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Understanding Asthma and Allergies


Understanding Asthma and Allergies
Allergies are a result of an immune system gone haywire:
The immune system mistakes a typically harmless
substance for a harmful invader. Your immune system then
makes antibodies against the substance, which launches the
release of histamines and other chemicals that cause allergic
reactions such as sneezing, itchy and watering eyes, runny
nose and other miserable symptoms. Allergies also can
cause symptoms that involve your skin or digestive system.
Some of the common allergy culprits are pet dander, dyes,
detergents, mold and pollen. Some foods, insect stings and
medications can trigger allergies, too.
While asthma and allergies are separate conditions, they’re
related. People who have respiratory allergies are more
likely to have asthma, and having asthma increases your
risk for developing an allergy.
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that causes airway
obstruction. Allergies, smoke and air pollution can
trigger asthma and cause the airways to become inflamed.
As the airway swells, less air flows to the lungs while mucus
production increases. This causes symptoms like wheezing,
coughing, chest tightness, and trouble breathing.
Standard allergy and asthma treatments often include
steroids, antihistamines, nasal sprays, prescription
medications or allergy shots. But building your defenses
through good nutrition is another option.
Tackling Asthma and Allergies Through Nutrition
Findings published in the journal Thorax show low
dietary intake of vitamins A and C may increase the risk
of developing asthma. At the same time, a new study
from Tanta University in Egypt shows a combination
of omega-3 essential fatty acids, vitamin C and zinc
may improve symptoms of asthma in children. The
researchers note that omega-3s and zinc each have
anti-inflammatory effects, while Vitamin C, a potent
antioxidant, may reduce attacks in the lungs from
bacteria, viruses or other sources.
Clearly, supplying your body with optimum nutrition is a key
step in keeping your immune system functioning properly to
fight the development or symptoms of allergies and asthma.
The anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3s have
been shown to benefit the immune system and have a
positive effect on allergies as well as asthma. Omega-3s
can be found in GlucAffect™, ReversAge®, and Relìv
Now® for Kids.
Vitamins A, C, E and zinc, enzymes, garlic and cayenne
also have been shown to help strengthen the immune
system to reduce allergy symptoms. Relìv Now®,
Relìv Classic® and FibRestore® are good sources of all of
these nutrients, plus other beneficial herbs and enzymes.
These nutritional products also contain bromelain, an
enzyme with anti-inflammatory properties shown to help
manage asthma and other allergy responses.
Probiotics offer another option shown to be effective in
decreasing allergy development. Probiotics, also called
“friendly bacteria,” are live microorganisms similar to
beneficial microorganisms found in the human gut. These
include Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium.
Probiotics stimulate the immune system to help your
body protect itself. Good sources of probiotics include
SoySentials®, which contains Lactobacillus acidophilus,
and ReversAge, which includes both Bifidobacterium and
Lactobacillus acidophilus.
High fiber diets also encourage probiotic growth in the
digestive tract. FibRestore is loaded with 10 grams of
soluble and insoluble fiber per serving, providing a third
of the recommended daily amount.

This article was writtne by Reliv.com. Sources:
For a complete list of references for this issue, please view
the special addendum posted on the Science & Health Today
web page, http://www.reliv.com >> The Products >> articles &
research >> Science & Health Today.

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Yours in Acheiving Optimal Health!

Katrina

Reliv Independent Distributor (for Life)

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May 26, 2011 - Posted by | Allergies, Alternative Health, children, Food Allergies, Health, Health and Wellness, kids vitamins, Men's Health, Nutrition, Reliv, Soy, Wellness, Women's Health | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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