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Maintain Your Resistance to Allergens

Millions of people cringe when they see flowers start blooming in spring each year, because they know they will soon be fighting spring allergies.


Hay fever symptoms


Hay fever, also known as seasonal allergic rhinitis, affects one in four people in the UK and is mainly caused by grass pollen. Hay fever is a type of allergy. It happens when your body makes antibodies in response to certain triggers, such as pollen. The charity Allergy UK estimates that nearly 18 million people have hay fever in the UK. It's most common in children, particularly teenagers, but you can develop hay fever at any age. The symptoms usually include sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, and a stuffy nose.


Why are some people are affected by allergens?


Conventional researchers and doctors are still unclear on exactly why some people are affected by allergens.


Faced with data that the developed nations of the West have a higher incidence of allergies, scientists have put forward the "hygiene hypothesis" - that the "clean" surroundings, immunizations and antibiotics prevalent in these countries may be responsible for many people's reactions to allergens. Other factors that may be contributing include diet, exposure to chemicals and carpeted housing.


Doctors have traditionally asked sufferers to avoid the allergens causing a reaction, but this is often easier said than done. Allergy shots currently available and antihistamines can create harmful side-effects and reactions, worsening the situation. Scientists and researchers appear to be convinced that the ultimate solution will be to figure out ways of teaching the body to be indifferent to innocuous allergens. The irony is that the human body is born knowing how to do just that and the important question is, what can be done to maintain this ability.


Maharishi AyurVeda advice


Supporting the body's own immune systems to effectively combat allergens is exactly what Maharishi AyurVeda suggests as the long-term, effective solution to allergies.  According to Ayurveda in the spring, impurities inside the body are melting due to the rising temperature in the environment. The liquefied toxins clog the channels of the body. When the channels are blocked, nutrients are not delivered properly to the cells, and the body's immune systems for resisting allergens become overwhelmed.


In the spring, as flowers burst into bloom, they fill the air with pollen. So the allergens in the environment are increasing at the same time that the body's defences are being challenged. That's the reason for the incidence of allergies suddenly shooting up in the spring. In respiratory allergies, a particular sub-dosha of Kapha, called Shleshaka Kapha, which is responsible for maintaining moisture in the upper respiratory tract, is involved.


As the Ama (digestive impurities) in the body starts melting, it combines with Shleshaka Kapha to form a thick, sticky toxin called shleshma, which starts to fill the respiratory tract and sinus cavities.  As a result the entire respiratory system can become a fertile breeding ground for bacteria and infection. This is the reason many allergies end up as secondary sinus and respiratory infections.


Maintain your restance to allegens


Enlivening the Body’s Defence Systems


So what can one do to help keep the body resistant to allergens? The long-term solution is to avoid the cause of allergies and help the body's immune system to effectively withstand allergens. The and enliven the body's immunity.


Allergard helps avoid toxic reactions, supports digestion, and decrease sensitivity to allergens by nourishing and purifying the liver. This herbal formulation is designed for all kinds of allergies, because it enhances the body's overall capability to resist allergens."


What about diet?


Researchers have found that a diet that includes regular intake of spices can help maintain resistance to plant-induced allergies. The health supporting values of spices such as turmeric are often attributed to their component chemicals such as flavonoids and phenols in which turmeric is rich.


Turmeric can also help maintain digestion and balance the flow of bile. Sage, red pepper, cumin and coriander are some other spices that are known to maintain resistance to allergies. Sautéing a combination of ground turmeric, cumin and coriander in ghee and using the mixture to season vegetables is a way of incorporating some of these valuable spices into your diet.


From the Ayurvedic perspective, a Kapha-Pitta pacifying diet helps maintain balance at the time of year when allergies are most common. Drinking Organic Cooling Pitta Tea and enjoying Pitta Mild Seasoning with your food are convenient ways of keeping pitta dosha in balance. It is also important to pacify Kapha to counteract sluggish digestion and congestion. This is especially true in the Kapha season (spring).


Maintaining resistance to hay fever


Maintaining Resistance to Allergies


The real problem with allergies is not allergens, such as those from plants, pollen, chemicals or food. After all, many people don't suffer allergic reactions from these things. The problem lies in the body's reaction to allergens. Your body has effective natural defences that protect it from allergens.


But these defences weaken when digestive impurities (Ama) accumulate in the body. Then, an allergen will interact with the Ama, causing an allergic reaction where the impurities are found. For example, when these impurities are in the skin, they can result in rashes or irritation. Impurities in the lungs cause breathing problems.


Wherever they interact and interfere, these impurities make it hard for the cells to function properly. To solve the problem, you need to maintain the body's purification system so it more effectively eliminates toxins.


Help the Body Build Resistance


This system of health care helps to support the body's normal functions and innate resistance to allergens by: supporting the liver—the body's filtration system and maintaining healthy digestion, which helps avoid the production of Ama.


Allergy System Guidelines


Allergard (MA1788)


Take Allergard (MA1788) food supplement. This herbal formula supports the body's natural resistance to allergens, helps the body avoid toxic reactions, reduces the impurities that lead to reactions, supports digestion, helps decrease sensitivity and increase comfort and nourishes liver function.

Herbal Teas

Cooling Pitta Tea, and Spicy Kapha Tea help maintain moisture balance in lungs and eyes.

Amrit Kalash

Take the Amrit Nectar (MA4) and Ambrosia tablets (MA5) for total health and longevity. Scientific studies have shown that Amrit supports the function of the immune system, detoxification, the nervous system and free radical scavenging.


Dietary Recommendations


  • Avoid eating leftovers. This produces digestive impurities (Ama).
  • Avoid carbonated or iced drinks, which can slow digestion.
  • For balanced nutrition, include the six Ayurvedic tastes—sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent. Our Ayurvedic seasoning mixes are an easy way to include all six tastes at every meal.
  • Drink plenty of warm liquids. They help clear impurities from the microcirculatory channels (Shrotas).


Lifestyle Recommendations


  • Respect your body's sensitivity and avoid known irritants.
  • For better assimilation of vital nutrients, don't watch TV or read while eating. Focus on enjoying and savouring your meal.
  • Go to bed by 10 p.m., so the body is at rest during the natural purification period from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.


DISCLAIMER: The information in this document is presented for the sole purpose of imparting education on Maharishi AyurVeda and neither the information nor the products are intended to diagnose, treat, mitigate, cure or prevent any disease. If you have a medical condition, or are pregnant or lactating, please consult a health professional and it is recommended that you speak with your physician before making significant changes to your diet or routine.


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