If you’re wondering how to get rid of allergies for good and if you’re interested in how to get rid of allergies without medication or how to get rid of allergies naturally with home remedies, then keep reading. The good news is that thousands of people have found it is possible to eliminate allergies from their life or at least ease their symptoms in very severe cases.
Allergies are increasing, they affect as many as 30% of adults and 40% of children in 2019. But the number is probably higher because another type of food allergies know as delayed food allergies or sensitivities (non-IgE mediated) which are skyrocketing lately, often remain overlooked by health professionals.
Just like environmental allergies, food allergy (or intolerance) can produce a large array of symptom: from migraines, fatigue, PMS, migraine, arthritis, skin rashes, eczema to depression, hyperactivity and other neurological problems, but the most common symptoms are digestive problems: pain, diarrhea or constipation, bloating, indigestion, etc. Either way these symptoms even though they are not lgE mediated, according to a 2021 study they still induce inflammatory responses in the body through induction of proinflammatory cytokines.
Unfortunately according to conventional medicine the only way to get rid of allergies is with anti-histamine medications, however, there are natural and home remedies for allergies. These have the potential to address the root cause and help you get rid of allergies for good.
WHAT CAUSES ALLERGIES
In the past allergies were almost non-existent, now it’s something normal, and many develop them later in life. In recent years, conditions such as bronchial asthma, hay fever (pollen allergy), atopic dermatitis, and food allergies increased rapidly, and they are rarely caused by one factor alone.
The most significant cause of the increase and worsening of such cases (whether is an environmental, seasonal or food allergy) is thought to be changes in environmental factors like:
- Consumption of processed foods (full of artificial additives, flavorings, coloring and preservatives).
- A diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugar: It can cause microbial imbalance in the gut with an overgrowth of bad bacteria and yeast. Since yeast feeds on sugars, it could exacerbate the problem, causing symptoms like skin rashes and puffiness. Studies show that 3 ounces of sugar can actually suppress your immune system within 30 minutes of consumption–a response that can last up to 5 hours. Gluten: modern wheat is very different from the wheat your ancestors ate. The proportion of gluten protein in wheat has increased enormously as a result of hybridization, not to mention the type of chemicals sprayed in the last decade.
- GMO’s like corn, soy, canola and vegetables oils that cause food allergies. an estimated 70% of foods contain genetically modified ingredients. A conducted study on GM soy found that portions of the gene inserted into GM soy ended up transferring into the DNA of human gut bacteria. What’s even more alarming, is that if people stop eating GM soy, after years they may still be exposed to its risky protein, which is being continuously produced within their intestines .
- Antibiotics and hormone drugs used in raising animals and meat consumption afterwards.
- Medicine: overuse of prescription medication and OTC drugs like NSAIDs (Advil, Aleve), antibiotics to the point of building up resistance.
- Cosmetics  (fragrances, preservatives, nail cosmetics, sunscreens, emulsifiers).
- Air pollution (cars, planes, power plants, gas emitted by livestock).
- Increase of chemicals used in building materials, household products, electric utilities and industrial plants.
- Water pollution due to agricultural practices (extensive use of fertilizers, pesticides), factories (dumping waste and chemicals), nuclear power plants, residential chemical use, and landfills.
- Extensive use of plastics which leach out in our foods and disrupts the hormones.
- Allergens in Vaccines (food proteins found in vaccines includes: ovalbumin, casein, gelatin, and soy. Synthetic vaccine ingredients such as polysorbate 80 and sorbitol also are sourced from food items, including coconut, palm, sunflower, wheat, and corn. These combined with adjuvants like aluminum (with an ability to provoke the immune response) might induce sensitization and subsequent hypersensitivity reactions .
The gastrointestinal system plays a primary role in balancing the immune system. Allergies and food intolerances develop based on disruptions in the immune system, more specifically an abnormal activation of the immune system.
It is also known that 70% of our immune system is located in the gut, which is populated with trillions of bacteria and also some fungi and viruses, all comprising a complex ecosystem. Their role is to assist in digestion and detoxification, support immunity and prevent the colonization of the gut by harmful bacteria.
A disrupted gut microbiome consequently will change the mucosal barrier that acts as the intestine’s first line of defense against infections and pathogens. As a result, a well known condition called leaky gut (intestinal permeability) will develop, allowing proteins and food particles to pass through the gut wall into the blood stream, where the immune system recognizes them as foreign and causes systemic body inflammation and allergic reactions.
The opportunistic viral or fungal pathogens (as candida) will also take advantage of the host’s weak immune system and will start to reproduce as well. So if you have a low microbiota diversity plus a permeable gut then you have the perfect recipe for allergies and intolerances to develop.
