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Allergies: Some Holistic Strategies

Armando Fente

Allergy Season and Infrared Saunas  

Allergy Season and Infrared Saunas

 

If you're one of the 50 million Americans that suffer from allergies each year, it's time to get prepared. Though spring is still a few weeks away, 2017's mild winter will probably lead to higher levels of pollen and a longer, more brutal allergy season. While many just normally reach for a bottle of antihistamines when symptoms strike, we'd like to suggest a few holistic steps you can also take that might minimize your occurrences and offer relief.

In order to find the best non-toxic alternatives it's important to understand that an allergy is an overreaction of the body's immune system to a normally harmless substance. In most people, allergens like pollens, foods, and house dust mites pose no problem, in allergic individuals, their immune system identifies these as a "threat" and produces immunoglobulin (IgE) antibodies. These antibodies cause cells to produce histamines that lead to the allergic reactions - runny nose, watery eyes, hives, etc.

As a matter of fact, allergic and autoimmune diseases are on the rise in westernized countries and many scientists believe the reason is that we've created too much of a sanitized environment. The theory, known as "hygiene hypothesis", stipulates that a lack of early childhood exposure to infectious agents, symbiotic microorganisms (such as the gut flora or probiotics), and parasites increases susceptibility to allergic diseases by suppressing the natural development of the immune system.  Supporting that is research that shows people born by c-section are 5 times more likely to develop allergies and bowel disorders due to the fact they don't go through the birth canal. That passage is the time when a baby ingests some of the important bacteria that will colonize its gut.  So, when addressing any allergy concerns it's obvious that immune system function is key. And since 80% of our immune system resides in our GI tract, gut health is vitally important to allergy strategy.

Here are our favorite ways to help with allergies:

Eat Better/Cleaner: As much as possible, eat a mostly fresh, organic, plant-based diet. Avoid precessed foods, GMO's, additives, preservatives and pesticides, whenever possible, as all have been linked to allergies. Also, eat fermented foods, such as kimchi and sauerkraut as they are known to optimize gut flora and stay away from pasteurized dairy products as they can increase phlegm.

Supplement: Quercetin is at the top of the list of allergy supplements. Derived from flavonoids commonly found in fruits and veggies, it has been shown to act as a natural antihistamine. As we've shown, supporting digestive health is essential to a strong immune system - take a good probiotic.  (Especially wise for children of C-section births.) Increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids as they have been shown to reduce immune responses. And, if you suffer from asthma get your vitamin D levels checked. Low vitamin D has been shown to be a primary cause of asthma.

Neti Pot: Flushing your nasal cavity is widely recommended even by mainstream medical sources. Emptying your sinuses will help flush out pollen and other irritants, helping you breathe a little easier. They can be purchased easily online or at many pharmacies.

Infrared Saunas: A 2013 study found that after just 6 weeks of sauna therapy individuals suffering from chronic allergies were able to experience less congestion and greater lung capacity. The  treatments seemed to stabilize the body's Autonomic Nervous System which regulates immune system response. 

Reduce Stress: A 2013 study in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology found that, "... individuals with persistent emotional stress have more frequent allergy flares". So do whatever you can to reduce stress - meditate, relax, exercise, sauna, and get enough sleep.

Colon Hydrotherapy: Along with a clean diet and probiotics, colonics are the best way to keep  your GI tract, especially your colon, in tip-top shape.

Acupuncture: A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine showed that that patients with rhinitis showed considerable improvement with acupuncture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Kurtz's New Book!

Armando Fente

We are so proud to announce the release of "Kicking Sick" by DTX's very own Amy Kurtz! It is the go-to guide for thriving with chronic health issues. In it Amy not only tells you of her long struggles overcoming chronic GI and thyroid issues, but more importantly she brings you advice from her A-team of amazing health experts, including Dr. Mark Hyman, Kris Carr, Dr. Gerald Mullin, Gabby Bernstein, our co-founder Cindy Suarez and many more. If you or someone you know suffers from chronic health issues this book will be an invaluable resource. Order it today. We are also thrilled to announce that Amy will soon be expanding her health coaching practice and will have office hours at DTX very soon! 

THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE OF DETOXING

Armando Fente

Juices/Veggies

Truth Bomb: Going on a cleanse or juice fast isn’t necessarily detoxing your body because just drinking juice or eliminating some foods will only take care of one part of the detoxification process. True detoxing is a two-step process. Step #1 is loosening. Old waste is sitting in your body for a reason - it’s stuck. It needs some “soap” to loosen it up. Step #2 is removal. Once that hard matter has been loosened, it doesn’t always come out on it’s own. It often needs help. When someone does a juice cleanse or even just changes their diet for the better by removing or consuming less processed foods, meat, dairy etc., while adding more plant-based food and fresh juices, they will initiate the detox process. That means old toxins will be loosened from the digestive tract, organs, blood and tissue and directed to your organs of elimination for removal, primarily your colon and skin. When on a strict juice fast, the cessation of eating combined with the drinking of alkaline-rich fresh juice will speed up this “loosening” exponentially. But even then all you're guaranteeing to take place is Step #1 - the loosening. It’s not necessarily going to remove that waste and toxins from your body. Check the dictionary definition: “Detoxification - the physiological or medicinal removal of toxic substances from a living organism.” The key word is removal. Something has to leave the body for de-toxing to occur.  Paying attention to "removal" becomes even more important because, over our many years of practice, we’ve noticed that most people “go” less on a cleanse than they normally do. And, please do not fall into the erroneous thinking that, “I haven’t been eating for a few days, so what can possibly be in my intestines?” A lot. Trust us. We’ve worked with thousands of clients on cleanses over the years and never has one of them been “empty”. So, you see, unless you get this stuff out, you’ve really haven’t detoxed.

So, how do you achieve Step #2?

By increasing your outflow. This is where colon therapy and infrared saunas come to the rescue. Colonics are a fantastic way to help your system get rid of cellular debris aka ‘waste’. When you clear the main evacuation highway known as your colon, your entire system benefits. You start to feel lighter, clearer, and healthier.  Another great way to increase your outflow is through infrared sauna. Your skin is your largest organ and it needs to rid itself of the environmental pollution that accumulates in it. The sweat that leaves your body from an infrared sauna session will carry out all kinds of toxins and chemicals that are stored deep in the fat tissue, blood stream and organs. Teaming both, colonics and infrared sauna, as part of your detox regimen will make all of your efforts truly worth it.

The DTX team is here to answer any questions you may have. 

Happy DTX-ing!