The sneezing, the sniffling, the coughing, the watery eyes…allergies to hay fever and other allergens can make life miserable. With side effects ranging from drowsiness to high blood pressure and diabetes, allergy medication is often a solution worse than the condition itself! Dr. Ruiz is concerned about the upswing in marketing and use of allergy medications and encourages patients to seek natural solutions, including chiropractic.
Allergies go beyond occasional bouts of the sniffles. Studies show that allergies significantly affect quality of life and interfere with daily activities, including work and school. A new survey reveals that allergies also dramatically affect sufferers’ moods and self-perceptions.
What causes allergies is when the immune system overresponds to harmless substances–like pollen, mold and pet dander–and launches an assault. This attack is called an allergic reaction.
Risk factors for hay fever, for example, include a family history of allergy, having other allergies, such as food allergies or eczema, exposure to second-hand cigarette smoke, a poor diet, lack of exercise, fatigue and stress. Researchers also speculate that an aggressive childhood vaccination schedule may prompt an autoimmune response, which might be associated with the rise in cases of hay fever.
To beat these allergens, keep your immune system in top form with chiropractic care. Since allergens are tied to a dysfunction in the immune system, the chiropractic office is a great place to start in the battle against allergies. Dr. Ruiz and other chiropractors theorize that a common condition known as vertebral subluxation may disturb the natural flow of nerve impulses. Vertebral subluxations occur when spinal movement is restricted or spinal bones (vertebrae) become misaligned. Dr. Ruiz corrects this condition with safe and gentle maneuvers called chiropractic adjustments.
Dr. Ruiz also advocates additional nondrug approaches for allergy sufferers to try in conjunction with chiropractic adjustments, including the following:
- Reduce exposure to allergens when possible.
- Reduce your exposure to stress and fatigue to combat allergies.
- Get regular exercise.
- Consider trying acupuncture to combat hay fever and other allergies.
Try the following Dietary Supplements to fortify your immune system:
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Tinospora Cordifolia
For more tips in combating allergies without drugs, come in for an adjustment and speak with Dr. Ruiz about your health concerns.