Allergies Linked To A Reduced Microbiome
It was found that people with allergies tend to have low species diversity, and specifically the bacteria that is responsible for suppression of inflammatory responses and to synthesize essential vitamins. As a result, a deficiency of vitamins leads to the development of intestinal inflammation.
Among the factors related to allergic disease development in childhood are:
- Early life antimicrobial exposure (antibiotics and other medications).
- Caesarian birth.
- Formula feeding.
- Lack of maternal exposure to pets or livestock during pregnancy.
- Maternal consumption of antimicrobials (antibiotics) during pregnancy.
I struggled myself with allergies including lots of food allergies for about 8 years. At the beginning, the symptoms typically appeared within several hours or even days after eating the food and it didn’t bother me much because it appeared occasionally as redness of the skin around the eyes, a minor nasal congestion or scratchy throat.
With time, it started to alarm me, I was getting more severe symptoms like swelling of the lips, tongue, and/or throat, hives and eczema and started to react to more foods including cosmetics and detergents. After pregnancy the symptoms started to show within minutes and more often.
Taking prescribed medication like Zyrtec helped in calming the symptoms for a short period of time but it also came with side effects. I needed to find a long term solution and learn how to get rid of allergies without medication. Managing the symptoms wasn’t enough, I needed to address the cause and get rid of allergies naturally and gently.
Unfortunately my daughter inherited some of my allergies (my microbiome to be more specific), I had IV antibiotics during labor. She started to show signs of gastrointestinal discomfort and atopic dermatitis (eczema) when she was 2-3 months old.
After thorough research in specialist consultations I decided to make drastic changes in my diet and lifestyle as well as my daughters.
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STEPS TO GET RID OF ALLERGIES FOR GOOD NATURALLY
Even if you are genetically prone to allergies it doesn’t mean you will get them, unless you trigger them. Fortunately there are less invasive natural remedies that could help alleviate and even get rid of allergies for good.
A few simple acts implemented into your daily life could change everything. Start with one thing at a time and monitor you results.
1. Clean Your Environment Of Allergens
- Remove dust collectors such as rugs, drapes, and upholstered furniture.
- Purchase HEPA air filters for your rooms, or a whole-house filtration system.
- Avoid perfumes and fragranced products, especially those with synthetic ingredients.
- Have your home tested for mold and remediate if necessary.
- If you are renovating or choosing a new home, avoid forced-air heating systems.
2. Heal Your Gut Lining By:
- Doing an elimination diet while recording what causes flare-ups. Everyone reacts different to different foods.
- Cutting out added sugars, as well as white flour, energy drinks, fruit (at least for a while), and fruit juices.
- Consume homemade meat / fish stocks and bone broth (organically grown)- they will provide nourishment for the gut lining and help it heal: amino acids, minerals, gelatin, glucosamines, collagens, fat soluble vitamins.
- Avoid conventional grocery store meat and dairy products – these animals are usually raised with hormones, antibiotics and fed with GMO corn or other grains. Healthy animals should eat grass.
- Take a supplement like a good probiotic with at least 10-14 species, also enzymes that will help break down undigested food particles and increase the bioavailability of nutrients in the food.
- Give up all refined foods: refined sugars, all refined grains and flours.
- Consume real food, preferably organic fresh fruits and vegetables – green leafy vegetables in particular provide important minerals and B vitamins that decrease inflammation and generally do not cause allergic reactions. You might want to try spirulina which is highly nutritious, all natural blue-green algae and a rich source of vitamins, B-carotene, minerals, chlorophyll, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and protein.
- Food diversity – the more varied the diet, the larger the spectrum of beneficial bacteria in the gut; Also, consider eating seasonally.
- Juice greens and make fresh veggie/fruit juices, they will help remove toxins while provide beneficial nutrients in concentrated amounts. I consumed a lot of beet juice blends, it’s pretty easy to make at home.
- Consume ginger – it’s anti-inflammatory. Add a small amount to green juices, detox smoothies, salads or make ginger tea. I also like to make this immune system tonic, it’s great for prophylaxis as well as for any mild infection you might have.
- Add into your consumption cold-pressed oils – coconut oil, hemp, flaxseed and olive oil are easy to digest and they’re anti-inflammatory.
- Herbal teas that reduce inflammation: like nettle (great antihistamine-properties), chamomile, thyme, plantain, calendula, yarrow etc.
- Consume probiotic rich foods – they are as effective (sometimes better) than bottled probiotics. We need to replace the pathogenic microbes in the gut with the beneficial ones. Make homemade kefir, kombucha, kvass, miso, apple cider vinegar (will also improve you stomach acid), fermented vegetables (Sauerkraut and Kimchi). Check out my Fermented Beets + Cabbage Recipe or this Fermented Carrot Salad.
