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MANAGE YOUR ALLERGIES NATURALLY…

Sensitivity to certain substances, which causes body reaction, is known as allergy. The word 'allergy' means an altered or abnormal tissue reaction after exposure to an antigen (also called an 'allergen'). Allergies are often associated with weak adrenal, immune and digestive functions. Common allergic reactions are sneezing, watery eyes, running or clogged nose, coughing, eye, nose and throat irritation and conjunctivitis. These reactions are the body’s ways of defending itself against bacteria and viruses. The immune system plays a role in defending the body's defense against microbes and other threats to health but it is also the culprit in the phenomena of allergies & hypersensitivity.

THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
The immune system is a collection of cells (such as B-Cells, T-Cells etc.), chemical messengers (e.g. cytokine) and proteins (such as immunoglobulin) that work together to protect the body from potentially harmful, infectious microorganisms (microscopic life forms) such as bacteria, viruses and fungi. It generates Immunoglobin E or IgE, which attacks the particular allergen that enters the body. When the IgE encounters its allergen, it binds to it and the cell to which the IgE is attached releases histamine, cytokines or leukotrines, or any powerful inflammatory chemical. The allergic reaction occurs if the body tissues are sensitive to the allergen. The allergen may reach the tissues by direct contact with the skin or various mucous membranes of the organs or through the bloodstream after absorption. Almost any part of the body can be affected by allergies.

ALLERGIC REACTIONS
Allergic reactions are caused by a wide range of substances and conditions. These include pollens, dust, cosmetics, animal hair; poisonous plants, serums, vaccines, drugs; physical agents such as heat, cold and sunlight, as well as a variety of foods. The foods that commonly cause allergic reactions are oranges, milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts, fish, chocolates, tomatoes, and strawberries. Stress and heightened negative emotions can also aggravate allergies, which may lead to chronic respiratory illnesses such as asthma and bronchitis.

ADOPT YOGA
Yoga strengthens the body's natural resistance, helps the body block toxic reactions, and strengthens the liver, which boosts the immunity. An ideal life style based on Yoga that helps to remove stress and leads to relaxation, is extremely effective in reducing the allergy symptoms by tempering the immune system's response to the offender.

RECOMMENDED POSES
Sarvangasana, Setu Bandhasana, Yogamudra, Ardh-matsyendrasana, Shavasana.

RECOMMENDED PRANAYAMAS
Kapalbhati Pranayama, Ujjayi Pranayama, Anulome-Vilome (Read my last week article). I recommend that one must learn these Pranayamas from an experienced teacher.

RECOMMENDED DIET
To strengthen the overall physical resistance to every allergy, the body requires a large alkaline reserve for its daily activity. For that, take a glass of warm water with the juice of lemon with two teaspoon of honey first thing in the morning. Before breakfast- a glass of carrot juice. Breakfast- some seasonal fruit, Lunch- Chapattis+ seasonal vegetables + salad & curd / buttermilk. Evening- fruit / fruit juice. Dinner- same as lunch /Dalia.

AVOID
· Tea, coffee, chocolate, cola drinks, alcohol, sugar and products made from it.
· Refined cereals, meat, fish, chicken, tobacco, milk, cheese, butter, smoked and salted pickled foods.
· Foods containing any chemical additives, preservatives and flavourings.

FEW GUIDELINES FOR MANAGING ALLERGY
The best way to prevent having allergic reactions is avoiding what triggers them.
Drink tons of warm water.
Do not eat and drink together. Drink water before half an hour or after half an hour of eating.
To increase the intake of fresh seasonal fruit, take fruit in between meals.
Take plenty of soup.
A salt free diet is the best diet for some time.
Massage, steam bath, and nature cure treatments like Neti will be beneficial.
Hygiene of the whole body must be looked after properly.
Plenty of sleep, adequate rest and fresh air are very beneficial.
Cleansing (overhauling) of the body before the allergy season.
Reduce stress and be cheerful.

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