Category Archives for Hay Fever & Allergies

3 Facts You Need To Know About Hay Fever & Allergies

  • May 25, 2017
Or: Why allergies are like couch grass!?

Common Couch Grass

1. Couch grass like allergies have a massive invasive impact on their environment, be it in your garden or in your body. If you do not take care of them they’ll soon dominate your life. Couch grass is known by gardeners to be highly invasive. It grows 10 times faster than any other cultivated plants: It will overtake your garden aka your body if you leave it unattended.

2. Only removing the top of the iceberg: ripping off the visible greens above the surface aka just dealing with the symptoms of your allergy, may give you relief for a short while. But the price is high! The grass will come back even stronger as weeds tend to do because you didn’t attend to its root. The same here with allergies: If you only suppress the symptoms by taking antihistamines, nose spray and steroids you will have a relief initially. As you use them long term your body gets accustomed to the drug. You need higher doses year by year and suffer not only from your allergies but from the medications side-effect’s, too. Weight-gain, constant fatigue, mood swings, depression, low energy, drowsiness and digestive problems are just some common examples.

3. Allergies and couch grass are so commonly present in our environment that their seriousness gets usually underestimated. Most people are not at all aware of the severity and the impact allergies have on their long-term health. Apart from the massive negative side effects of the long-term use of medication, untreated patients risk a progressive deterioration of their health situation. What started with a minor hay fever can develop over time to livelong asthma and/or several allergic cross-sensitivities.

In Essenz: Allergies are NOT a minor thing but an emergency call from your body to take action towards eliminating its underlying causes.

I suffered myself for years from allergies, severe asthma attacks and eczema which got worse and worse year after year. I dedicated my life to find a way out of this dilemma. Leading me to study both academic and complementary medicine and making my way through experimenting with endless treatments.

Today I am perfectly healthy and allergy free and it’s my commitment to share my knowledge and experience to help other’s to reclaim their vitality and health back, too.

 

Spring Tip – Nettles are the No 1 Allergy Killer

  • May 20, 2017
How to Relief Hay Fever with Stinging Nettle

There is no end to the incredible health benefits nettles provide for you.

Now let’s focus specifically on how nettles can support you to overcome your allergies:

This one prickly green herb is the cure-all for almost everything that ails you.

If there’s one plant to have on hand at all times that provides a natural treatment for allergies, a cure for arthritis, hair loss, celiac diseases, bladder infections, skin problems, neurological disorders – it’s the stinging nettle leaf.

Urtica dioica or stinging nettle is a perennial plant that’s medicinal use can be traced back to Ancient Greece. The stinging nettle origins are in the colder regions of Europe and Asia, but nowadays it can be found all over the world. The plant grows between two to four feet high and blooms all year round. It grows in all types of soils, has heart-shaped leaves, and flowers in white or pink.

The University of Maryland Medical Centre states stinging nettle has been used throughout history as a diuretic medicine and for treating painful muscles aches, eczema, arthritis, gout and anaemia. Today, it’s used most commonly for allergies, urinary issues and joint pain.

Let’s have a look what stinging nettles can do to relieve you from your allergies


Stinging nettles contain biologically active compounds that reduce inflammation.

If you are suffering from allergies the histamine production is high. Your immune system works 24/7 to fight off the “dangerous” invaders like pollen or pet dander by releasing more and more histamines.

This causes uncomfortable symptoms of congestion, sneezing, itching and stress.

The stinging nettle has anti-inflammatory qualities that affect key receptors and enzymes in every allergic reaction. For example by using nettles when your first experience hay fever symptoms can preventing the symptom cascade effectively. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19140159)

Nettle top parts reduce the amount of histamine that is produced by the body in response to an allergen. An allergen is a substance such as pollen that provokes the overreacting immune response in people who are sensitive to it.

If you suffer from allergies in addition, it’s most important to support your body to detoxify.

This somewhat plain-looking herb has excellent natural detoxifying qualities. It helps to stimulate the digestive system, increases the secretion and flow of urine, purifies the blood flow and stimulates your intestines.

