Seasonal allergies are triggered by inhaled allergens (usually pollens), causing sneezing and inflammation of the nose and mucous membranes of the eyes. Symptoms include tearing and sneezing, and some people will also experience headaches and irritability. Besides these symptoms, the added stress affects the adrenal glands by reducing dopamine levels. (Dopamine is an excitatory neurotransmitter that increases the brain’s voltage.)
For some reason, some peoples’ immune systems overreact to exposure to pollens. To counteract this excessive allergenic response, Eric Braverman, M.D., recommends several nutritional supplements.
Dr. Braverman’s Brain Energy formula contains two amino acids (phenylalanine and tyrosine) that will increase dopamine levels. They also can lift the mood and reduce the appetite. Brain Energy also contains Rhodiola, an adaptogenic herb that helps the body to deal with stress. It can reduce fatigue and depression, and improve memory function. Take one or two capsules before breakfast and before lunch.
Vitamin C Complex
Our Vitamin C formula contains vitamin C, bioflavonoids, and quercetin. Vitamin C reduces inflammation, and supports the adrenal glands and the immune system. Bioflavonoids work with vitamin C in reducing inflammation, and also strengthen the capillaries, reducing bruising. Finally, quercetin, which is related to bioflavonoids, has excellent anti-inflammatory properties. Take one capsule every two hours.
Butterbur for Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis
In a randomized study comparing the efficacy and tolerability of butterbur, a carbon dioxide extract, with a non-sedating antihistamine, cetirizine, researchers found that they should be used together when treating seasonal allergic rhinitis when sedative effects need to be avoided. Source: BMJ USA volume 2 March 2002
A food allergy is an immune system response to a food that the body mistakenly believes is harmful. Although an individual could be allergic to any food, such as fruits, vegetables, and meats, there are eight foods that account for 90% of all food-allergic reactions. These are: milk, egg, peanut, tree nut (walnut, cashew, etc.), fish, shellfish, soy, and wheat.
Tips for Managing a Milk Allergy: When diagnosed with a milk intolerance or allergy only yogurt should be consumed. Please avoid all other dairy products like butter, cheese, butter milk and milk. As a substitute for milk the following can be used- Almond Milk, Rice Milk or Hemp Milk.
Tips for managing a wheat allergy: Avoid any products that contain wheat or gluten. Look for labels that say GLUTEN FREE. Some wheat free breads are: Ezeikel, see attached print out for different breads available that are gluten free.
Nuts allowed are: Almonds, walnuts. Pecans etc. Peanuts should be avoided completely.
Eric R. Braverman, M.D.
Dr. Braverman is a Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University and NYU Medical School, did brain research at Harvard Medical School, and trained at an affiliate of Yale Medical School. He is acknowledged worldwide as an expert in brain-based diagnosis and treatment, and he lectures to and trains doctors in anti-aging medicine.