The overlooked dangers of taking allergy medication - and what to do instead

September 06, 2014
Volume 4    |   Issue 69

If you're allergic to fungi, molds, ragweed, and other weed pollens, fall is probably one of the worst times of the year for you. Fungi and mold allergies are hitting hard right about now. And the weed pollens are on their way. Unfortunately, many people turn to over-the-counter drugs to fight their allergies. I know of many integrative physicians who readily recommend these drugs. But these medications can cause a host of serious health problems.

In fact, one of the problems Claritin, Benadryl, and other allergy drugs can cause — disrupting your natural senses — can lead to even bigger allergy problems. The drugs can cause your taste buds and nasal mucosa to malfunction. And when these early warning systems go haywire, they can't tell your immune system that the allergens are entering your body.

But that's not all these drugs can do. They also can destroy your libido, cause you to gain weight, and lead to the development of chronic fatigue. In addition, they can even make you anxious and cause depression.

As you can see, taking allergy drugs to avoid allergy symptoms opens your health up to an assault that could be significantly worse. For most people, taking one dose of Benadryl isn't going to cause harm. But taking them regularly could.

What's more, even if these medications don't cause other problems, it's quite possible they will eventually stop working altogether.

So how can you survive allergy season without taking the drugs? The answer is to fix the underlying problem. Remember, the symptoms you experience are your immune system's over-reaction to some environmental substance. Whether it's fungi and weed pollen in the fall, tree pollen in the spring, grass pollen in the late spring or early summer, or something else, your body has decided it doesn't want that substance in it.

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Normally, your body's immune system can handle the substance and just process it the way it does everything else. But when allergies occur, there's a mechanism in your body that causes it to overreact to the substance. This causes the allergy symptoms. This mechanism is your adrenal gland. When your adrenal gland doesn't produce enough cortisol (the hormone that keeps your immune system healthy), it allows the immune system to go into over-drive.

This immune system over-reaction is a clear sign that your adrenal gland isn't functioning at peak levels. So what can you do to boost your adrenal function? The simple answer is take a supplement formula like Advanced Adrenal Factor. In the next Nutrient Insider, I'll tell you about the herbs this formula uses to boost your adrenal function and, in turn, fight allergies and why they're so effective.

Advanced Bionutritionals put all of these into one single product called Advanced Adrenal Factor.

Your insider for better health,

Steve Kroening

Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.


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