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ALLERGIES

Millions of people cringe when they see flowers start blooming in spring each year; because they know they will soon be fighting spring allergies. According to a recent article in the U.S. News & World Report, allergies are assuming epidemic proportions in the United States, with up to 30% of adults and 40% of children now suffering from hay fever symptoms — nasal congestion and itchy, watering eyes. Allergy now reportedly appears regularly in the top 10 reasons for visits to doctors’.

Doctors have traditionally asked sufferers to avoid the allergens causing a reaction, but this is often easier said than done. Allergy shots currently available and antihistamines can create harmful side-effects and reactions, worsening the situation. Scientists and researchers appear to be convinced that the ultimate solution will be to figure out ways of teaching the body to be indifferent to innocuous allergens. The irony is that the human body is born knowing how to do just that: the question is, what can be done to prevent the body from “losing” that knowledge.

What Ayurveda Says

Gearing up the body’s own immune systems to effectively combat allergens is exactly what Ayurveda suggests as the long-term, effective solution to allergies. “In the spring, impurities inside the body are melting due to the rising temperature in the environment. The liquefied toxins clog the channels of the body. When the channels are blocked, nutrients are not delivered properly to the cells, and the body’s immune systems for resisting allergens become overwhelmed. In the spring, as flowers burst into bloom, they fill the air with pollen. So the allergens in the environment are increasing at the same time that the body’s defenses are being challenged. That’s the reason for the incidence of allergies suddenly shooting up in the spring.

Ayurveda Physicians explains that in respiratory allergies, a particular sub-dosha of Kapha, called Shleshaka.Kapha, which is responsible for maintaining moisture in the upper respiratory tract, is involved. “As the Ama (digestive impurities) in the body starts melting, it combines with Shleshaka Kapha to form a thick, sticky toxin called shleshma, which starts to fill the respiratory tract and sinus cavities,”. “The entire respiratory system, as a result, becomes a fertile breeding ground for bacteria and infection. This is the reason many allergies end up as secondary sinus and respiratory infections.”

Strengthening the Body’s Defense Systems naturally through herbs and formulations

Nutrilage Plus

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Immunity, energy, disease prevention and Stress support.

A perfect blend of natural anti-oxidant, which builds immunity, provides shield against diseases, increases stamina and helps burst stress.

  • A combination of nutrients, amino acids and vitamins sourced from Nature, which, helps build immunity and protects one from attracting diseases.
  •  Helps protect from un-natural-pre-mature ageing and thus gives youthfulness and increases longevity.
  • Helps protects from all sort of infections originates from bacteria, fungi and other microbes.
  •  Helps in diseases right from upper respiratory tract, asthma, and bronchitis to serious ailments such as aids, cancer and swine flu etc.
  • Balances the general health in diabetic conditions, heart disease and arthritis.
  • Improves the functions of liver and kidneys and relieves stresses.

Key Ingredients:

  • Ashwagandha & Shodhit Bhallantak is immune boosters, stress busters and help in boosting immunity, relieving stress and balancing platelets.
  • Shatavari & Yashtimadhu are full of anti-oxidants, boosts immunity.
  •  Punarnava helps strengthens Kidneys and renews whole body by promoting detoxification.
  • Guduchi & Tulsi balance Vata-Pitta-Kapha, purifies blood and are full of antibiotic & anti-allergic properties.
  • Keshar is known anti-oxidant, which balances body functions.
  • Shilajit source of natural calcium, magnesium, zinc and phosphorus, they strengthen crucial body functions.
  • Pippali helps improve respiratory functions to boost oxygen level in the body and helps purify blood.

Dosage: 1-2 capsule twice a day with meal atleast for 3 months for optimum result. Long-term usage recommended. Works best in combination with DetoxMe.

Breatholax

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Asthma, respiratory and bronchial health.

It is formulated to address all sorts of discomfort related to upper respiratory tract. It helps decongest the pulmonary system and repair damaged lung tissues.

  • Helps overcome form infections of lungs and respiratory tracts.
  •  Addresses all sorts of allergies related to asthma and respiratory tracts.
  • Helps strengthen lungs and thus increases oxygen intake in the body including brain.
  • Helps address severe diseases such as TB, swine flu and other pulmonary diseases.
  • Builds immunity against bacterial, viral and fungal infections.
  • Acts as complementing medication in the treatment of coronary artery diseases.

Key Ingredients:

  • Dalchini neutralizes cough n colds.
  • Mulethi,Shunthi & Shodhit Kuchla being anti-oxidant strengthens reparatory tracts.
  • Tulsi being anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and immune-modulator helps provide relief in all sorts of symptoms related to upper respiratory tract and lungs. It also helps calming central nervous system and thus acts as stress buster.
  • Apamargkshar, Banafsha & Vacha helps reduce swelling in respiratory tract.
  • Pippali builds immunity against diseases.
  • Kantkari strengthens lungs.
  • Laxmi Vilas ras, Mayur Chandrika Ras & Dudhi strengthens lungs and helps build immunity against respiratory and pulmonary diseases.

