1 in 3 people will develop allergies at some time during their life (Readers Digest):
- 1 in 5 will develop atopic dermatitis (skin rash)
- 1 in 4 will have an attack of hives (urticaria)
- 1 in 10 people have asthma (trouble breathing)
- 1 in 20 will develop a food allergy
- 1 in 100 will have a life-threatening allergy known as anaphylaxis.
Allergies discussions are common in today’s society. It is so common that you either have an allergy yourself or knows of someone who does. An allergy is an abnormal response by a person’s immune system to a common substance. To a non allergic person, this common substance will go unnoticed by their immune system. To a person who has a sensitivity to that particular substance, the immune system kicks into overdrive and produces antibodies to combat the substances presence. Things like food, pet and environmental allergies are triggers that illicit allergic responses.
5 Things you should know about allergies:
1. Once you have an allergy you don’t necessarily have it for life: Many people believe that if you are born allergic to eggs, you will be allergic to eggs all your life. If you have had a child diagnosed with an egg allergic reaction you will know that by the age of two, your family medical doctor will suggest giving your child eggs to see if they are still allergic. Same goes for other allergies, I was severely allergic to cats when I was a child, so much so that the moment I walked into a house I could tell they owned a cat without even seeing one. When I was in my 20’s, I owned two cats who would nuzzle my nose and sleep on my pillow and I didn’t react at all.
2. Not all over the counter medications work the same: Antihistamines are the common medical choice for treating allergies. However, not all brands are the same. Trying different brands with slightly different formulas can make or break your allergy season. Each person suffers from allergies in a different way, so it makes sense that what works for one won’t work for another. Trust me I’ve tried them all!
3. It is possible get rid of your allergies: Although this doesn’t apply to everyone, it is estimated with immunotherapy 75% of people can lessen their allergies or get rid of their allergies all together. Forms of Immunotherapy includes weekly allergy shots or drops under the tongue. Lucky for me, I fall in the 25% who have experienced weekly shots with no relief.
4. Allergies can show up as ‘Shiners’ or dark bags under your eyes : When someone is suffering from an allergic reaction their nasal passage way is constricted. This causes the blood vessels to narrow causing blood to pool under the eyes.
5. Allergies don’t need to be treated by medication: A common trend in today’s society is to move away from traditional medical treatment towards a more natural method. After years of popping allergy pills like candy, I can understand the appeal of a natural remedy. Plant extracts (stinging Nettle, Butterbur, etc), essential oils (peppermint, Eucalyptus), saline solution (a neti pot or nasal rinse) and common sense (i.e. wash pollen off your body after being exposed to it, etc) are some of the most common natural treatments used today.
When my allergies hit, my sinuses are the number one victim. Red, itchy, swollen eyes, a runny noise and sever sinus congestion are a just a few of the many symptoms I experience. One product that I’m extremely excited about incorporating into my allergy buster line up is Orange Naturals: EYEBRIGHT
Traditionally, Eyebright has been used for stubborn stuffed up noses, hay fever and sinusitis. But the “eye” in Eyebright reveals it is a key remedy for a wide range of eye conditions, including pink eye, stinging and weeping eyes, and chronic inflammation. Certain compounds in this herb are anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. When colds or allergies are causing runny, sore or itchy eyes, stop rubbing and reach for Eyebright!
The benefits include
- Helps with eyestrain or eye sensitivity to light
- Reduces the sensation of stinging and weeping eyes
- Helps relieve runny, sore or itchy eyes due to colds or allergies
- May be helpful for congestion due to hay fever or sinusitis
To ensure that I am taking my allergy powerhouse daily, I have created a delicious breakfast smoothie allowing me to kill two birds with one stone! Being a busy Mommy of three, I like anything that gets the job done in less steps!
Peanut Butter and Jelly “Allergy Fighting” Smoothie
|Peanut Butter and Jelly Allergy fighting smoothie|
- ½ vanilla yogurt
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tsps peanut butter
- 1 cup strawberries
- 2 scoops of Orange Naturals ND Shakes
- 2ml of Orange Naturals Eyebright tincture
- 6 ice cubes
- Place all ingredients into the blender.
- Mix well.
- Sit back and enjoy a delicious smoothie while fighting allergies!
DID YOU KNOW!?!
ND Shakes was featured on the Global Morning Show and will air on Steven and Chris on April 18th. The Global Morning Show hosts even asked for seconds! They are that good!