As a diuretic, nettle helps cleanse the body of metabolic wastes and prevents the buildup of toxins, thus effectively fighting off parasites and damaging bacteria colonies.

The easiest way to use nettles is as tea

Nettle leaf tea is an excellent, extremely healthy herbal treatment. Use it as an effective spring tonic and cleanse your body from toxins and other metabolic waste.

Nettle tea contributes to the elimination of excess fluids from the body, balances your digestive system and provides you with a most needed natural energy boost.

Prepare your nettle infusion by pouring boiling water over the nettle leaves. Let them stay covered for circa 5 min. Take your tea slowly over one or two hours.

Nettle leaves should not be cooked as they lose some of their most valuable nutrients during the process.

Do not sweeten your tea. The best health benefits are achieved by doing the tea pure, best as early morning tonic before your breakfast. For the sake of a pleasing taste, you can add some mint leaves to your tea.

Ideally, you harvest fresh nettles yourself. They grow everywhere around you and are especially in spring full of bursting vitamins. Choose places that are away from traffic so you get the purest leaves possible.

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Take a handful of leaves, no need to cut them and pour half a litre boiling water over them. Then let them sit for about 5 minutes.

I recommend you pour the tea into two big mugs. Drink one in the morning and one before you go to bed to get the most out of your nettle remedy.

 

 

 

Hay Fever Goodbye! My 5 Best Relief Strategies

  • May 15, 2017
Hay Fever Relief - Peggy Schirmer

Spring is coming fast. For many of us instead of engaging in outdoor fun and relaxing in nature, a time for tissues and antihistamine medication.

But where a problem there is a solution.

Check out my Top 5 hay fever killer strategies:

 

No. 1 Fresh Nettle Tea

Nettles are extremely beneficial for detoxing your body. It is a powerful blood purifier that eliminates toxins and metabolic scrap by stimulating your kidneys. This leads your body to release non-needed water from your body.

Furthermore, the tea cleans out your entire intestinal tract while activating the body’s natural defence mechanisms. As an overall health tonic, it is used all year round.

To get you started I recommend enjoying two cups of nettle tea. One first thing in the morning and about an hour after dinner the second one.

Learn more about Nettles and how they can help relieve your symptoms here.

 

No.2 Give your body a digestive break!

Having allergies your body works non stop. To help your body relax and give it a chance to detoxify I recommend to limit your time of food intake.

In the morning: Start acting one hour after waking up, e.g. wake up 7 am, have a nettle tea and the start breakfast at 8 am.

 

In the evening: Have a light evening meal: No heavy protein or fat intake, e.g. no fish, ice-cream, peanut butter etc. and stop eating around 3-4hours before you go to bed. For example: Having dinner at 7 pm, a nettle tea after it and then go to bed at 11 pm is a good plan.

This leads us to super tip no.3…

No. 3 Sleeping!

Yep. The picture says it all. If this is you sleeping you do not need to read this.

In case it’s not: Sleeping is the foundation for your health.

During your sleeping hours your body has time to replenish itself, your muscles relax and your brain uses the time to process all the impressions collected during your day.

Your kidneys are working full-time now: They use the favourable hour to cleanse your blood and flush out all the toxins accumulated in your body.

So what’s the tip? Sleep enough, go to bed before midnight (the hours before midnight count double for your body’s ability to relax!) and drink enough before you go to bed. Make sure you are well hydrated as your kidneys need enough water to cleanse out the metabolic waster from your system.

 

No.4 Avoid processed food!

What is processed food?

Let’s ask Wikipedia: “Convenience food, or tertiary processed food, is food that is commercially prepared (often through processing) to optimise ease of consumption.”

Why avoid processed food?

  1. You often have no idea what you really eat. Preservatives, artificial flavours, flour treatment agents etc. can irritate and stress your body immensely.
  2. You need nutrition for your body to thrive and overcome its allergic responses – processes food is like cardboard – it fills you up, but it doesn’t nourish you.
  3. Help your body and eat simply. Processed food often contains a large variety of ingredients making it harder for your intestines to absorb.

