If you experience allergic responses ranging from watery eyes, sneezing, mold sensitivities, all the way up to asthma and bronchitis, you are certainly not alone. It affects some of us more than others, and I think I’ve figured out why.
As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed that I’ve become more sensitive to allergies and environmental triggers than ever before. To get to the bottom of this, I decided to dig deeper to understand what was causing this reaction in the first place. I soon came to the realization that it was my exhausted adrenal glands that were very likely the root cause of my allergies and beyond.
Here’s why: Our adrenal glands are responsible for the body’s release of histamine. Histamine is produced as part of a local immune response to pathogens. As a component of stomach acid, histamine helps to dilate blood vessels, which allows white blood cells to attack pathogens. As you’re probably already aware, too much histamine can trigger negative side effects like rashes, hives, flushed skin, throat swelling and a sudden drop in blood pressure.
And, here’s why your adrenal glands have a problem with that:
The adrenals also produce cortisol which is a powerful anti-inflammatory hormone. The more histamine that is released, the more cortisol the adrenals release to counteract your body’s allergy responses. The harder the adrenals have to work to do this, the more fatigued they get. Over time, this means less cortisol is being produced. Ultimately, this is how histamines wreak havoc on your allergy symptoms. As this cycle continues, your adrenals lose their function and your allergies become worse.
In this blog, I’ll dive deeper into this often overlooked connection and show you simple ways to support your adrenals, along with other proven strategies to help you survive another allergy season without the miserable side effects!
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Here’s a sweet way to tame allergies
Finnish scientists found folks who enjoyed birch pollen honey during birch pollen season cut their symptoms by 60% and used half as many antihistamines as those who skipped honey.
When bees collect nectar, their bodies get covered in pollen that ends up in honey. And when you consume that trace amount of local pollen every day, it builds immunity to allergens in your area through gradual exposure. Simply savor a spoonful of raw local honey daily.
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I take UNI KEY’s Adrenal Formula which I helped create for my own adrenal needs. The unique ingredients in this formula synergistically work together to give your tired or burned-out adrenals the nutrients they need to rebuild and restore adrenal function.
Besides adding crucial zinc that your adrenal glands need (and is in short supply when you are stressed), we added pantothenic acid. Here’s why: Pantothenic acid is the precursor to cortisol (the stress hormone). Pantothenic acid is essential to the production of many of the adrenal hormones; it also nourishes the adrenals, and a deficiency of this important B vitamin can cause atrophy of the glands. It is an essential component and a key player in the Adrenal Formula.