What will you find in this Guide?
The goal of our Online Guide to Allergies and Nutrition is to provide allergy sufferers with extensive information on how to treat and get rid of allergies at home with appropriate nutrition. The page you are currently viewing is the home page of the Guide — all the latest news and tips are published here, so be sure to bookmark this page! Other sections of this Guide focus on providing advice on dietary habits and foods that can help heal allergies naturally. You will also find a section dedicated to delicious allergy fighting recipes. Use the menu on the right to navigate this Guide.
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What are Allergies?
The immune system is designed to protect the body by fighting harmful substances like bacteria and viruses. Allergic reactions occur when the immune system overreacts to normally harmless substances such as pollen, pet dander, dust, cosmetics or certain foods. Substances that cause an allergic reaction in an individual are called allergens. An allergic reaction begins when the so-called IgE antibodies, which sit on the surface of mast cells, encounter an allergen. These antibodies trigger the mast cells to release histamine in large quantities. Excess histamine causes an extreme inflammatory response, or an allergic reaction. Common allergic reactions include hives, hay fever, asthma, eczema, food allergies, and allergic rhinitis.
Luckily, there are many medications available that can bring relief to allergy sufferers. In addition, certain nutritional factors (the topic of this online guide) may help control and prevent allergic reactions.