Let me guess.. your little one has allergies.

Have you ever noticed the dark circles under their eyes? Skin flare-ups? Constipation or headaches? It’s worrisome, I know.

Imagine if you could clear up these symptoms with diet and supplements.  I know, I’m not a fan of supplements either, but the truth is our food is not what it use to be and you must admit – your child’s diet is not the best.

Here’s the thing.  It all begins with their gut health. Hard to believe, right?

But don’t forget, we can reverse these symptoms and reduce further complications like occurrences of ear and sinus infections and even “asthma-life” symptoms – when we address their gut health. ¹

Yes, when we suppress Eczema and Allergies, your child may develop “Asthma-like” symptoms.

My son began his life with milk intolerance and as he grew, I noticed he had a gluten intolerance as well.  When we addressed his gut health – his symptoms changed.

So what can you do about it?

Here’s my promise to you. By the end of this post, you’ll understand how to reduce your child’s allergic response – naturally.

What is an allergy anyway?

When your child’s immune system reacts to a foreign substance – like an insect bite, pets dander or cockroaches, their immune system produces a substance called Immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies.  These antibodies travel to cells that release chemicals, causing an allergic reaction or inflammation.

This inflammation can be as little as red, rosy cheeks or as severe as anaphylaxis – a potentially life-threatening emergency.

Why allergies are bad right now

*While most food allergies cannot be cured, you will see an enormous change in your child’s health and symptoms when you address these 7 things:

  1. Your child’s gut health
  2. Reducing inflammation naturally with herbs, diet & supplements
  3. Boosting their immunity with supplements
  4. Removing any food sensitivities to reduce inflammation*
  5. Promoting healthy evacuation
  6. Avoid medications and antibiotics – this affects their gut health
  7. Reducing toxins in their environment and food

What are the types of allergies?

  1. Insect sting
  2. Pet dander
  3. Drug
  4. Mold
  5. Cockroach droppings- This is the #1 cause of breathing trouble with children in the city
  6. Hay fever

What are the top food allergies in children?

A food allergy produces an increase in IgE and possible anaphylactic shock. **You would NEVER re-introduce these foods into your child’s diet if they have a true food allergy to them. 

Food Sensitivity is when your child’s digestive system is triggered.  An elimination diet is the gold standard way to discover which foods bother your child and may even be causing behavioral problems. But, it will not “fix” the symptoms.

By integrating the 4R approach to reduce inflammation, you may notice fewer allergic responses and asthma attacks.  If your child has a food sensitivity (not a food allergy!), you could re-introduce the food into their diet again or may keep it out for good.

What are the top food allergens?

  1. Wheat
  2. Dairy
  3. Eggs
  4. Soy
  5. Crustaceans
  6. Fish
  7. Tree Nuts
  8. Peanuts

Food Allergy Symptoms

  • Tingling in the mouth
  • Swelling of the lips, tongue, face or throat
  • Hives
  • Anaphylaxis²

Food Sensitivity Symptoms

  • behavioral problems (dairy, wheat)
  • chronic belly aches, gas, bloating
  • dark circles under their eyes (dairy)
  • acne on the back of their arms (gluten)
  • bed wetting
  • chronic sinus and ear infections (dairy)
  • hearing problems (occasionally accidentally diagnosed as ADHD)
  • headaches
  • sniffles
  • swollen lymph nodes & more
  • colic
  • chronic cough (gluten)

Take the gut health questionnaire below to see if your child is at risk.

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Hay fever, also called allergic rhinitis, can cause:

  • Sneezing
  • Itching of the nose, eyes or roof of the mouth
  • Runny, stuffy nose
  • Watery, red or swollen eyes (conjunctivitis)

Remember food is always the best source of vitamins and minerals.

The top 9 foods to add to your child’s diet to reduce inflammation include:

  • green leafy vegetables
  • organic purple fruits
  • fiber
  • probiotics
  • Tumeric
  • B vitamins: eggs, poultry, and lentils
  • Chlorella: sea vegetables
  • Culinary herbs to support detox: garlic and onion
  • Quercetin: Cherries, strawberries, and broccoli

7 Supplements To Reduce The Allergic Response

#1 Freeze-Dried Stinging Nettles

You may know stinging nettles as those prickly greens that bite you in the springtime.  Personally, I find the sting invigorating and as a sign of warm weather to come, but many hate the sting.  The hairs – and the sting – on the nettles reduce when the greens are cooked. “Mast cells are where histamine is formed, stored, and released. So by preventing their breakdown, they act as a natural antihistamine.”²

For children: you can break open one of the capsules and add it to a shake or drink

#2 Quercetin

Quercetin is a plant pigment (flavonoid). It is found in many plants and foods, such as red wine, onions, green tea, apples, berries, Ginkgo biloba, St. John’s wort, American elder, and others.

Quercetin has been shown to reduce inflammation and inhibit histamine release; reducing allergic response.  ³

#3 Curcumin

Curcumin was reported to have an anti-allergic property with an inhibitory effect on histamine release from the mast cells. Naturally found in Turmeric, you can add this orange spice to your little one’s hot chocolate or orange juice.

#4 Digestive Enzyme

My favorite supplement company is Enzymedica.  In this post, they explain how digestive enzymes can help reduce the allergic response. The enzymes help break down protease, amylase, and lipase – aiding digestion and breaking down proteins, a common irritant. We love this product for my son.

#5 Probiotic

Probiotics can help heal the gut, which can be the source of many inflammatory diseases – including allergies. Look for ones with Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species for healthy immunity. Download the gut health questionnaire to see if your child is experiencing the symptoms associated with Leaky Gut Syndrome.

#6 Butterbur

This one supplement was life-changing for us! My son was diagnosed with “asthma-like” symptoms and went home with over four prescription drugs. We love Little Davinci Migrashield.  Please choose a supplement that is PA-free.

Diet + Xlear + Butterbur helped him become symptom-free! I cover more of this in my online course Home Remedies For Children.

“In one study of 125 individuals with allergies,  it has been found to be as effective in relieving allergic rhinitis as Zyrtec to relieve symptoms of tearing, itchy, and red eyes associated with seasonal allergies.”-  Dr. Aviva Romm

What allergies are your children struggling with? Comment below or fill out this quick survey to tell me more.

# 7 Grapefruit Seed Extract- Xlear

Nasal rinses have been used for years to clean out the pollen in your nasal passages.  This blend uses grapefruit seed extract; which is known to treat and prevent infections.  This combined with the butterbur- has helped my son reduce his “asthma-like” nagging cough.

Conclusion:

When your child is struggling with a food sensitivity or allergy,  you’ll want to address their gut health.  By reducing inflammation and the inflammatory response, you can reduce the symptoms your child is experiencing and boost their health.  Remember, you would never re-introduce a true food allergy to your child’s diet.


References:

  • ¹https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6056614/
  • ²https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/allergies/symptoms-causes/syc-20351497
  • ³https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27187333
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18398870
  • https://enzymedica.com/blogs/get-better/natural-remedies-for-spring-allergies
  • https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323276.php

 

An MD’s Top Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

Probiotics & Allergic Rhinitis https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25899251

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Wondering how to reduce allergies, naturally? In this post, I cover the 7 supplements to try to reduce the inflammatory response.
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