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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 and also 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

Surya- namaskara, Shavasana, Sarvangasana, Setu Bandhasana, Halasana, Paschimottanasana, Ardh-matsyendrasana, Yogamudra, Shashankasana

RECOMMENDED PRANAYAMAS

Kapalbhati, Bhastrika, Ujjayi, Nadi Shodhana

SHATKRIYAS
Neti, Kunjal, Enema or Laghoo Shankhaprakshalana (Once in a week)
RELAXATION
Yoga nidra

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 (broken wheat).

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 allergic reactions is avoiding what triggers them.
• Drink tons of warm water.
• Take diet which is low in heavy indigestible elements like fats and oils, milk and ghee, spices, sweets and refined products. Adequate fresh fruits, vegetables and roughage are recommended.
• To increase the intake of fresh seasonal fruit, take fruit in between meals.
• Do not eat and drink together. Drink water half an hour before or after eating.
• Regular meal times be followed and the evening meal should be before 7 p.m. Avoid overeating.
• Take plenty of soups.
• A salt free diet is the best diet and should be taken frequently .
• Massage and steam bath are 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 will counter allergies.
• Reduce stress and be cheerful.


Courtesy: Dr. Rita Khanna
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