Northeast Wisconsin
  • Northeast Wisconsin
  • April 2018
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Detox for allergy relief

This is my story about discovering and living with allergies. Read on to discover how completing several detoxification programs in later years helped me to reduce and eventually eliminate my hay fever symptoms. This may not be true for everyone, but for those seeking natural allergy remedies, it can be extremely beneficial and worth a try. The principle is that clearing toxins reduces the load on the detoxification pathways to allow the body to better filter and deal with allergens.

While many people are born with allergies, many develop them later in life. I developed an airborne allergy — often referred to as allergic rhinitis or hay fever — when I was about 14. When I would wake up in the mornings, my eyes would nearly be glued shut, and I would have terrible congestion. Once outdoors, my eyes would itch terribly. I don’t recall taking medication, but I do remember avoiding fields and weeds. Even worse, I would avoid going outdoors toward the end of summer when ragweed and goldenrod were in full bloom.

When I was in my 20s, all of my extremities started itching severely while I was in an aerobics class. I went to the emergency room, and they said I had allergic anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a severe, whole-body allergic reaction to a chemical that has become an allergen. At that time, I didn’t quite realize the severity of anaphylaxis and just assumed it was an isolated incident, as everything I had eaten that day, I had eaten many times before without a reaction.

Months later, after mowing the lawn, my face started swelling and it became difficult to breathe. I drove myself to the nearby police station where the ambulance was also dispatched from. My pulse was close to bottoming out. That’s when I decided to have allergy testing done.

My results showed that I had specific food allergies that didn’t seem to bother me until I had enough stressors accumulate in my body. My “trigger” was exercise, or an increase in heart rate. Biking, mowing the lawn, dancing and even walking were the final stressors that caused the “blow up” and anaphylactic reaction for me. Until these severe allergic episodes, I was totally unaware of any food allergies. An EpiPen was prescribed, and I was instructed to carry it with me. Over the years, I’ve had a few ambulance rides due to allergic reactions and have used an EpiPen a few times.

After several years, I learned that my sister also had anaphylactic allergies, although hers were not exercise-induced. As it turns out, both of us are allergic to odd things like celery, sunflower seeds and rye. We learned to avoid these trigger foods, and the reactions have been infrequent since then. It seems we both developed these allergies in our 20s.

A few years after that, I became interested in natural health and nutrition. After classes and much reading, I decided to try a professional gallbladder/liver cleanse recommended by Premier Research Labs. A year or so later, my husband and I completed a 30-day cleanse using Clear Response from Innate Response Formulas. That particular detox program involved eliminating the usual allergens like corn, eggs, nuts, soy, dairy and grains for 30 days. We started the 30-day cleanse with three days just consuming Nutriclear shakes. The remaining days we had three shakes per day and ate a clean diet of organic vegetables, fruits, rice, organic chicken and fish. It was a sort of difficult cleanse only for the fact it was 30 days. However, we both did feel great afterward!

I’ve completed a variety of shorter detox diets since then, including the Colon Cleanse by Blessed Herbs. Other than the colon cleanse, they have always included a protein-type powder shake containing the nutrients necessary for Phase I and Phase II detoxification.

While allergy elimination wasn’t the goal of cleansing, I realized a few summers ago that I no longer had any hay fever symptoms in the summer! My airborne allergies seemed to have disappeared. It is my belief that the various detox programs and cleansing protocols have helped to eliminate my hay fever.

Jon Barron, MD, from Baseline Health seems to feel the same way about allergies and cleansing. He teaches that full body detoxing frees up the immune system so there’s “more room” to accommodate new antigens from allergenic sources.

If you have allergies, consider professional cleansing and detox products to help ease the load on your body’s detoxification process. If you can’t commit to a detox right now but want a more natural approach, there are also natural allergy relief supplements and products available, including nasal rinses and sprays.

Theresa Groskopp, CN

Theresa Groskopp, a licensed certified nutritionist, is the founder and president of Natural Healthy Concepts, which has a retail location at 310 N. Westhill Blvd. in Appleton. She firmly believes that the foundation of health and wellness lies in proper nutrition. To supplement proper nutrition, Natural Healthy Concepts carries a wide variety of pharmaceutical grade supplements, homeopathic remedies and herbs — all of which are derived from the highest quality ingredients. The store also offers a nice selection of natural health products, including nontoxic sunscreens!

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