This is really just a beginning of reasons…

I recommend: Make your own food as often as possible. Make it simple – three ingredients max. and use as less salt and condiments as possible.

 

No. 5 Be kind to yourself!

Having allergies is not a minor thing, it’s a sign of your body that something fundamentally is out of balance.

It doesn’t only affect your physical body, it also makes you much less robust emotionally.

You will need more breaks, more sleep and most of all more kindness with yourself now.

Understanding what happens in your body is key.

Learn more here

 

How Bananas Help to Relieve Your Hay Fever Symptoms

  • April 30, 2017

My Quick Tip:

How BANANAS can help you overcome your allergy…
Bananas help to restore and balance your gut bacteria.
They contain high levels of potassium and magnesium which also help to reduce inflammation in your body.

Magnesium is a nutrient that the body needs to stay healthy. Magnesium is important for many processes in the body, including regulating muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure and making protein, bone, and DNA.

Potassium is used by your body mainly as an electrolyte. Electrolytes are minerals that conduct electricity in body fluids. Consequently, electrolytes are essential for the spread of electrical messages from your brain and along your nerves. For example, the muscles of your limbs, heart, arteries and intestines all rely on potassium and other minerals such as sodium, calcium and magnesium for normal tone. Potassium is particularly important for muscle contraction, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center, and adults should aim for about 4,700 milligrams daily from dietary sources.

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/potassium-digestion-8978.html 

Like a peacemaker, bananas work to maintain harmony amongst the bacteria in your gut.
They also contain high amounts of INULIN. Inulin has a strong probiotic potential and so helps to build up healthy bacterias in your gut.

Inulin is a type of water-soluble prebiotic fiber found in onions, leeks, garlic, asparagus, Jerusalem artichoke and many other foods. Prebiotics are indigestible to you, but they help nourish beneficial bacteria in your body.

These beneficial bacteria in turn assist with digestion and absorption of your food and play a significant role in your immune function. Inulin is a fructan, which means it is made up of chains of fructose molecules.

In your gut, inulin is converted into short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) that are then converted to healthy ketones that feed your tissues. SCFAs may also nourish colon cells and produce more appetite-controlling hormones in your body.1

As such, inulin has multiple benefits to your health.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/03/07/inulin-health-benefits.aspx

Bananas are easy to digest if you eat them in their ripe state.
Bananas are ripe when they are brown and come off the stem almost by themselves. Never eat green or only yellow bananas.


Once bananas are ripe you can either peel and cut them to store them in the freezer and make banana ice cream later.

Or you use them now: Put the bananas in a blender, add some fresh water and some hints of vanilla pod or cinnamon. Blend and enjoy as a first start in your day or as an evening snack.
During the night your body’s ability to detox is the highest.
You want to be hydrated and neither hungry nor full when you go to bed.

Banana milk is a perfect way to achieve this state.
Eating Bananas gives your digestion the break it desperately needs.

Having allergies, you want to support your body to take every moment to cleanse itself and detox.
Bananas are a great, easy and inexpensive way to do that.
Enjoy!

PS: This is what a medium size banana contains on average:

  • Potassium: 9% of the RDI.
  • Vitamin B6: 33% of the RDI.
  • Vitamin C: 11% of the RDI.
  • Magnesium: 8% of the RDI.
  • Copper: 10% of the RDI.
  • Manganese: 14% of the RDI.
  • Net carbs: 24 grams.
  • Fiber: 3.1 grams.
  • Protein: 1.3 grams.
  • Fat: 0.4 grams.

 

Peanut Allergy Relief – My Top 3 Strategies

  • April 5, 2017
Peanut Allergy Relief

Peanut allergies are on the rise. Especially children are affected.

Peanuts are one of the most common allergenic foods which can cause a life-threatening anaphylaxis.

