By Victoria Laine - RHN, July 15,2018
When our immune system reacts to pollens or dust in the air, or food particles in our diet, we refer to the reactive symptoms as “allergy” or “sensitivity.”
The sensitivity-allergy spectrum spans from annoying post nasal drip or sneezing to life threatening anaphylactic shock.
In simple terms - our immune system recognizes foreign invaders and releases chemicals to neutralize the reaction. We can support our immune system to do the job better with certain nutrient-rich foods.
The Purple Hemp Co carries many Harmonic Arts products to minimize allergy symptoms and to help you improve your health. Following are a few excellent examples:
1. MEDICINAL MUSHROOM - reishi, chaga, and cordyceps are examples of medicinal mushrooms that have numerous properties which aid in allergic reaction. Medicinal mushrooms are considered “liver tonic” in Chinese medicine because they metabolize excess histamine and have enzymatic, anti-inflammatory benefits. Mushrooms are a rich source of beta-glucans, a type of dietary fiber that activate killer-T-cell activity and other immune responses related to allergy.
2. ROSEHIP - is one of the richest sources of vitamin C complex, containing not only ascorbic acid but many synergistic bio-flavanoids as well. High vitamin C intake works as a natural antihistamine by inhibiting inflammatory cells from releasing histamine. Dried rosehip powder can be added to smoothies or jams or made into tea and sweetened with honey or dark agave syrup. (Thanks to the tartness of rosehip one of my favorite combinations is to mix it with sweet licorice root tea - see #4 below.)
3. BEE POLLAN - is loaded with concentrated nutrients - vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, fatty acids, antioxidants, as well as antiviral and anti-fungal properties. Bee Pollen is a rich source of B complex vitamins for our nervous system, carotenoids and vitamin C for our immune system, as well as phytochemicals to boost brain function. The anti-allergic benefits may be because of its ability to inhibit the activation of mast cells which are involved in the allergic process. Add a tablespoon or two to your cereal or yogurt for a delicious super-breakfast! Use with caution in pregnancy and breastfeeding, as well as if you have allergy to bee stings.
4. LICORICE ROOT - is a naturally sweet-tasting root used in many Chinese and Ayurvedic remedies. Licorice root’s many benefits include it’s adaptagen properties which nourishes our adrenal glands and balances our nervous system. Our adrenal glands produce a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol regulation helps to neutralize allergic responses. Use with caution if you have high blood pressure. It can be taken in tincture form or tea, either hot or iced.
5. PROBIOTIC-RICH FOODS - promote immune system health in ways that are being discovered on a regular basis with the intense new studies of the microbiome. How they help is still being debated but there is very good evidence that they do, potentially by promoting the function of mucosal lining of the intestines and by hindering growth of pathogenic (bad) bacteria. A regular intake of sauerkraut and other fermented living veggies, home-made yogurt and kefirs, tempeh and miso may all be helpful in helping alleviate allergy symptoms.