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Dealing with allergies naturally. - James - 07-16-2017 05:26 AM

Allergies are generally a symptom of adrenal dysfunction. Normally when we are exposed to allergens the adrenal glands secrete epinephrine (adrenaline) that counter histamine and leukotrienes associated with allergies and corticosteroids to modulate the immune response. If the adrenals are not working properly then the lack of these compounds can lead to allergic responses among other problems.

This is the same reason children can outgrow their allergies as the adrenals mature. And also the same reason behind the medications used to treat allergies. They are either epinephrine or similar drugs and steroids. The drugs are substitutes for the insufficient levels of epinephrine and corticosteroids normally secreted by the adrenals.

The adrenal glands are highly dependent on vitamin C and get priority of vitamin C over the entire rest of the body. Natural sources of vitamin C are generally much stronger and more stable than synthetic vitamin C sources (ascorbic acid, "Ester-C, Palm C, etc.). An exception is camu camu, which I am not that fond of due to stability issues. Food sources such as papaya, kiwi, mango, berries and peppers are great sources of vitamin C. My favorite herbal sources include acerola cherry, pine needles, amla, rose hips and nettle leaf.

The second most important nutrient for the adrenals in the B vitamin pantothenic acid. You may have heard of people using pollen or honey to treat their allergies. This has nothing to do with desensitization as most people are told. The reason pollen works is because of its high pantothenic acid content, which supports adrenal function. Honey is bee vomitTongue produced by the digestion and regurgitation of the pollen. The honey is also high in pantothenic acid.

Adaptogenic herbs help by supporting the adrenal glands. Again some adaptogens are a little too stimulatory for very weak adrenals. My favorite adaptogens for asthmatics are licorice root (G. uralensis), schisandra berry, jiaogulan, suma, ashwagandha and eleuthero.

Stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine should be avoided as they will make allergies worse over time by overworking the adrenals further reducing output of epinephrine and corticosteroids.

Keeping stress down is also very helpful since stress also taxes the adrenals.

A couple of other supplements that can help are the bioflavonoid quercetin and the methyl donor trimethylglycine (TMG). Quercetin is a natural and safe antihistamine while TMG provides methyl groups that both lead to a reduction of histamine responses and supports proper immune regulation.