Allergies

What are Allergies?
There are many potentially harmful organisms, such as bacteria and viruses that invade the human body. Our bodies’ immune systems are built to protect us from these organisms, but they have become oversensitized in the last century and this transition has led to allergies. Allergies are the result of our overburdened immune systems creating an excessive number of white blood cells, which leads to inflammation in the body. This inflammation may manifest itself as digestive problems, such as diarrhea, respiratory conditions, such as mucus in the lungs, and skin issues, such as rashes. People who suffer from allergies often react to substances like dust, pollen, pet dander, or certain foods, such as peanuts.

How can I treat Allergies?
The Chinese approach to allergies focuses on nourishing the lung network, which is responsible for defending the body against foreign invaders. This nourishment comes from the digestive system, and as such, one of the most critical means for treating allergies is to properly manage the diet. People suffering from allergies should eat a wholesome diet including complex carbohydrates and soluble fiber. One should eat whole grains such as quinoa and brown rice, and eat fruits and vegetables, including beets, spinach, kale, and citrus fruits. Other helpful methods include drinking 80 ounces of warm or hot water a day, drinking green and chamomile tea, and enjoying a 30-minute brisk walk or more intense aerobic workout each day.

What should I avoid in my lifestyle for Allergies?
People who suffer from allergies should avoid foods that produce mucous and dampness, including dairy products, oily and greasy foods, refined sugar, beverages with corn syrup, and white flour. Allergy sufferers can eliminate problematic substances from their environment by dehumidifying the home, cleaning the floors, and switching over to hard wood floors to avoid the dust and bacteria that build up in carpeting. Other things to avoid include stress and exhaustion, alcohol, smoking, drugs, and allowing pets in bedrooms and on couches. In addition, allergy sufferers should control their exposure to extreme weather fluctuations through proper dressing.

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