Food Can Be Your Pharmacy Against Seasonal Allergies


Allergies are at epidemic levels in the u.s. More than 50 million Americans are suffering from an allergic reaction right now. Seasonal allergies especially are becoming much more common. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that the amount of pollen in the air has DOUBLED in the last 50 years, causing the worst allergy seasons ever recorded. (Scientists blame global warming for the pollen increase because plants grow faster and produce more pollen in higher temperatures.) The problem is so out of control that some insurance companies are petitioning the government to make prescription allergy drugs, like Claritin, available over-the-counter to meet the skyrocketing consumer demand.

If you've taken them, you know. Most allergy drugs only mask symptoms and can have a rebound effect--the more you use them, the more you need them. Allergy drugs are strong medicine and often have strong side effects like rapid heartbeat, dry mouth, decreased appetite, fatigue or insomnia. Steroid drugs for allergies, which may need to be taken for long periods, do not cure and can make the situation worse by depressing immune response, weakening the bones and impeding allergen elimination. More bad news: Animal research finds that the popular allergy drug loratadine (Claritin) causes liver tumors at high doses.

Happily, nature's foods are effective choices to fight allergies. Diet change is a powerful force for overcoming and neutralizing allergens of all kinds. In fact, I believe diet improvement is the single most beneficial thing you can do to control allergic rhinitis (runny nose) reactions.

Start with this three-day cleansing plan to neutralize and flush out offending allergens.
The night before your allergy cleanse...

Have a green leafy salad for dinner to give your bowels a good sweeping.

The next three days...

On rising: take two squeezed lemons in water with one tablespoon maple syrup; or take a glass of cranberry, apple, pineapple or grapefruit juice; or have a cup of green tea each morning (high polyphenols in green tea block histamine release).

Breakfast: have a vitamin E-rich drink for antihistamine activity: one handful spinach, five carrots, four asparagus spears; or mix a green superfood drink into hot water and add one teaspoon nutritional yeast and a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Mid-morning: have a glass of fresh carrot juice with one teaspoon liquid aminos added or a cup of a congestion-clearing tea with herbs like mullein leaf and marshmallow root to aid mucous release and soothe mucous membranes.

Lunch: have a fresh mixed vegetable juice; or make a mucous cleansing tonic by juicing four carrots, two celery stalks, three sprigs watercress or parsley, one radish and one garlic clove. Take hot miso or chicken soup to release mucous. For solid food, have a fresh vegetable salad, with one tablespoon olive oil, a squeeze of lemon and herbal seasoning to taste.

Mid-afternoon: have another mixed veggie drink or a barley grass and sea greens drink mix. To super boost benefits, add in one tablespoon of chlorella, a premier detoxifier which also fights free radical damage.

Dinner: have a hot vegetable broth with one tablespoon nutritional yeast; or miso soup with sea greens snipped on top; or a mixed fresh vegetable juice or fresh carrot juice with one teaspoon of a green superfood like barley grass or spirulina mixed in.

Before bed: have a glass of apple juice or papaya/pineapple juice.

After your allergy detox, follow the diet keys for ongoing allergy relief,
Cut fats, especially fatty animal products. Your body stores more saturated animal fats (and allergens along with them).
Drink more water. Good water intake reduces histamine production in histamine-generating cells.
Make sure your diet stays nutrient-rich. Eat plenty of plant foods--fresh vegetables, fruits, sea greens, whole grains, nuts, seeds and beans. Include fresh vegetable and fruit juices, cultured foods for friendly digestive flora and flax and canola oils for EFAs. Eat a fresh salad every day.
Strengthen your adrenals. The better your adrenals work, the less sensitive you'll be to allergens. Low adrenal function leads to more severe allergies and to multiple allergies. Consider an herbal formula with herbs like sarsaparilla, licorice and sea greens for long-term adrenal support.
Boost your immune response with superfoods. Concentrated nutrients from foods like green and blue-green algae (chlorella and spirulina), green grasses (barley, wheat grass and alfalfa) and high desert (no pesticide) bee pollen decrease your body's sensitivity to allergens.

I believe your food is really your best medicine against allergy reactions. The diet plan I've outlined here can really reduce symptoms like excess mucous, runny nose and sneezing, and can help strengthen your body's resistance to allergy attacks throughout the entire season.


Your Natural Medicine Chest for Hay Fever Relief
Boost your natural antihistamines: nettles leaf tea or green tea daily; vitamin C up to 5000 mg daily with bioflavonoids (one study finds people with allergic rhinitis improve after supplementing with vitamin C); add CoQ10, 30 mg 3 times a day, to help the liver produce antihistamines.
Feed your adrenals with 1 vitamins: B-complex 150 mg with extra pantothenic acid, 500 mg.
Stabilize reaction to hay fever allergens: Quercetin 2000 mg daily with bromelain 1500 mg, natural anti-inflammatories which block histamine release; Ginseng-reishi drops for anti-stress activity.
Homeopathic remedy attacks without side effects: Euphrasia drops for excess mucous in the respiratory tract; Arsenicum album for sneezing and dripping nose symptoms.
Use these elective acupressure points:
1. During an attack, press tip of nose hard for relief.
2. Press hollow above the center of upper lip as needed.
3. Press underneath cheekbones beside nose, angling pressure upwards.

Page, Linda, N.D., Ph.D., Book One--The Healing Diets, Traditional Wisdom, 2001.

"Allergy Season Hits Hard This Year," Viacom Internet Services, Inc., May 2001.

Kane, Emily, N.D., L.Ac., "Win the Allergy War," Let's Live Online, April 2001.

Fact Sheet, National institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, January 2002.


By Linda Page, N.D., Ph.D.

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One of the problems I have is in the winter i eat a lot less fruit then i do in the summer i just dont find it to appealing so i've started to by the drinks that have fruit juices in them. I really prefer getting my vitamins and minerals naturally i've seen people get hooked on supplements and end up in a drug treatment center near me which was really strange for someone to be there because of taken to much protein and other drugs.