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).
- Watery eyes
- Stuffy or runny nose
- Sinus congestion
- Rashes, hives
- Throat constriction
- Skin flushing
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle & joint pains
- Fatigue, poor memory / concentration
- Skin conditions (ie. Eczema, acne, etc.)
- Digestive concerns (ie. gas, bloating, IBS)
- Mood changes
- ADD / ADHD
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)
- 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: