meet your problems on the road rather than waiting for them to get delivered right to you. Taking pro-active steps to improve your health will give you more comfort when the pollen starts.

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Bio PicNelda McEwen has been practicing as a Medical Intuitive in SW Ontario for over 25 years; counselling individuals and families, as well as offering her signature ICH training to other Medical Intuitives in the health field. Nelda’s professional research has been acknowledged and published in the Professional Kinesiology Practitioners Manual. The PKP program is recognized through the International Kinesiology College of Zurich Switzerland.