Dosage: 1-2 capsule twice a day with meal atleast for 3 months. Long-term usage recommended. Can be used for a period of one year in order to overcome from chronic allergy and bronchial asthma and other COPD symptoms. Works best in combination with Nutrilage Plus for men and Nutrilage Woman for women.

Nutritionext (Immunity formula)

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Immunity, cough & cold and flu management

Rich source of natural anti-oxidant, vitamins, immune boosters. Enriched with Withania Sominfera.

Key ingredients & their benefits:

  • Ashwagandha, Shodhit Bhallantak, Shatavari & Yashtimadhu helps boosts immunity, relieves stress and protects from attracting infections.
  •  Guduchi & Tulsi balances Vata-Pitta-Kapha, purifies blood and helps protect from all sorts of flue (including H1N1/Swine flu etc).
  • Pippali helps improve respiratory functions, boost oxygen and purifies blood.

Dosage: 1-2 capsule twice a day with meal atleast for 3 months for optimum result. Long-term usage recommended. Complements Nutrilage Plus and works best in combination with DetoxMe.

Recommended Diet for Allergies

The main dietary and eating guidelines for allergies are as follows.

1. Eat the largest meal of the day at lunch, between 12:00 and 1:00 PM, when your digestion is strongest. The sun– the heat element in nature– enlivens agni, the fire of digestion and metabolism, making our digestion strongest at the height of the day.

2. Avoid eating heavy meals in the evening. The single biggest contribution to toxins and clogging in the body comes from eating heavy evening meals, particularly after 7 PM. Eat a warm, freshly cooked vegetarian evening meal without fried foods, desserts, cheese, yogurt or other curdled products, since these are heavy for digestion and cause more blockage, congestion and mucous.

3. Ayurveda recommends we eat fresh warm food, freshly prepared. Avoid micro-waving, which has been shown to destroy over 90% of the protective antioxidants in the food. Also, avoid cold drinks, ice cream, frozen yogurt and other cold foods.

4. Avoid leftovers. Once food has been heated and then gets put back in the refrigerator it becomes hard to digest and very clogging in nature.

5. Avoid excessively hot spices, sour and acidic foods. These foods are irritating to the body and promote inflammation, according to Ayurveda.

6. Do include detoxifying spices in your daily diet. Turmeric in particular has anti-allergy, immune-balancing effects. Coriander helps to detoxify on a cellular level; fennel cools and balances; ginger helps the digestion and dissolves ama, and black pepper clears the channels and increases bioavailability of nutrients. Make a spice mixture of 6 parts fennel, cumin and coriander, 4 parts turmeric and 1 part each of ginger and black pepper. Freshly grind the spices, sauté them in a pan without oil until lightly browned, and put in a small airtight container. Carry them with you and sprinkle _ to 1 tsp. on your food at each meal, and cook with them when at home.

7. Do sip boiled warm or hot water about every half hour during the day around the change of seasons, to help your body purify and to support good digestion.

Behavioral Approaches to Reducing Allergies

Diet is not the only consideration in allergies. Ayurvedic theory also recommends the following behavioral changes to help tone down the allergic response.

1. Go to bed by 10:00 P.M. Between 10 PM and 2 AM; the body performs a natural cycle of internal cleansing. If we stay up after 10 PM, we interfere with this metabolic “house cleaning” and toxins and impurities begin to accumulate. Worse yet, the metabolic activity of cleansing tends to trigger hunger, and we may be tempted to indulge in the proverbial “midnight snack.” Unfortunately, eating after 10 PM further compromises the cleansing process and leads to even more waste accumulation, and more allergy tendency. On the other hand, going to bed by 10 PM improves the overall rejuvenative quality of sleep. You will find that your early bedtime habit helps not only your allergies, but your energy and complexion as well!

2. Cleanse the body before the allergy season. The traditional Ayurvedic answer to allergies includes purifying the body of ama and toxins before allergy season begins to prevent symptoms from arising at all. This internal cleansing may be done at home or, more thoroughly, through in-residence cleansing treatments called panchakarma or Maharishi Rejuvenation Therapy.

3. Have a regular routine of life. Eating, sleeping, working and exercising at about the same time each day is very balancing and stabilizing to the immune system and to the body as a whole. Allergies tend to be aggravated when routine of life is hectic and scattered.

4. Practice Yoga asanas and meditation. Yogas asanas and meditation are very balancing to all aspects of mind and body and have been used by many people to reduce allergy symptoms. For meditation, I suggest the TM technique because of its ease of practice and scientific verification.

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