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Allergies? Maybe it’s your Liver

Spring is here! Flowers bloom, trees get a new green look, and outdoor life starts again. For most people it is the best time of the year, yet for others with allergies, it’s their worst nightmare!

Pollen is in the air at full force. This can cause a red runny nose, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, head cold and asthma flare ups. The majority of people take antihistamines for allergies, get allergy shots or just get on with their life.

Due to an allergic response that occurs when your immune system detects a substance, the immune cells release chemicals (such as histamine) that cause inflammation, swelling, itchiness, sneezing and mucous secretion. Anti-histamines will counter the attack temporarily, like a band-aide but will not get to the root cause: YOUR LIVER

The liver is the major cleansing and detoxification organ of the body. It has the vital role of cleansing the blood and removing harmful toxins, chemicals and waste products from the body. When the liver functions optimally, the toxins are removed fairly quickly to prevent harm to the body. If the liver is constantly overloaded with toxins from the environment, the food you eat, cleaning products, pain medication, alcohol, skin products and so forth, it becomes overwhelmed, slows down, becomes sluggish and starts to store the toxins. This toxin load can cause the immune system to be over-stimulated.

The liver is also responsible for breaking down excess histamine. If the liver is sluggish, histamine is not broken down properly and builds up in the body, awaiting it’s time to attack. When pollen or another allergen enters the system, both the immune system and the liver pump out histamine in response. All the symptoms of allergies flare up. Your immune system will remember this particular allergen as an invader and will respond even quicker the next time you’re exposed to it. Your body thinks it is protecting you, but in reality, it’s not!

Here are 5 hacks you can use to be kind to your liver and get your allergies under control:

  1. Eat fruits and vegetables Fresh fruit and vegetables are packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that are required by the liver to function properly. The best ones for the liver are cruciferous vegetables (like broccoli and cauliflower), onion and garlic, beetroot, capsicum, herbs, chili, citrus fruits (like lemon and lime) and berries.

  2. Reduce Carbohydrates Eating lots of carbohydrates can cause the liver to become fatty. Minimize the amount of rice, pasta, bread, cake, soft drink, sugar, biscuits, donuts, muffins and potato chips you are eating. Reach for lower-carb options instead.

  3. Don’t re-Intoxicate: Everything that you put on your skin or inhale, enters the blood stream and has to be filtered out by the liver. Conventional shampoos, soap, makeup, deodorant, body wash, laundry detergent and air fresheners contain nasty chemicals. Swap these for chemical-free/natural options.

4. Stay hydrated Your liver needs water! The liver can process many chemicals, but if your body doesn’t have enough water to flush the chemicals out through the kidneys, bowels and skin, they will sit there in the body causing damage. Aim for at least 2 liters per day.

  1. Detox your Liver and your Body Detoxification is an utmost important process not only for the liver but for all your organs and body. People who suffer with allergies usually have an immune system that is chronically hyper stimulated because it is dealing with internal toxicity.

Larisa Belote, Health Practitioner & Certified Detox Specialist is a strong believer that your body is a smart machine and can heal itself given a chance and the right set of tools. Set up a FREE 20-minute consultation to discuss which program is right for you to get to root cause of your Allergies and detox your Liver. Call/Txt 732.996.6963 or email: larisa@stepbystep-wellness.com.





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