Do You Suffer From Allergies?

An 'allergy' is basically when your body reacts in a sensitive way to a substance that most other people do not react to. There are a number of substances in the environment which can cause allergic reactions which may vary from a mild reaction to violent reactions.

Allergies can range from intolerance to certain foods and substances to reactions resulting from pollution. Reactions can occur immediately, within a few minutes or may even be delayed for several hours or even several days. These reactions can occur in any part of the body but most commonly occur in the nose, eyes, ears, skin, chest or intestines.

Symptoms of allergy can be quite varied and may include:

Heart burn
Hay fever
Stuffy or runny nose
Shortness of breath
Swelling of the face and eyes

The same allergic substance may cause different symptoms in different people.

Having an allergic reaction may indicate a lower resistance and possible internal disharmony caused by a bad diet and lifestyle. They can be caused in babies by feeding them some foods too early, such as cereal, meat, corn, eggs, honey, whole milk, before they reach the age of 10 to 12 months of age. Babies are yet to develop the proper enzymes needed for their digestion and therefore can become allergic to those foods.

Another possible cause for an increase in allergies is that many foods today contain numerous chemicals, preservatives and additives. It is believed that allergic symptoms are often the body's reaction to stress. If a person suffers from chronic stress they may become sensitive to some common foods or substances and therefore emotional and psychological stress can lead to allergies.


The first thing you need to do to treat your allergy is to identify the source. You can treat many mild allergic reactions without knowing the source, but for severe allergic reactions the source must be know so you can avoid the source.

Even with minor allergic reactions it can help in the long term to know what you are reacting to. In some cases you may have an immediate reaction which will make it easy to identify the substance you are allergic to. Often however it may not be immediate and it can be quite difficult to pinpoint exactly what is giving you the reaction. Once you have discovered the source of your allergic reaction, try to avoid the substance if it is possible.

It is also possible in many cases to build up immunity to the substance. To do this it is quite important to build good general health and immune system. A good way to start building your immunity is to fast on fresh fruit juices for four or five days. Repeat this fast from time to time will result in a better tolerance to substances that you previously didn't tolerate.

After the fruit juice fast, have a diet of vegetables or fruits such as carrots, grapes or apples, for one week. After that more food is added to the diet. A week later the third food is added and so on. After four weeks, the protein foods can be introduced, one at a time. If there is an allergic reaction to a newly introduced food, it should be discontinued and a new food tried. In this way all real allergens can be eventually eliminated from the diet.

In Chinese medicine it has been found that five drops of castor oil in a little juice or water taken on an empty stomach in the morning can be highly beneficial for allergies in the skin and nasal passages.

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