Allergies are over-aggressive reactions of the immune system to substances (“allergens”) that are normally harmless and should not trigger a reaction in the body (ie. dust, seasonal pollen & ragweed, common everyday foods, animal dander).

An over-reactive (not weak) immune system will mistaken the allergen as a threat to the body, and mount a hypersensitive immune defense against it, causing a range of symptoms that may vary in intensity.

The intensity of allergic reactions (ie. mild dust sensitivities to life-threatening anaphylactic peanut allergies) will depend on the health of the immune system, as well as the type of hypersensitivity reaction launched (ie. IgG vs. IgE reactions).

Acute allergy symptoms:

  • Watery eyes
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Sinus congestion
  • Hives
  • Rashes, hives
  • Throat constriction
  • Swelling
  • Skin flushing
  • Shortness of breath

Chronic & secondary allergy symptoms:

  • Muscle & joint pains
  • Fatigue, poor memory / concentration
  • Skin conditions (ie. Eczema, acne, etc.)
  • Asthma
  • Digestive concerns (ie. gas, bloating, IBS)
  • Mood changes
  • ADD / ADHD
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What causes Allergies?

Allergies are usually warning signs that something is out of balance in the body. Common underlying causes include:

  • Leaky gut syndrome
    (An unhealthy, inflammed gut can't fight off potential allergens. Damage to the intestinal lining will cause food particles to leak into the bloodstream, triggering allergic reactions.)
  • Hidden food sensitivities
    (ie. wheat, corn, dairy, soy, alcohol)
  • Poor diet (high sugar & inflammatory fats, processed foods)
  • Stress
  • Adrenal (stress) gland dysfunction
  • Hidden inflammation (high C-Reactive Protein test)
  • Low stomach acid
  • Inadequate / poor quality sleep
  • Chronic over-consumption of a particular food
  • Toxic overload
    (ie. pesticides, food additives, cleaning products, mold, food sensitivities)

How will a Naturopathic Doctor help improve my immunity?

Naturopathic Doctors like Dr. Tam, ND will help you determine and tackle the underlying culprits that are hindering your immunity, and use a variety of safe and effective natural therapies to boost your immune system, including:

  • Diet & lifestyle modification (identify & eliminate allergens or food triggers)
  • Nutrient supplementation (to correct deficiencies)
  • Herbal medicine & Homeopathy (digestion & adrenal support)
  • Stress management
  • Detoxification
  • Lab testing (ie. vitamin D levels, IgG food sensitivity testing)

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