What are allergies

What Are Allergies?

Sep 6, 2022

Are allergies a sign of a weak immune system? No, quite the opposite.

As the spring season starts to bring warm weather, the bursting of greenery, and the fresh flowers, for over 20% of people, it also brings allergies!

Allergies are a common overreaction of the immune system to a natural product. Every day you come into contact with dust, mould, or pollen. Allergies occur if your body and immune system overreact and over produce antibodies to attack the material. This overreaction of the immune system is what we call allergies. The sneezing, wheezing, itching, runny nose, and watery eyes are all signs that your immune system has overreacted to a much smaller organism within our body. A perceived threat. Our body is trying to protect itself from this invading organism, yet it becomes over reactive.

What are allergies
Why does it do this?

When your immune system is working correctly, it should react appropriately to the dust, mould, or pollen. Each day we all encounter millions of potential allergens. The handles on the door to your office, your countertops, your keychain, your phone, your kids school bags- the list goes on and on. Most of the time your immune system coordinates the response to these allergens, and you move along in your day not aware that your immune system is taking care of business. It is only when your immune system overreacts and creates a ‘body signal’, such as a runny nose or itchy eyes, do you stop and take notice.

– Allergies are the body signal of an overactive immune system

– Sneezing, watery eyes, headaches, and red eyes are frequent symptoms associated with seasonal allergies

– Reducing stress through exercise, diet, and adjustments has the potential to improve your seasonal allergies

What can you do?

It’s not possible (or healthy) to avoid all forms of allergens, and besides- that would be no fun!  Just like muscles, your immune system gets stronger as it’s challenged. Help your immune system stay as strong and balanced as possible by reducing stress, daily exercise and eating right!

Science Source:

Allergies and the Immune System. Johns Hopkins Medicine. 2018

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