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7 nutritional tips to help you survive the allergy season

by Sonia Chartier, on 21 February 2017, Allergies, Healthy Eating
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What should you be eating this allergy season?

If you spend your summer sneezing and sniffling and avoiding the outdoors for fear of that dreaded pollen in the air, then it’s time to look at your diet!

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Do Allergies Develop in the Womb?

by Dominique Vanier, B.Sc.H., M.Env.Sc., on 24 January 2017, Allergies
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If you find yourself with a chronic sore throat and mucous trickling from the back of your nose to your mouth, you may be suffering from allergies.

Some researchers believe that environmental exposure to risk factors, such as tobacco smoke and air pollution, may have an impact on the development of allergies as early as in the womb!

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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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