Dr. Jenna's Allergy Plan
Allergies are the immune system's reaction to things we are exposed to in our environment. You can be allergic to just about anything: foods, medications, plants, pollen, and chemicals, just to name a few. Allergies can range from mild annoyances to medical emergencies such as anaphylactic shock. The most common allergy symptoms are sneezing, nasal and sinus congestion, headaches, itchy eyes, rashes, asthma, and digestive complaints. They often effect the the mucous membranes that line our respiratory and digestive tracts, where the majority of our immune system lives.
Top 3 causes of Allergies
- Overactive immune system: if your immune system is on high alert, it is more likely to react to things you're exposed to. Chronic inflammation is an example of the immune system being active and can be a trigger for allergic reactions.
- Environmental exposures: Toxins, viruses, bacteria, molds, electromagnetic frequencies (EMF). Think of the body like a bucket, it can only hold so many exposures before it overflows in the form of symptoms. Often those symptoms can be allergy-like symptoms.
- Low grade food allergies (non-anaphylactic) that lead to low-level, chronic symptoms
The initial investigation
- Asses the immune system and inflammation levels through blood work.
- Assess potential environmental exposures and levels of toxins in the blood or urine.
- Investigate diet for potential food allergies or sensitivities through elimination diet protocol or blood testing.
- Support the immune system and decrease inflammation through diet, supplements, herbs, and hydrotherapy.
- Natural antihistamine supplements to replace common pharmaceuticals such as Benadryl and claritin.
- Individualized detox protocols
- Dietary protocols to reduce high-allergen foods such as the elimination diet and anti-inflammatory diet.
- Reduction of allergens in environment through the use of high-quality, HEPA air filters such as the Austin Air Filter.