If you have really serious allergies and digestive issues then I strongly recommend you read this book: Gut and Physiology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Allergies, Autoimmune Illness, it helped me a lot and I learned so many things that helped me get rid of allergies without medication and for good. It’s suitable for adults as well as for children.
3. Detoxify Your Liver
The liver’s efficiency in cleansing the blood of toxins (such as antibodies and chemicals) is very reduced when you experience full blown allergies. Drinking plenty of water (or infused water), raw vegetable juices and taking a good liver tonic will aid the detoxification process.
Supplements that help the liver to detoxify:
Turmeric – it’s active ingredient is curcumin, which blocks mast cells from releasing histamine. It has the ability to remove excess mucous and reduce inflammation. You can take turmeric capsules or you can cook with it or make fresh juice from fresh turmeric root.
Note: Antihistamine medications can make you temporarily feel better as they can mask the symptoms, unfortunately antihistamine medications temporarily block liver detoxification. This creates an increased workload for your kidneys and your skin as both are left with the task of chemical waste elimination.
4. Boost Your Immune System Against Allergies
If you tried all those things above and still suffer from allergies, you need to look a little deeper for other causes such as hidden or chronic infections (viruses, bacteria, yeasts or parasites, mold) and other environmental allergens. For this, a little more help is needed. You need to help your immune system to balance itself and eliminate overgrowth of pathogens.
- Vitamin C (2,000mg daily). It prevents histamine from forming, reduces inflammation by helping to better balance immune responses. Do not ingest the artificial ascorbic acid. Look for Vitamin C occurred naturally in whole foods.
- Monolaurin Supplement – a natural, plant-based medium chain saturated fatty acid extracted from coconut oil metabolized directly by the liver and I personally found it to be highly effective. You will be blown away by the reviews.
- Garlic – best if consumed fresh, 3-4 cloves a day; cut into chunks and swallowed with water before meals.
- Add propolis to some raw organic, local honey (2 tbsp daily). Also you can try manuka honey, it has a considerably higher level of enzymes than regular honey. These enzymes create a natural hydrogen peroxide that works as an antibacterial.
- Probiotics, including probiotic foods – will help you digest nutrients that boost the detoxification of your colon and support the immune system.
- Olive Leaf Extract (500 mg once to twice per day) – antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial; great if you have an overgrowth of pathogens.
Additional Natural Remedies For Allergies
- Acupuncture can be effective in relieving both the causes and effects of allergic reactions.
- Spinal adjustments such as chiropractic can also help to relieve allergy symptoms.
- Stress management techniques can help to boost your immune system generally, balancing your hormones and leaving your body better able to withstand allergies.
- Remaining physically active and getting plenty of rest.
Home Remedies & Natural Alternatives To Allergy Medications
If you need allergy relief but you don’t want to take synthetic allergy medication anymore you can try some natural alternatives.
The supplements below are well known for diminishing the histamine circulating in the blood (like OTC medication does) and without any side effects.
1. Stinging Nettle has anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic properties (by reducing overall histamine production) and is often used in the treatment of allergic rhinitis . If you are considering capsules – freeze-dried stinging nettles are the best 300 mg/day, as they have their properties intact.
2. Quercetin is known for its antioxidant activity and anti-allergic properties characterized by stimulation of immune system, antiviral activity, inhibition of histamine release and decrease in pro-inflammatory agents . The best to take it is in capsules (1000 mg daily).
4. Cod Liver Oil or other wild fish oil (look at the label and use a high quality fish oil product containing from 1000 – 2000 mg of the essential fatty acids EPA + DHA per day).
5. CBD oil – If you are allergic to fish look for plant based omega-3 rich oil, like hemp oil. Attention is being paid increasingly to cannabidiol, also known as CBD – which is one of over 100 active compounds in the hemp plant with powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Cannabinoids present in the plant don’t essentially cure the allergies, they help your body’s natural system to maintain biologic harmony (homeostasis) and help your immune system work better. They will essentially help your body regulate and heal itself in the long run.
And lastly, before buying anything you should read carefully all product packaging in order to make the right decision, try to choose high quality supplements, some of them could have additives and cheap ingredients.
It does not necessarily mean that you should buy all those products and take them all together. I used different supplement in rotation, 2-3 products, then another 2-3 products with great results. Find what works best for you.
It took a while for me until I learned how to really nourish my body and have a healthy food relationship. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it, now I can eat without causing an allergic reaction and without going crazy about what I have left to eat.
Of course I’m not going to eat allergic foods every day but at least I’m not concerned anymore if I go out and enjoy some “forbiden” foods on occasion. As for my daughter, she’s eczema free till present.
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