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Monday, 31 July 2017 19:34

Try Natural Alternatives this Allergy Season

Allergies—that sneezy, itchy throat, eye-watery, stuffy/runny nose, just-let-me-go-to-sleep-until-it-goes-away feeling, plague more than half of Americans. With so many of us suffering through the symptoms, you’d think we’d be experts on them by now, but, according to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, we don’t know as much as we think. If you’re suffering from allergies or from a cold that just doesn’t seem to go away, these gems from the Mayo Clinic may clarify things for you:

  • Many people don’t recognize that they have an allergy. Allergy symptoms often mimic symptoms of a cold. Both illnesses can cause coughing or a stuffy or a runny nose, but a cold may also cause a fever or aches and pains. An allergy won’t do that. The common cold lasts 3-14 days, while allergies can last as long as you remain exposed to the allergen. So, if every spring, you get that cold that just won’t go away, it might actually be an allergy.
  • Allergies can occur all year, particularly in the autumn as well as in the spring. Different plants pollinate in the fall and with changing weather patterns, therefore, some allergy sufferers are more likely to be affected in the fall. So, if your annual cold hits just when the tree leaves start to drop, you may have an allergy.
  • A family history of allergies increases the likelihood of getting them. Allergies, along with asthma and eczema, are an overreaction of the immune system, and this trend can run in families. If you and your children seem to be sick all spring with colds, it’s possible that you all have allergies.

How do you get allergies?

Scientists think both genes and the environment have something to do with it. Normally, your immune system fights germs. It is your body’s defense system. In most allergic reactions, however, it is responding to a false alarm.

Your immune system controls how your body defends itself. For instance, if you have an allergy to pollen, your immune system identifies pollen as an invader or allergen. Your immune system overreacts by producing antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies travel to cells that release chemicals, causing an allergic reaction. This reaction usually causes symptoms in the nose, lungs, throat, sinuses, ears, the lining of the stomach, or on the skin.

Each type of IgE has specific “radar” for each type of allergen. That’s why some people are only allergic to cat dander (they only have the IgE antibodies specific to cat dander), while others have allergic reactions to multiple allergens because they have much more types of IgE antibodies. It is not yet fully understood why some substances trigger allergies and others do not, nor why some people have allergic reactions while others do not. There are approximately 50 million Americans suffer from some form of allergic disease, and the number is increasing.

Untreated allergic conditions and allergy medications can cause unpleasant mood changes. When people have severe nasal allergies, they often complain of feeling irritable and utterly exhausted. Others describe a nervous agitation. People who have chronic hives may also report similar fluctuations in mood that correspond to outbreaks. Allergy cells produce a potent mix of natural chemicals that are released either gradually or in a large burst during various allergic conditions. On the other hand, allergy medications can also affect mood in some people. Decongestant and antihistamine medications cause some people to feel anxious and jittery, and others to feel drowsiness, dry mouth, dizziness, blurred vision, or confusion.

Natural Alternatives

Alternatives included bathing to rinse off the pollen or avoiding the allergen (sometimes impractical). We have some practical alternatives for you in the form of nutritional supplements that can help modify the allergy and sensitivity response. Ask one of the docs about a recommendation next time you are in. Inver Grove Chiropractic and Wellness is offering 10% off Aller Pro and Sinuplex through the month of August. 

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 14:43

You are not alone if you struggle with sleep. About half of the U.S. population report, they occasionally do not get enough sleep, while nearly 10% admit to experiencing chronic insomnia. If a lack of sleep is starting to affect your concentration, memory, or mood, you may have a bigger problem. Look for the root of the problem rather than masking with sleeping pills that come with a host of negative side effects.

Some sleep issues are a symptom of underlying conditions such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, emotional disorders like depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress syndrome. Other possible causes include arthritis, asthma, headaches, hyperthyroidism, gastrointestinal disorders, or menopause.

For many others, it may be a lifestyle issue. A lack of physical activity, working irregular hours, taking care of the kids, or increased stress loads can lead to a restless night. Abuse of recreational drugs or alcohol, or too much caffeine may lead to insufficient deep sleep.

So, what’s the big deal? Sleep deprivation can make you more susceptible to catching a cold. It affects your body’s ability to fight off colds and flu and slows recovery from bacterial infections. Sleep deprivation has also been linked to traffic accidents, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and more.

Chiropractic care and wellness adjustments help you to relax. It also improves the blood flow in the nervous system and corrects any misalignments or subluxations in the spine. These subluxations compress the nerves and cause lack of communication between the spine and the brain. These subluxations lead to a process called stress response, which puts the body out of balance, and do not let the body rest. We adjust these subluxations with safe and careful techniques to get your body to function normally.

Along with chiropractic care, sleep issues can be improved with lifestyle changes:

  • Limited intake of caffeine
  • Eating dinner before six in the evening
  • Avoiding television and computer time an hour before bed
  • Staying active by doing regular exercises (not too close to bedtime)
  • Avoiding excess alcohol
  • Investing in a good supportive mattress and pillow that support your spine
  • Set a daily routine

Many people have felt that their sleep has improved after getting regular wellness adjustments. Regular chiropractic care can improve the symptoms and conditions of insomnia patients, which improves the quality of life. Chiropractic care is much safer than most prescription sleep aids.

Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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