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Allergy and intolerance – Find out the difference

by Dominique Vanier, B.Sc.H., M.Env.Sc., on 17 December 2015, Allergies, Healthy Eating
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It is easy to confuse allergies with intolerances. They both make us feel sick, lethargic, and downright miserable.  Allergies and intolerances are your body’s reaction to particles in food, air, or through contact.

While both are a response by your immune system, they differ in many key ways: their time of onset, severity of physical symptoms, and immune system mechanism of action.

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Fragrance allergies, it’s not all in your head!

by Sonia Chartier, on 3 December 2015, Allergies, Healthy Living
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For many people, typical holiday scents bring back cherished memories. But for others, they can bring migraines, itching or respiratory problems.

In fact, an increasing number of people are so sensitive to scents that simply getting through the day can be a big a big challenge for them, not to mention a huge headache.

Natural products can help, but it’s important to know which ones to choose.

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Food intolerances and food additives…Be on the lookout!

by Sonia Chartier, on 2 June 2015, Allergies, Digestion, Healthy Eating
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It is not unusual to hear about people reacting to certain food additives. We all have friends or colleagues who react to too much caffeine or salt. Others react to dyes and preservatives in foods.

These are not allergies per se, but could be deemed intolerances. In fact, it is difficult to ascertain who will get hyper from too much caffeine and who will drink twelve cups a day and sleep like a baby.

Apart from these rather obvious reactions, there are more subtle responses to additives.  Symptoms are sometimes so subtle that they go unnoticed, and unless someone is really looking for the causes of a repetitive condition or symptoms, they may go unnoticed for decades.

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What is an Allergy?

by Sonia Chartier, on 27 May 2014, Allergies
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An allergy occurs when your immune system recognizes an environmental or food molecule (allergen) as a dangerous intruder to get rid of.  The dreaded symptoms are just the tools your body has to get rid of the intruder.

The allergy mechanism  is quite complex and involves the immune system and a series of biochemical reactions.  It ends up with histamine and other mediators being released in the bloodstream and causing symptoms. Allergens may result from our environment, food, medication, or personal care products like skin creams or suntan lotions.

The body’s response to an allergen results in “allergy symptoms” ranging from mild to severe, and sometimes deadly.   If you are experiencing an allergic reaction you may feel tired, hazy, dizzy, or exhibit cold or flu-like symptoms.

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Tips on How to Deal with Allergy Symptoms

by Sonia Chartier, on 19 March 2014, Allergies
Tips on How to Deal with Allergy Symptoms

Wheezes and Sneezes

Do you see the spring through a haze of tears, with a tissue box surgically attached to your hand and your nose emitting a persistent deluge of protesting gunge?

Most Canadians love summers, so it seems harsh that so many people should be doomed to react unfavourably at the first glint of the suns rays.

Then there are the unfortunates who react this way all year round, persistently snuffling and sneezing, sometimes without even knowing what it is they are reacting to. If you wake up every morning with an itchy nose, irritated eyes or catarrh blocking the back of your throat, you know where I’m coming from.

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