About one in 50 children are affected by a peanut allergy almost exclusively in the high-income countries, like America and the UK.

An allergic response to peanuts usually occurs within minutes after exposure: From just having a running nose to the constriction of airways over to a state of shock with a severe drop in blood pressure.

According to a study in Food Allergy Research and Education, the number of children in America with peanut allergies has more than tripled between 1997 and 2008. 

Since this report, some schools have banned peanut products from their campuses.

Studies in the UK also show a high prevalence of school-age children.

Peanut allergies usually last lifelong and people with them are often allergic to tree nuts, too. Based on recent studies, an estimated 25-40 % of people who have a peanut allergy also are allergic to tree nuts.

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 (Sicherer SH, Munoz-Furlong A, Sampson HA. Prevalence of peanut and tree nut allergy in the United States determined by means of a random digit dial telephone survey: a 5-year follow-up study. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2003; 112(6):1203-7.)

Because peanuts and tree nuts tend to come into contact during manufacturing and serving, people with peanut allergies are advised to avoid clear of tree nuts as well.

What to do?

If you know you are allergic to peanuts the standard advice is to avoid them.

Easier said than done:

If you accidentally eat a peanut and are experiencing a mild reaction western medicine recommends to take an antihistamine, such as diphenhydramine hydrochloride (Benadryl), to reduce your symptoms. Mild symptoms include sneezing or an itchy or a runny nose; an itchy mouth; a few hives or mild itching; and mild nausea or stomach discomfort.

If you react severely to peanuts your doctor has probably prescribed a medicine called epinephrine. This medication comes usually in form of an EpiPen.

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An EpiPen is an injection containing epinephrine, a chemical that narrows blood vessels and opens airways in the lungs.

This can reverse severe low blood pressure, swelling of the throat that makes it difficult to breathe and other sign of anaphylaxis.

 

Peanut allergy relief – My top 3 strategies to improve your symptoms

Yes! Let’s dive into “Peanut Allergy Relief – My Top 3 Strategies”, shall we?

Like with every other allergic reaction what you need most is patience and complete avoidance of the allergen. Then taking care of your gut health is the first step to start healing your allergies.

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1. Improving your gut bacteria with PROBIOTICS

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The intestinal microbial flora plays a critical role in the development of immune tolerance. More and more scientific research shows interest in the benefits of probiotics. Probiotics are able to restore your microflora in the intestinal tract. Several recent studies show the correlation of probiotics and the relief from allergic disorders.

A study conducted in 2005 by the Ninewells Hospital and Medical School in the UK shows that allergies improved with probiotics. And helps to reduce the incidence of atopic eczema. Probiotic treatment was given to children using lactobacillus.

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2. The Bioflavonoid QUERCETIN

Quercetin is a bioflavonoid common in plants, like onions and green tea. It is one of the most biologically active flavonoids. Quercetin acts as a potent antioxidant and immune system modulator. Many of its immune support attributes are enhanced by its synergistic relationship with vitamin C.

Quercetin is a natural antihistamine and has an anti-inflammatory influence, which allows lowering the effects of season and food allergies, including asthma and skin reactions.

Quercetin is highly active in the skin and lining of the intestine.

With it’s stabilizing effect on the immune system it can help various types of immune cells endure under stress.

Natural Sources with a high amount in quercetin are capers, onions and fruits, especially dark grapes, black currants, apples and cherries.

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3. BROMELAIN

Bromelain is a complex mixture of protein-digesting enzymes, called proteolytic enzymes, that help your body absorb and assimilate proteins from foods. (University of Maryland Medical Centre)

Bromelain has traditionally been used as a potent anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling agent.

A study by the Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013 tested the efficacy of bromelain against atopic conditions such as asthma and food allergies. Researchers found that bromelain inhibited allergic airway disease and the data gave additional insight into bromelain’s anti-inflammatory and antiallergic potentials. These health benefits may help people with allergies to reduce peanut allergy symptoms and the results of an overactive immune system.

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A natural source with high amounts in Bromelain is pineapple.

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