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By learningclubs, Apr 18 2018 10:29AM

It isn’t fun when springtime allergies take the spring out of a child’s step! Common symptoms like drowsiness, runny nose and sneezing, result in diminished focus and an overall sense of poor wellbeing. These symptoms can last for months and well into exam time. Here’s how to reduce allergies naturally, without medication.

An allergy is the reaction of the immune system to allergens, like dust and pollens. The body’s reaction can be:

1. Identify the allergen as non-threatening and ignore it.

2. Identify the allergen as a threat to the body and go into overdrive mode.

This overdrive produces high quantities of a protein called histamine, which tries to push the allergen out of the system by narrowing down the breathing passages, sneezing and releasing lots of mucous.

Therefore, the main challenge is to regulate histamine production without resorting to traditional medicines that harm the liver.

Luckily, the alternate health model offers immunity boosters without the side effects of generic drugs.

1. Foods like spinach, mushrooms, chicken, beef, lamb, and dark chocolate contain zinc. Zinc is an essential mineral that helps store and neutralize the allergic effects of histamine. Low levels of zinc in the body mean higher histamine and greater allergy problems.

2. Fruits (like apples, cherries, citrus fruits) and vegetables (like spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, cabbage) contain Quercetin, a pigment which gives them their colour. It counters the effect of histamine and reduces inflammation in the respiratory system.

3. Pineapples can keep allergies at bay because of the Bromelain they contain. Bromelain is an enzyme that works against allergies by reducing the hyperactivity of the immune system, and taking it back to the normal functioning mode. Allergic reactions subside as the immune system reduces its hyperactive behaviour.

4. Guavas, kiwis, citrus fruits, peppers and lemon contain Vitamin C, a common vitamin. Vitamin C changes the molecular structure of histamine, thus neutralizing its ill-effects.

You can actually have a sneeze-free spring. All you need to do is simply eat healthy!

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5. Carol's Tip: Try removing all milk products from your child's diet. 3-weeks later see if there is any different in their behaviour and health.

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