by Helen Mawson
Many people suffer from problems caused by allergies or intolerance, for some these problems can be life threatening, for most people, however, symptoms are miserable and tiresome.
Allergic reactions occur when a person is exposed to or ingests a substance or food that the body does not recognise. An immune response is triggered which is the reaction people experience as an allergy. With a true allergy, the person responds to any amount of the substance.
Intolerance, on the other hand, occurs when an individual is exposed to a certain amount of the offending substance or food, too much for their body to handle which tips the balance. Stress levels affect intolerance greatly if a person is very busy and under pressure their tolerance levels will be low. On the other hand, tolerance will be high when a person is relaxed and balanced. You may have experienced this on holidays when you eat things that would normally cause a problem for you but because you are relaxed and stress-free no problem occurs.
Typical allergy/ intolerance symptoms include; a runny nose, streaming eyes, itching, sneezing, & rashes. Hidden allergies could also be causing problems for you and could be the root cause of other health issues such as; arthritis, PMS, IBS, digestive disturbances, weight loss / gain, eczema, asthma, migraine, fibroids to name but a few.
Causes of allergies / intolerance include; foods such as wheat & dairy. A good indication of allergy or intolerance’ is when you constantly crave certain foods. Grass and tree pollen are common allergens and cause Hay fever which is miserable for lots of people during the summer months. Chemicals around the home or workplace could also be causing problems as could airborne substances such as moulds. Other allergens may be more complex.
Book a Bowen treatment;
A technique I use a lot when treating clients with hay fever and allergies is called the TMJ short for temporomandibular joint. The technique helps to balance the jaw and its alignment with the skull. Often disruption in this joint results after dentistry, damage to other areas of the spine, compensation, stress and tension and a multitude of other reasons. When the TMJ is out of balance all sorts of problems can result such as hay fever, allergies, eye problems, ear problems, headaches, migraines, sinus problems, congestion, asthma, dizziness and the list goes on. In order to specifically address hay fever. I generally suggest that individuals have some treatment, at least, a month before their hay fever season begins.
I have experienced some remarkable results using this technique and the sinus procedure for people suffering from seasonal allergies. The treatment is holistic also which means that it is in tune with your body and often has other beneficial side effects.
Tapping routine to switch off an allergy;
Tapping the beginning and end points of the Bladder, Kidney, Stomach, and Spleen meridians has been shown to switch off allergic reactions. This is something that can be done anytime you feel a reaction happening. To download a PDF showing where to tap click here
Look at your nutrition; Sometimes when our body is not achieving the correct amounts of certain vitamins and minerals allergy symptoms may occur. This is something I can test you for using Kinesiology testing.
Supplement your diet; Certain supplements are proven to reduce allergic symptoms, Quercetin which is a plant flavonoid is one of these it’s been known to reduce allergic reactions especially hayfever & asthma. Vitamin C is a great supplement also as it helps the immune system deal with the stress it is experiencing as a result of the allergic reaction. Other supplements would include natural anti-inflammatories such as essential fatty acids, and curcumin in turmeric supplements.
Eat more organic; Organic foods that are free from chemicals tend to be easier to eat and assimilate for those people suffering from allergies. It is also proven that organic food has higher levels of nutrients.
Wash fruit & veg; Chemical residue and moulds on fruit and vegetables build in the time between fruit and veg been picked and packed and this can cause problems for some people.
Avoid processed foods; Wheat and dairy products often cause problems for people. Many of my clients experienced significant improvement in their allergy / intolerance symptoms by giving up wheat and in some cases giving up grains altogether. Other health benefits were also reported so this might be something to consider.
Cut down on sugar; This might seem extreme or even impossible to some people, however, it is probably one of the best things you can do to improve your general health and well-being.
Use eco-friendly skin & household products; These products are much kinder to your skin and your body systems, clothes, household & environment.